Sunday, October 4, 2009

Dinner and a Movie

Back on-line & mostly dust-free; the floors look good, but kind of a miserable process . . .

I am not a fish eater, unless we go to someone’s house and that is what they are serving. So Phil compensates by ordering salmon almost every time he eats out. I had friends over a while ago who don’t eat much red meat, so I decided to be the good host and serve salmon. I bought the freshest fish I could at Whole Foods and used this recipe.

It was great! I’m still not ever going to become a regular at the sushi bars, but a little grilled fish once in a while is okay.

Serve with steamed brown rice and broccoli.


Grilled Orange-and-Bourbon Salmon

1/4 cup bourbon (buy a little airline-sized bottle – it is the perfect amount)
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped green onions
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, chopped
4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets (about 1 inch thick)
Cooking spray

Combine first 8 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag, and add salmon to bag. Seal and marinate in refrigerator 1-1/2 hours, turning bag occasionally.

Prepare grill or broiler.

Remove salmon from bag, reserving marinade. Place salmon on a grill rack or broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Cook 6 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork, basting frequently with reserved marinade. Yield: 4 servings

Seven Pounds (2008) (run time 118 minutes)

The director of
Seven Pounds constructs the story so that a major secret stays hidden from the audience until the very end, making a spoiler-free synopsis of the movie sound either mysterious or incoherent.

With that caveat in mind, Seven Pounds stars Will Smith as Ben Thomas, a mysterious IRS agent whose quest for redemption is unexpectedly complicated after he inadvertently falls in love.

We watched it (not on the bikes!) September 6. We both really like Will Smith, so we were willing to gamble on this even though it got mixed reviews.

I enjoyed it – I wasn’t checking my watch to see if it was almost over or anything – but it wasn’t Will’s best movie. I saw what was coming for quite awhile before it was acknowledged in the film, and I know that in real life the process doesn’t work that way.

3.5 Stars. Suspend your disbelief, pop some Orville Redenbacher’s Natural Buttery Salt & Cracked Pepper popcorn, and go with the flow.

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