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Menu Plan for Fall II: Week 2, Day 1

Smoked Salmon with Lemon and Herbs
Barley with Mushroom Cream
Roasted Acorn Squash Slices

Cooking time: 45 minutes for menu           Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

      This is a lightly smoked salmon, done either on a kettle grill or a gas grill. Directions are also given for simple roasting.

Salmon with Lemon and Herbs, Lightly Smoked

Total time: 15 minutes
    This is a cross between smoking and grilling.  The wood chips are optional, but we like the added flavor, especially for salmon.  As always, with fish, cook until it just flakes easily, being careful not to let it on too long.  You could also roast the salmon, 400F (200C) oven.  If you do, add 1/2 tsp soy sauce to the lemon/herb mixture.

Salmon with Lemon and Herbs, Lightly Smoked Ingredients:

 Instructions:

In all cases, fish should flake easily but not be dry.  Slightly pink in the center is perfect.  Remove from heat and serve, sliding it off the skin if needed.

Barley with Mushroom Cream

Total time: 25 minutes
   Sautéed mushrooms and onions give a woodsy note to the barley.  The Greek Yogurt gives it a creamy finish.  I use quick-cooking barley, which takes about 15 minutes, and cooked it in beef stock for a more robust flavor.

 Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Roasted Acorn Squash Slices

Total time: 45 minutes
    Roasting winter squashes concentrates their natural sweetness and all you need to finish is a bit of salt and pepper.... or you can smear on butter.

Roasted Acorn Squash Slices Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking schedule: 45 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, small bowl, whisk, dish for marinating,
medium nonstick skillet, small saucepan with lid,
baking sheet, medium bowl, grill basket / pan,
barbecue grill, cling film

Soak wood chips if using
Turn on oven, 400F (200C)
Cut acorn squash, scoop out seeds, slice
Mix oil, rosemary, add squash, coat
Lay squash out on baking sheet, bake
Snip herbs
Whisk lemon, oil
Add herbs, spoon over salmon, set aside
Turn on/light barbecue grill

Chop onion for barley
Trim, slice mushrooms
Start to cook barley
Sauté onions for barley
Prepare wood chips for smoking
Dissolve cornstarch in stock
Start to cook salmon
Turn squash
Add mushrooms to onion, sauté
Add Worcestershire sauce to mushrooms
Mind the salmon
Mind the barley
Add cornstarch/stock to onion/mushroom
Add yogurt, then barley
Remove squash, salmon
Serve all