Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Delightful Summer Meal, After A Day At The Beach, “Crab Cakes” & “Coleslaw”

Welcome to “Wordless Tuesday!” Where there is a mouthwatering recipe or two which I know you have been waiting to try…….. 

Summer time means lazy days at the beach, finding seashells, swimming, and having fun in the sun! During the summer we all crave foods that are easy, light, and healthy. Crab Cakes and Coleslaw are what’s on the menu today! The outer crust of these crab cakes are crispy and flavorful, but as you take a bite, the inside tastes sweet with the crab meat and spicy with the seasonings. Plus a tangy coleslaw, to add to your crab cake dish. A delightful summer meal after a day at the beach…

Crab Cakes

Ingredients for the Crab Cakes:
30 Ritz crackers, divided, finely crushed
1 pound lump crab meat, flaked
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup of sour cream
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp of green onion, chopped
2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
vegetable oil, for frying
**Optional: 2 cans (6 oz. each) crabmeat, drained, flaked 

Directions for Crab Cakes:
Crush the Ritz Crackers with a rolling pin (while keeping them in their plastic sleeves). Empty the crumbs into a bowl, shaking to separate the larger crumbs from the fine crumbs. You will need the fine crumbs for dredging the crab cakes. Put the larger crumbs in a large bowl, and add the crab, and other ingredients. Mix gently until you can press the mixture together to form patties and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. (Refrigerate for 1/2 hour to let them set up a bit.) Heat 1/2 inch vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Dredge the crab cakes in the fine crumbs, and when oil is hot enough, drop the cakes gently into the skillet. Cook, turning on all sides without squishing or flattening, until the cakes are golden, about 6 to 8 minutes in all. Drain on paper towels, and serve hot with the Remoulade Sauce. ***** You can add more mayo if too dry and you can add more cracker crumbs if too wet, depending on the crab meat and your ingredients.

My niece Lauren, went to Cancun, Mexico & kissed the Dolphin (2014)
“Remoulade Sauce

Ingredients for the Remoulade Sauce:
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning

Directions for Remoulade:
Whisk together all the ingredients, then cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. The recipe for remoulade makes extra; it can be used for a variety of dishes.


“Easy Coleslaw

3 Tbs. Cider Vinegar
4 Tsp. Sugar
2 Tsp. Canola Oil
1 Tsp. Dijon Mustard
1/4 Tsp. Celery Seeds
1 cup shredded Green Cabbage
1 cup shredded Red Cabbage
1 Carrot, shredded
Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste

Whisk together vinegar, sugar, oil, Dijon mustard, celery seeds in a mixing bowl. Add green and red cabbage with the carrots; toss well. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

 Till Next Time………………………………...............................

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  1. Now I'm hungry for both of your recipes! Yum! I haven't had crab cakes since I was in Maryland last year! And that is exactly how I like my coleslaw, with lots of vinegar and celery seeds! Thanks for sharing, Dottie and hope you are having a lovely summer with beach filled days! As for me, I haven't made it to the beach once, yet...I need to get on it! Thanks and have a great rest of the weeks! CC

    1. Good morning Christina, thank you for your visit today...I agree, every time I see these crab cakes, I want more of them. So simple and yet so delicious. This is the perfect time of the year to enjoy these goodies. This coleslaw is also simple, and my mom always put celery seeds in hers as well. It really gives it a wonderful flavor, and again the vinegar also adds to the taste. Like you, I love anything with vinegar. Yes, my summer is going very nicely, thanks for asking, but it just goes so fast. Here we are approaching August already...I do hope that you are enjoying your summer, even though you have summer most of the time. I have heard about your heat and drought. You need to get to the beach and relax...so enjoy! Have a good week, Dottie :)

