Monday, October 24, 2016

Maryland Style Crab Cakes



     Crab cakes are one of those things that everyone seems to have the "best" recipe. Some like them spicy, others filled with extra bread crumbs, etc., and some like them just plain with a lot of crab. Well I have had a whole variety of them and have come to the conclusion that Maryland style is certainly one of the best. A little restaurant used to be in my town that made some of the best I have ever had. The owner one evening gave me a little advise to make the perfect Maryland Style Crab Cake. Here is the result.

  • 8 oz crab meat
  • 1 1/2 tsp old bay seasoning
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbs mayo
  • 1 tbs honey mustard
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs parsley
  • Butter for saute
Sauce (optional)
  • 2 tbs mayo
  • 2 tbs honey mustard
  • 1 tsp dill
1. In a large bowl combine crab meat, old bay, onion powder, mayo, mustard, bread crumbs, egg, and parsley. Mix well with hands and form into about 3 inch wide patties.
2. In a large saute pan melt butter and brown crab patties on each side until golden and crisp. Roughly about 3 minutes each side.
3. Mix mayo, mustard, and dill and drizzle over top upon serving.
You will definitely fall in love with these flavor packed crab cakes. Trust me, once you make them for the first time you will continue to make them this quick and easy way.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6-10
Serves: 2-3

Monday, October 10, 2016

Strawberry Puffed Pastry Brie



     Who doesn't like a good spread of brie? What could be more perfect than a creamy cheese with crackers and a splash of fruit prior to a big dinner. This dish makes for the perfect appetizer for any dinner party. Enough for everyone to snack on prior to sitting down for the main course. With just four simple ingredients this brie will surely become your next table topper for any gathering. Strawberry Puffed Pastry Brie.


  • Brie
  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 2 tbs strawberry jam
  • 3 strawberries
  • Crackers
1. Roll out one sheet of puff pastry.

2. Take the brie and lay it out.  Spread the jam over the top.

3. Slice the strawberries up and arrange around the top over the jam.

4. Take the pastry and lay on top and fold underneath.

5. Bake in 400 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.

6. Serve with crackers.

Such a simple and yet elegant appetizer dish that will surely be the hit of everyone who enjoys a good piece of cheese.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
Serves: 4+


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Balsamic Strawberry Dessert




     Looking for a quick and easy snack or dessert idea? Well here is one that is sure to please everyone. Who would have thought that Balsamic Vinegar could be used in a dessert recipe? The tartness of it, the strong aroma, the almost burning sensation of it going down, well it really does work. In some countries it is used quite a bit in dessert recipes. It is surprisingly very good combined with all the flavors. In my opinion it has an almost caramel flavor to it in this delicious fresh combination. Balsamic Strawberry Dessert.



  • 1 cup halved strawberries
  • 1 tbs Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tbs Sugar
  • 2 scoops Vanilla Ice cream
1. Cut the strawberries into halves or quarters depending on the size.

2. In a bowl combine them with the balsamic vinegar and sugar and mix. Let sit for roughly 30-45 minutes.

3. Spoon over the ice cream and enjoy!
     This truly is a great combination of flavors. Trust me, it is amazing. The perfect combination of sweetness, a bit of saltiness, and fresh with flavors.
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 0
Serves: 2