Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Mama's Crab Cakes

     A magical thing happen here in New England, more magical than the usual Autumn fair that sweeps the nation. I'm sure you've seen the piles of leaves, plump, orange pumpkins and their carved, rotting counterparts, and everything is pumpkin or apple flavored for the next few weeks until everything is peppermint flavored. Most importantly, the fall brings harvest and harvest means roadside farm stands full of freshly picked crops.
     But as I said, here in New England something special happens. The farm stands sell freshly snagged crab meat! Can you believe?!
So my Mama, being of infinite appetite and imagination picked up some of local crab meat and surprised me one night last week.
     You don't need a local supply of fresh crab meat, but most grocery stores carry it in the seafood section. Or you could go the extra hard route and go as far as catching, cooking, and smashing the crab meat out yourself. Either or.

You will need:
  • 1 lb. crab meat
  • 3-4 TBSP mayonnaise
  • 3 TBSP lemon juice
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red or white onion
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/8 TSP cayenne
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • Parsley or chives to taste (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. I like them spicy so put a little extra cayenne than my Mama does.
Using your little hands, scoop up some crab meat and start making patties. This recipes yields about 6-8 patties depending on how big you make them.

Heat your oil to medium-high in a skillet. My Mama hates the greasy smoke from frying stuff so she got an electric skillet that puts out on the porch. On the floor. Like a kook.

Fry the crab for 8-10 minutes on each side. Watch out for falling crumbs and other bits. They'll start to burn in the oil and make it taste funny, so just try and scoop out as much debris as you can.

Isn't she cute, though? Look at her slippers.

 Get a nice creamy ginger salad dressing or just plain old tartar sauce with these little babies. My Mama prefers mayonnaise with capers, and hot chutney mixed in. I like lemon and ginger dressing!

Thanks Mama!



Mr. Twiggy wants to know where HIS crab cakes went as Shadow the dog slips by . . .

Monday, June 24, 2013

Spoiled Dog Omelette Treats

This is Shadow!
Like most people my age, I've hit hard times in this economic quagmire we live in. In other words, the Super Chef is SUPER BROKE! Now that I live with my mother again, only organic produce and products enter this domicile. Since my mother graciously lets us (my cats and dog) stay with her, I can't help but think, "Why shouldn't my dog be eating organic, too?"

Then I really started looking at what was is in these dog treats. You see, nothing is "too good" for my "spoily" boy! He's my dog, I raised him - ya know? So I want to give him something that isn't killing him. A lot of these treats contained meat and bone meal, which is pulverized animal bones and meat scraps that aren't fit for human consumption let alone a beloved best friend. There were also many ingredients with names far too long to remember or pronounce paired with a string of numbers to classify the chemical compound. WHOA. This is too many ingredients for a dog biscuit.

See the wonky one?
After the last batch of cheap dog treats, as I mentioned before I am lacking in funds, in which I found a jagged shard of bone, I realized it was time to take matters into my own hands. Also, I concluded that baking my own dog treats was the most viable, and fun, option!

I  scoured the internet looking for suitable recipes, tweaked one to suit my doggie's appetite, and came up with this! Since I used a hard boiled egg and cheese, and my boy is so spoiled, I decided to call them Spoiled Dog Omelette Treat!

You will need:
  • 2 1/2 cups flour (wheat flour or oatmeal can be substituted for flour)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp beef or chicken stock (bouillon granules or broth can be substituted for stock)
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 hard boiled egg (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
Preheat the oven to 350.

Take a small pot of water and heat it on low-medium heat and add the beef or chicken stock. Stir it every so often until it breaks up in the water.

Mix the flour, raw egg, diluted beef or chicken stock, 1/4 cup shredded cheese, and chopped hard boiled egg in a large mixing bowl with a big wooden spoon. Once it starts getting difficult to stir, dig in! Knead the dough for about 3 minutes. If the dough is too dry add a little bit of water, but not too much or the dough will turn to paste.

Form the dough into a ball and place it on a piece of parchment paper. Sprinkle some flour onto the parchment paper and rub some onto your rolling pin. This will keep the dough from sticking when you're trying to roll it out. Roll out the dough until it's about 1/2 inch thick.

COOKIE CUTTER TIME! This is the fun part, getting creative with the cookie cutters! Dog's don't care what shape their food is, but it's fun for us. I choose a tiny star cookie cutter my mother had. There are lots of different kind of cutters to choose from though, including bone shapes! So cute!

Lightly grease a cookie sheet with olive oil and place the biscuit pieces on the sheet. Top each biscuit with a little bit of the remaining cheese. Throw it in the oven for 30 minutes. Before you think you're done, check the biscuits through with a toothpick.

Of course, you don't want to burn your hungry, hairy friend so wait about 5-10 minutes for these cheesy, eggy wonders to cool. Make sure they've completely cooled down before putting them away. Store them in an air-tight container when your pup isn't chowing down on some Spoiled Dog Omelette Treats!

BEWARE: Not all dogs can digest eggs as well as my boy. Try giving your dog a small piece first and wait a day if your not sure how he'll respond.



Tuesday, April 16, 2013

*CONTEST* Enter NOW!! This Is The NACHO Recipe Contest!

Hi Everybody!

The Super Chef has been offline for a while. So to celebrate our (late) return in the New Year, the
Super Chef has come BACK with a hunger for NACHOS! So for this Recipe Contest I demand an offering of nacho recipes! I know they're out there people - so don't hold back. I don't care how elaborate or simple the recipe is, as long as it's yummy and, here's the kicker - HEALTHY. Yup, send in some healthy, happy nachos.

The WINNER with the cheesy nacho goodness wins a copy of Rachael Ray's 30-Minute Get Real Meals. This book shows you how to make meals that are healthy but not tasteless. 30-Minute Get Real Meals holds over 150 recipes for a low carb alternative to our all time favorites, some new classics, and even desserts! Why give up on carbs when you can enjoy them?

Here are the RULES, people:

  • Send in your favorite nacho recipes to or post in the comment section below.
  • You have until May 20th to enter your nacho recipe for a chance to WIN a copy of Rachael Ray's 30-Minute Get Real Meals!!
  • Please, be original, no stealing recipes, folks.

So, I hope everyone is looking forward to a fresh new year of Super Easy Recipes as much as I am!
Keep tuning in for more news on the NACHO RECIPE CONTEST!