Category Archives: seafood

Feeling Crabby? These Crab Cakes Will Make You Smile

April 5, 2015

We all have bad days, crabby days. Rainy days and Mondays always get you down?  Well, I have the solution: Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes. Look! =)


Feeling Crabby?  These Crab Cakes Will Make You Smile

Most people cheer themselves up with some shopping therapy in a clothing store.  Not me.  I cheer myself up at Whole Foods.  A brand new Whole Foods just opened up my neighborhood.  I can walk there!  And I do.  Almost. Every. Day.  To celebrate their grand opening, I made these Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with Cabbage, Carrot and Kohlrabi Slaw.

What’s kohlrabi you ask?  It’s in the “wild mustard” family, and kind of looks like a turnip, but tastes like broccoli stems or the core of a cabbage.  What craziness has nature created???  It’s the Frankenstein of vegetables.  Just try it, it’s good for you.  Adds a nice texture to your slaw too.

Let’s cheer you up…here’s how:

Crab Cakes & Cabbage, Carrot & Kohlrabi Slaw (serves 4 very hungry or crabby people)

Crabcakes (makes 8 cakes)

1 pound lump crab meat

1 egg

2 heaping tablespoons mayonnaise

1 & 1/2 teaspoons dijon mustard

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 stalk celery, diced

2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley

1/2 cup bread crumbs (gluten free works too)

Open and rinse a can of jumbo lump crab meat.  Pick through it just to be sure there are not broken shell pieces, however unlikely.  You don’t want to bite down on something you may have missed.  In your bowl of crab meat, add the mayonnaise, egg, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, Old Bay Seasoning, salt, celery, parsley and bread crumbs.  Mix gently so that you don’t break the lumps down to much, you want to keep it on the chunky side.  Shape into 8 crab cakes and put in refrigerator for 30 minutes before cooking.

When you are ready to cook, heat up a cast iron pan with some olive oil and fry up your crab cakes until nicely browned on each side and heated through.  Serve with slaw (recipe to follow) and a wedge of lemon.

Cabbage, Carrot and Kohlrabi Slaw

1/2 small cabbage thinly shredded

2 carrots shaved

1 large kohlrabi (spiralized)

1 tablespoon of olive oil

Juice of 1/2 – 1 lemon


Shred, shave and spirals your veggies.  Dress at last minute with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper and serve.


Kallie =)

Vongole…or how everything sounds better in Italiano

March 16, 2015

See these little guys?  They didn’t stand a chance.


Vongole…or how everything sounds better in Italiano.  

Have you ever noticed how some foods sound better in foreign languages?  You could say chicken liver, but doesn’t fegato di pollo sound more appetizing?  You could say cheese, but formaggio sounds more decadent.  And you could say clams, but why not say vongole instead?  Except maybe funghi, which is just a funny sounding way to say mushroom in Italian.

I am going to go out on a limb and say that things even taste better in a foreign language too…try it.

What are your favorite foreign food words?

So I got pretty lucky and found the tiniest little vongole, only about an inch or so across and picked up a pound to decorate my risotto.  See how I didn’t say rice dish?  Sounds better no?  Anyway, they remind me of my honeymoon in Positano.  So I couldn’t resist them.

So here is how to do it:

Risotto con Vongole, Funghi e Asparaghi (Risotto with Clams, Mushrooms and Asparagus) serves 4

1 lbs of tiny manila clams or vongole

1 small onion, diced

1.5 cups of arborio rice

1 small bunch of asparagus

6-8 cups chicken stock

1 package of cremini mushrooms

1 garlic clove

1 tbsp of finely grated lemon rind

1/2 cup of parmigiano reggiano


olive oil and pat of butter

1 cup of white wine (half for risotto, and half for vongole)


First thing I like to do is my prep work or mis-en-place, sound less like drudgery right?  You are catching on.  I start by slicing my mushrooms and sautéing them in a pan with a pat of butter and a small bit of olive oil.  I like to get them a nice toasty brown.

Next, wash and trim your asparagus.  Cut into about 1 inch pieces, set aside.  The asparagus will be the last thing added to the risotto.

While you are finishing the mushrooms, begin heating your chicken stock until it comes to a simmer and keep it warm while you make this dish.  You will be adding warm chicken stock a 1/2 cup at a time as you make the risotto.

Next, dice your onions and sauté them in the pan in which you plan to make your risotto.  Once the onion has softened add your 1.5 cups of arborio rice and toss around until very lightly toasted.  Add 1/2 cup of white wine.

Once the wine has evaporated begin by adding your chicken stock a 1/2 cup at a time.  You do not want to add the next 1/2 cup of stock until the first has been absorbed by the rice.  Using this method will help cook the rice properly and obtain the right creamy consistancy.  The whole process of adding stock, stirring until absorbed and then adding more should take you no more than 20-25 minutes.  Risotto is one of the easiest dishes to make, but it does demand that you babysit it during this time to ensure it becomes nice and creamy.  Taste for salt and pepper.  You will want to salt at the end, just in case your chicken stock was salty enough.

Once the the arborio rice is almost to that al-dente stage (meaning not mushy, but toothsome), you can take a little side pot, place a splash of oil in it.  Once hot, add the vongole that you have rinsed first to the pot. Stir around, add 1/2 cup of wine, one finely diced garlic clove.  Place the lid on that pot and let it steam.  After 2-3 minutes you will want to check on your little vongole to see if they have opened up.  Once they have opened, they will release their own juices and be ready to eat.  That sauce it amazing!  You can add that sauce to your risotto right at the end.

To finish, add your lemon rind, parmigiano reggiano, mushrooms and asparagus to the risotto.  Add your final 1/2 cup of chicken stock and stir until absorbed.  Serve in a nice little bowl and decorate with your vongole.  Buon appetito!  

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