Eat & Listen: Eric Paslay

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Listening to Eric Paslay’s self-titled album has been a really happy surprise for me. He can tackle the radio hits (Friday Night, which I guess was a Lady A song first? Who knew!) but also take it down a few notches with some really cool softer tunes (She’s Just Lonely). If you haven’t listened to it all the way through, I highly suggest it. It’s a great album for a lazy Sunday while you’re cooking dinner.

DINNER! My favorite meal of the night. I love coming home from work, fixing a glass of wine or a cocktail and start to get ready for a nice relaxing dinner. Here’s a great standby meal that can work on a weekend or even a Saturday night with someone special. Let us know if you try any of the recipes and how they worked out for you!

Friday Night Spiced Coke

“I wanna be your Friday night sweet ride, summertime, sunshine…”

Ingredients:

5 oz Coke (or diet coke)

½ oz cinnamon simple syrup (can omit if you want it to be less sweet)

3 oz spiced rum

Directions:

Pour your dark spiced rum over some ice in a highball glass. Pour in your cinnamon simple syrup (if you’re using) and stir. Layer your coke on top and mix well. I always equate whiskey and coke with a summertime Friday night. I have a taste for Diet Coke so I prefer it in this cocktail but you can go with the full-calorie coke if you wish!

Like a Song Cinnamon and Cayenne Glazed Salmon

“Record turning in your head that you’re always humming along to…”

Ingredients:

1 6 oz de-frosted salmon filet

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp cayenne pepper

freshly cracked salt and pepper

Directions:

This entrée is really simple but it packs a big flavor punch. Make sure you defrost your salmon the night before. Remove from package and then pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Give your salmon a “massage” with the olive oil, cayenne and cinnamon. Rub it all over and let it sit for a few minutes. Pop in the oven for around 25 minutes or until cooked all the way through. I like to serve with a slice of lemon and some pico de gallo for a Mexican twist. Double recipe if cooking for two.

Bacon Wrapped “About a Girl” Asparagus

“It’s a song about a girl, one you can’t forget…”

Ingredients:

1 bundle asparagus

½ pound of bacon

¼ cup pure maple syrup

olive oil

¼ cup balsamic vinegar

Directions:

Clean and trim your asparagus. Wrap a few stems with uncooked bacon, and repeat until you have wrapped all of the stems. Cook in your oven at 400 for 15 minutes or until bacon is crispy. Mix together balsamic vinegar and maple syrup and bring to a simmer. Pour over your bacon wrapped treats and finish with olive oil and freshly cracked salt and pepper. Serve with your salmon.

What is your favorite Eric Paslay song from his album? If you make any of these dishes, be sure to let us know!