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How to Make Crab Cakes

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How to make crab cakes that taste like crab, are easy to make, reasonable on the wallet, and adaptable to your taste. Yes, it's possible.

Crab Cakes:
1/2 lb handpicked lump crab meat
1 large egg
1 Tbsp mayonnaise
1 Tbsp parsley, chopped
1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Pinch of kosher sea salt to taste
1/4 c saltine crackers ( crumbled - about 6 crackers )
1 Tbsp butter, for baking - or vegetable oil, for sauteing
1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
Lemon wedges for presentation
Tartar Sauce:
1/2 c mayonnaise
1 Tbsp sweet relish
1 Tbsp shallots ( minced )
1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp capers ( chopped )
1/2 tsp dried tarragon
1/2 tsp hot sauce
Pinch of kosher sea salt to taste
2
Nutritions

Calories
430

Sodium
922mg
38% DV

Fat
21g
32% DV

Protein
27g
55% DV

Carbs
28g
9% DV

Fiber
2g
11% DV
Photo by Erich Boenzli

Making your own pasta is easier than you think. Halloween is right around the corner, so I decided to add a little Halloween and make Squid Ink Pasta.

2-2/3 c 00 flour
3 large eggs
1 Tbsp salt
.25 oz cuttlefish ink
12 large shrimp ( peeled and deveined )
8 sea scallops
2 medium tomatoes ( chopped )
3 cloves garlic ( chopped )
1/4 c extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 c white wine
1 c pasta cooking liquid
1/2 Tbsp hot pepper flakes
1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 c Italian flat leaf parsley ( chopped )
Salt and pepper
2
Nutritions

Calories
1563

Sodium
5357mg
223% DV

Fat
5g
9% DV

Protein
90g
180% DV

Carbs
282g
96% DV

Fiber
26g
104% DV
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This oven baked sheet pan salmon recipe with broccoli checks all the boxes. It's easy to make, healthy, delicious, pantry friendly, quick, and gentle on the wallet.

Salmon Steaks:
2 4-oz salmon steaks
1 Tbsp mayonnaise
1/2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp lemon juice
1/8 tsp kosher sea salt
2 Tbsp breadcrumbs
2 Tbsp Parmesan ( grated )
1 tsp lemon zest
Vegetable:
8 oz broccoli ( cut into bite-size florets )
2 cloves garlic ( minced )
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp hot pepper flakes
1/4 tsp kosher sea salt
1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
2
Nutritions

Calories
224

Sodium
916mg
38% DV

Fat
15g
23% DV

Protein
6g
13% DV

Carbs
17g
5% DV

Fiber
2g
10% DV
Photo by Erich Boenzli

Yes, sir! Let's get out the trusty old Lodge pan and have some pizza fun. Let's make a crazy delicious cast iron shrimp pizza with a pecan basil pesto.

Pizza Dough:
1-1/4 c warm water
1 tsp granulated sugar
2 tsp instant yeast
2 Tbsp olive oil
3-1/2 c flour
1-1/4 tsp salt
Pesto:
2 c basil leaves
1/2 c extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1/4 c pecan nuts ( about 8 whole nuts )
1/4 c Parmesan cheese ( 2 oz )
1/2 tsp kosher sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly cracked pepper
1/2 Tbsp semolina ( optional )
Toppings:
1/2 lb large shrimp ( about 8 )
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp butter
1/2 c mozzarella ( 2 oz )
1/4 tsp kosher sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly cracked pepper
2
Nutritions

Calories
2079

Sodium
3968mg
165% DV

Fat
41g
64% DV

Protein
84g
169% DV

Carbs
309g
105% DV

Fiber
17g
68% DV
24

Lemon Meringue Pie

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My lemon meringue pie recipe is absolutely irresistible. The flaky butter crust is filled with smooth tangy lemon deliciousness, then topped off with a gorgeous amount of fluffy, lightly sweet meringue.

