Dirty Dancing Weekend

August 13th, 2015


We are looking forward to the Dirty Dancing Festival in Lake Lure this coming weekend, August 15th.  It has become a tradition in Lake Lure since 2010.  The year after Patrick Swayze’s death, it was decided that the town would honor the star and the movie with a festival that would raise money for pancreatic cancer research.  It has been a draw for Dirty Dancing fans ever since.  As one of the major sites of the filming, Lake Lure is the perfect venue.

We bought our small cottage on the lake in 1984.  Little did I realize that in the Fall of 1986, Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey and the cast and crew were in residence at the Lake Lure Inn filming scenes around the lake.  At that time it was a low budget film. No one had ever heard of Patrick Swayze or Jennifer Grey.  Lake Lure was not the only film location. Parts of the movie were also filmed in Virginia.  I wrote a post about our stay at Mountain Lake, Virginia and the confusion about the scene where Baby was put in the corner. I thought it was in Virginia and sat at that corner table, but as it turned out, it was really in Lake Lure. Many of the scenes were filmed in Lake Lure. To teach Baby how to master the move of being held in the air after leaping from the stage, Johnny suggested that they practice in the water. The “lake lift” has become an iconic move.  From what I have heard, because it was late autumn, Patrick and Jennifer were very cold in the frigid water.  A big part of the festival today is a contest to see which couple can perform the best lift.  The above couple did very well.

This couple did their best. . . . .   the picture makes me smile and laugh.  These are two of our guests who rented our small cottage for two weeks a few years ago. Jenel is very talented on the computer and photoshopped a very convincing recreation of the lift.  She offered to do one of David and me, but I wasn’t too sure that it would be a pretty picture.  Maybe after we are toned and buff.  Ha!  But I totally love their picture!

Salmon in Parchment Vegies

We are still trying to eat well.  I have posted about this recipe for salmon in parchment before, but thought it was worth a repeat.  It is one of David’s favorite creations.  You can see the details for the dish here.  One of the things I love about it, other than the taste, is that you can make the parchment packages ahead of time and just bake them when you are ready.  They would be perfect for camping wrapped in foil rather than parchment paper.  Or after an afternoon attending a festival.  Enjoy your weekend.   “Have the Time of your Life”.



This is a very simple, delicious and fool-proof way to prepare salmon with vegetables. And, it looks fancy and festive, but it is so easy. You can use any combination of vegetables that suits your fancy. Listed below are some of the ones we commonly use, but you can substitute or include others such as, leeks, and snow peas, anything that can be cut into thin pieces so that it cooks rapidly. You can also substitute any other type of fish fillet that you might have on hand or can find, and you also might want to experiment with other herbs and spices.

Here are one possible set of ingredients per packet, i.e. per serving

one 8 oz salmon filet
¼ cup julienned carrots
¼ cup julienned green onions
¼ cup julienned broccolini
¼ cup julienned red or green pepper
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp olive oil
2 Tbsp dry white wine
basil ½ tsp dried or 1 tsp chopped fresh
2 lemon slices
3 pats of butter
salt and pepper to taste
1 egg beaten-to seal the packets

Place a salmon filet to the right of the center of a 15” square of parchment paper. Salt and pepper the filet to taste. Sprinkle the olive oil, garlic, and basil over the salmon. Arrange the julienned vegetables on top of the filet. Place two lemon slices and three butter pats on top. Sprinkle the wine over the top and add a little more salt and pepper to the top of the vegetables. Use a brush and the egg wash to paint the edge of paper all the way around to help seal the packet. Fold the left side of the paper over the fish and vegetables and start at the top left corner making small overlapping folds all the way around the three open sides. When you get to the final fold, turn it under to help keep it from unfolding. Prepare as many packets as you want servings and place on a baking sheet in a 400 deg oven for about 18-20 minutes. The fish will actually be done in about 15 minutes, but the veggies will benefit from the extra time, and the fish will remain moist and tender from the cooking method. To serve, place a packet on each plate along with whatever starch you are serving, and cut the packets open with a sharp knife so the contents can be removed to the plate.  Enjoy.

