Thursday, October 20, 2011

Well, It's Not a Crab Cake...

Another thing I took for granted before I moved (besides knowing the history of where I live) is the delicious seafood offerings in Maryland. Growing up with steamed crabs caked with Old Bay, steamed shrimp, and, of course, the Maryland crab cake certainly instilled in me a deep love for these regional staples. When I discovered that not everyone knows how to pick a crab, I was kind of perplexed! Because of the Chesapeake Bay, seafood is almost a religion in Maryland; kind of the way college football is in the South (but that's another post altogether!)

To me, summer means long lazy days spent outside picking crabs with friends and family. With the exception of one crab feast the week before our wedding, Brian and I felt like we missed out this year. :(

It wasn't long after we moved here that we started hearing about the Low Country Boil. It seems the coast of South Carolina and Georgia is famous for this one-pot meal that pretty much involves throwing a bunch of seafood and veggies into a pot and boiling them. I can't say Brian and I were too enthused by the description, but we decided to head to the Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival this past weekend to see what all the fuss was about.

After scouting out all of the booths, we settled on a boil from the Shrimp Shack, a huge pile of butterflied potato chips, and sweet tea (obviously). Our boil included shrimp, sausage, corn on the cob, potatoes, and a spice that tasted a whole lot like Old Bay. Sometimes they have crawfish or crabs as well; it seems like almost anything goes!

We had pretty low expectations, but the Low Country Boil was surprisingly flavorful and pretty delicious! We might be seafood snobs, but I think an extra shake or two of Old Bay just might make me feel like we won't go through Maryland Crab Withdrawal while we're here.

What foods is your area known for? Would you miss them like crazy if you relocated too?


Lauren said...

That looks so good! I only had crabs about twice this entire summer which is very unusal for me! Haha.

And I'm so jealous, I have wanted to go to a fair, festival, or SOMETHING for a couple months but there arent any around here this time of year. It seems like everybody in other states are going to them! (I really want to go to one with a ferris wheel and funnel cake- those are the only two reasons I want to go!)

Have a great day!


Ashley said...

Yummy! I just relocated to PA from NC and boy, do I miss sweet tea!!!! :(

Sweet (and Sour) Lou Lou said...

Being in South Carolina we're pretty famous for anything fried, sweet tea, and Seafood (near the coastal areas.) I love lowcountry boil! You're supposed to eat it on newspaper, though! :-)


Marian said...

My mouth is watering just reading about crabs:)

PS- Love the jersey!!

Heather said...

We always do boils here in Texas! Yum.

...I make my husband crack my crab for me...ha

Tamara Nicole said...

Ok first I love crab and seafood!

Seattle is obviously known for amazing coffee (yummm!), and I love our seafood, organic food, local farmer's markets, and variety of happy hours. I love living here!

amy (metz) walker said...

That looks good and you are SUPER cute! ;-)

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