After leaving my aunts and cousin in Findlay, Ohio, Rob and I headed to the home of his sister, Deb, and brother-in-law, Dan. We spent a couple of days there, including July 3rd, which is Rob's mother's birthday.
We always have fun with Deb and Dan and this trip was no exception. One evening we drove out to a couple of the local reservoirs which have hiking trails around them and strolled around the res being careful to avoid the geese which were protecting their goslings.
We also got to go next door and meet one of my faithful blog readers, Virginia.
Virginia is a delightful lady and we enjoyed a tour of her home and visiting with her. After she moved in her condo she had a woman paint a number of murals in various places which are really lovely.
Another evening we drove up to Sylvania, Ohio to visit Rob's nephew Jason and his wife Stacy and their three children Bella, Amelia, and Alec. Stacy prepared us a delicious dinner and we had a great time talking with them and playing with the children, who were very entertaining.
Rob's mom lives in a nursing home in Bowling Green, Ohio. Here's a picture of her, Rob, and Deb.
She spent the day of her birthday in Fostoria where Deb and Dan prepared her a special birthday dinner of Fish Cakes (similar to Salmon Patties) and Pineapple Upside Down Cake. They have a boat up on Lake Erie that they use for fishing. They are quite good at catching the fish and thus have an ample supply of Walleye and Perch in their freezer. Here's the recipe for the Fish Cakes:
1/2 lb. white fish, cooked
1 cup cooked wild rice
2/3 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1/2 cup shredded white cheese, such as Monterrey Jack or parmesan
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 sleeve of saltine crackers
Cook the fish in a small amount of water about 5 minutes or until it flakes easily. (Deb added a bit of creole seasoning to the water when she cooked hers). Cool. In a large bowl combine the fish, mayonnaise, rice, onion, garlic, and cheese. Add eggs and mix with a fork. Add seasonings and crushed saltines. Form into cakes and fry in a small amount of oil in a skillet for 2-3 mins. per side. (I have found that it helps to form the mixture into a ball shape and place on waxed paper for about 30 mins. then place the ball into the hot oil in the skillet and flatten it with your spatula. This helps the pattie stick together.)
These were very tasty and I hope to try them sometime with Tilapia since neither Rob nor I are fishermen.
Stay tuned until next time when we continue our adventure of eating our way across the Midwest!
Next destination: Warren, MI