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Grandma’s Cooking

My grandma was my inspiration for cooking and baking. She was always creating new recipes, some for people with allergies, some with new food items she’d discovered, and always with a discerning palette. Several of the recipes in my cookbook originated from recipes she developed.

Grandma no longer cooks. She lives in a single room in a retirement community where her meals are provided. But I was delighted to receive this photo of her reading my cookbook.

Grandma reading You Can Eat ThisThank you, Grandma, for your love, support, and encouragement!

Do you have someone who inspires you to cook?

Salmon Dip Recipes

I realized it has been a while since I posted something. Summer in Alaska doesn’t leave much time to slow down. Next week we begin butchering chickens. In three weeks we hit the river for dipnetting salmon. In between it all is weeding and watering the garden.

On busy days like this, when the sun is out and stays up forever, dinner is not much more than a bowl of salmon dip in the refrigerator to which people can help themselves. I’ve been asked no less than three times in the last few weeks for my recipes, so I thought I’d share (since I’m writing them down to email them, anyway!)

Mexican Style Salmon Dip

  • 1 pint jar canned salmon, drained
  • 2-3 T. sour cream
  • 2-3 T. mayonnaise
  • 1 T. Penzey’s Adobo Seasoning (I don’t get kickback from them. They are just my favorite spice company.)
  • 1 t. onion powder
  • 2 T. chopped fresh cilantro
  • cayenne pepper to taste

Mix it all together and enjoy with tortilla chips or other crackers. Also great with thinly sliced jicama or kohlrabi.

Horseradish Salmon Dip

  • 1 pint jar smoked, canned salmon, drained
  • 2-3 T. sour cream
  • 2-3 T. mayonnaise
  • 2 T. chopped sweet onion
  • 1-2 t. ground horseradish (or to taste)

Mix together and enjoy with crackers, veggies, or as a sandwich filling. Delicious with a selection of cheeses as an hors d’oeuvres plate.

Time to hit the garden again! Enjoy!