Sunday, December 12, 2010

Birthday Dinner!

The birthday morning set the stage for a chilled out- relaxed day!! We wrapped some trees with lights, went out shopping for a bit, and then hit up Whole Foods to pick up ingredients for the splurge dinner at home!  Having a December birthday means you celebrate in between parties, family gatherings, shopping, and all other festivities preplanned as early as October. 

So that left us with a fire place, Christmas tree, movies, Veritas wine, and crab cakes- oh yes crab cakes. Thanks to my lovely friend Lauren, and a super sweet gift card to Whole Foods dinner was prepared -North Carolina Jumbo Lump Crab turned into giant crab cakes- with Roasted Red Pepper mayo, and Asparagus with balsamic glaze!

Crab Cakes- this made 5 large crab cakes

Jumbo Lump Crab meat- 1 1/2 cups approx.
1 egg
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped chopped roasted red pepper
fresh ground pepper
dash of Chesapeake Bay seasoning
squeeze of lemon
4 Tbsp whole wheat bread crumbs
3 Tbsp Mayo
mix in the breadcrumbs leaving the mixture moist
heat a pan to med/med high and brown the crab cakes on each side- roughly 2 or 3 minutes per side. pop in a 350 degree oven to finish- check after 10 minutes- go longer if necessary.

It was perfect- exactly what I would have had no matter where we ended up. Lucky for me we ended up at my favorite place- with my dude, and pups! Perfect!

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