Pie Crust:
2-1/2 c all-purpose flour ( sifted )
1 c unsalted butter ( cold, cut into pea-sized pieces )
1 tsp salt
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 tsp lemon zest
A few Tbsp ice water
Vegetable shortening for greasing pie pan
Lemon Filling:
5 large egg yolks
1-1/4 c water
1-1/4 c granulated sugar
1/3 c plus 1 Tbsp cornstarch
1/2 c lemon juice
1 Tbsp lemon zest
Meringue:
5 large egg whites ( at room temperature )
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 c granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
8
Nutritions

Calories
304

Sodium
334mg
13% DV

Fat
7g
11% DV

Protein
11g
23% DV

Carbs
51g
17% DV

Fiber
3g
13% DV
315

Grilled Marinated Leg of Lamb

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Grilled leg of lamb: A step-by-step recipe to preparing the meat, marinating with hand-ground herbs and spices, and grilling to perfection over natural wood.

1 bone-in leg of lamb, about 7 lbs before trimming
6 cloves garlic
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 Tbsp kosher salt
2 tsp black tellicherry peppercorns
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
1 Tbsp rosemary ( chopped )
3 Tbsp olive oil
Nutritions

Calories
1287

Sodium
7391mg
307% DV

Fat
88g
136% DV

Protein
91g
182% DV

Carbs
21g
7% DV

Fiber
8g
34% DV
Photo by Viana Boenzli

A cool, refreshing watermelon lemonade with fresh garden rosemary! This drink has just the right combination of sweet & tart to cool you off on a hot summer...

1/4 c fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp simple syrup
1/2 c cold water
3/4 c watermelon, blended
1/4 tsp rosemary, roughly chopped
Ice cubes
Nutritions

Calories
126

Sodium
8mg
0% DV

Fat
7g
12% DV

Protein
4g
8% DV

Carbs
35g
12% DV

Fiber
6g
24% DV
185

Grilled Vegetables

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Grilling vegetables is not about having special equipment. The best vegetables to grill are the ones that are ripe in your garden or fresh at the market.

2 bell peppers ( remove core and seeds, quarter )
1 large red onion ( peel and quarter )
1 medium eggplant ( cut lengthwise in half-inch slices or rounds )
1 medium zucchini ( cut lengthwise in half-inch slices or rounds )
1/2 lb asparagus ( cut off woody ends )
2 medium tomatoes ( cut in half, or a bunch of grape tomatoes, leave whole )
2 large portobello mushrooms ( I like them whole )
1/2 c olive oil ( or more )
Juice from a half lemon or lime
Generous pinch of sea salt and freshly cracked pepper
4
Nutritions

Calories
196

Sodium
818mg
34% DV

Fat
7g
11% DV

Protein
9g
19% DV

Carbs
30g
10% DV

Fiber
5g
21% DV
Photo by Viana Boenzli

This is my best homemade cole slaw recipe. It has everything you're looking for: The beautifully crunchy texture of the cabbage, combined with a lightly creamy, sweet and sour tangy dressing. And this recipe is so easy, you'll be done in less than 10 minutes!

2 lb cabbage, about 4 c shredded
3 carrots, finely shredded
1/2 c mayonnaise
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
Salt and pepper, to taste
8 servings
Nutritions

Calories
355

Sodium
442mg
18% DV

Fat
2g
3% DV

Protein
8g
17% DV

Carbs
83g
28% DV

Fiber
22g
91% DV
36

Caesar Dressing

Photo by Viana Boenzli

Caesar dressing is so delicious and unbelievably easy to make in just a few minutes, you'll never buy it at the supermarket again!

2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1-1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3/4 c mayonnaise
2 cloves garlic ( minced )
1 tsp anchovy paste ( or 2 fillets, minced )
1/2 c Parmigiano-Reggiano ( finely grated )
Freshly ground pepper to taste
2 main-course salads or 4 side salads
Nutritions

Calories
267

Sodium
176mg
7% DV

Fat
25g
39% DV

Protein
2g
4% DV

Carbs
6g
2% DV

Fiber
0.9g
3% DV

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