Sweet, tender crabmeat is always a treat, whether it's Dungeness, king crab, or snow crab from the icy Pacific; stone crabs from Florida; or Maryland's famous blue crabs, both hard-shell and soft-shell. You can buy live crabs and steam them at home, or buy presteamed whole crabs or crab legs at the seafood counter. Preshelled crabmeat is available in several different varieties, graded according to the size of the chunks of meat. From highest to lowest, the grades are: Colossal, Jumbo Lump, Lump, Special, Back Fin, and Claw Fingers. Soft-shell crabs are those that have recently molted, and whose exoskeleton is still soft and edible. Once cleaned, soft-shell crabs are eaten whole.
A sunny afternoon by the pool. A deliciously warm evening on the patio. These are the moments we fantasize about all year long, so now that the time is ripe, here are the recipes you need to throw a glorious summer party with cool cocktails and picture-perfect appetizers.
Beyond the ghosts and witches, Halloween is a frightful holiday for a lot of parents because of one thing: sweets! Want your kids to skip the prepackaged candy? Serve up some homemade treats the boys and ghouls can't resist.
Do your French fries come out soggy, limp, and insipid? Try our test kitchen trick for frying them twice which is guaranteed to give you fries with a perfectly crispy, golden brown exterior, and a tender interior.