How can you not have a good time eatin crabcakes?!

In my humble non-Maryland living (aka non-expert) opinion, the secret to a good crab cake is to let the flavors of the crab shine through adding just enough binder to give structure to the cakes without overwhelming the crab. This is a CRAB cake versus those mostly carby filler, crab-flavored posers.

Last night's dinner...

Shelly's Baked Crab Cakes

1/4 cup Italian Style Dry Bread Crumbs
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Tablespoon Parsley, chopped
1/2 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
a few twists of Black Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon Prepared Horseradish (the creamy kind)
1 Tablespoon unsalted Butter, melted
1 Egg, beaten
1 cup Cooked Crab
Olive Oil

Preheat oven to 375. Lightly oil a cookie sheet. combine all ingredients together until well blended. Shape mixture into 8 crab cakes, about 2 1/2 inches and 1/2 inch thick, and place onto cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes, then turn the crab cakes over, and bake an additional 8-10 minutes, until nicely browned. For a cheaper variation try this recipe with salmon.

Serve with tartar sauce, remoulade sauce, a tomato or fruit salsa or Shelly's Pesto Yogurt Dipping Sauce. The would be great with a salad for lunch. For dinner I would do a green veggie like spinach or sauteed green beans. It would be a great side with a steak too get the whole Surf ‘n’ Turf thing going on. It's pictured here with leftover Mediterranean Baked Shrimp.

You can even serve one for breakfast.

Ooooh OK guys reading this take note.

For Valentine's Day (aka Single's Awareness Day) or a birthday breakfast in bed make your sweetie this...

Crab Cake Benedict: a crab cake topped with an egg (it should be a poached egg but if this is beyond your egg making skills just scramble one) and top both with a dollop of Hollandaise sauce (shhh use a Knorr Hollandaise Sauce Mix packet I won't tell) include a flower and a love note.

Trust me guys do this and you'll be golden for months.

LOL I guess this is why I'm single. I can't seem to find the guy that will do this for me and until I do... I will be celebrating Single's Awareness Day.

Highlights of the day:

* Later this morning I'll be heading to the Farmer's Market. It always inspires me... not just with cooking ideas but being around people who are passionate about what they do.

* Went to Costco yesterday and saw they had Lucky jeans for $39 (a great deal) so I looked for my size. They didn't have it. Size 4 was the smallest and all my 4's are getting too loose. 2 1/2 years ago (at size 28) I couldn't have gotten one leg in anything at Costco. I need to remind myself of these little wows especially during the holidays when it would be easy to fall back into old patterns.

Mindless eating will never be a part of my life again. I worked too hard to get here and I know what life was like when I was unhealthy. It's about keeping your head in the game.

* Right now. Steaming cup of coffee with Sugar Free White Chocolate Syrup. Fuzzy blanket. Making a list of stuff to look for at the Farmer's Market... I'm thinking some Apple Crumbs are in my future. Jamming to tunes.

Listening to: "Live Your Life" T.I. feat. Rihanna. My latest Ipod walking favorite.