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22 responses to “Dirty Dancing Weekend”

  1. Penny @ The Comforts of Home says:

    Maybe someday we can go to the festival with you…it sounds like so much fun. I love cooking fish in parchment paper. It keeps the fish moist. Kent and I are going to see Dirty Dancing (the Broadway play) at the Peace Center in Greenville in October and we are really looking forward to it.

    • Penny says:

      We will definitely do it together next year. Would love to see the play sometime. Who would have thought that such a simple love story would turn into a cult phenomenon? Sort of like Westside Story.

  2. Loved this post Penny. I do hope there is a “lake lift” for us to see once the healthy eating has worked its magic. Have a great week. Hugs and blessings…Mary

    • Penny says:

      Hi Mary. A “lake lift” may be in our future but I am hedging our bets for now. But being on the lake Kayaking is enough at the moment. Blessing back your way.

  3. Ti says:

    How fun!! I would so go to that event if I lived nearby.

  4. The Dirty Dancing Festival sounds like a ball and for a very worthy cause too. I absolutely adored that movie and I suppose we all fell in love with Patrick then, and of course Baby too. Shame on me for forgetting how wonderful cooking “en papillote” can be and better yet, thanks for the reminder. I hope you both have a great weekend.

    • Penny says:

      Wish you and Meakin could be here Sam. I have a feeling that he would attempt the lift if he had a willing partner. You maybe?

  5. Madonna says:

    Didn’t we all love Patrick Swayze?

    This is such a great meal Penny not to mention the cleanup.

    • Penny says:

      Yes it is easy Madonna. Love it when David cooks. Patrick Swayze was amazing. Would loved to have danced with him.

  6. Monique says:

    That was one of my favorite movies.. I had the time of my life..and I owe it all to you:)

    I love movies that make you feel good..this one did.
    Not to mention the music..
    I like en papillottes dishes:)
    And I think anyone over 55 looks better standing up..not face down:)

  7. Monique says:

    It’s only me again..not the one pictured..that was a different recipe but th one I mad yesterday..is this one..http://triplantstrong.blogspot.ca/2012/05/california-quinoa-salad-whole-foods.html?m=1

    I think you might like..from a Healthy living post..

    I adjusted to make 2 portions..1/2 cup reg quinoa..to one cup broth and adjusted the rest.
    Prevalent taste..mango..lovely!

  8. Susan says:

    One of the iconic dance movies of all time! So interesting that much of it was shot there at Lake Lure, Penny. I hope you have your friend to a Photoshop ‘lake lift’ next year 🙂 What a wonderful event for a wonderful cause. We have a friend who recently passed away from pancreatic cancer also. I have yet to try fish in parchment like this! I can imagine how delicious it is and so healthy made this way.

    • Penny says:

      Thanks Susan. So sorry you lost a friend to pancreatic cancer. I hate this disease. All we can do is try to live our lives to the fullest while we can. I am going to dance on my Dirty Dancing floorboards tonight.

  9. Mary says:

    I love this post Penny. Bob does lift some little 5 lb. weights each morning to strengthen his shoulders and upper arms, but I don’t think he’s ready to do the lake lift. . . . . . . .at least not with me, haha!

    I lost my Dad to pancreatic cancer in 1976 and have two nearby neighbors who are fighting it right now. I’m all for raising money for cancer research, especially this type which is usually diagnosed late with little hope of beating it, very sad.

    Have a great Festival – perhaps we’ll try to make it with P&K one of these years, that would be great fun.

    Mary x

    • Penny says:

      We would love to see you and Bob here for the festival. Tell him to keep training and maybe we can all do the lift next year. Ha! Sorry about the loss of your Dad to pancreatic cancer. Cancer takes people too early in their lives.

  10. Mary says:

    P.S. I’m doing salmon on fig leaves and potatoes with fresh fig salsa tonight!

  11. Larry says:

    The meal looks good but the real question is are you and David in the lift contest?

    • Penny says:

      Ha! In my dreams Larry. With David’s bad back and my lack of coordination, it ain’t going to happen. Hope you are having fun on your trip.

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