crabby patty cakes.

i did it again – i got in the kitchen and i made something i never, ever made before: crab cakes.

true story, kids.

brief backstory {because all stories need a backstory}: al is a fan of crab cakes and i’ve been wanting to make him some crab cakes for a while.

end of backstory.

i am the subscriber and recipient of a ridiculous amount of random eMails, one of them being from food + wine. one day the people at food + wine automatically {or perhaps, personally?} eMailed me a few crab cake recipes, one of which that i printed and planned on making in the near future. of course, it was ana’s version of the “near future,” which turned out to be a few months later. but, the wait is finally over!

the recipe –

{the original recipe can be found here.}

Ingredients – 1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 large egg, beaten
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
1 pound jumbo lump crab meat, picked over
20 saltine crackers, finely crushed
1/4 cup canola oil
Lemon wedges, for serving

  1. In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the egg, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce until smooth.
  2. In a medium bowl, lightly toss the crabmeat with the cracker crumbs. Gently fold in the mayonnaise mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Scoop the crab mixture into eight 1/3-cup mounds; lightly pack into 8 patties, about 1 1/2 inches thick. In a large skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the crab cakes and cook over moderately high heat until deeply golden and heated through, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the crab cakes to plates and serve with lemon wedges.

here is a picture of my chosen ingredients:

there wasn’t much work involved in making this recipe, aside from going out and getting the ingredients and doing a little mixing. luckily for me, however, all of the ingredients were already here. with ingredients all readily available, all i had to do was mix the ingredients and smash some crackers. for visual purposes, here is how it kind of went. and by kind of went, i mean the final product of the smashed crackers.

i chilled the whole mash up for an hour, per the recipe’s instructions – and once the 50 minutes were up {you didn’t actually think i was patient enough to wait a full hour, did you? ;)}, i got to putting them in the canola oil like a boss. {note to self and others: don’t leave lettuce soaking in the kitchen sink if you’re going to be making a mess in the kitchen and geting your hands all dirty. it turns out, it makes things slightly more complicated than necessary.}

ok, ok – the recipe is already posted and let’s just get to the final product already.

ta da –

final verdict: i got two thumbs up from al and i was excited to have yet another recipe under my belt. literally, under my belt, guys. {fyi: in case you were wondering, i was able to make about 8-9ish fairly huge crab cakes with this recipe.}

let me know if you’ve tried this recipe, plan on trying it or have another crab cake recipe i should definitely try in the next 5 years. 🙂

<3 always,

ana patricia

have you tried any new recipes recently? 


forecast: partly cloudy.

once in a while, you find out about a hidden pocket of wonder in our massive world and it suddenly becomes absolutely mandatory that you find and witness it for yourself.

and sometimes, you’re lucky enough to find out that this magical place  is just a 5.5 hour car trip away from you.

such is the case of a “little” place called: cherry springs state park in pennsylvania.

upon skimming one of my many random magazine subscriptions, i found a brief description of a park i had never heard of. the article spoke of this magical place having the darkest night skies on the east coast and boasted of a dreamy, clear night sky full of stars and all sorts of astronomical wonders. three words came to mind: sign me up. {ok – in reality, it was probably more like 5 words; exciting things tend to warrant an expletive or two. ;)}

and so, after some online research, a reliable dog sitter {thanks mom!} and a good reason to finally go – perseids meteor shower, we set track this past weekend on a 5.5 hour voyage to see, well, the universe.

the 5.5 hour trip there wasn’t as excruciating as i thought it would be – at least not as the passenger. 🙂 the last hour or so was, hands down, the most interesting of our voyage. in this hour, we lost all cell phone coverage, were on a very isolated, tree-lined road with little sign of civilization and were greeted by a pretty awesome black bear crossing the road. we finally arrived at our destination around 7pm-ish and were excited to see that we weren’t the only ones there after a lonely hour on the road. at this point, we were unsure what to expect of our adventure, but were super excited nonetheless. after watching a short and long film about astronomy in the pitch dark of the park, we heard the last thing we wanted to hear: the clouds were being relentless and we wouldn’t be able to see much of anything that night. i would be lying if i didn’t say that i was slightly disappointed; i was looking for a clear glimpse of universe magic, and all i got was a sky full of clouds.

after a little pouting, nap in the warm car, and a glimpse of the moon, i realized that: despite there not being a sky full of stars and visions of meteor showers, i had done something on my bucket list, which is pretty damn magical and astronomical in and of itself. 🙂

so, next time, because there will be a next time {aurora borealis: i’m coming for you!}, i will check the weather and make sure the forecast is: clear skies all damn day. and until then, i will just make the most of the random partly cloudy skies that the universe throws our way.

and here are some pics for your viewing pleasure:

this is what i expected to see –

 picture from the cherry springs state park dark sky fund website, which can be found here.

what i actually got to see –

picture courtesy al’s picture-taking of the moon, while i napped.  🙂

finally here!

one of two fields.

one of three astronomy domes on the other field.

and, on that note, hope your weekend was out of this world. 😉

<3 always,

ana patricia

 have you recently done something on your bucket list?