Dave and I just returned from a long-overdue trip home to Oregon. It had been two years since we saw my father in person. What a welcome visit we had with him and his wife Shirley! The header photo for this month is the Columbia Gorge, which divides Oregon and Washington states. This photo was taken during a day trip Dave and I did with my father. During our stay we also enjoyed the hospitality of our dear friends, Robin and Dustin, whom we met during our college years at Oregon State University in Corvallis. Robin is an amazing cook and gardener. I love her tips!
My first recipe is Curried Carrot Croquettes. When Dave and I were living in northern California around 1992, I had a pool party with my friends from work. I decided to make an international-themed appetizer spread. One of the dishes was these curried carrot croquettes. Our dear friend Annette was crazy about them. Annette, you now have the recipe on my blog after all these years.
Exactly what is a croquette? The recipe for croquettes originated in France and later moved to Germany and other European countries. In Europe it is generally a log-shaped delicacy filled with any type of vegetable but most famous for mashed potatoes. Once they are formed, they are breaded and fried. Such a crispy treat!
My second recipe is Potato Leek Soup. Without a doubt, it is one of my favorite soups. This recipe is easy because you can use leftover mashed potatoes. Potato leek soup, which also originated in France, is a wonderful comfort food any time of the year.
As we head into Memorial Day weekend, it is time to honor those who have fought to defend our country and made the ultimate sacrifice. A time to feel proud as well as humble!
From my table to yours,
Your galley guide
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