Saturday, August 23, 2008

Fire & Flavor - Interview with Gena Knox, Cookbook Author and Co-Founder of

Fire & Flavor - Interview with Gena Knox, Cookbook Author and Co-Founder of

Davis and Gena Knox are on a mission to provide seasoning products for at-home cooks that are both unique and affordable. They focus on quality, simplicity and great taste. Gena's cookbook, Gourmet Made Simple, is packed with quick and easy recipes just as appropriate for everyday dining as they are for entertaining. Simple recipes for appetizers, salads, entrees, sides, and desserts. You’ll find tips on how to grill dishes indoors and out, using flavorful grilling planks and papers.

Gena and I discussed the How-To of grilling with planks and papers, both indoors and outdoors. Her products are sold in Whole Foods Markets, Krogers, Safeway and online at The planks and papers come in two different sizes. The papers are great for grilling vegies and seafood when you only want a "hint" of smokiness. The planks are available in western cedar, maple, alder and oak. Also, they have special brine mixes for the Perfect Turkey, as well as, a 30-minute brine. The spice rubs can be used for extra seasoning in stir-fry, sprinkled over roasted vegetables, and brownie batters. Yum!

Listen to the interview with Gena on The Recipe Box. Her book, Gourmet Made Simple includes all types of recipes (not just for grilling) and is a great resource for everyday cooking. Here is a recipe from the website:

Sesame Cedar Planked Salmon

Place: indoor/outdoor
Prep Time: 5 minutes + soak
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Main Ingredient: Fish/Shellfish
15" Western Red Cedar Grilling Planks

What you'll need:
spicy brown mustard
sesame seeds
4 - 6 ounce salmon fillets
Fire and Flavor Asian Rub
1 Fire and Flavor Cedar Plank Recipe:

1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup spicy brown mustard
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 tablespoon Fire and Flavor Asian Rub

4 – 6 ounce salmon fillets
1 Fire and Flavor Cedar Plank

FIRST In a small saucepan set over medium heat, combine glaze ingredients. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until glaze has thickened slightly.

LAST Preheat grill to medium-low heat, about 350°F. Generously brush glaze on each salmon fillet. Place plank on grill, close lid and heat for three minutes. Using tongs, flip plank, and place salmon directly on heated side of plank. Grill with lid closed for 12-15 minutes until salmon is medium or done to your liking.


Listen to the entire interview on The Recipe Box Show and enter a comment below on this post for a chance to win a copy of Gena's book, Gourmet Made Simple.

Blessings ~ Barbara

1 comment:

  1. Planks are awesome! They add amazing flavor. My husband loves using Planks when grilling. Brine is also a big thing for him around Thanksgiving. He brines the turkey before frying it. YUM!