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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Crab Melts

In the words of my husband and 4 yr old son, "this is the best thing ever!!!!". Super easy and quick to make and 1 lb of crab meat makes almost 10 melts so its a great dinner for guests. Based on my prices here in Carney, the melts only cost $20 for all ingredients. Highly recommend this one.....

Preheat oven to 375

1 lb crab meat (lump, deshelled)
1 1/2 jars Old English Kraft Cheese spread (You can find them in a groc store, near the feta cheese and tub cheese, I know Mars & Giant both carry it. Not too expensive to buy and calories aren't bad either! Microwave for about 20 seconds to soften the cheese before you add it.)
1/4 lb melted butter (about 1/2 stick usually)
2 TBS old bay (more to taste)
1 TBS fresh ground pepper
1 package of English Muffins

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. (Add more old bay or pepper to taste.) Stir very well. Spray the bottom of a baking pan (helps them brown). Slice the english muffins in half. Add the crab topping to each of the english muffin halves. Bake for about 10-12 minutes on middle oven shelf, or until the english muffin is browned and the crab topping is hot. Enjoy!!!!

Maryland Crab Soup

This is a classic recipe and soooo good. Perfect for all occasions. If you live around the Parkville/Carney area, email me. I know the perfect store for great crabmeat prices.


1 can (28 oz) whole tomatoes, cut into small pieces
3 cups water

2 cups beef broth
(i use reduced sodium)
1 cup lima beans, frozen

1 cup baby carrots, sliced

1 1/2 cup yellow sweet corn, frozen

2 tablespoons Chopped Onions (can use minced onions also)

2 tablespoons old bay
(more to taste, depends on how spicy you like it)
1 tsp fresh ground black pepper (more to taste, i prefer a bit more)
1 tsp salt

1 pound crabmeat (lump, deshelled)
Optional: 1/2 lb of claw meat (usually pretty cheap to buy and adds great flavor to the soup but not necessary)


Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Cook on med/low heat for at least 3o minutes. Add more Old Bay and fresh pepper to taste. Let simmer on low for at least one hour. The flavors are better if you let the soup simmer longer. If it gets too watery, turn it on med/high heat for 20 minutes - it thickens the soup (thanks hol.... lol!)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Jalapeno Poppers

It's the time of season again when you're thinking about game food!!! Look no further, these delicious jalapeno poppers are a crowd pleaser! They are especially easy if you've been growing peppers in your garden this summer!


8 Small Jalapeno Peppers

1/2 cup of shredded Cheddar

2 Tbsp cream cheese (low/non fat)

1-2 Tbsp Mayo

Eggs (for the dipping)

wheaties & whole wheat ritz crackers (for coating)


Slice peppers down the middle long ways and de-seed. 

Mix remaining ingredients together, smash it into the peppers, dip in egg and roll in the "breading".

Bake for 30 minutes on 350.

Want to pre-make the peppers? Go ahead, they freeze really well! Follow directions for assembly but do no bake. Instead, lay peppers on a tray covered with wax paper and freeze. Once frozen stick in a baggie and take out what you need when you need them.

Baking time remains the same for frozen peppers.

**Thanks to Sarah for sharing this recipe**