Salmon Patties

One of Vince’s friends on Facebook loves to cook and she’s always posting recipe links . . you know how those of us who love to cook want everyone else to love to cook . . and love to cook the same things we cook!  A few months back, she made salmon patties and Vince sent me the recipe.

My mom . . if you’re reading this, I’m not being critical . . really . . but mom used to make salmon patties using canned salmon. First, as a kid, I did not like salmon and I did not like salmon patties. Second . . those weird round bones were in the patties and I would sometimes eat them and sometimes spit them out. That’s probably why I have so much trouble with kidney stones . . salmon bones when I was a kid!

I’m not sure I’ve ever made salmon patties and I never intended to make them, but being the amazing wife that I am want Vince to think I am, I looked at the recipe and since it was made with fresh or frozen salmon, instead of canned salmon with weird bones, I figured I would try it. Obviously, getting fresh salmon in the middle of Texas isn’t as easy as getting a nice ribeye, so I used frozen salmon.

Salmon

Salmon

I would have been happy to stop right there . . with pan fried salmon, but, for my husband, I continued with the recipe.

It seemed like a heck of a lot of celery but I figured I’d follow the recipe.

Veggies

Veggies

I guess I was thinking they would cook down to not so much, but they didn’t.

All Mixed Up

All Mixed Up

It makes a lot. She says it serves 15. I doubt that . . if you’re serving it for a meal. Or, maybe that’s how much skinny people eat. You can see that the patties are not huge. Vince at 3, I ate 2 and that was about half of the mix. I’ll make the rest tonight.

Dinner

Dinner

Here are the things I did differently, and you’ll see that by the time I got done, mine probably weren’t nearly so skinny, but you can also see that we had a fairly healthy meal that night with coleslaw and raw veggies.

  • Salmon pieces were sauteed in butter.
  • One whole egg was used instead of 3 egg whites.
  • Use less Old Bay. It was a bit overpowering.
  • The seemed like they needed a little something extra so I added the juice of one lemon.
  • Patties were dredged in flour and fried in olive oil.

Next time, I will:

  • Do all of the above.
  • Maybe use half as much celery.

Would I make the recipe again? Probably, with the changes I made. Vince seemed to like it. Maybe I’m just not much into salmon patties. It wasn’t something I’d request or order off a menu but they were pretty good.

What’s really weird is . . I have a can of salmon in my pantry. I don’t even know why I bought it or how long I’ve had it. Maybe I bought it just to see if those weird bones are still in the cans. Can you tell that the bones really made a big impression (in a bad way) on me as a child?

Honey Sesame Chicken in Pressure Cooker

Last week I saw the recipe for Honey Sesame Chicken and put it on my menu for later this week. Last night, we were supposed to have pizza but it’s too windy here to do any outside cooking. We’re under a Red Flag Warning, meaning there’s a critical danger of fire so I thought about cooking the pizza inside but it’s so much better done in the outside pizza oven so I grabbed chicken breasts out of the freezer and moved Thursday’s menu to Monday and since I took out a big package of chicken, Friday’s menu got moved to tonight. Whew . . trying to be organized can create problems when the weather interferes with my plans to cook outside.

Honey Sesame Chicken

Honey Sesame Chicken

Anyway . . as with everything I’ve tried from Pressure Cooking Today, the recipe turned out delicious. Even scaling the recipe back and only using two chicken breasts, we have plenty for another meal.

This is another recipe I highly recommend!

Flour

Getting excited about flour is probably a good indication that I need to get a life, right? Seriously, I do get excited about flour. I had always loved King Arthur Flour and I still love it but once I used Wheat Montana flour, that became my favorite. Most any bread baker, or cake baker or whatever kind of baker, will have their favorite flour and those who aren’t bread or cake or whatever kind of baker may not understand that.

Wheat Montana Flour

When we lived in Missouri and shopped at the Amish store is when I first used Wheat Montana. I love their prairie gold wheat berries and I could buy both in 50 pounds bags from the Amish. Even the Walmart in Nevada, MO usually has Wheat Montana white flour. Any time I’m back in Nevada, or when I’m going to visit Chad and Nicole, I’ll ask them to go by the Nevada Walmart when they’re there, and get me at least 10 bags of the flour.

Sometimes it’s white loaf bread, sometimes it’s sourdough bread, sometimes it’s crusty French bread, sometimes it’s just dinner rolls. There’s usually at least one, sometimes two pizzas per week. With the bread baking and pizza crusts, it’s pretty easy to use one five pound bag of flour per week.

Yes, that’s probably too much flour, but I figure with us eating at home, and not eating fast food and not eating prepared foods, we could be doing worse. How’s that for justifying bad behavior?  :)

Anyway, I cannot get Wheat Montana flour here. I’ve taken an empty bag twice to Walmart and asked them to see if they could get it and they cannot. Even Chad’s store, just a couple of hours from the Nevada, MO Walmart . . they don’t stock Wheat Montana flour.

About a month ago, Chad and Nicole were going to Nevada and I was going to ask them to pick up 10 bags of the Wheat Montana flour at the Walmart there and keep it in their freezer. With hunting season over, I didn’t know when they’d be back in Nevada and I have a trip there planned for March. I looked online to see how much the Wheat Montana flour is and it was $3.76 for a five pound bag. That’s a good bit less than I pay for it in the stores! Spend $50 and I’d get free shipping so . . I did.

When making my favorite white bread, I now use half whole wheat flour and half white flour so I ordered some of each.

Wheat Montana Whole Wheat Flour

Wheat Montana Whole Wheat Flour

Just like with their white flour, their whole wheat is my favorite. It’s a very light whole wheat flour.

Wheat Montana Flour

Wheat Montana Flour

The red cup is the whole wheat flour.

I suspected when I ordered the flour from Walmart that the price might not be right, or might be some special that I couldn’t get again, and sure enough, I checked online this morning and the five pound bags for $3.76 is out of stock. I’ll be real surprised if they get it back for that price but . . they do have King Arthur flour for the same price, which is less than what I pay even in the Walmart store here. Occasionally Kroger will have it on sale for $3.99, but I don’t go to the store every week unless there are lots of things on sale that I need so ordering ahead and keeping it in the freezer works best for me.

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

For lunch yesterday, we had chicken enchilada soup and grilled cheese sandwiches . . on homemade bread.  Yum!