When I was young, my father took care of me and my brother. He didn’t really know how to cook, so he used the Betty Crocker cookbook and recipes from the labels on the cans and boxes of food he bought. This recipe for Salmon Cakes with Homemade Tartar Sauce by Kristen Beddard, author of Bonjour Kale and founder of The Kale Project, takes me back to my childhood. These are made a bit like crab cakes — no filler. My father’s favorite dish to make was salmon cakes, but they were never this fancy! —Kristina
Why Kristen loves this recipe: I love entertaining, but sometimes the thought of planning, prepping, cooking and cleaning up can seem daunting. If I’m having a last-minute dinner party or Sunday brunch, these salmon cakes are my go-to. They are simple yet hands-on and can be prepared ahead of time, which means there is more time to be with your guests. The recipe pairs well with a fresh green salad and baguette and if you’re feeling up for it, a spicy Bloody Mary.