  2. Good morning Dottie , as usual your post was most intertaining .
    Your neice Lauren is just too cute for words , I bet that was a great experience for her to kiss the Dolphin , really cute .
    I make my ramoulade sauce the same as you , but with a little heat .
    I needd a tasty dish that was quick and easy and dear Dottie you came to the rescue again . Serving up carb cakes and slaw tomorrow with the ramoulade dressing . Thanks so much for sharing :)

    PS: How is Micheael doing with his music , I forget to ask . ~~Nee~~

    1. Dearest Nee, Good morning....

      Hope that you are doing well today and thank you for visiting me. I have to agree, even though she is my niece, Lauren is very special. She really wanted to swim with the dolphins from before she left on the trip with her family. Not only did she swim with them but she kissed them. I was amazed! She is in college at ESU, (in Pa) that is East Stroudsburg University. You would be proud of me Nee, I used an app to get the background, instead of just a plain photo. I am learning...
      I figured you would add some heat to the remoulade sauce and I am so thrilled that I saved the day for you. They are easy and a perfect time of the year to enjoy these little delicious crab cakes as well as the slaw. Thanks for asking about Micheal, he is well and is getting ready for a tremendous concert in NJ on Sept 21, 2014. I will be posting some info on my blog and on Facebook to advertise for him. If you click on this link you can see some info. I will let him know that you asked for him. Disney Wiki http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/He_Lives_in_You

      Have a nice day today and blessings for you and your family.
      <3 :) Dottie

  3. Dottie, I love it. This is my kind of meal. Summer is my favorite season, always has been. I'm one of the few people you enjoy the summer weather.

    Believe it or not, we haven't made it to the beach yet this year. This new website has taken up all our time...not to mention the weather. This has to be one of the coolest summers on record! :o

    But no matter how warm or cool it is, I'm always in the mood for crab cakes and coleslaw. The photos look fabulous by the way :)


    Fixed the feed, so you will be getting our updates again! ^_^

    1. Hi Tammy, So nice to hear from you...thanks for stopping over and your comment. I agree it is a perfect summer meal! I have to confess, I prefer the Fall and Winter that is my choice of season. I really do not like the heat and humidity, especially living on Long Island. You are not alone, there are many people that LOVE the summer weather. Yes, this summer the weather has been really not too bad (heat wise) But I think I heard the weatherman say that the middle of August we will be in the 90's. So you will be thrilled I am sure! Then you can go to the beach...I just checked out the blog and I love the finishing touches..I love the black background, you can see your beautiful photos better as well as your words. Thanks for fixing the feed. I signed up and subscribed the other day, thought that may help. I think your mom and you have a great idea about posting info on the change over to WP. I am sure it will help many people. So far I am sticking with Blogger...I may change sometime in the future, so this will be a tips for me, now that you all have been through it. Hope that you have a wonderful rest of the week, and send my regards to your mom! Blessings...Dottie :)

    2. Dottie, I'm not going to lie, there have been many moments throughout this adventure of blog migration where I've thought 'maybe we should have stayed on Blogger'!! It's a long process, and if you don't wish to be bother with the time and effort that goes into it and you tend to be a creature of habit then stick with Blogger. In many other ways though, WP is great! Once you get the hang of it (which I'm slowly teaching myself) it's no big deal...and in a way, it's rewarding when you figure it out. If you are planning on switching to WP in the future, let me know, I would love to help. If it's one thing I learned throughout this process it's not to be afraid to ask around...you'd be surprised at how many bloggers are willing to help and honored you sought them out for advice :) ...but I will go into greater depth when I sort through my notes for the series.

      You're right, I am thrilled about a prospect of a warmer August! Haha..at least it will feel like summer for a little bit. While I love summer, Autumn is another favorite of mine. I love Halloween and all the spices and pie baking...it's winter I dread the most!

      Well, have a wonderful weekend.


