Needless to say, when The Artisan Group selected me to take part in an exclusive cooperative gift bag destined for Rachael herself, I got a little excited. Once the euphoria wore off, I started to think about what I should send. I knew I wanted to do a one-of-a-kind, created especially for her, piece of jewelry. Should I go with my own personal favorite stone, Picasso Jasper? Or maybe a blingy, Druzy crystal agate? In the end, I decided on Peridot, in honor of Rachael’s birthday month, August. The fact that Peridot brings balance and reduces stress was an additional consideration. The search for a stone was on, and in time I came across a stunning raw Peridot that I knew would make the perfect dramatic focal. Here it is:
Rachael Ray PendantRaw Natural Peridot, Rustic gun-metal Wire, gun-metal Chain
The pendant is now on its way to Rachael in New York City. What do you think? I hope she loves it. If I’m lucky maybe I’ll see her wearing it on The Rachael Ray Show. You know that I’ll be watching!
Oh, and one more thing! I create my jewelry pieces in the corner of my living room, overlooking the Kenai River. It’s not uncommon to catch a glimpse of salmon leaping in the water. In honor of Rachael Ray and my beautiful studio view, here’s a favorite salmon recipe, one I think Rachael would love. Enjoy!
And now, off to finish up my pieces for the 2012 MTV Movie Awards. I’ll have my pendants on display and in the celebrity gift bags there. I’ll be blogging about that later so stay tuned.
MAPLE-GLAZED GRILLED SALMON
1 C maple syrup2 T ketchup
2T brown sugar
1 T cider vinegar
1 T Worcestershire sauce
½ t salt
½ t ground mustard
1/8 t hot pepper sauce
1 salmon fillet
In bowl combine first 8 ingredients; mix well. Pour ½ C into large resealable plastic bag; add salmon and seal bag. Turn to coat; refrigerate for up to 2 hrs. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade. Before starting the grill coat grill with nonstick cooking spray. Drain and discard marinade from salmon. Grill salmon skin side up over med-hot heat for 2-4 mins. Transfer to a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Spoon some of the reserved marinade over salmon. Fold foil around fillet and seal tightly. Grill 5-6 mins longer or until fish flakes easily with fork. Brush with remaining marinade if desired. Serves 8