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Hot Crab Dip

I’ve been on a crab binge the last couple of weeks.  They jump out at me every week at the Dupont Farmers Market when I turn the corner to enter the section in the bank parking lot and the lovely folks at Phillips Foods sent over a bunch of coupons a few weeks ago so I could play around with some of their crabmeat. Here’s one of my favorites takes on a dip using their meat.

Hot Crab Dip

3 tbsp butter
2 shallots, minced
1/4 tsp cayenne
3/4 tsp Old Bay seasoning
1 1/2 tsp dry mustard
3/4 cup half and half
8 oz. cream cheese
6 oz. cheddar cheese, grated
3 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
10 oz. crab meat (I like lump and backfin)

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Homemade Boursin

This is one of my go to appetizers.  It’s easy to whip up (everything goes in the food processor) and keeps for about a week in the refrigerator.


Homemade Boursin
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley
1/4 cup fresh dill
1/4 cup fresh chives
1/2 cup shredded swiss cheese
1 8oz package of cream cheese
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp lemon zest
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp Tabasco sauce
1 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
2 tbsp vegetable oil

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the garlic, herbs and zest until all finely minced. Add remaining ingredients and pulse until smooth. Keep in refrigerator and bring to room temperature for serving.

Enjoy!

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A Crabby Party

I love this adorable idea for a crab-inspired birthday party!  It’s perfect for our region, especially if you’re spending part of your summer even closer to the shore!  Click here for more pictures and ideas from Hostess with the Mostess!

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Have a Berry Good Fourth!

I love this tart for a Fourth of July picnic… It’s just perfect (go figure, it’s from Martha)!  Have a happy and safe holiday weekend!

For the crust:
5 cups all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons sugar
2 cup (4 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
4 large egg yolks
1/2 cup ice water

For the creme fraiche filling:
2 packages cream cheese (8 ounces each), room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
8 ounces creme fraiche
1 cup confectioner’s sugar

For the tart:
4 ounces semisweet chocolate
1/2 cup apricot jam, for glazing blueberries
1/2 cup raspberry jam, for glazing raspberries
2 tablespoons water
2 pints red raspberries
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
1 pint blueberries, picked over

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A Light Refreshment

With the heat of summer upon us, there’s not much better than cool, refreshing cocktail to bring the work day to a close.  I’ve been a fan for a while, but still, every time I bring my lips to the glass for the first sip of this delightful beverage, I am, once again, hooked.  Give it a try – I dare you – and 5:00 might just begin to come earlier…

cucumber-and-hendricks

Simply pour a little Hendrick’s in a glass with ice and sliced cucumbers and enjoy!  Add a little tonic if you prefer and to make it even more delightful, a splash of St. Germain.

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Host an Oscar’s Party!

My only real blog read every day is Twig and Thistle.  Kathleen comes up with the cutest ideas and does an awesome job of following through on making such great downloadable materials to go with the posts.  Hop over there today to download all of these templates and more to host your own fabulous Oscar’s party.  She’s even done all of the work of making the ballots for you and your friends to vote with.  I love it!!!

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Blue Cheese and Black Pepper Gougeres

These little suckers are irresistible!  I bet you can’t eat just one!  Enjoy them right out of the oven when still piping hot with a glass of beefy red wine.  If you don’t like or have blue cheese, substitute swiss or parmesan – most cheeses work great!

10 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups unbleached flour, sifted
5 large eggs
1 cup blue cheese, crumbled
freshly ground black pepper
1 egg, beaten

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