#ReclaimTheKitchen with Cheesy Salmon Dip Recipe

This Cheesy Salmon Dip Recipe is perfect to serve at any party, using fresh, canned, or leftover salmon, with a baguette or crackers!

Cheesy Salmon Dip Recipe

Over the next few months, my mission here at RE is to share and inspire and help families and people get back into the kitchen–cooking healthy meals, learning to enjoy the kitchen, and actually put good thought into meal planning and grocery shopping. It’s going to be about reclaiming your kitchen, share with your neighbors, invest in your family, and even invite dinner party guests over for a quick meal. Join me as I’ll be working with SocialMoms and Wolf’s #ReclaimtheKitchen initiative, and sharing a delicious Cheesy Salmon Dip recipe today!

Cooking at home has sharply declined over time. Over the years, as our schedules have become busier, we’ve begun to spend less time in the kitchen as a family. That makes me very sad, because I think back to all the years of cooking together and around our family table–the rich conversation, laughter, tears. The table is where so much of who we are today happened.

If I had to do it all over again, I’d do it the same. I wouldn’t want to miss any of it.

More important than the food.

It’s interesting how food can take a backseat when there’s exciting news to share or when kids are hurting, and you get deep into a discussion, and you forget about the dessert that’s in front of you. In our home, I always wanted our kids and others to be more important than the food or drink being served. I realize that not everyone feels this way, because we live in a “what’s cool and hip” society, and we focus more on where to eat out, getting to our next event (eating on the run), or even eating in front of the television.
But again, life happens (good food or not) around the family table!

Last child to leave the nest.

As our last child is getting ready to graduate, we have to be intentional with eating together, even though it’s only the three of us. We have to finish strong, keep the family table together, and set the standard high for our kids, so they will continue this on with their families.

Cheesy Salmon Dip Recipe

5 tips to listen and engage around the table:

1. Be there. We can’t always fix another’s hurts, but we can be there for them, listening and showing love.
2. Listen to them. We don’t always need to advise, but we can listen. Sometimes our family just wants a listening ear, wanting to talk things out.
3. Give advice. It’s easy to jump in and give advice, but sometimes it’s best to sit back and wait to be asked to share some wisdom. So give it out at the right time.
4. Be empathetic. Sometimes our own pains and failures will help others, so be willing to think about your own experiences and how they might help.
5. More than words. Sometimes it’s a hug or a smile, or even sharing a tear with a guest, that means the world to our family and friends.

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Back to the kitchen (my kitchen, above).

Surprising stats.

In 1900, we had 98% of our meals in the home. Today, it’s less than 50%. Wow. These numbers were surprising to me, and we spend less money at the grocery store now than in any other time in history.
We also only spend a mere 31 minutes a day preparing our meals! Which to me means we’re reaching for faster, quicker meals that are not healthy at all, such as frozen foods, fast foods, or boxed dinners.
For me and my family (and readers), I know “healthy” is a big deal.
Once you prioritize the family table and reap the benefits with family or guests, you will be blessed!  Start small and consider one meal a week. That’s a great place to start.

Reclaim YOUR kitchen.

Wolf has outlined three simple ways you can reclaim your kitchen that I want to share with you:
o Plan your meals. Find a meal planning app or a website that fits your needs, and incorporate it into your day-to-day planning.
o Celebrate the goodness of food. Buying and preparing fresh food can make even the simplest meal absolutely delicious.
o Cook together. Set aside “screens-off” time, and enjoy one another while helping out in the kitchen.

Watch this video.

As I’ll be sharing some easy recipes over the next couple of months, I encourage you to visit and view this video, learn some interesting stats about family cooking, and get inspired to get back into the kitchen!

It inspired me, and got me very excited about cooking for my family!

Cheesy Salmon Dip Recipe.

In the meantime, using leftover salmon from a party I recently hosted, my family was able to enjoy this savory Cheesy Salmon Dip. I love teaching my kids the importance of using leftovers and not tossing them, and how to create simple, easy dishes!
ENJOY!
What are some goals you have to reclaim the kitchen and start cooking and hosting again?

Cheesy Salmon Dip Recipe

Cheesy Salmon Dip Recipe

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Using leftover salmon (or smoked salmon) chunks, this dip can be made and served hot in 20 minutes!

Ingredients:

4 oz. cream cheese
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 T. fresh lemon juice
3 green onions, finely chopped
1 cup cooked salmon, chunks
3/4 cup guyere cheese, divided
Salt and pepper to taste
baguette or crackers

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, mayonnaise, and lemon juice until smooth. By hand, gently mix in the green onions and salmon. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add in 1/2 cup of cheese; stir.
  3. Spread in a small baking dish and sprinkle with 1/2 cup remaining cheese.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes, or until bubbly and hot. Serve with crackers or baguette bread.

This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Sub-Zero Wolf blogging program. As always, the opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

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17 comments

  1. Oh how I love this dip – and your beautiful kitchen! I’m always looking for new dips to serve, this would be a hit here.

  2. Beautiful kitchen! I really enjoy your site and how you encourage others to cook and entertain, and most importantly, be a blessing to others!

  3. Eating together really is so important – it’s a time to share stories, work out problem, laugh. You are always so great at creating those moments, Sandy. And this cheesy dip is something I’d love to serve my family for a meal together.

  4. What a great appetizer! I agree there has been a big decline in home cooking and its really sad.

  5. I can practically taste these already Sandy! Love your post, we love eating together as a family!!! Love your great example!

  6. I spend so much time in the kitchen for work that I forget to have Jordan in there with me cooking and learning. I want to get back to that!

    Now, you know me and Salmon. But with cheesy dip? I’d try it for sure! :)

    • I love that, Dorothy … cooking and learning. I do feel we did a good job in teaching our kids, and I love the stories where our son cooks for his friends (brunch) up at college :)

  7. Our oldest moved away to get his phd a couple of years ago. It sure makes you rethink everything, including meal time. Our daughter is still at home, but joining the army reserves, so we know our time is limited with her. Cooking together and eating together takes high priority in our house now. No more taking any moments for granted. When my son visits we all cook together like crazy. He calls me a few times a week to ask cooking questions, and I love every minute of those phone calls. He’s thinking of starting a food blog. Would be fun to see him join the biz.

    I love this dip. I don’t make dip enough. However we love salmon. My dad was a big fisherman, we used to go fishing all the time. His favourite fish was salmon so we grew up eating a ton of it.

    • Kim, our daughter is still home, too! I feel what you are saying here, and that time is KEY and such a gift! Thank you for sharing!

  8. Great post – meal planning and cooking at home is so important. I firmly believe what Michael Pollan says about eating whatever you want so long as you make it yourself – if you’re making poptarts from scratch you’re not going to be eating them every morning. You’ll eat healthier even if you don’t purposely focus on health foods (of course planning healthy, nutrient dense meals is better yet).

    Anyway, I’d love for you to check out our free meal planning tool. It’s only web based at the moment and sadly not mobile friendly, but we are overhauling our apps to get it included in them too. https://spoonacular.com/meal-planner

  9. This sounds delicious! I love home-cooked meals, and I love being able to give that to others. I didn’t grow up in a home where cooking together and eating together was important (except for during the holidays), but I want to start this tradition in my own family. Your blog is a great resource to help me get started!

    You said one way to reclaim your kitchen would be to find a meal planning app or website that “fits your needs.” Do you have any suggestions? I had no idea there were resources out there like that!

    Appreciate your help and your words of wisdom. :)
    – Carla

  10. If I don’t have guyere cheese, what do you suggest? I have goat, parm, asiago, manchego and the chedders etc.?

    Thanks!

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