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.
Turkey might be the traditional center of the Thanksgiving table, but there are times when an alternative main dish is desired. For a holiday meal with a twist, we offer a selection of festive main course recipes including roast beef, pork tenderloin, Cornish hens, salmon, duck, lasagna, and roast chicken.