    3. Hi Tammy, thank you again for all your help and advice, you are amazing, by now I would have given up. Right now I am staying with Blogger, not only because of what you have gone through but I seem to be ok with things. My old saying is, "if it ain't broke, why fix it." Thanks for you offering to help me, you are so kind. I know what you mean about other bloggers helping out, I have reached out to Louise, and Nee a few times. That is what is so nice, you know you have your back covered by your blogger friends. That series will be very helpful to everyone. That is very thoughtful of you and your mom doing that for everyone.
      I understand, a lot of people don't like the winter, I guess with the snow, driving etc. But the fall is a beautiful time...true, pies, baking, hot chocolate, fireplaces going...a wonderful time of the year...
      Thanks again, Tammy you are a dear friend. Please send regards to your mom from me. Have a fun weekend...
      Dottie :)

  4. HI Dottie!
    If this post doesn't make me miss Long Island, I don't know what would! I LOVE Crab Cakes especially when they are made with Ritz crackers, lol...And although I'm not a huge fan of Coleslaw, I must admit, I sure wouldn't mind you sending me some of yours. It's all about the Vinegar for me too, lol...

    Thank you so much for sharing, Dottie...I do hope you are enjoying your Summer. It has been so cool here the last couple of days I fear Fall being right around the corner. The plants are so confused although, Marion is loving this cool, unhumid weather. She says her bones don't hurt, lol...

    1. Hi Louise,
      Thanks for visiting me on this delightful Wednesday afternoon. The weather here has now gotten a little cooler, but we are still warmer than you are. I know that you miss Long Island, but we are not that far away. Yes, these crab cakes are amazing. You can use saltines as well, but I think the Ritz Crackers have that buttery flavor. I know that you are not a fan of vinegar, but the coleslaw is really good, especially with the crab cakes. Thanks for asking about my summer, so far it is going well. Always something to do and the days just keep flying by. My niece Lauren (who is in the photo with the dolphin) is going back to college in 3 weeks...can you imagine! The summer is just going by too fast. Hope that the cooler weather is not hurting your plants, but seems that Marion is not hurting with this cooler weather and that is good for her. Hope that you have a great rest of the week...Blessings dear friend...
      Dottie :)

  5. Some great dishes! I love crab cakes, but have never made them with Ritz crackers. Sounds delish -- I should try that. And celery seeds are so wonderful in coleslaw, aren't they? For me, they make the dish. Good stuff -- thanks.

    1. Hi John, Thanks for visiting and your comment. I know, right, crab cakes with Ritz crackers. But let me tell you they really are so good, they give it a more buttery taste. I remember years ago my mom making slaw and she had a heavy hand, we always thought she put too much of the celery seeds in, but she would say, never enough celery seeds..that is what makes the dish! So you and my mom are totally correct! Hope that you are having a fabulous day! Dottie :)

  6. This is lovely Dottie. I have never made crab cakes as I have only used cod so far but hey, these must be lovely!! They look divine.
    Love your coleslaw too.
    Just heading to the beach today, the weather seems to be better. I want to sunbathe! Ciao!

    1. Dear Alida,
      Thanks for your comment and stopping over....I have had cod cakes before and they are very good too! Here on Long Island surrounded by water we use crab a lot. These little golden cakes are amazing and the slaw is a great added veggie. A perfect meal for the summer. So glad that you are going to the beach, I hope that you enjoy your sunbathing. Ciao...have a wonderful day with your family.
      Dottie :)

  7. Dear Dottie, This is a perfect summer meal. I would enjoy this thoroughly. I know that my son and daughter would too. It is too bad that the summer goes so quickly, since we have not been to the beach yet! Oh well...perhaps in the fall. Blessings dear.

    1. Dear Catherine,
      Thank you for your comment and coming to visit....I agree with you dear friend...these little golden cakes are amazing. I should make them more, especially in the summer, but we always forget about them. Yes, here we are August 1st is Friday...my niece has got about 3 weeks left and then returns to college. Now that went very fast...You have got to go to the beach before the leaves start falling...I heard that the middle of August we are going to be in the high 90's so maybe then you may be able to get to the beach to cool off. Blessing on your day...
      Dottie :)