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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

My Sophisticated Filing System

One of my "to be filed" shelves.
My recipe filing system is a work of art.  In fact, it would make Martha Stewart weep -- but for all the wrong reasons.

The simple truth is that I have no filing system.  I have piles.  And piles.  And more piles of recipes.  Occasionally I move some of those piles into a drawer or a cabinet so I don't have to look at them.  But mostly I have piles and no order.

Oh well.

Ted has tried to help me automate and put all this stuff on my computer but that's never really panned out for me.  I don't know why.  Maybe it's because having all those piles makes me feel comfortable,

Mostly empty file folders.
As you can see, I do have file folders for all those recipes I've spent a lifetime collecting.  And, as you can also see, most of those file folders are empty.

This really is not good.

I need to organize.  I need to be able to find things without sifting through four feet of clippings.  I probably should take Ted up on his multiple offers to help me get it together.

But it all seems like so much trouble.  The good news is that every time I go hunting for a recipe I uncover another one that I've forgotten about.  So my lack of organization is really a good thing.

I can justify anything.

Here's a recipe I found about a foot down into one piles.  I made these salmon cakes a year or two ago and they were delicious.  I always meant to make them again and I would have completely forgotten about them had I not been on the hunt for something else.

As I said.  I can justify anything.

Recipe:  Salmon Cakes
(Ina Garten, 2008)


1/2 pound fresh salmon
Good olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup small-diced red onion (1 small onion)
1 1/2 cups small-diced celery (4 stalks)
1/2 cup small-diced red bell pepper (1 small pepper)
1/2 cup small-diced yellow bell pepper (1 small pepper)
1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon capers, drained
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco)
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons crab boil seasoning (recommended: Old Bay)
3 slices stale bread, crusts removed
1/2 cup good mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the salmon on a sheet pan, skin side down. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, until just cooked. Remove from the oven and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Allow to rest for 10 minutes and refrigerate until cold.

Meanwhile, place 2 tablespoons of the butter, 2 tablespoons olive oil, the onion, celery, red and yellow bell peppers, parsley, capers, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, crab boil seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a large saute pan over medium-low heat and cook until the vegetables are soft, approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature.

Break the bread slices in pieces and process the bread in a food processor fitted with a steel blade. You should have about 1 cup of bread crumbs. Place the bread crumbs on a sheet pan and toast in the oven for 5 minutes until lightly browned, tossing occasionally.

Flake the chilled salmon into a large bowl. Add the bread crumbs, mayonnaise, mustard, and eggs. Add the vegetable mixture and mix well. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Shape into 10 (2 1/2 to 3-ounce) cakes.

Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. In batches, add the salmon cakes and fry for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until browned. Drain on paper towels; keep them warm in a preheated 250 degree F oven and serve hot.


  1. This made me laugh out loud - I have so many piles myself torn from magazines, printed from this or that article. Poor recipes, will they ever be cooked? They're always overshadowed by new magazine issues or new cookbooks or new, inspiring blog posts. Glad to know I'm not alone...:)

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