Maryland Chesapeake Bay blue crabs are considered the best in the world. By perfecting your crab-eating technique you'll ensure you net every bit of their succulent meat. Baltimore's oldest crab house, S. DiPaula & Sons Seafood, ships fresh steamed crabs year-round. Order up a bunch, and get cracking. Market price, dipaula.com
This recipe is adapted from "Pasta Sfoglia," by Ron and Colleen Suhanosky (Wiley, 2009), which also has a recipe for preserved lemons. Serve this dish with nutcrackers, so that guests can work on their own crabs and lobster tails. The job can get messy, so have extra napkins on hand.
Cranberries are one of the few fruits native to the northeastern United States, growing wild in bogs and swamps. Cranberries have become a staple at holiday meals, especially Thanksgiving. This is my kicked-up version of cranberry sauce.Recipes by Emeril Lagasse, from "Farm to Fork," HarperStudio, New York, 2010, courtesy Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.