Category Archives: Cooking

Salmonlicious Yum on a Bun

What is on our menu for July 4th celebrations? Lots of our favorite recipes and this our favorite for Salmon-lovers! Check out our July 4th holiday recipes right here at “BeyondTheYum” for your holiday menu!

My last two days have been a whirlwind of kitchen activity between baking, cooking, writing, photographing and creating.  Perhaps I also have a bit of spring fever?  As the light streams in the windows, the beauty of the gardens are beckoning me to come out and play (or work) in the gardens, I say to self, “Jacy, just one more recipe and you are outta here”!  And then … If you are familiar with my blogs (photography, travel, Promise Gardens), you know I have so little time and so many projects.  This meal for me is a simple one and a favorite so I hope you like it, create it, enjoy it and share it with those you love.  It is truly … beyond the yum … xox

Salmonlicious Cakes


1/2 pound fresh salmon
Virgin Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
4 tablespoons unsalted sweet butter
3/4 cup small-diced red onion (1 small onion)
1 1/2 cups small-diced celery (4 stalks)
1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
Fresh Bread Crumbs (your bread choice – I use diced toasted herb cracked wheat)
1/2 cup Hellman’s Mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Dijon or Coarse Ground mustard
2 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Brush Salmon with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, until just cooked. Remove from the oven, cool and refrigerate until ready for use.

Place 2 tablespoons of the butter, 2 tablespoons olive oil, the onion, celery, parsley, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Old Bay Seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a large saute pan over medium-low heat and cook until the vegetables are soft, approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature.

Dice bread into cubes, toast in oven until very crisp. Remove and let cool. Pulse/Process in food processor until just rough grind (not fine).

Flake the chilled salmon into a large bowl. Add the bread crumbs, mayonnaise, mustard, and eggs. Add the vegetable mixture and mix well. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Shape into 10 (2 1/2 to 3-ounce) cakes.

Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Fry salmon cakes until brown on each side. Drain on paper towels, transfer to sheet pan for oven or warming tray to keep warm until assembly.

Slap Me Coleslaw


2 heads of green cabbage*
1/4 chopped red cabbage*
1 carrot shredded*
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup relish
1/3 cup mustard
1/4 cup wine vinegar
2 drops hot sauce (optional)
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp. celery seed
1/4 tsp. garlic powder (optional)
Dash Seasoned salt or Cajun Seasoning
Salt/Pepper to taste


1. Shred cabbages & carrot in large bowl.
2. In separate bowl, combine all other ingredients.
3. Mix all ingredients together well.
4. Refrigerate until well chilled.

* You may also use prepared coleslaw mix.

Sassy Dilly Spread


1/2 cup Hellman’s mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Coarse Ground Mustard
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 tablespoons freshly chopped dill leaves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
Pinch cayenne pepper
Pinch sugar

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and set in fridge until assembly.

Cracked Wheat Herb Rolls


1 Box Krusteaz Cracked Wheat Bread Mix*

Add to mix:
1 tsp. dried Italian Seasoning
1/4 tsp. Basil
1/8 tsp. garlic
pinch of sugar

Follow package directions for preparation in Bread Machine or Oven Method for Rolls. I make eight large rolls from one package.

To Assemble:

1. Slice rolls in half
2  Spread Sassy Dilly Spread on both sides of rolls
3. Place Salmon Cake on bottom half
4. Top with Slap Me Coleslaw
5. Serve with side of Sweet Potato Fries or Fried Green Tomatoes
6. Smack your lips and go “beyond the yum”!

* Note: You can use your own from scratch herb recipe or your favorite prepared rolls.
Mother made Salmon Cakes once per week and I have tweaked mine with many different variations.  This current Salmon Cake version is based on Ina Garten’s recipe. 


Oh Yum Gingerbread

What would the Christmas holidays and table be without gingerbread and gingerbread house creations?  They are both fun and creative and tasty if you are creating those fun, funky and decorated cookies too.  We make gingerbread men and dress them up in their finest and paint meticulously the details to show-off our skills and then see what part we will gobble up first!

Jacy at Christmas

You have probably seen many different houses from simple ones by children and elaborate ones by famous chefs like the one created by the White House or in Las Vegas gingerbread house contests.  This one is the gingerbread house of the Greenbrier Resort. It is lovely showpiece and the display is surrounded by a working train and many other display houses and pieces dressed up to wow the guests and visitors.

So then, how about you?  Are you creating a gingerbread house or gingerbread cookies this year?   Check out the fun houses at Martha Stewart here.

O Pinch Me Peach Cobbler!

Oh My YUM!  Fabulous peaches are now in season and that means lots of peach cobblers, pies, ice cream and other yummy peach desserts.  Although I am traveling non-stop, I just had to grab a dozen fresh picked peaches and create a new peach recipe.  This one really is a “pinch me, I can’t believe how beyond the yum this peach cobbler recipe is” and it will be in the new cookbook.

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Jacy’s Pinch Me Please Awesome Peach Cobbler
Recipe: Chef Jacy’s Beyond The Yum

So grab up some yummy fresh peaches and check out these tried and true recipes for your next peach dessert!

Martha Stewart Peach Cobbler

Paula Deen Peach Cobbler

Bon Appetit Peach & Blackberry Cobbler

Southern Living Pecan-Peach Cobbler

Far Western Tavern Fresh Peach Crostata

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