Fifty States of New Recipe Tuesday – Week Forty Two – Washington – Cedar Plank Salmon, plus Golden Apple Yogurt Coffee Cake

Welcome to week 42 of Fifty States of New Recipe Tuesday. This week we welcome the state of Washington, who joined the union on November 11, 1889.  It’s nice to be back on my regular schedule again! Actually making s dish on Tuesday and posting the same day…remarkable.

So if you have been following the dates of the last several states, you will see that four were admitted in quick succession; North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Washington. There was a period of 13 years when no states were added to the union. But an act of congress was passed in February 1889 (it was called the Enabling Act) that allowed these four territories the right to seek statehood. All four passed state constitutions and all four were admitted by President Benjamin Harris. An interesting piece of information about Benjamin Harris; he holds the honor of admitting more states than any other president, with six. The 13 original colonies were already states when they started, so George Washington does not get the honor. Nor does Andrew Jackson, as he was responsible for “re-admitting” the states that had succeeded during the Civil War, but again, these were not new states. I have already given you four of Harris’s states. Who are the other two? Well I guess you will have to stay with me for a couple more weeks!

The state of Washington is named after George Washington, and it is the only state to be named after a president.

In looking for a recipe for this week, two foods came to the surface. The first was salmon, which is what I think of when I think of Washington. What I discovered is that salmon in the Pacific Northwest were nearly wiped out, and if not for the federal government placing 16 species of salmon of the Endangered Species list, we probably would not have these beautiful fish today. I am glad we saved them! I enjoy salmon, but the men in my house do not, so I don’t make it very often. In fact, I only made a single serving of it tonight, because I knew I was the only one who was going to eat it.

Since the point of New Recipe Tuesday is for everyone to enjoy it, I moved on to the second food known in Washington, and that is the apple. I found that Washington produces over 25 different varietals of apples. The oldest orchards in the state date back to the mid 1800s, when farmers came west in search of opportunities other than gold mining. They brought saplings with them and found that the soil and weather conditions were perfect for growing.

So two recipes this week. The first was my salmon entrée. I decided to try a recipe for Cedar Planked Salmon with Honey Balsamic Glaze. Many plank recipes I have seen require the use of a grill, but this one gave pretty good directions on how to use the broiler. I liked how easy it was and even though I thought the cooking time was a bit long, it actually came out perfect. The sweet and savory glaze was just right and did not overpower the fish. I would make this again.

Cedar Plank Salmon with Honey Balsamic Glaze

The other recipe is for Golden Apple Yogurt Coffee Cake. This recipe uses the Golden Delicious variety of apple, which is perfect for baking as it is soft but not mealy. I liked the cake, but I think if I made it again, I would increase the butter, sugar, cinnamon that creates the ‘top’ of this upside down cake. I would also double the streusel, as it seemed like there was too much cake and not enough of the yummy filling stuff. So this one as written gets a B, but I am thinking that it will be pretty good tomorrow morning with a cup of coffee.

Golden Apple Cake
Golden Apple Yogurt Coffee Cake

Have a great week everyone and thanks for stopping by. See you next week in Idaho!

Recipe for Cedar Planked Salmon with Honey Balsamic Glaze:


4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets
1 tablespoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Melted butter, for brushing salmon
2 untreated cedar planks, each about 5 by 12-inches, soaked in water to cover for 1-2 hours
Extra-virgin olive oil, for oiling the planks


Preheat the broiler.

Slice about 8 to 10 sliced angles into flesh of each filet, to help the fish more completely soak in the glaze.

In a small bowl, mix the salt, pepper, and dry mustard.

In a medium glass bowl, heat the honey in the microwave for 30 seconds to liquefy further. Remove from the microwave and whisk in the balsamic vinegar.

Brush the top of the salmon (not the skin side) with the melted butter. Season the flesh side with the spice mixture. Brush with the honey-balsamic mixture, reserving some for later.

Put the soaked planks under the hot broiler, about 5-6 inches from the heat source (this was the second ‘rung’ in my oven), until the wood is lightly browned on top, about 3-4 minutes. With tongs, carefully remove the planks from the oven.

Immediately brush the browned surface with olive oil, and then lay the salmon fillets on the oiled surface, skin side down.

Put 2 cookie sheets in the oven below where the planks will go to catch any glazes or juices that run off. Return the planks to the oven and cook the fish for 7 minutes. Baste with honey-balsamic and place return to oven. Cook until it is done to your taste, about 7-10 more minutes.

Cedar Plank Salmon with Honey Balsamic Glaze

Recipe for Golden Apple Yogurt Coffee Cake:


1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 Golden Delicious apples, cored and sliced
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter, softened
½ cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup (8 oz.) plain yogurt
Streusel Filling

Streusel Filling
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ chopped walnuts or pecans


Combine melted butter with brown sugar and cinnamon in 9 X 9 X 2-inch square baking pan. Smooth mixture evenly over bottom. Arrange apple slices over brown sugar mixture.

In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, soda and salt.

In a medium bowl, cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Add eggs one at a time; beat well after each addition.

Mix in the dry ingredients alternately with yogurt.

Spread half of batter over apple slices. Sprinkle Streusel Filling over batter in pan. Spread remaining batter over filling.

Bake at 350°F for 30-35 minutes or until cake tests done when wooden pick is inserted near center. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto serving plate. Serve warm. Golden Apple Cake slice

Golden Apple Yogurt Coffee Cake


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