Thursday

~School Days Memories & Salmon Patties~


It's Foodie Friday. Time to visit Designs by Gollum for cooking inspiration, all around blogland.
I had no idea what Salmon Croquettes were nor did I even know what Salmon was, when we moved to Texas at the end of my 3rd elementary school year, in 1952. I soon found out, though.
Salmon Croquettes were served, in the school cafeteria, on many Fridays. Besides the Salmon; mashed potatoes, dipped with an ice cream scoop and hollowed out in the center, for a spoonful of peas and white bread with butter, were also served with this wonderful meal. My condiment of choice for Salmon Croquettes was ketchup. I loved Salmon Croquette Fridays.
With that memory in mind, I prepared Salmon Patties, for this week's Foodie Friday. With no ketchup in the refrigerator, I had to resort to cocktail sauce, today. It's okay, but just not the same as plain old ketchup, for Salmon Patties.
~Salmon Patties~
1 14 ounce can pink Salmon
2 eggs
3/4 cup plain bread crumbs or crushed saltine crackers
1/4 cup white onion, finely chopped (scallions can also be used)
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
Remove any bones from the Salmon. Using a fork, mash the Salmon, then add eggs, slightly beaten. Add onion, bread crumbs and parsley. Mix well and form into patties. Heat a small amount of oil in a skillet. Brown patties over medium heat, turning once.
I tried a new recipe for Strawberry Shortcake, today. The recipe is in the April 2009 issue of Country Living Magazine.
I taste tested the shortcake and found it quite good. The berries I used were not quite ripe enough to produce much juice. I'll mash them with a potato masher, to bring out more juice, when I prepare a dish for J, this evening.
"The Pork Chop Incident, or Flaming Pork Chop Disaster"
During over 50 years of cooking, I've had many disasters, in the kitchen. When Michael mentioned this Friday's "theme" would be food mishaps or bloopers, it was difficult to choose just one. In the end, I decided The Pork Chop Incident would be perfect. The disaster happened over 40 years ago. The kitchen stove was a small gas model, with the broiler beneath the oven. Pork Chops were on the menu one evening. I placed them in the broiler and was preparing other dishes, when I was distracted by one of the young'uns. It seemed only a second when I saw smoke pouring from the broiler. I slid open the door and was surprised by Flaming Pork Chops!! I solved the dilemma, promptly, by grabbing the Morton's Salt. You know the one....When it Rains it Pours. I was certainly happy to find out that slogan was absolutely true. We had a veggie supper, that night. I didn't prepare another thing in that broiler, I was so traumatized!!
****This is my 299th post. I'm working on my 300th post, over the weekend. I'll answer your questions, from my blog anniversary. I also plan to announce a 300th post giveaway. Check back, next week.
Have a wonderful weekend!

55 comments:

One Prim Girl said...

Thanks for sharing, your making me hungry. I just love your blog. I am adding you to my favorites.

Miss Janice said...

Oh, mama always made the best salmon croquettes when I was growing up. I'm gonna try your recipe...the sound of it and the photos are making me want some right now!

Rosemary said...

Hi Pat,
Now I am really hungry!!
Looks so yummy!
Thanks so much for visiting me when I have been so busy.
You are a sweetheart!
Happy Spring!
Rosemary

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love salmon patties - do delicious and healthy!

The strawberry shortcakes look wonderful. I imagine that cornmeal adds a nice little crunch to the shortcakes.

I've had some kitchen mishaps over the years ..the worse one was when the throw away aluminum pan I was using one year to roast a big turkey sprung a leak and grease was flowing everywhere in my oven, smoking up the whole house! We were lucky it did not catch fire.

salmagundi said...

I love salmon patties - I used to make them when we were first married in the 1950s. Guess I need to buy a can of salmon and make them again!! Thanks for the memory. Sally

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Your pork chop story reminds me of when I blew the lid off the bbq when I was about 17. Who knew you needed to lift the lid to let the gas out before lighting :0 I'm still nervous, 25 years later, lighting our bbq. Your photos look almost edible, yum!

Leigh of said...

YUMMMMMM!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

oops I missed the food disaster memo.... I probably could have come up with a couple!

Susan

Lisa said...

