Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Yep. You read right. I got crabs today... and my husband loved it. But first, let me provide some background...

We hit up the asian market today out in the suburbs and wow, what a difference in prices. Normally we shop in the neighboring suburbs since the prices are more afforable than in the city where we live. However this time, we went further out to get some new scenery. I'm so glad we did. Some of our awesome buys include:

- strawberries for $.99/lb
- blackberries for $.99/pkg
- blueberries for $1.79/lrg pkg
- peaches for $.69/lb
- plums for $.99/lb
- broccoli crowns for $.49/lb
- yellow onions for $.39/lb
- red onions for $.49/lb
- green onions @ 4 bunches/$1.00
- vine tomatoes @ $.79/lb
- shallots @ $.79/lb
- seedless cucumber @ $.79 each
- seafood mix for $1.99/lb
- vegetable dumplings for $2.99 @ buy one get one free
- boneless, skinless chicken breast @ $1.49/lb
- fresh, live blue crabs @ $1.49/lb

... and so much more! We left there with a trunk full of fresh produce, seafood and meats all for less than $90. We're set for quite a while. So back to my crabs. My husband jumped at the chance to have fresh live crabs for dinner. In fact, he made dinner tonight and it was pretty darn good. It's been quite some time since I got messy with a pile of steamy hot crabs so it was a fun dinner. Here's a little pictorial of how he prepared our crabs:

It's a live one, folks...
These are snappy little buggers...
Go to sleep little crabbies...
And here's a special spice to flavor it up...
To add some additional flavor and color: parsley...
and 15-20 minutes later, dinner is served!

While he steamed the crabs with the Chesapeake Bay seasoning, parsley and salt & pepper to taste, I roasted some corn in the oven and made a fresh fruit salad with some of the fruit we purchased.