Friday, March 23, 2012

State-by-State Baking :: Maryland Crab Cakes

The 7th state to join the Union was the state of Maryland.  A while back the girls studied this state with the help of B is for Blue Crab: A Maryland Alphabet and then completed their Notebook Pages. 

Maryland Notebooking Pages
by Twinkle Toes (L) and Chiquita (R)

Inspired by The United States Cookbook: Fabulous Foods and Fascinating Facts From All 50 States the girls decided to make Crab Cakes, however we opted to try another of Barbara's recipes instead of the recipe in our cookbook.  We have yet to try a recipe from Barbara that we didn't love, and this one wasn't any different!  They were AMAZING!!!  

"B is for Blue Crabs
that swim in the Chesapeake Bay.
Males are called Jimmys and females Sallys.
That's what the fishermen say."

Maryland Crab Cakes
(original recipe here)


½ pound of jumbo lump crabmeat
½ pound lump crab meat, shells removed
2 T. mayonnaise
1 T. Guldens brown mustard
dash of Worcestershire Sauce
dash of Tabasco
1 T. Italian parsley, chopped
1 T. scallions, chopped
pinch of kosher salt
pinch of white pepper
1 whole egg
dash of lemon juice
1/3 cup (plain) breadcrumbs
4 T. vegetable oil (or butter or, even better, butter/oil combination)

Combine all ingredients, except crab meat.
Stir in crab meat; let mixture sit 24 (6 to 8) hours in refrigerator.
Form into 4 oz. crab cakes (I used an ice cream scoop)
Sautée cakes for 2 minutes on each side (or until golden brown) in oil.

Dijon Sauce:

1/4 c. Dijon mustard
1/2 c. Sour cream
1/2 c. Mayonnaise
1 tbsp. white wine
1/4 tsp. mustard powder

Mix mustard, sour cream and mayo.
Add dry mustard and white wine.
Stir to combine and refrigerate until ready to use.

While I fried the Crab Cakes the girls did an excellent job setting the table. 

Oh wow, did they turn out yummy!   Everyone loved the Crab Cakes and even Snuggles agreed to taste them! We hope to make them again but, with how expensive crab is, I'm sure they will end up just being a very occasional special treat.    It was to be Daddy's last dinner at home for three weeks, and a Friday night, so it ended up being the perfect timing!   

Following Maryland we read P is for Palmetto: A South Carolina Alphabet.... but we've already covered that one, as well as New Hampshire.  I'll be back with pictures from Virginia next! 

Resources we used for this State Study:

B is for Blue Crab Teacher's Guide (pdf)
Other Posts of Interest: 

State-by-State Scrapbook
State-by-State Scrapbook :: Maryland


  1. Glad you liked them, Jessica. Yes, they are expensive (unless you live in Maryland!).

  2. And I just caught your adjective use, ya big tease!

  3. I very much love this idea Jessica! How do you find time to do all the planning for it all? Though girls over boys might be the difference in getting my students to do something like this! Though it does involve food...

    1. My boys would enjoy the baking just as much as the girls. In fact, they are often asking to join in, and they do love enjoying the results with the rest of us! I don't think it really takes that much extra planning. I have the notebook pages for the rest of the year (the first 25 states) printed and in a binder for the girls. We read the book, they re-read it on their own - usually multiple times - and then decide on a recipe. I love "crafts/projects" that involve food! We have to eat anyways, and the "results" don't end up cluttering up our home! ;)

  4. I love this series! I am collecting these books for my upcoming second grader to do next year and hope to interest him in the recipes. Tell me, do you plan to go back to doing Little Saints with Snuggles. In your spare time?:)

    1. It really is a wonderful collection of books. Definitely expensive to get all of them, even used, but so nice to have!

      Little Saints... There just hasn't been enough time in the day, since the baby was born, but it has been on my mind. I'd love to get going again, and perhaps continue through the summer with him. We'll see. Maybe after Easter, since my husband is out of town until then!

  5. Can you please tell me where you get the work sheets for the state of Maryland? I love how you post educational ideas. Thank you so much and God bless!

    1. They are from this US Maps CD:


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