As a child, I don’t think anything struck more terror in my heart than learning dinner was Grandma’s Salmon Loaf. It was on regular rotation during both Advent, the weeks leading up to Christmas and Lent, before Easter, when there were many days of fasting, abstinence, and obligation when meat wasn’t served. I’ve always thought about making a post for that Salmon Loaf, but just never could do that to y’all – or to me! So that’s prompted me to come up with Not Grandma’s Salmon Loaf!
So over the long weekend, temps way up in the 90’s (oh why is the weather so craaaazy this year?) I somehow got the idea that I wanted some of that Old Fashioned Tuna Macaroni Salad. You know the one I mean, all cool, creamy deliciousness with a few crunchy veggies and that tuna that somehow melds in and makes everything so rich.
I wish I could say that this was an attempt at healthier eating in 2018. It wasn’t though. I actually made this when I picked up some salmon at Aldi at a killer price right before Christmas and it was kind of a special treat.
When I made my Instant Pot Cauliflower Rice, I had a little surprise in store for today’s post: Easy Shrimp in Curry Sauce.
Way back in the day when my parents threw the occasional party, this little spread would be made. I still remember the sweet little silver plated bowl Mom put this in. It was one of our dog’s trophies. Yep. There was a little engraving on the bottom!
Salmon Cheesecake? Really? Reactions of those who’ve never considered a savory cheesecake tend to vary until someone tries this creamy, smoky spread. You may have to get over the name, but you’ll never get over your first taste…I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve been asked for it.
Canned Salmon. I grew up with it in landlocked Northwest Iowa in the 1960s. And I didn’t like it. There was a time I’d tell you that you were nuts that I’d buy it and use it. Let’s face it, though, if you’re on a limited budget and want to get some healthy fish in, if you want to save time, or if you want to make certain dishes, Canned Salmon can be the way to go!
I don’t know if I’ve told you that I’m a reformed food snob. For years, I’d only eat the best of this and that…as prices skyrocketed, my budget diminished. I found myself cutting out a lot of the expensive fish, and was missing out on a marvelous brain food. Guess what – I’m no longer a food snob and I’m eating better than ever…
For years, my daughter’s been describing this casserole to me, a family favorite of her in-laws. For years, in my head, I’ve been thinking: Do we NEED another Tuna Casserole? The “We” being not just our family, but the world as a whole! One taste of this casserole was all it took to change my mind.
You’ll know the living is easy when you try this Tuna with Green Bean and Tomato Salad, served up with White Beans for a little extra protein and substance.This is the answer for those who think Nicoise looks good, but might be afraid their picky eaters would turn up their noses. There’s nothing unfamiliar here, but the bright, lemony dressing transforms these simple ingredients.
Can we talk Tuna Noodle Casserole? Why? Because my blog tells me people are looking for it. Particularly Meta Givens Tuna Noodle Casserole Supreme.
This simple bread crumb, herb and olive oil topping works well with almost all fish and takes seconds to make…the idea was “stolen” from Tyler Florence who used it on a belly of Wild Atlantic Salmon. Sorry, salmon, you’ve just turned into budget friendly Tilapia.
Jambalaya truly reflects a cultural heritage carried into the New World, nurtured and melded into its own special blend – hundreds of years ago, displaced French Canadians settled into the Louisiana area and adapted this dish to their new surroundings. A lovely melange of vegetables, earthy sausage and chicken are in this Cajun Jambalaya Recipe and it has just the right amount of spice to be interesting. Then Y’all can pass the hot sauce at the table! Happy dance!
Tyler Florence…my hero! I used his basic recipe for Po’ Boys – with a few deletions and additions, and it is amazing! His Creole sauce is so good, my son went nuts over it. While these may look like a basic Po’ Boy, I promise you, they are anything but. I’ve had them in many different areas of the country and these beat out every restaurant version.
Here’s a few favorite fish & seafood man dish recipe; be sure to check around and/or follow the links for appetizers, casseroles, salads & sandwiches for other fish and/or seafood recipes.
This is a favorite spread, but it seems especially pretty in the Spring – the lovely curried cream cheese pairs so well with the soft, fluffy eggs. The shrimp is just the right touch and the green onion adds freshness. It has just enough bite to meld with the other flavors. You’ll be the hit of the party when you walk in the door with this spread and a few crackers or sturdy Pita chips.
Always looking for new recipes using Kale, I came across these little Shrimp and Kale bundles. A few simple ingredients in a fancy package, what caught me by surprise was how incredibly, indescribably fantastic these are. This recipe has more than just looks, the bundles seal in and intensify the flavors.
Tuna Cakes (crab cake’s lesser cousins) are beautifully browned and crunchy on the outside, soft and creamy inside and bursting with flavor. Even my son, a notoriously picky eater when it comes to fish, eats these little gems with no problem. These are just as good made with Salmon.
Sometimes I’m possessed by food jealousy – I think it might happen to a lot of people who are on a budget. They hear about a friend’s restaurant dinner, see a gorgeous meal in a magazine, or maybe they watch Tyler Florence. Darn you, Tyler! Darn you and your belly of fresh Atlantic salmon that would be so perfect for Mother’s Day!