Saturday, July 26, 2008

Not alot going on---Just too hot!

Our weather here in the South is just plain miserable. I don't feel that much for cooking but rather like salads or something really easy to go along with a salad.
Today I found something at OLD Bay and made a good recipe for Crab Cakes but I chose to finish them in my small oven rather than frying them. They were just as crispy and very delicious.
2 slices dried bread, crusts removed
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon McCormick® Parsley Flakes
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon OLD BAY® Seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
1 pound lump crabmeat

In a large bowl, break bread into small pieces. Moisten with milk. Add mayo, Worcestershire sauce, parsley, baking powder, OLD BAY, salt, egg and crabmeat. Mix lightly and shape into patties. If time permits, refrigerate patties 30 minutes to help keep them together when cooking.
Broil or fry until golden-brown on both sides.
I made a salad to go along with this with some hot garlic french bread.
Vegetables are coming like crazy now which helps for side dishes and salads. Zucchini and yellow squash make for good sides as well as eggplant. Green peppers and small onions make good in salads and potato salad. The small red potatoes are great in a pot of fresh green beans. So as you can see, the garden saves alot of trips to the grocery store for veggies. The tomatoes are just about ready to pick in a week or two so I have made "fried green tomatoes" which is a great hit. As far as fruit the peaches are just about thru but watermelon is always a hit.
We are right in that hot time now and look forward to fall. But the vegetables make it bearable. I hope you are near a farmer's market or maybe have your own garden to take advantage of all that is growing.

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