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A Maryland Summer — Crab Cakes

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For dinner tonight we had a Maryland classic: crab cakes, with some pasta salad and Italian tomatoes.

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And of course, a gratuitous close-up.

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Last New Orleans

So I forgot about the last meal I had in New Orleans. It was absolutely fantastic.

The meal started with some garlic bread, or crostini or something like that.
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The butter tasted like movie theatre butter, but it was very good (as long as I didn’t think too much about the chemical content that made it so yellow).

Now to the real meal.
Two half po-boys.

One was catfish, cheap and delicious.
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The other was soft shell crab. It was a little pricier, but was absolutely heavenly. Soft shell crab is one of God’s greatest inventions.
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We also ordered some turtle soup, unfortunately it came as gumbo instead.

Luckily the gumbo was fantastic.
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For desert… bread pudding.
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My brother’s girlfriend claims that she can make better bread pudding than any you can find in a restaurant, but I haven’t had that. All I know is that this was pretty darn good.

New Orleans Part V

Okay, so this was a while ago, but the food was great.

It is time for a restaurant review.

Bacco’s

When I was there, it was restaurant month, so there was a fixed menu/small menu option for less money.

I started off with corn and crab soup, which was delicious, if boring to look at, although they brought it out in a little metal circle dish and dumped it in my bowl at the table. Why do they do that? I don’t understand.
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The main dishes were:

Lobster ravioli
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This was amazing. The ravioli were perfectly made, and the filling was fantastic, along with a delicious sauce. Everything about these, even to someone who had just gotten back from Italy, was perfect.

Bacco Shrimp
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These were a bit of a mess to eat at a fancy restaurant. That is not to say that they weren’t good. They were fantastic, but the thins is, is that you can get good barbecued shrimp in a lot of places, but lobster ravioli that good are not a dime a dozen.

Desert was fantastic, if difficult to eat. Peach and blueberry torte. Now I hear “torte”, and think “cake” because that is what “torte” means.

This was not a cake, it was so much better
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In summation, go there, but find a time when there is a special so you can afford it.

Americana

Lately, more so that usual, I have been eating some traditional American food, some great, some not so great.

So, here are some good old American classics, or at least my families take on them.

To start out with, something really simple, grilled cheese and corn on the cob (a recurring theme in the summer around here)
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This was made with Vermont 5-year white cheddar (one of Costco’s better foods) and some homegrown tomatoes for fun.
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And naturally followed by some delicious watermelon.
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Last night’s continuation of the Americana series was — crab cakes. They are a Maryland classic and simply delicious.
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I made mine into a sandwich with these fixings.
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For dessert, what other people call strawberry shortcake and some coffee.
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Tonight, we had pot roast, following a recipe from “Hints from Heloise” with some potatoes and corn.
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The stock that it made was amazingly delicious, but the beef was a little dry. It got a little better when we cut it up and soaked it in the broth, but this is not the best recipe ever.

To cleanse your palate after that, have a gratuitous, but rather artistic, close up.
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