Hubby loves salmon croquettes. Only I can't add the onion (although I would love to try it that way, he hates onions). I may just fix those for him tomorrow. Thanks for the idea. Okay, the story was great. We all have them. My fav is from a guy at work who claims his wife is the WORST cook ever. They were a little older when they married. She told him she didn't cook. She was going to surprise him one nite with roast beef. Her sis told her to put it in the slow cooker and let it cook all day. When he got home he thought something wasn't right. She didn't know to take it OUT of the package. She asked if she had to put the "whole thing" in the cooker and sis said "yes". So she did. Plastic and all. Unfortunately she verifies this god awful story.

Shirley said...

My mother used to make salmon croquettes when I was a child. That was back in the 50's too. It brought back memories.

Nancy Jane said...

What a nice spring dinner your recipes make. Haven't had salmon croquettes in a very long time. We're definitely overdue! Thanks for the reminder...Nancy

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Yum! Love how you recreated it right down to the peas on the taters!!

Bo said...

Oh Pat... what a memory...salmon croquettes! Now, this is down home good eatin' for hard working poor folks! Thanks for remembering...
;-) Bo

♥ Kathy said...

Oh I want some salmon now! I was lol'n at your pork chop disaster :) I've had those days too.

Brenda said...

I knew a girl like you that has it all together had to serve some kind of fish on that plate hehe. I love salmon patties. When we were growing up with such a large family and three big guys to feed mom used Mackerel.I didn't know what salmon was until I left home.It looks yummy and now you have me wanting to make them. I just might have to do that. I had some left over corn I was going to make some cornbread with so that will be good together. I better check my ketchup.
love and hugs,Brenda

The Charm House said...

I loved salmon patties, mashed potatoes and peas growing up!!! I have not had these in so long... I think I will make some soon! MEMORIES!
Hugs,
Yvette

Robyn said...

Looks divine...yummy!
Robyn

bj said...

My mom made the best salmon croquettes in the whole world. I have tried and tried but get sick the minute I open that can! Just can't do it...Now, I am so hungry for some I don't know what to do...I like mine really thin and fried crisp...ummmmm I will TRY to use your recipe...maybe I can talk Mr. Sweet into making them..
xo bj

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Great recipes Pat! I loved your broiler story too! ♥ Diane

Gollum said...

Strawberry shortcake and salmon patties are classic comfort foods! I love this recipe. I'm a ketchup gal, too. :-)
Thanks for coming to the potluck!!

Kristi said...

Your salmon patties look delicious, you have my mouth watering over here!! I love your blog and can't wait to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing!!

Suzy said...

Looks better than any cafeteria food I ever had!! Only fish we ever had were sticks :-) Nice post.

tam said...

Hello Pat!
Loved the story and the salman recipe! Oh and the flaming pork chop disaster too~that had to be scary! Hope you have a wonderful weekend~Smiles~Tam!

Beth at Aunties said...

The Salmon look so good even with Cocktail sauce.
Thanks for sharing how to make Flaming Pork Chops!!! :-) These memories make us who we are or aren't! You have to love all of them!

Chandy said...

I am now sharing this recipe with you as I have salmon I can use to do this with! Thank you!

Happy Friday!

Beth at Aunties said...

Oh, I forgot to tell you... because it was a last minute decision a few hours after I originally posted ...to add it... My train wreck in my kitchen concerns YOU! :-) ... It is time you know how much I love your blog!

♥♥♥'s

Linda said...

My mother made salmon croquettes, too. I'll have to try your recipe! Linda

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Those strawberries look amazing. Now, if I could just breathe I could perhaps be interested in eating!!

Bo said...

Hi Pat...I haven't eaten or even thought of Salmon Patties (that's what we called them) in years...and I guess that's been too long...also interested in cornmeal shortcake...will try that soon. But, I don't think I'll be trying your flaming pork chops....
LOL ;-) Bo

{ Kiddos and K9s } said...

you took me back... my grandmother made those but she called them salmon patties... I always wondered what the recipe was... so thank you!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I remember the fish on Friday rule in our school cafeteria as well -- but ours was always fish sticks! Your's was much fancier!

mbkatc230 said...

I haven't made these in years, thanks for the reminder! I may do some this weekend. Will NOT be trying the flaming pork chop recipe however lol. Great post. Kathy

Gaston Studio said...

OMG,that took me back. I had forgotten about the salmon croquettes being served (on SOME Fridays) in grammer school. Most of the time, it was fish sticks but those croquettes were GOOD!

imjacobsmom said...

This is a first - a fond memory of a school lunch. Although if our cafeteria served these Salmon Croquettes maybe I wouldn't have been so fussy. I'm glad you tried the shortcake recipe and gave it a thumbs up. ~ Robyn

Terri and Bob said...

