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Mimi is a mother of two and the founder of “Lipgloss and Binky,” a blog about parenting, crafting, cooking and DIY.

Mimi Talks: Mom’s Salmon Croquettes

Delicious home cooked meals prepared with love don’t just provide nourishment for our bodies. Good food connects us to our past, where smell and taste subconsciously spark nostalgia and memories of joyous times spent with friends and family. 

Mothers have an uncanny way of wanting to provide good food for their families. My mother, Denise, was no different. As a teenager our house was the one to visit on Friday nights because she always had something on the stove, ready to feed the continuous flow of young teenagers that found their way in and out of our kitchen. “Eat up” she would say. Or “Get more, there’s plenty.”

"She poured her love
into those books"

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"She poured her love
into those books"

In 2008, when she passed away, getting back in the kitchen was no small feat for me. As the years passed I learned that those memories she created for me in the kitchen would continue to connect me to her in spirit. As a teenager I wasn’t interested in learning to cook—I suppose I thought she would be here forever. I vividly remember her printing recipes, placing them in plastic sleeves and later filing them away in large notebooks. More recipes than I’m sure she could ever cook… but she poured her love into those books. 

Seven years later I am thankful for those books. Those notebooks contain hundreds of recipes, her handwritten “secrets” beautifying sheet after sheet. I find comfort in believing she did that for me, knowing that one day I would’ve wished I learned to cook and she would be gone. One of her favorite recipes that I make regularly is Salmon Croquettes. Great for breakfast or dinner, they can be cooked on the stovetop or grill. I’m sure she’s smiling knowing that I’m feeding my babies with the same love and recipes she fed me with.

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Salmon Croquettes

16 oz. can of salmon, bones removed
¼ cup finely chopped onions
1 tsp finely chopped bell pepper
½ TBSP Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
Canola oil
Flour or cornmeal
1 egg 

1. Combine salmon, egg, seasoned salt, chopped onions and bell pepper until well mixed.
2. Pour oil into pan, making sure to cover the entire bottom of the pan and heat. While oil is heating prepare a small bowl of flour or cornmeal depending on preference.
3. Roll salmon into round balls as you would meat for a hamburger patty. Roll ball in flour, making sure to coat well before flattening into a patty.
4. Carefully place patty into hot grease. Cook on each side for 3 minutes before flipping (or longer, if you desire more color or crispness).
5. Remove from oil and drain.
6. Serve with equal parts Sriracha and ketchup for an extra kick.