Archive for May, 2006

Here’s to a Bad Memory…

"The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time."  –Friedrich Nietzsche

Wouldn't that be great if Nietzsche's words applied to our favorite foods?  Think about a time when you had a really good meal.  Was it a juicy steak?  A great cut of fish or other seafood?  A really fresh can of spaghettiOs?  No matter what your favorite dish happens to be, the first time you had a really wonderful experience eating that dish will always stick out in your mind.  You will always compare future helpings to that first, perfect meal.  Imagine having no basis for comparison, because every time you eat that juicy steak, or that great seafood, or whatever your food passion may be, it would alway be a novel experience!

Now for a recipe that is a favorite in our house.  My wife ran across this recipe for salmon patties, but she had a hard time getting the ingredients to remain in 'patty' shape.  So, she just put three heaping spoonfuls on a plate and served it up with some fresh green beans and bread.  I told her that it reminded me more of hash than patties, so I dubbed the meal, 'Sash' – as in salmon hash.  Get it?

Here's the recipe:

Salmon Patties

  • 1 (14 3/4 oz) can pink salmon
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup onions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup green bell peppers, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together
  2. Heat about 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet to medium temperature.  Make mixture into patties. Drop patties onto butter in skillet.  Make sure to keep lots of butter in the skillet and add more if necessary.  Don't flip patties until they are nice and brown on first side or they will fall apart.  Carefully flip them with a large spatula.  Continue to fry until nice and dark golden brown.
  3. Remove patties to a serving plate.

And that's all there is to it.  In 45 minutes you have dinner.  You can add a side vegetable or bread… or both!  Happy eating!

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