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Nearly no cake

Posted by Jeanne on January 27, 2011

Holy crispy heck, is it Friday yet?  What is wrong with this week?  It is lasting FOR DAMN EVER.  And actually, it is nearly Friday because now it is Thursday night, but I maintain that this has been the longest week in creation.

Several years ago Ruby Tuesday revamped its image to be a little less like the restaurant in Office Space, with all the fake memorabilia on the walls, and a little more like… I guess like a regular restaurant?  I’m unclear what their goal was.

In the process of revamping the look of the restaurants, they also changed their menu and came up with some incredibly annoying commercials.  The one that drew the most ire from me was for the Triple Prime Burger, which included the tagline “Eats like steak, cuts like butter.”  OF COURSE it cuts like butter, it is ground meat.  I feel certain my sister and spouse still remember me throwing things at the television.

One of their other slightly less annoying but still sort of annoying commercials was for crabcakes. The line from that one was something like “almost all jumbo lump crab meat, nearly no cake.”  Just… so stupid.  It’s a cake because of it’s shape, not because it is held together with cake.  If what you mean is almost all jumbo lump crab meat and nearly no breadcrumbs and mayo, then you should say that – because the binder in a crabcake is NOT CAKE.

Anyway.  This is what I thought about while I made dinner on Tuesday night.

Salmon cakes, inspired by this recipe


  • 2 TB mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 clove minced garlic

Salmon Cakes:

  • 3  (6-ounce) cans skinless, boneless salmon in water, drained (I used the Kirkland brand)
  • 0.33 C minced onion
  • 0.25 C mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp Cajun seasoning blend
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 0.5 C dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1  tablespoon  canola oil or cooking spray (for cooking the salmon cakes)

To prepare sauce, combine ingredients in a small bowl.  Mix well and refrigerate until ready to use.

To prepare salmon cakes, combine salmon and next 6 ingredients (through egg) in a medium bowl. Mix well.  Divide salmon mixture into 8 equal portions, shaping each portion into an about 0.5-inch thick patty.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Place patties in pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned and heated through. Serve with sauce.

And then don’t even take a plated picture for both of your loyal readers.  D’oh.  I served these on top of a salad, using the sauce as a dressing.  We also had some roasted sweet potatoes on the side.  It was an easy and simple dinner for a night in a week that has seemed needlessly complicated.

And there was nearly no cake.  The end.


2 Responses to “Nearly no cake”

  1. anotheryarn said

    That sort of food-encouraged stupidity brings rage out in me too. The salmon cakes sound tasty.

  2. Theresa said

    cuts like butter!!! AAAHHHHHHHHHHHH.

    Also- yum. 🙂

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