A perfect post for a Fish Friday! Sounds so yummy. Bob's mom makes something similar and serves them with a lemon sauce. SOooooo good.

SusanQ said...

I haven't made salmon croquettes for ages and now you have inspired me to make them again!

Loved the pork chop story!

Lisa said...

The salmon patties look delicious!

The flaming pork chop story is very funny. For years my husband wouldn't eat pork chops because of the way his mother prepared them.

Thanks for making me laugh this afternoon.

Lisa

Foley said...

Your salmon croquettes look delicious and the strawberry shortcake! The story of the flaming pork chop brought back memories I had forgotten..lol

Linda/"Mom" said...

*** Perky Pat~ For basically a "non-cooker" (well, at least not very often these days!- Usually it's just salads & grilled meats around here!), I am THRILLED to see this, & even MORE thrilled you posted the recipe!!! Looks not only INCREDIBLY "DELISH" (sure would like some patties right now!), but we LOVE to eat SALMON!!! Thanks, m' deah'!!!~~~ Linda***

Rue said...

Hi Pat :)

Those salmon Croquettes are making my mouth water! I love fresh fish and Rich hates it, but he might like these since they're "fried". Ohioans love it fried LOL

I've burned stuff in the oven, but mostly I'm known for the grease fires that I had when I was a young wife. Nothing more romantic than bringing out the fire extinguisher ;)

Oh! Thank you for mentioning that the quilt had candlewicking!! I had no idea what it was.

hugs,
rue

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

I just read that issue of Country Living last night. I love the greens on the cover. I love salmon. I need to make some of those.
Brenda

xinex said...

Both the salmon croquettes and the strawberry shortcake looks so good, Pat!...Christine

Frippery said...

I am starving after seeing that gorgeous food! I love your header too. Pam

Junebug said...

I love salmon patties. My mother used to make them for us years ago. Now I make them too.

~♥~ Monica S said...

MMm.. I work with food every day.. I might have to try to make these.. they sound yummy!

have a great weekend
Monica

prof en retraite said...

Hi Pat...I LOVE salmon croquettes! Do you know that's still my daughter's favorite meal...with potatoes au gratin and peas!! Yum! Now you've got me thinking I need to make some this weekend and invite her over! And congrats on the 300th post...amazing!!! Have a great weekend...Debbie

Allidink said...

LOL all of that looks amazing :)

All the best,
Allison

JyLnC said...

My mom used to make Salmon Patties (as she called them)and served them with creamed style corn and scalloped potatoes. I loved them!

dana said...

Happy Spring, Pat---and of course, GO MIZZOU!!! They had me scared in the first half yesterday! They've been a fun team to watch this year.

I loved your story about the Salmon Patties! When I was a child, we used to have those at our small (one-roomed) school in Trimble, MO. What I recall about OURS were the little round bones in them. They made it hard for me to enjoy eating them! :) Your shortcake looked scrumptious and I just got the biggest kick out of your pork chop story! Not only should you write a decorating book--you need to combine some of your wonderful memories into a book. You're writing skills are delightful!
LOVED your tablescape this week--as usual! Molly looks like she's enjoying the warm weather we had this week. Your patio at the condo looks ready for the season!

Have a great weekend and congrats on your upcoming 300th post!! You're amazing! Dana

Deb said...

Oh Pat! I love Salmon Croquettes! I cook them at least once a month. Your dessert looked so tasty too! Deb

Andi said...

I've always liked Salmon croquettes too and haven't made them in a while. Gene loves them so I must make them soon. My recipe is similar to yours...actually one that I took from a Crisco can years...and I means "years" ago.

I'm playing catch up reading today. I love your beautiful table setting at the lake.

Rose said...

I admit it: I'm salivating. Those look so delicious! I've never had salmon croquettes, but I already know I'd love them, maybe with just a squeeze of lemon - yum! Gosh, when I see lovely food like this I really wished I cooked! These actually look like something I could make for one person. Might give it a try!

Linda said...

Hi Pat, sweet school memories...my favorite school lunch was chili beans. I love salmon cakes and yours look delish....I like the potatoes hollowed out for the peas, I think it yummy to mix them together so this would be neat to do. Hugs, Linda

Kathleen said...

Looks good, Pat!
I have had crab cakes, but not salmon.
300 posts? Wow...

Helen said...

I think women of a certain age grew up with salmon croquettes as a staple meal. I know I did ... and they were some of the most delicious meals I had - with homemade coleslaw!