Southern Hospitality: Salmon Patties and Cheese Grits

Mom had a great visit and I’m so glad she cooked for me. As usual, she helped with the laundry and some light house chores. We took pictures too! I always say that I have Southern tendencies, and I owe them all to my mother’s North Carolina, Southern belle swag LOL. Here is her recipe for Salmon Patties 🙂

½ chopped onion
2 cans of salmon (drain one can)
2 eggs
one roll of crackers, crushed (she uses saltines)
dash paprika
1 tsp dry mustard

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Cheese Grits, Scrambled Eggs, and Salmon Patties

Combine all of the ingredients and form your salmon patties like you would a hamburger or black bean burger. Heat oil in a skillet on medium heat. When the oil is hot, place patties in the skillet and cook for 5-7 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Depending on their size, this recipe will make 6-8 salmon patties.

Follow the directions on the box for Quaker Quick Grits. Add your favorite cheese after they thicken and while they are in their final simmering stages. I won’t share my mom’s seasoning for her grits. Sorry 🙁 Make your eggs the way you like ’em. My mom uses a ton of butter and Velveeta Cheese! Use the leftover patties for sandwiches!!

I can’t eat like I used to but I enjoyed indulging all weekend. I also cooked for her. Check out Smothered Pork Chops: Healthier Gravy!!




August 6, 2011
Food, Recipe


Portobello, Tomato, and Egg White Breakfast Sandwich

I’m back again for another breakfast post. I think I’m gonna do a series of breakfast sandwiches. Pics will be added as I make the creations.

Here is my Portobello, Tomato, and Egg White Sandwich!!

2 portobello mushroom pieces. (If the slices are more than a 1/4 inch thick, cut them in half, lengthwise)
2 tomato slices
3 egg whites (you can use 1-2 eggs)
2 slices of bread (I used Ancient Grains)
thinly sliced feta
olive oil or butter

Heat olive oil, butter, or non stick cooking spray in 2 small skillets over medium high heat. Start your bread in the toaster. In one pan, cook your egg white. I folded mine to fit the bread slice.  Place the sliced mushrooms in a pan and brown them on each side, 1 minute per side. If you want warm tomato, you can do the same with your slices. Once the egg, mushroom, and toast are done, make your sandwich. Mine was built as follows: Bread, feta, egg, tomato, mushroom. Salt, pepper as needed.

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Portobello, Tomato, and Egg White Sandwich










I always ask myself, “What can I do next time?”

– add fresh herbs (basil, cilantro)
– spread salsa, veggie cream cheese, or a Greek yogurt spread on the bread
– grill or toast the sandwich
More to follow!!

June 10, 2011
Food, Recipe


Calypso Waffles


A dear friend recently acquired a waffle iron. I don’t like to measure stuff, but with baking types of recipes, you must or things will fail. Here is my waffle recipe!!

Start by plugging in and turning on your waffle iron, probably to the highest setting or 75-80% HOT!! I’m still experimenting with waffles, but my Dad told me to make it hot!! :p

In two separate bowls, combine the following wet and dry ingredients:

Dry Ingredients
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup flaxseed*
1 tsp sea salt
3 tsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
a handful of sliced almonds*

Wet Ingredients
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups Silk almond milk (you can use regular milk or a milk substitute)
1 tsp vanilla extract**
1/3 cup oil (butter, grapeseed, olive)

**I’d like to try almond extract

Now, whisk them together in a large bowl. I spray the waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray or lightly brush it with oil (grapeseed oil or olive oil). Put about 2/3 cup of batter in the middle of the waffle iron and close the “lid.” The batter is moderately thick, so I think 4 1/2 – 5 minutes did the trick. This should make about 4-5 8-inch circular waffles. Rule of thumb: Cook waffles until the steam stops rising from the iron. You can also judge by the color.

Wtf is a Calypso Waffle?

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Bite sized pineapple and plantains

That’s simple. While you’re waiting for the waffles to finish cooking, sauté about a cup of diced pineapple and 1 diced plantain  in a skillet. Try bite sized pieces. I used butter. It’s good 🙂 They are done when the plantains take a nice golden color. Slightly brown is okay 🙂

This was my second time making this recipe. I added fresh mint to the saute. I also realized, after the fact, that I had a mango in the refrigerator 🙁 Maybe next time.

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Waffles before it's calypsofied 🙂

When you’re ready to serve, top your waffle with Chobani Greek yogurt and the calypso fruit mixture. I added a little maple syrup.

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Calypso Waffles

I have no words for this creation. I was very pleased and we even had leftovers. These waffles freeze well. Don’t be afraid to save them for later use. Try other toppings. I love:

peanut butter
ice cream
whipped cream
to name a few 🙂

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Calypso Waffles

May 9, 2011
Food, Recipe



Three Part Harmony: Cereal and Milk!

I love cereal. I love big bowls of granola with fruit like blueberries, strawberries, raisins, and bananas. I told you all how I enjoy Cascadian Farms granola with blueberries. This season, I’m experimenting with new cereal combinations.

Right now, these three are a hit.

1. Good Friends Cereal by Kashi with Cinnamon and Raisins

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Three-Part Harmony: healthy cereals and milk!


2. Alpen Muesli

3. Trader Joe’s High Fiber Multigrain Medley

#1 is a mix of fruit, oat clusters, flakes and a fun shaped star fruit looking barrel. #2 is flaky, grainy, nutty pieces and #3 is longer skinny barrel shapped pieces. I mix them together and take them with me for a snack. Combining these three variteties is delicious because it creates a good ratio of flavors and textures in my bowl, I get an awesome dose of fiber, I can add fruit, and the cereals aren’t too sweet, This mix gives me a good amount of sugar without overpowering my taste buds.

In the summer months, I enjoy my cereal cold and in the winter I put it in the microwave and make my own quick version of oatmeal. Try mixing your own varieties. Try it with Almond milk 🙂

April 19, 2011