New Orleans Cajun Salmon Cakes

1 (5.75 oz) Zatarain's New Orleans Salmon Cake Mix
1 (14.75 oz) can Red Salmon (remove any bones)
1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1 egg
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon crushed red peppers
1 teaspoon mustard
1/3 cup light mayo
2 Tablespoons chopped onion
2 Tablespoons chopped green bell pepper

(1/4 cup of vegetable oil for frying)

Add all the ingredients above (except vegetable oil) to a mixing bowl. Mix well and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Preheat fry/sauce pan with 1/4 cup vegetable oil over medium hight heat. Make 8 to 10 salmon cakes. Lightly fry each about 2 minutes on each side. Place on paper towel.

Optional, serve with light salad and/or a warm hamburger bun

Serves 8 to 10

"Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles" is truly a classic in the horror genre. Starring the beautiful Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise as vampires. Set in New Orleans in the 1700's this film is rich in magical elements for a great film experience.

New Orleans rich culture is the backdrop for this film, and their world famous dishes are not shy and do boast loudly! Our recipe for New Orleans Cajun Salmon Cakes is so easy to make and these spicy salmon cakes will be to your "bloody" liking. Just the right amount of spice for your taste buds to enjoy. "Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles" inspiration is from the great city of New Orleans. An unforgettable city, our unforgettable recipe!



One Crust Apple Pie

4 large apples, peeled, sliced thinly, and rinsed
Juice from 1/2 lemon
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
3 Tablespoons butter
2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon corn starch
3 Tablespoons Grand Marnier or other brandy/liqueur
1 Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crust
Egg-wash - whisk 1 egg yolk with 1/2 teaspoon water - Set aside

Add to a sauce pan over high heat: apples, lemon juice, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, maple syrup, butter, cinnamon, cloves, corn starch and Grand Marnier. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Let cook for 5 minutes. Set aside and let cool for 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Unfold 1 Pillsbury Pie Crust in a 9 inch glass baking dish.  Add the cooked apples, and spread out, but leave about 2 inches around the outside of crust free of apples. Fold the edges over the apples, all the way around (as shown in our photo). Use a pastry brush to add egg-wash to the outer crust. Bake for 25 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Serves 6

"American Pop" is a film I have never forgotten. It's an animated film for a mature audience about a family and their music jouney from jazz, soul, rock, punk with drugs thrown in the mix. Lots of cool animation for its time. A must see for music lovers

When you hear the saying "as American as apple pie," think of our yummy recipe, One Crust Apple Pie, it's sweet, tangy, and silky smooth in your mouth. The 4th of July anytime you want it. Our featured film "American Pop" was the perfect inspiration of the American spirit and love for all things deliciously apple.


Ore-Ida Potato Coupon Giveaway

FREE Ore-Ida Coupons 
(Deadline Friday, March 12, 2010 at 12 midnight C.T.)

Reel Good Recipes is giving away (yes, free stuff) coupons for the delicious Ore-Ida Potatoes, with varieties including Steam n'Mash and the always popular french fries. The first two people who subscribe via email to Reel Good Recipes, and email me at reelgoodrecipes@gmail.com with your name and address, will receive the coupons. This is a win-win for you with a FREE coupon for the fabulous Ore-Ida Potatoes, and you will always be notified about new postings at Reel Good Recipes. 

Ore-Ida Potatoes (Steak Fries) with Honey Mustard Dip

Our featured film is Sling Blade (1996) starring Billy Bob Thornton as Karl, a man who has been released from a mental hospital for killing his mother and her lover. A touching story about a mentally challenged man who returns to his hometown. He meets and befriends a kid with troubles at home. Great cast and great movie!

Or recipe for Ore-Ida French Fries with Honey Mustard Dip is a tribute to Karl who loved his french fried potatoes with mustard. Who knew potatoes and mustard would be so good together. We did jazz up Karl's plain mustard with our own special honey mustard dipping sauce. Taste great and lots of fun to eat!

Prepare potatoes according to package directions.

Honey Mustard Dip

Add to a blender:

2 teaspoons honey mustard
2 teaspoons French Onion Dip
1 fresh tomato

Blend for 30 seconds. Top with dash of parsley flakes


Hooray for Hollywood - Oscar Night Sunday March 7

Hooray for Hollywood and the Academy Awards this Sunday March 7. We are thrilled for all the wonderful nominees this year, and we have provided a link to all of them, just click on our title. Have fun choosing your favorites at your own Oscar parties. Reel Good Recipes is a celebration of great recipes inspired by great movies. Congratulations to all the nominees!


Quick and Easy Spinach with Blue Cheese and Bacon

1 pound fresh baby spinach, washed
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
Dashes of salt
Dash of ground cayanne pepper
2 cooked bacon strips, chopped
1/4 cup blue cheese, crumbled

Put olive oil and garlic in a saute pan over medium high heat. Add spinach, salt, and cayanne pepper. Saute for 3 minutes. Drain. Place on a serving plate and top with blue cheese and bacon.
Serves 4 to 5

IronMan 2 is scheduled to be released in May 2010. Robert Downey Jr. returns to his role of Tony Stark/Iron Man in this very popular and successful film. IronMan 2 is an action-fest with splashes of comedy from Downey. This film is sure to be a box-office hit!

Our recipe for Quick and Easy Spinach with Blue Cheese and Bacon is "iron" packed goodness with the great flavors of blue cheese and smoky crispy bacon. This great food combination and our featured film are superheros and "out of this world."