WIAW #4 [How We Do It In Maryland]

Thanks for all of the blog birthday/blog-a-versary wishes yesterday. I can’t believe it’s only been a year- it definitely seems like much longer! Like I said- I never would have dreamed all of the possibilities that have come from this blog- who it’s introduced me to, and where it’s led! I’m excited to see what happens during year #2!

For this week’s WIAW post, I chose to show my eats from last Sunday, since it wasn’t just any ordinary day. You see, us Marylanders have a special love for ONE thing- and folks that aren’t from these parts don’t necessarily “get it.” If you’re wondering just what that love is, let me give you a little peek:

Those are Maryland blue crabs (which have a blue shell before they’re cooked).

I’ll admit it- I am a total crab snob. I am horrified when people say that they “go eat crabs” and mean that they get king crab legs at Red Lobster or Joe’s Crab Shack. That, my friends, is not “going to eat crabs.” That’s eating crab legs. HUGE difference.

Eating crabs in Maryland often means “crab feast,” which equals a buschel (or half… or two, depending on the crowd!) of hot, steamy crabs that were caught in the Chespapeake Bay, lots of Old Bay and beer. And it’s an EVENT. If you’re going to a crab feast, plan to commit to staying all afternoon. Crab picking takes time- and anyone that says that it’s “too much work” can just get right out of town. There’s a technique to crab-picking, and most of us Maryland natives were taught how to do it when we were very young. You may need a mallet, a knife, or something similar, but the goal is always to get every last bit of meat out of that shell.

You can dip them in malt or apple cider vinegar.. some people even use melted butter (which I think is a crime! It should only be used for lobster!)- but good crabs don’t need anything but some Old Bay. I’m usually the most annoying type of crab picker. I clean each crab and just keep piling up the meat, so that I can enjoy it all at once (most people eat as they pick)- I like to see the fruits of my labor.

Anyway- I’ll get back to the crabs in a bit.

Let’s see how the day started. I got the gym about 30 minutes before my spin class started and did this workout twice:

It was great! My favorite workouts are definitely those that are just kind of thrown together like this. And this particular workout was a good balance for the 50ish minutes of teaching Spinning class that followed!

Needless to say, I was pretty hungry by the time I got home and had this:

That’s a 3 egg-white omelet with a bunch of veggies thrown in the middle. I also had an English muffin- 1/2 topped with coconut-peanut butter (OMG) and banana and the other with light cream cheese, peach slices and cinnamon. The omelet was good, but was missing something…

That’s better.

(FYI- this is the coconut peanut butter. I got this jar on discount because it was dented. That dent didn’t affect the taste!)

That stuff in dangerous, I tell ya.

We headed over to my parent’s house around 1:00 and snacked on some chips and salsa, hummus, tomatoes and carrots.

When all of the siblings got there (all 5 of them, plus significant others!), it was time for the main event!

Crabs and beer. Beer and crabs. Oh my heavens.

I also had some other things on the side:

Some corn (with Old Bay!), chips, hummus, tomatoes, carrots and some delicious “Kale Superfood Salad” that I had made. It includes kale, beets, carrots, cranberries and walnuts (amongst other things).

I’ll post the recipe to this soon- trust me- you will WANT to make this over and over and over again.

I ended up only eating four crabs. If you’re not familiar with picking crabs- I’ll tell you- that’s not a whole lot. Each crab yields a pretty small amount of meat (which is why crab meat is SO expensive to buy). I did end up picking about 8 more crabs though, so that I could take that meat home with me. :)

A little while later, we all dug into this:

Gosh, that watermelon was good.

And then we had dessert. It was my nephew Kaleb’s 7th birthday, so there was a cake for him, along with ice cream and cookies.

Of course, I had to have a little of each! The cookies were from this awesome local organic farm that sells the most amazing homemade baked goods. Check ‘em out!

(The EA eggs means England Acres eggs- from their farm.)

I definitely went back for a second cookie.

We headed home around 6:00, and I wasn’t really all that hungry (since we had been eating all afternoon). But around 7:00, Greg and I both decided to have something to eat. He heated up some leftovers from the night before, and I had a mini bowl of Cheerios with sliced banana and milk.

Ever since Jen said something about Cheerios and banana on my blog last week, I’ve been dreaming about it! But now I remember why I never buy cereal- that box is already half empty!

Greg and I also shared a bowl of popcorn.

Certainly the most healthy, well-rounded dinner I’ve ever shown on this blog, right? Hey, we can’t be perfect all the time.

Have a great Wednesday!

Have you ever been to a crab feast? What are the “famous foods” where you live?

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Comments

  1. oh my! I’ve always wanted to go to one of these crab things!!! how fun!

  2. dang, i’m coming to maryland. I want all. Crab is my middle name. Okay just kidding, that would be weird, but you get what i mean.

