Home Cooking: Salmon cakes are a reminder of Mom

2014-03-27T00:00:00Z Home Cooking: Salmon cakes are a reminder of MomBy Leah Eskin Chicago Tribune Arizona Daily Star
March 27, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Mom picked up on the first ring. She’d been thinking of me. She had just finished dinner and was thinking about sitting in my chair.

“My chair?” I asked.

“Your chair,” she said. “The one you sit in after dinner. When you’re not doing the dishes.”

News to me.

I’ve made many a meal at Mom’s. And, I suppose, I’ve sat in that chair — the comfy leather one with the footstool — afterward. I suppose there have been times I’ve sat in the comfy chair after cooking and before cleaning up. Or after cooking and instead of cleaning up.

But I didn’t realize I had a designated not-doing-the-dishes chair. Worse, a designated not-doing-the-dishes-chair so designated by Mom. Who knew she was taking notes?

I couldn’t remember why I’d called. I hung up and patted together some salmon cakes, which always make me think of Mom. Their core component — cooked salmon — appeals to her enduring campaign to repurpose leftovers. Their supplemental components — lemon, dill and red onion — appeal to my enduring campaign for spring.

After the cakes were chilling in their crumb jackets, I washed the dishes. Then I sprawled on the couch, wishing Mom was on hand to take note.

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