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Broccoli Cheese Patties Shared By My Friend

Broccoli Cheese Patties
Broccoli Cheese Patties

Got broccoli?  I really, really like broccoli.  As a kid, I don’t think I ever tasted broccoli, except maybe in a broccoli, rice, and cheese casserole, and even then that may have been after I grew up and started cooking on my own.

My last blog post was about friendship and this recipe comes from another of my God-given friends.  Sue and I met when I was 21 years old, a young wife and mother of a 2-week old baby.  We moved into the house next door to Sue, her husband Bill and their 3-year-old son, Warren.

Sue and I quickly became friends over the garden fence and migrated to her kitchen where we spent countless hours pouring over recipes, cookbooks and the latest news of the neighborhood. She taught me how to can green beans (and I ruined her canner in the process).  Canning pickles were next and I am sure cooking broccoli was in there somewhere!

Thousands of miles have separated us for many years.  But a phone call, an email, or a recipe, and we are in sync as if we have never been apart!

yum borccoli patties

Last fall she sent me this recipe.  She wrote a quick message saying she thinks they are “super” and even Bill liked them, and broccoli isn’t his favorite.

Well, broccoli is my favorite but this recipe settled near the bottom of a pile on my desk.  Thanksgiving came and went.  December was a blur.  January settled in cold and rainy.  We needed something “special” to perk up a mid-week dinner.  Broccoli cheese patties to the rescue!

broccoli patty upclose

These patties are quick and easy to make.  They are baked in the oven and while the recipe calls for sharp cheddar cheese, a hot pepper jack will take the flavor over the top!

Next time I make them I will include an aioli sauce and I really can’t wait!  These little patties are crisp on the outside and yummy, creamy, warm and tender on the inside.

For 39 years I have called Sue my “walking book of knowledge.” She has a home economics degree, a very quick wit and a heart of gold. She makes me laugh and sometimes we cry.  Who could ask for anything more in a friend?

I love you Sue and keep the recipes coming!

Happy Baking!

Broccoli Cheese Patties
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Let the fun begin with broccoli, cheese and this delicious side dish!
Recipe type: Vegetable Side Dish
Serves: 8-9 patties
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ onion, chopped finely
  • 1 (12 ounce) bag frozen broccoli -- defrosted
  • ¾ cups breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • ⅓ cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  1. In a small frying pan melt butter on medium heat. Saute' the onions and garlic in the butter until translucent.
  2. Place defrosted broccoli in a strainer for 30 minutes (longer if still frozen) in the sink. Blot well and chop the broccoli into smaller pieces.
  3. Beat eggs in a mixing bowl. Add breadcrumbs, cheeses, salt and pepper. Mix well. Add broccoli and onion mixture. Mix well.
  4. On a cookie sheet use the 1 teaspoon vegetable oil and grease the cookie sheet. Form patties, they are about ½ cup each. (A large scoop works well.) Press together well.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees F. for 15 minutes on one side and then turn them over. Bake another 15 minutes or until browned and crispy around the edges.
  6. Serve with a favorite sauce or aioli.



The God-given Gift of Friendship

Gaye Hughes
Gaye Hughes

One of the greatest gifts I have received in my lifetime is the gift of friendship.  I can think back at least 5 decades (and a little more) and name dozens of men and women who have walked with me in love and friendship.  The number of Godly men and women who influence my daily walk with Jesus has never been higher than it is today.

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,
but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
Proverbs 13:20

I can name friends I am regularly in touch with from Nebraska, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Utah, California, Missouri, New York, Alaska, United Kingdom, Wyoming, Oregon, Washington, Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, and that doesn’t even begin to count family and Facebook friends!

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.   For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow.
But woe to him who is alone when he falls and
has not another to lift him up!

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

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Shrimp Bisque With Friends

The Choir Girls

 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command you.  No longer do I call you servants,   for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. ”     John 15:12-15

Is there anything better than hanging out with your peeps?  How about a night of laughter, chatter, and shrimp bisque?

Earlier this month I received an email from Angela (red hair, second from the left) telling me that she was planning a night with her musical friends from the Anastasia Baptist Church in St. Augustine, Florida.  She wanted to serve a shrimp bisque and wondered about doubling or tripling my Lobster Bisque recipe.

Much to my delight I have received back this lovely picture of the friends getting ready to spend the evening dining on Shrimp Bisque, a tossed green salad and sourdough bread.

Compliments of Brooklynplated.com
Compliments of Brooklynplated.com

Angela says “we are The Choir Girls, “The Peeps” for short.  We are all in the choir (one is in the orchestra) at Anastasia Baptist Church in St. Augustine, FL.  We try to meet once a month or so to recharge our batteries and share what it going on in our lives. “

Thank you Angela for reminding how much my family adored this bisque recipe.  You have inspired me to make it again soon!

Angela reports, “It was absolutely delicious. I tripled the recipe, but double would have been more than enough for the six of us.”

These winter months are the perfect time to combine an evening for friends, bisque, and lots of fun and chatter!  Check out the bisque recipe here!

Happy Cooking!


Friends That Are Family, Family That Are Friends

Jill and Catherine Spring Walk
Recently my cousin Jill and her husband Jeff came for an overnight visit.  It was a perfect spring day that beckoned us to walk after our lunch.  Jill and I begin talking when she arrives and we don’t stop until we reluctantly say good-bye.  As we walked down this country lane our “guys” walked behind us some distance — doing a bit of talking themselves!

After their departure I uploaded the photos I had taken.  Much to my surprise this one was among group.  Ah, that was the time when Jeff was carrying my camera …

John 15:12-15 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

What a joy it is to spend time with family that are friends and friends that are family.

C.S. Lewis: 

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”

Wishing you a blessed Sunday, spent with those you love.