Recipe Post- Shrimp Cakes

A few tips and worthless info: Make sure you refrigerate these for an hour after you form them- otherwise they will fall apart on you. And serve with some jalapeño tarter sauce or green goddess sauce.  I’ll give you cliff note versions on those right here:

  • Jalapeño Tarter Sauce: Chop jalapeño, lemon, mayo, salt pepper. Capers. Don’t forget the capers.
  • Green Goddess Sauce:  Bunch of herbs (basil and parsley mostly). Yogurt. Lemon. Salt-y and pepper-y. Blender.

Also, this recipe calls for green onions. Or scallions. They’re the same thing, turns out, and I was an embarrassing age when realized that. Let’s just say it starts with “Twen” and ends with “ty-seven”. Oh, and coriander leaves and cilantro are the same thing. And cremini mushrooms are small portabella mushrooms. And… that’s all I can think of right now, actually. Wait- beet greens and Swiss chard are the same plant. There we go.


And just to REALLY confuse things: this picture was titled “Spring Onion” -Image by Melanie Kuiper.  

1 lb. peeled and deveined US wild caught raw shrimp (large), roughly chopped*
1 large egg
2 green onions, sliced
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp. minced fresh cilantro
1/2 tsp. salt
½ tsp. of ground black pepper
1.5 cups seasoned breadcrumbs
Olive oil

Peel and devein shrimp and roughly chop (about 6 pieces out of each shrimp). Combine with next 7 ingredients and form into patties roughly three inches across, or slightly smaller than palm sized for me and about a half inch thick. Add more breadcrumbs if needed to hold together. Refrigerate for one hour prior to cooking. Heat olive oil in pan over medium heat. Sauté 4 cakes per pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, until shrimp is cooked through.

*And look- I don’t want to make it a thing: but do NOT buy farmed shrimp . Anyone who goes: “Well these things can survive in filth and contamination- think of the profit!” DO NOT EAT THAT END PRODUCT.


The Tooth “Fairy”

We’re in the midst of loose tooth season around these parts it seems… and… I don’t have anything really zippy or insightful to say about that, honestly. Teeth get loose. (shudder) Teeth fall out. (Shudder)

And that means the tooth fairy then has to put in an appearance and dole out something in exchange for hiding teeth in the kitchen garbage can. (Y’all arn’t saving teeth in a box in the top drawer of your dresser, are you? Because that is serial killer level stuff right there.) I’ve heard of some folks giving $20 to their kids per tooth- and look, teeth aren’t wampum. The intrinsic value just shouldn’t be that high.


Because we’re insufferable like this, we leave a teeny tiny note (Ow, my arthritis!) and an origami dollar bill. Hearts, penguins, peacocks… I made a dollar bill tiny dress last night. I also have taken to using the worthless glitter nail polish that everyone has lying around, and swiping a quick coat on the dollar. (Where does that glitter topcoat come from? I swear I never bought it.) It doesn’t flake off like glitter, dries quickly, and adds just an extra little… dude whatever. It looks cool.

Hopefully by the time my daughters read this when they’re in their 30s they no longer believe in the tooth fairy. Or Santa. Or the Easter Bunny. Because frankly there is a part of me that wonders if the older one really shouldn’t have caught on already. And I promise you. She REALLY hasn’t yet.

It’s cute. It’s quick. And it makes me so happy to do something that adds a little magic to their lives, honestly. Is that laying it on thick? It is exactly how I feel about it. The tiny moments of joy. Our gift to you, girls. And all it cost was a dollar.

Grilled Zucchini Salad

Love, love, love, love, LOVE me some grilled zucchini salad. So easy. So good. Keeps well. Tasty warm or cold. And AWESOME with some turkey and cheese in a toasted sandwich! And a total piece of cake to make! In fact- WAY easier than an actual piece of cake- not to get all literal on you or anything. This is a very fresh side dish and is also great served with grilled chicken breasts or grilled shrimp over a bed of lettuce to make a main dish. Not all sides can make that transition (you mean ALL we’re having is cabbage? Huh.) but this one can step up to that plate easily. Look at me: I can puns. I’m leaving it there, though.


Photo by: Zsuzsa N.K. You know how difficult it is to find a picture of zucchini that doesn’t look wildly inappropriate? 



2 zucchinis, halved lengthwise

1 avocado, diced

1 medium tomato, diced

Handful of flat leaf parsley, chopped finely

Juice of half a lemon

Olive oil

Salt and pepper
Heat griddle pan to medium heat. Halve your zucchinis lengthwise, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place zucchini on griddle pan, cut side down. Cook for about 3-4 minutes per side, you’re only looking for very light griddle marks and for them to still be firm, so keep an eye on them. Remove to another plate to cool. Dice your tomato, place in bowl, and sprinkle lightly with salt. Add the diced avocado and chopped parsley. Once zucchini is cooled, dice and add to the other ingredients. Add desired amount of olive oil and squeeze on the lemon juice. Add salt and pepper as desired to taste. I like to stir to the point the avocado JUST starts to break down and coat the other ingredients, but not so it’s completely broken down into a paste.