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Maryland Crab Cakes

*My friend, Shan, told me this after I posted this recipe on Facebook (Thanks, Shan!):

A little known fact that you may find interesting. My neighbor is a crabber and catches his crabs from the San Bernard River, Brazos River and the surrounding bays [in Texas]. At the end of the day he catches  between 1000 and 2000 pounds of crab which a refrigerated truck delivers to the Intercontinental Airport [in Houston] and they are flown to Maryland. People from all over the world can order a fresh Maryland Blue crab but only a few people know they come from Brazoria County.

My mouth waters for crabcakes anytime I’m anticipating a visit from my father-in-law from Maryland. The last time he was in town, he did not disappoint. Here is his secret recipe:

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2 lb. lump crab meat (backfin)

2 eggs

2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

2 T. Old Bay

2-4 T. mayonnaise

2 T. mustard

12-15 crackers

Oil for frying

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Heat about one inch deep amount of oil in a skillet to frying temperature. Pat the crab meat dry with paper towels. Mix eggs, Worcestershire sauce, and Old Bay together in a bowl. In a separate bowl, add half of the crab meat, half of the egg mixture, half of the mayonnaise, and half of the mustard. Mix and add additional Old Bay to taste.

This is my father-in-law (below). We call him Pop. Ducky calls him Pop Pop.

Maryland Crab Cakes by pachomp.com

 Add the remaining crab meat, egg mixture, mayonnaise, and mustard. Mix well and add additional Old Bay to taste.

Use a rolling pin to finely crush crackers.

Maryland Crab Cakes by pachomp.com

Add crackers to crab mixture and mix with your hands. Make palm-sized cakes.

Maryland Crab Cakes by pachomp.com

Fry them babies up until golden brown.

Maryland Crab Cakes by pachomp.com

I like to sprinkle mine with extra Old Bay before they cool.

Maryland Crab Cakes by pachomp.com

Printable recipe:

Maryland Crab Cakes

The Speed Demon Coaster

I think Ducky’s Pop Pop thought he was being funny this Christmas when he got Ducky a 675 PIECE k’nex roller coaster.

I have to admit, I was overwhelmed at first. 
However, Babafa set the standard and had Ducky sort out all the small pieces into a muffin tin and the big pieces on a hijacked hotel tray, which was the best idea EVER.
Then we started on Step 1 out of 67 Steps.  Here are a few pictures of our progress. 

It took us 4 nights at a couple of hours each night to get it all together.  It was a great family project and we all had fun working together on it.  Now we’re ready for 676 PIECES!
THANKS POP POP!!!