I played around with a few salmon mouse recipes, but this is different in proportion and seasoning. This is lighter in the proportion of fish to cream cheese than most, at first because I used what leftover salmon, I had. My daughter liked it so much that I made it again for her sleepover birthday party. Having less fish made it mild enough to feed to a bunch of third graders (most of them even liked it). I think you could use canned or smoked salmon too. Of course if you have fresh herbs available, use more than the stated amounts.