Monday, October 19, 2009

Feeling a Bit…Fishy


It’s Monday, and I am feeling a bit fishy—but I would rather feel fishy then to have the flu feeling like so many people out there. We got a notice saying two people at our University were confirmed with the Swine flu. When I got the message, I immediately called my mom and said, “What should I do?”(Of course I knew the probable answers.) She casually replied, “Well just stay home.” But unfortunately it was the last of my mid-term tests, so I had to tough it out. I armed myself with hand sanitizer and a pack full of Lysol wipes—no way am I getting this flu!

Have you dodged this flu bug??

So I suppose your wondering why I am feeling a tad on the fishy side. This weekend I tried out two new recipes that feature an under the sea specimen. First up is a Tuscan Salmon Sandwich Spread. It’s such a good sandwich spread to make on Monday and have all week to put on homemade bread, hero rolls, pita bread, sandwich thins, bagels, etc. Next up is simple yet semi-gourmet looking/tasting Confetti Crab Cakes.

So grab your scuba suit, and join in on the under sea scrumptiousness!


Tuscan Salmon Sandwich Spread


Serves: 4


  • 1/3 c bottled light Italian dressing
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 14.75 oz. can red or pink salmon
  • 15.5 oz can rinsed cannellini beans
  • 1/2 c diced celery
  • 1/4 c chopped red onion
  • 1/4 c chopped black olives
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley or 2 tsp dried


  • Mix Italian dressing with mustard.
  • Flake salmon in a bowl; toss with beans, celery, red onion, olives, parsley and dressing mixture.
  • Split mixture up into 4 equal parts and serve on your preferred bread.

Confetti Crab Cakes


Serves: 4


  • 8 oz lump crab meat
  • 1/2 c unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 c chopped scallions
  • 3/4 c finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 tsp seafood seasoning (such as Old Bay)
  • 1/4 tsp ground red pepper (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp light mayo
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil or butter


  • Combine crabmeat, breadcrumbs, scallions, bell pepper, Old Bay seasoning, and ground red pepper (if using) in a medium bowl. Add mayonnaise and lemon juice; mix with a fork. Form mixture into 8 patties about 3 inches in diameter.
  • Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Fry crab cakes until browned on the bottom (about 4 minutes); turn and cook 4 more minutes, or until browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the crab cake reads 155°. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

Hope your Monday treats you well! Don’t miss Wednesday’s post—it will make your hump day just a bit better! :-)


Anonymous said...

Both my Dad and I have had flu, it could've been swine flu or not, we didn't see a doctor. Anyway we're fine now and have probably built up a resistance to it now thankfully.


Dishesdone said...

Your sandwich spread looks so good, as does the crab cakes! I'm enjoying your blog, thanks for stopping by mine :)

Kim said...

The salmon salad sounds especially tasty. I'll be wishing you good health. The H1N1 has been all around here too. All you can do is be mindful of it.

Anonymous said...

Oh dear. There is a flu running around our university, too, but I'm not sure it's swine flu...PLease take care!

on a lighter note, I have the PERFECT pretzel chips that would go SO well with that amazing spread!!!!

Erica said...

ugh! These buggies are everywhere. My work disttributed hand santizer and has lysol wipes all over the place. Hopefully the bugs will stay OUT! Nice work on the crab cakes! They are the best lunch or dinner

Michelle said...

Cas! I love love love both the recipes! I’ve done a variation of the tuna salad before, but I never thought to put beans with a salmon salad. Come to think of it, that is ingenious!! It’ll get rid of some of the fishy smell huh?? And the crab cakes are my boyfriends FAVORITE. Yours looks gourmet! Nice job hun!!

Krista said...

Great recipes!!

So far my house has been flu-free. I hope I just didn't jinx myself!

Shannon, Tropical Eats said...

Hope you feel better girly!!!

That crab cake looks SOOO good. I love getting those in restaurants I just wish they gave you more than 2 little ones :( Yours look way better than store bought!!!

PS I have a huuuge giveaway on my site chica. All you need to do is submit a recipe to enter-- you can even enter the crabcakes one if you want! :) I have about 250 mini LARABARs to giveaway. Yum yum! Have a great day tmrw chica :)

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

So far no flu, but I definitely have a cold :-(