Summer Recipe Week — Anyone Feeling Crabby?

Happy Monday, everyone!  I think I’ll keep it short and sweet today.  I know everyone’s rolling into a new school year (or about to) but before we get back into the routine, how about a last taste of summer… or two?  We’ve gathered on the porch this week for an old fashioned summer recipe swap.

Where better to wile away the last of the long. lazy summer days than at the beach?  And if you’re lucky enough to be at the beach right now, that might mean you’re feelin’ just a little crabby.  Soft Shell, Blue, King, it doesn’t matter what kind of crab it is, there’s nothing better than plate of fresh crab for dinner… unless it’s an afternoon of fishing those tasty critters from the water yourself and cooking up a big boil right there on the beach.

Crabbing is a bit of an art form and each devoted crabber has his or her own favorite method.  Whether it’s chicken necks tied to a string and tossed into a quiet cove, a ring trap dropped off the pier with a bait bag fixed in the center, a basket trap, a crab pot, or a box trap, crabbing  can be fun for the whole family. If you’re visiting the beach yet this summer and you’re interested in giving it a whirl, you can pick up basic equipment almost anywhere near the water (or online) and go try your luck.  To increase your chances, ask the locals for a few tips on hot spots in the area, or check chat boards ahead of time. You’ll usually find people talking about where the local honey holes are.

Or, if you’re like me and you’re much farther from the beach than you’d like to be right now, stop by your local grocery store, pick up a couple cans of crab meat and try out this yummy recipe for Hot Crab Dip.  It’s great served warm with crackers or toasts, or tucked inside wonton or filo dough (spray with a little Pam before you bake) to create fry-free Crab Rangoons.  Enjoy!

**Note** If you like your crab dip a little less “crabby” reduce the recipe to one can of crab, but leave all other ingredients as listed.


Stop by the rest of a the week and see what the other Belles have to share in our Summer Recipe Swap, or leave a recipe of your own in the comments.  We’d love to try out some of your summer favorites!



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  1. Rachel Hauck says

    Lisa, YUM!! I’m going to give this a try! You always have the best recipes! So excited for your upcoming release!


  2. Amber says

    This sounds so tasty! We go crabbing, too, so this would be perfect for us but I’ve never had a recipe for the dip before. thanks!

  3. Melanie Backus says

    Recipe: Perfect Pound Cake
    Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Cook Time: 1 Hour | Difficulty: Easy | Servings: 12
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    • 3 sticks Butter
    • 3 cups Sugar
    • 5 whole Eggs
    • 1 teaspoon Butter Flavoring
    • 2 teaspoons Lemon Flavoring
    • 3 cups All-purpose Flour
    • 1 cup Sprite, 7-UP, Or Sierra Mist
    Preparation Instructions
    Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
    Cream butter. Add sugar, 1 cup at a time, mixing after each addition. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing after each addition. Add butter and lemon extracts and mix well. Add flour, 1 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add soft drink, then mix together until combined. Scrape sides of bowl, then mix briefly.
    Pour into a greased Bundt pan and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes, until the cake is no longer jiggly.
    Remove cake from oven and invert pan until cake drops out. Slice and chow down!

    How about dessert with your crab dip! YUM!!!!!

    • Lisa Wingate says

      YUM! Melanie, this sounds perfect. Anything that begins with three sticks of butter is true Southern Cooking. Thanks for bringing a recipe to the swap today!

  4. says

    I love a recipe swap and look forward to trying the yummy crab dip! Here is one of my favorite recipes. It is quick, easy, and delicious!!

    Fiesta Corn Salad

    4 cans Fiesta or Mexican corn, drained
    3 cups cheddar cheese, grated
    1 cup mayonnaise
    6 tablespoons ranch dressing
    2 packages Chili Cheese Fritos, crushed

    Mix first four ingredients in a large bowl. Just before serving, stir in crushed Fritos. Serves a crowd and can be halved for a family. Enjoy!!

    • Lisa Wingate says

      You girls are so sweet! Love the sound of this salad and it seems like it would be perfect for a summer potluck. I think my guys will love this one, too!


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