Salmon Patties – Quick and Healthy

Salmon patties are healthy, inexpensive and a quick dinner to make.  I like to serve them with mac & cheese that’s kind of runny so I can dip the salmon patties in the cheese sauce. You all know my love for cheese, so this is probably no surprise.  My kids like to have ketchup with their salmon patties.

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Nutella and Macadamia Nut Braided Strudel

3 ingredients.  (4 if you include the egg wash)

And one of the ingredients is Nutella.  You just can’t go wrong with that.

My oldest daughter and her friend were discussing on Facebook their desire to eat Nutella toaster pastry.  They thought someone should invent that.  Because I stalk my kids on Facebook (you stalk yours too, right?), I commented that I could make that happen.

It’s a cinch to make, looks impressive and tastes even better.  The hardest part is waiting for it to cool.  The flavors are more pronounced at room temp, rather than warm from the oven.

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Cornbread Muffins

Does anything round out a meal as well as cornbread?  Maybe it’s just my Kentucky roots.  (My mom’s family is from Kentucky, so I can claim that.)  Or the fact that we’ve lived here for 20 years.

Or maybe cornbread just really does round out a meal better than most anything else.

Usually, I make Southern Cornbread or Cheddar Muffins or sometimes, Hoe Cakes.  This time I wanted a muffin without the cheddar.  And I wanted a little sweetness. (I actually put a bit of sugar in the cornbread.  Like a Northerner!)

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Butter Pecan Crunch Cake

I’ve had a Butter Pecan cake mix in my pantry for a while now, just waiting for the perfect inspiration.  I originally thought to make a bar cookie with it, but decided a snack cake/coffee cake type dessert sounded better.

I need to do a bit more testing on this recipe.  The crumb topping needs more butter and I’d like to work on the cake batter a bit too.  But, this tasted wonderful, so it’s worth testing.  The cake has a sweet, nutty flavor and is topped with buttery crumbs that also have a bit of crunch from the nuts and toffee chips.

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Potatoes and Ham ala Julia Child

I’ve been reading Julia Child’s book My Life in France. That led me to order “The French Chef”, her cooking show on PBS, from Netflix.  What fun!

I have to say that I’m surprised how many of the recipes she shares are accessible for the average cook at home.  I’m not sure why it surprised me, because that is who she wrote for.  She aimed to bring French cooking to American kitchens.

This dish is based on one that Julia Child shared on her TV program.  She used smoked sausage in hers, but I substituted cubed ham.  I don’t remember what kind of cheese she used.  I admit that I have some more tweaking and trying to do on this recipe.  The sauce didn’t thicken like I’d hoped.  I’m pretty sure I did it like she said, but something didn’t work.  It may have been that I used milk along with the half & half.  Julia Child said that would work, but I only have 1% milk instead of whole.

However, the taste was wonderful!  I could really taste the potatoes.  You know how sometimes they are just there and you don’t really notice them?  Not so with this dish.  The ham was a nice complement and it was all underscored with Swiss cheese, garlic and onion.

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Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes

I’m pretty sure my family eats more pancakes than the average household.  We rarely ever have them for breakfast.  My kids know if Jim is out of town, we’re probably having pancakes for dinner.  Or if I need a super-quick meal, pancakes it is.

I served this stack for lunch after church, with ham and a fruit salad.  I dressed up the whole wheat pancake recipe with apples, applesauce, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar.  Delicious appley goodness on an October afternoon.

Grab a few common pantry ingredients and you’re all set:

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Cornbread Pizza

cornbread pizza done

My friend, the Invisible Woman gave me the idea for this recipe.  I’ll explain at the end of the post why I call her the Invisible Woman.

She said she made a cornbread crust and layered on sliced tomatoes and other veggies.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have any tomatoes the night I decided to make this.  I still want to try the veggie version, because I think it will be grand.  Especially with garden fresh tomatoes.

This version is a fast way to make homemade pizza.  It made the kids happy too.

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Blueberry Muffins with Orange Glaze

blueberry muffins with orange glaze done

Do you ever just get a hankering for something?  I did the other day.  I wanted blueberry muffins but I really felt the blueberries needed to be paired with a hint of orange.

Sounds sunny, doesn’t it?  The muffins are perfect for breakfast, but we ate them for a snack.  (Don’t tell anyone, but I prefer muffins to cupcakes.  This tidbit of info could destroy my serious sweet tooth reputation.)

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Hoe Cakes

hoe cake done

Dick stole the hoe cake

Ran through the meadow with it

Hid it in a brush pile

And swore he never meddled with it

From Granny Will Your Dog Bite and Other Mountain Rhymes

Hoe cakes are just another way to fix your cornbread, a good variation on a mealtime staple.  When I was growing up, we ate them just like cornbread but you can also have them with syrup if you like.

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Crepes with Nutella and Strawberry Filling

crepes done

When my sister and I were teens, we used to make these crepes together.  I’m not sure where we found the recipe.  It could be that we brought it home from French class.  If so, that’s about the only thing I brought home from French class.  The language lessons didn’t stick nearly as well as the memory of these crepes!

I hadn’t made them in years, partly due to the fact that I didn’t own a non-stick skillet.  I finally broke down and bought one last week.  It’s just a basic 10.5” WearEver brand.  The next day I picked up a copy of Kitchen Wisdom by Julia Child from the library.  The book is excellent and it really made me happy to see her recommend a basic non-stick skillet from WearEver, “available in any hardware store” as she put it.

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