  3. Those are some beautiful crabs! A happy sight to wake up to :-) I only get them 2 or 3 times a year (at Aunt Clare’s–talk about crab snob, if it wasn’t caught in the last 5 hours…boo) but then I half starve myself all day so I’m good and hungry, and then eat about 20…
    Also–I just got some Earth Balance coconut spread and am in LOVE. Mine was also discounted (dont know why…) and I wish I had bought 3 tubs instead of one! I can only imagine what adding peanut would do…

    • I know. I need to make it to Aunt Clare’s one of these days. It always falls on a weekend when I’m not around (I’ll be at a Fitness conference in Baltimore this year). Eat 10 for me!

  4. ive been seeing that coconut peanut butter keep popping up in the blogging world – its making me jealous out in the UK where theres so way im gonna be able to get it haha!

  5. i’ve never been to a crab fest, but I love crabs and that coconut peanut butter sounds amazing!

  6. We always go to Bethesda Crab House when I am in MD in the summertime. Have you been there? It’s fun! So, yeah, I answer crabs too for my state’s food. For Georgia, I don’t know, peaches? Fried things?

  7. Whatever you do, don’t eat that coconut/peanut butter with chocolate chips–there is no going back from that! (But it is soooooo good.)

  8. I love crab, but I’ve never been to a crab fest. My family always laughs at the copious amount of crab I get at chinese buffets. They never seem to get that 1 crab=barely any meat at all! Haha.

  9. What a thorough WIAW! I often breeze through my post with a few things I’ve been munching on here and there, so I’m really impressed by your ability to remember to photograph everything and not be too hungry to do so! Those cookies look insanely good! I love how it says ‘real vanilla’ in the ingredients list. So often I see products with ‘natural vanilla flavor’ and wonder what the heck that is….flavor? Why not just say ‘vanilla’? Happy WIAW and blog-a-versary!

    • These were all taken with my iPhone- because I’m not controlled enough to actually take pretty pictures with my SLR when there’s food to be eaten right in front of me!

  10. I have never been to a crab feast. Around my neck of the woods, we tend to host low country boils (shrimp, potatoes, sausage and corn cooked in boiling water w/ lots of Old Bay) and oyster roasts. My town is one of the largeset producers of blueberries in the country.

  11. I want those cookies. And being from Maine, I understand your crab snobbery–in terms of lobster. NOPE, “lobster” is not lobster unless you’re getting it on the coast and eating it fresh. No faux-lobster, red lobster, stuffed lobster. Just dipped in good butter. And now I want those cookies. And your boring food solution is my boring food solution–SALSA.

  12. I WANT CRABS. in my belly. :) now. please.

    I seriously am envious of people on the coast with their access to seafood.

    • Yeah- that’s the ONLY drawback of living in Colorado. Not fresh fish and crabs from the Chesapeake Bay. That’s definitely one advantage that MD has.

  13. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to do a crab fest! I’m coming to visit!!! :)

  14. Kat Cuttitta says:

    YUMMY! This is my perfect day of eating! I once bought a chocolate chip cookie bar for the kids at England Acres and ate the ENTIRE THING in the car before I even got home. True story!

    • The baked goods at England Acres are just dangerous. My mom always has about 10 different things at her house (Which is why I always leave her house STUFFED).

  15. Great eats! I only lived in MD for a year, and I never ate crabs, at least, not like that. I did order crab cakes once though. Pretty tasty. :)

    • Crab cakes are definitely also something I’m a huge snob about. They’ve got to be 90% meat!
      Where did you live in MD?

  16. I die at this post!! Ice cream, watermelon, carrot oat cookies, corn on the cob with old bay!, kale salad. Yum! Crabs are my bf’s absolute favorite. I got him a maryland blue crab shipment thing for his birthday. No that he is back in town we have to use it!!
    In NYC – I guess our thang is pizza and bagels. Haha – I’d rather have crabs (yes, I said it)

  17. O my, that Coconut PB sounds amazing! I am definitely going to have to keep an eye out for it (maybe I can even find a discounted, dented one too! haha).

  18. That salsa/hummus/chips/carrots table looks awesome!

  19. Hello Crab Feast…used to go to the one in Annapolis every year…now THAT’s an event to remember (:

  20. Oh wow, those crabs looked yummy! My first night in MD, B’s family prepared a Welcome crab feast. It was AMAZING. I’ve never had anything like it before.

  21. The peanut butter is fantastic! I love when I happen upon a dented jar on sale!

  22. Oh my crab…now I may or may not be craving crab…yum! Looks like a great day!

  23. No crab feast for Midwest girls!!! We did sometimes have corn-on-the-cob and watermelon eating contests!! Lol. Also I lived right across the river from WI — so CHEESE!!!

  24. That coconut and peanut spread looks awesome! I will have to be on the lookout for that. Thanks for sharing. Happy WIAW :)

  25. crab cakes and football! that’s what maryland does!

    i’m in WNY right now so the popular food items are Beef on Weck and Buffalo Wings.

    • Yeah! Nice Wedding Crashers reference. (except the writers of the movie should have said “CRABS” and football)
      What is beef on weck?

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