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Weekly Photo Challenge: LUNCH

Kept forgetting to take photos at lunchtime

Maybe too hungry

Today it’s rainy and I got back from water aerobics early… It had been cancelled due to thunderstorms in area… No swimming in pool when weather has thunder/lightning…

So I decided to cook some warming food

Cabbage and Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes

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The potatoes have a rich, buttery flavor

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I only added salt/pepper… butter… a little sugar… and water…

I also thought I would go meatless… So instead… I made baked beans the easy way in my Green Skillet…

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Canned KC Masterpiece Baked Beans ( *Original* Sweet Molasses and Hickory Smoke) with my addition of sautéed red pepper and onion… mustard/ketchup and a little brown sugar…

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If I had some cornbread it would be complete… but no cornmeal or even a box of Jiffy Mix… Oh, well… it will still be good!… I’m hungry!

“Croquettes Anyone?”

Memory…

Lunch time… what to fix??? … Maybe salmon patties … I only make them every once in a while… Not that we don’t like them… I just fix certain foods every now and then… where we don’t get tired of them… Does that make sense??? … Probably not!… Anyway… I like the boneless pink salmon that comes in small cans like tuna Chicken of the Sea I think… It is so good!… none of the gray skin to remove… boneless…. just right!… worth the cost to me… and that’s not so bad either… I use two cans to make two patties each for the three of us… As soon as I start the can opener , my cat Jill comes running and meows   so loud I have to reassure her I’m going to give her a bite… but, today she is sleeping so sound… she doesn’t hear the cutting of the metal can that the opener makes… So I save her a bite… because that’s all she will want… just a taste even after all of the meowing! … My recipe comes from my Mom who showed me how to remove the bones… take off all of the skin, etc. … She either mixed in cracker crumbs or cornmeal  + an egg or two… salt/pepper  and mixed thoroughly… She heated shortening in her big iron skillet and placed the patties that were formed by hand in the hot oil… They would start to sizzle immediately… Just a few minutes and turning them with a spatula until they were golden brown … Put on a plate… as she made creamed peas  … and I always loved macaroni /cheese to complete this meal… I have to say with my choice of ingredients sometimes changing… like a little onion sometimes… the cornmeal method sometimes… the cracker method sometimes… My patties don’t always turn out the same… but, they are always goodVariety is good for the mind and soul I say… Today with sautéed spaghetti squash/onions , green beans   and baked potatoes…This meal was quite good…Today being Saturday …I sometimes cook our bigger meal at noon and then we eat lighter in the evening… Works for us!… I found the following croquettes recipe and I am sharing…That’s what we always called salmon patties… “Croquettes”  Enjoy!    

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“Salmon Croquettes”

with corn and chopped onion, along with red bell pepper and bread crumbs.

Cook Time: 3 minutes…

Total Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (1 pound) salmon, drained and flaked
  • 1 cup corn kernels, canned or cooked
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped red bell pepper, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • dash ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cups soft bread crumbs

Preparation:

Combine flaked salmon with corn kernels, beaten eggs, ketchup, onion, bell pepper, salt, pepper, and bread crumbs. Shape mixture into 12 patties. Heat vegetable oil in a heavy skillet; fry salmon croquettes for about 1 1/2 minutes on each side, or until croquettes are golden brown.
Serves 6.

“What’s For Dinner?”…

As I’m cooking dinner …both my son and husband  have asked me, “What are we having?”…I don’t mind…I would want to know too…One thing about being the “cook”you get to choose the mealunless there has been a “special” request…usually they just leave it up to me…I guess they trust my judgement and they know I know what they like and what they will eat…I have made “surprises” before…sometimes good…sometimes not…But, that’s the luxury of being the “cook”I can choose!…Today, when they asked me …the menu was baked Rosemary Chicken and PotatoesTurnip Greens and Baked Beans …It sounded good to them and me!…Since it is usually just the 3 of us…and sometimes just 2 …I fix our plates from the stove…If company is coming…I do the table setting thing, napkins and bowls for all the food…making it look pretty…But, we are content with our way…when it’s just us…I usually get a, “It was good babe!” from my husband…and, “It was good as the !” from my sonI love that!…and if they go back for seconds …well, that’s the ultimate!…My husband’s favorite meal is breakfast…my “French Toast” or eggs, sausage, grits and toast…He’s from Macon,GA…so grits are a must! …and    Hot Cakes and Sausage are good too…if I’m not cooking…I usually don’t have many leftovers…My guys don’t eat really big…and if there is any…by night it’s gone…I only cook enough to have a little extra…just have always done that and it works for us too…I almost missed out today…I wasn’t hungry and was going to wait a little while before I ate…It was almost gone!as I said, “That’s the ultimate!”…I guess I’ll try that meal again…”What are you having for dinner tonight?”    

 

“MY KIDS!”…

 

Lunch time was a big deal at school…it was a good break for all of us…teachers and students…we either brought or bought our lunches…We knew the days that certain things were served in the cafeteria…Tuesday was   Pizza day…certain days were “school pizza” some days were “chicken”  days…and some were “Mystery Patty” day as we called it…they would say it was “Chicken” or “Pork”or “Beef ” basically it all tasted the same…”mystery”  huh?…but, put on some honey mustard  and who cared! …If there were leftover pizzas …our Manager of the cafeteria would give us some at times …Our students washed the tables and stools after lunch ended in the cafeteria …so it was a treat for the kids for a job well done…We really liked the Ranch Salad Dressing that was served…it was the best!…We ate it on salad of course…but, it was also good on the “Baked Potatoes” and for dipping carrot and celery sticks…We had a little boy named Michael in our class that would ask us, “What are you having for dinner?” every day!…He always knew what his family would be having…He had the cutest smile  and after he ate he would say, “I’m fat as a tick!”..I saw Michael many times after he had left TJ…I would run into him in one of my favorite Thrift Stores…where he was supposed to be working…more like fraternizing with the customers…I’d say more like a “Greeter”…he knew everyone! …I would hear him across the store hollering at me…”Hi!, Mrs.Griffin”…more like, “Grippin”…but, I knew it was him…and the first thing out of his mouth was “How’s Mrs. Yussman, Mr. Hornung , Mrs. Bolt?” ( all of us that worked with him at TJ) …and you have to know, that this all came out like it was one word…and then the next question was, “What are you having for dinner?”…and if I hadn’t decided yet, he was always good at giving me a suggestion…”How about chicken?” , he would say. …”How about Spaghetti?” , he would say…and then it was my turn, “And what are YOU having for dinner tonight?” I would ask and of course, he always knew!