Friday, March 26, 2010

Hey Hey Old Bay!

I wanted to share a few things I am enjoying lately.

While I absolutely love to entertain & happily obsess over my menu for days & days prior, I don't go crazy with unnecessary gadgets or houseware items. Once in a while, though, I see something that just rocks my apron off & I must have. This, my friends, is one such thing. I am in love with my cooler! 


I already christened Tommy last weekend when I had friends over. The cooler even lifts off so that it can be transported. And you just gotta love the bottle opener! Not only is it pretty but it works well too ~ the ice hardly had melted when we checked it the next morning. 

Onto more things I am diggin'...


Old Bay & Garlic Crab Legs by Live.Love. Eat

{ Printable Recipe Here }

My previous post was for crab legs with an Asian twist that were to die for. I loved them so much I had to prepare them again the same way, stovetop, but with my own special sauce this time. The result was a solo lovefest with just me, 1.4 lbs crab legs, a side of mashed potatoes & a glass of white wine. They were out of this world, better than any crab legs I've had. I even thought of starting my own little crab truck where I serve nothing but crab legs in different sauces.

Can you picture that? BYOB!

Bring Your Own Bib


1.5 lbs Snow Crab Clusters
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 stick of Butter
Garlic Powder
Old Bay Seasoning
White wine

Prepare the crab as in in this recipe by breaking the crab legs into pieces & removing joints & unnecessary parts. Since this was just for myself I didn't even bother cutting the shell on one side as I did in the last recipe. I did, however, try out the clusters this time. While a part or two were fishy I enjoyed them.

Heat olive oil & butter in a skillet on medium high. When butter is browned & hot, add crab leg pieces. This will make a beautiful sizzling sound. Toss the pieces around to coat in the oil butter mixture. Add a few sprinkles of garlic powder & Old Bay. Use your judgement here. Add white wine, about 1 cup. Toss lightly. Crab legs should warm through over medium heat for no more than 7 minutes. Take off heat & keep covered until ready to indulge.


{ Food for Thought }

1.4 lbs = 2 clusters was perfect for me. If you're preparing for quite a few people, I say plan on 2 clusters per person. And you definitely want to have a seafood/nut cracker & little fork standing by to help you with this.


And one last thing to enjoy....


I had forgotten how much I loved Old Bay Seasoning. So, tonight after  cleaning out my freezer to make room for about 40 lbs of meat I got from my boss who bought 3 cows in an auction, I decided I needed to make french fries that were taking up way too much space. That's what I told myself.

Have you ever just added a few seasonings on hand to spice up your fries? Oh my.....



Cook your fries the way you want. As soon as they are off the heat, sprinkle with sea salt, a little garlic powder & just a bit of Old Bay seasoning. Wow....


Go spice things up a bit & have a great weekend!!!!!!


Linking Deliciously to Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays!

26 comments:

Just Breathe said...

OMG where did you buy that. I love it and know of a few people who would love that as a gift? I really want to eat at your house!

Erin said...

I heart crab.
We moved our blog :
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Had to hide from students!

Ronda said...

OMG!!!! I love that cooler! I am soo getting this for John for Father's Day. It will be great on the dock! And Old Bay--what can I say, it is a staple around here. We even rub it on our corn on the cob!
Have a great weekend!
XOXO

doggybloggy said...

I saw your post and I could SMELL it .....fo- shizzle!

Ronda said...

I can't find that cooler. Where did you get it?!

Chef E said...

Send me some of that Crab love this way! Enjoy this great food, cause I am loving the post!

~Marie~ said...

Old Bay = LOVE!

And for those who have no idea what Old Bay is, you have no idea what you are missing.

Nice cooler!

Gloria said...

OMG I love the cooler! and love the crab , look awesome!!
Have a lovely weekend! gloria

simplysandi said...

Awesome cooler... can't wait to try Old Bay on my fries.

Jessica said...

I love old bay, it totally makes some fries. I have never been brave enough to try to cook crab myself, but you make it look easy : )

That cooler is awesome!

Tam said...

Love the Cooler!

OLD BAY is a staple in my pantry! Old bay is awesome! Love LOVE OLD BAY on all my seafood! Love Old bay on fries....LOVE OLD BAY ON POPCORN! Old bay on Chips also!

In Maryland they even give you old bay to dip your seafood in! YUMOLICIOUS!

FROGGITY! said...

well, i heart all of the above of this post!!! suits me to a T. lovin the tommy cooler!! rock on.

Jason, as himself said...

Love the cooler, love the potato wedges! But, um, I'll pass on the crab legs. Well, if you take them out of the shell for me then I'll try them. And I'm sure they'll be good because, hello? You made them.

Tender Branson said...

Nice looking fries. Never tried old bay spices but if it works on fries than I'll give it a go.

ARUNA said...

that cooler looks so good! Nice fries!

Coco said...

That cooler is awesome! I love the blue. And of course Tommy Bahama!!

Those fries look to die for and I am making the crablegs this Friday night!!!!

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

I love old bay. and I'm digging all your crab recipes as of late. Add a sprinkle of old bay into your next bloody mary....mmmmm good!

Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner
www.mawhats4dinner.com

Sara said...

You are really making me crave crab legs. Gotta get me some!!!
Love the cooler too. What a great "gadget"!

Deanna said...

I love that seasoning. The boys love it when it is a night that I just slice up potatoes and bake them and throw all types of seasoning on them. They can make a meal off of potatoes.

The Blonde Duck said...

That looks delicious!

Kameron said...

That is a fancy cooler! I love it though. I can see why you had to have it. I have been craving crabn legs lately. I just didn't want to make them boring ole steamed. i will have to try your recipe out next weekend!

Pam said...

What an awesome cooler - my husband would love it. The crab legs look amazing - now I have two of your crab leg recipes to try.

Melody said...

DUDE! Put me on the next guest list! LOL I love me some crab legs, but I'm way to chicken to cook any kind of shell fish.

~melody~

Life with Kaishon said...

Wowza! That is a cooler that looks super cool! : ) I know you are the talk of the neighborhood. Not only are you the best cook in all the land, you have the best accessories for your delish food!

Lula! said...

If I told you how we steamed our crab legs, you'd die. But they're delicious and better than any we've ever had in a restaurant...so we're kinda proud of 'em. And yes--OLD BAY is involved in the process. So is beer.

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