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BEST CRAB CAKE RECIPE EVER!!!
When I first moved to Maryland from New York about six years ago, I discovered the true meaning of a crab cake. I’d had my share of New England lobster and clams, vacationing on the Cape and in Maine but Maryland is all about crab. My first memorable crab cake was at the beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Rehobeth Beach at a family party. Maryland crab soup is served all over the state in corner pubs and rivals Manhattan Clam Chowder any day. Dare I say it is even better?! Sorry to all my New York friends and family, but this soup rocks. Chesapeake Bay crab is just about the best shell-fish to be had. My husband, John, is an accomplished cook and makes the best crab cakes around. This is his version of Maryland Crab Cakes, a true mid-atlantic classic.
1 pound LUMP, back fin crab–no substitutions please, no claw meat either
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup good mayonnaise
2 teaspoons mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon parsley
1 teaspoon Old Bay brand seasoning*
* all Marylanders have this seafood seasoning on hand
a pinch or salt and pepper
Blend all ingredients together with a spoon. Form 4 crab patties gently with hands. Spray cookie sheet with a non-stick spray, like Pam. Place crab cakes on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees until heated through, about 25 minutes, then broil 5 minutes until golden. John prefers baking over frying because they tend to fall apart when pan-fried. No need to flip when crab cakes are baked. Serve with tartar or cocktail sauce. Great served with homemade coleslaw. We are having ours served on a nest of romaine with homemade sweet potato fries. Yum, don’t you wish you were here? They are awesome and easy to make at home. Enjoy!
The Antique Garden Winter & Holiday Edition
Where has the time gone? This year has flown by quicker than you can say 2014. At The Antique Garden we are winding down for a long winter’s nap but before that, we will be open Monday through Saturday 10 – 5 pm until the 21st of December, Sundays 12-4 pm. Enjoy some photographs from the holiday season from our 1895 store in the square of Leitersburg, Maryland. We are still taking orders for custom urn decorating, gift baskets filled with our home canned goods and home baked holiday cookies.
We are stocked with ornaments, swags, wreaths, Christmas trees, illuminated pine cone baskets and lots of fresh cut winter berries, holly, balsam and seasonal mixed greens. Stop by the old store and visit us at 21501 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Road, Leitersburg (5 miles from Hagerstown), Maryland, in the heart of the beautiful Cumberland Valley, located in Washington County.
Jennifer & John Thomas
The container garden is a wonderful way to add a touch of a garden to your home without the hassle of a floral border in the yard. Instead of using the same old standbys like petunias, geraniums and begonias with a spike of grass in the middle, try some new combinations for that wow factor. Take a look at these planters for some flower inspiration. The two large urns get their height from the Burkwoodi Broom shrub which will have a delicate red flower. Surrounding the broom are begonia rex plants which have colorful foliage. Candlevine adds a delightful fragrance, several euphorbia plants for a white blossom and several perilla plants add a nice pink and purple color foliage.
The smaller urns contain Key Lime Coral Bells and Gerber daisies, for a simple but elegant combination.
Welcome to the Antique Garden Spring 2014 edition. Take a look at what’s new at our garden shop. We are open daily for the Spring 2014.
What is your favorite flower? The fragrant rose, fun loving daisy or a spring tulip? My favorite is an old-fashioned shrub that is also very practical. It is the hydrangea plant. Now just about perfected they promise to bloom all summer long or until the first frost. With colors in the blues, pinks, whites, lime green and burgundy they have, depending on the variety, a large globular flower or a delicate lace like head. Best of all they can be cut or dried and make wonderful flower arrangements that last a long time. With names like All Summer Beauty, Nikko Blue, Paris Rapa, Shamrock, Bobo, Endless Summer and Pinky Winky, your hardest decision may be in which type to select. There are standard hydrangeas and the bush type that can grow up to 7 feet. Most tend to be a medium height shrub, making it an excellent choice for around the patio or foundation. Some varieties even change color depending on the soil p.h. conditions. All drop their leaves in the fall but often if the heads aren’t pruned off the dried flowers will remain all winter. Luckily we are in zone 6 where they do well and some are hardy to zone 3. All hydrangeas like moist, rich, well-drained soil high in organic matter and do well in part shade. Mine do well against the side of our house and along a fence line. Try out a hydrangea , you will enjoy this plant for a long time to come.
It is almost August and the summer is literally flying by! Here are some sights from our store The Antique Garden in the square of Leitersburg Maryland. Located in an 1895 General Store, our selves are filled with the bounty of the season, plus pots, containers, collectibles and great plants. Take a visual tour of the store, the outbuildings and our newest feathered friends. We specialize in garden design and installation plus a whole lot more….
Meet our flock of silkies, bantams, wyndottes and red chicks!
We are located at 21501 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Rd., Hagerstown, Maryland. Open Monday through Saturday 10-4 and Sundays by appointment or chance.
Is it a sedum or is it a succulent or are they the same thing? I bet you’ve been wondering the same thing! According to Wikipedia, the answer is, they are both in the same family of plants. Both varieties hold water in their leaves making them an excellent drought resistant plant. We use cold hearty sedums like ‘Red Beauty’ Sempervivum, next to sedum ‘Angelina’around the pond as a ground cover as it does an excellent job at holding down any weeds that should pop up. These are perennials in our area. All are part of the crassulaceae family of plants which, includes the jade tree, ‘chalky blue fingers’, cobweb buttons, chicks and hens of all varieties, the beautiful kalanchoe ‘flap jacks’ and many, many more interesting types. All varieties enjoy full sun, a well drained soil mix and minimal watering. Just remember to bring inside the more tropical varieties when the weather cools. Did you notice my picture of the ‘Living Stone’ plant? This succulent is native to South Africa and resembles a stone to evade consumption by animals. This is such a diverse group of plants, this might be your year to pick up an aloe or agave. Prices start at about $4.00 a pot and make a great dish garden or open terrarium. Why not add a plant to your collection? We love them whether you say sedum or succulent. Here is a helpful link from the Beacon News about succulent gardening.
Cast Iron Container Gardening
Do you love the look of antique cast iron? It is perfect in the garden. With a long tradition during the Victorian Era and in Europe cast iron flower pots have always been popular. Fitting in well with a traditional home and in the garden landscape these containers are highly prized. Today most pieces are imported and come in amazing array of sizes, shapes and colors. These new reproductions are made from original antique molds. We have a nice selection at The Antique Garden. These are guaranteed to rust! Take a look at some the styles available and stop on by our shop for this classic container. Check out these links from Pinterest for some ideas on filling these urns.
This is an “Endless Summer” trademark hydrangea plant. Perfected, these plants bloom all summer. Above notice the pink flowers which can turn blue depending on your soil conditions. I’ve fertilized it with an acid loving food and hopefully this will bring out the blue.
I finally finished the coop and attended the Chicken Swap in Sharpsburg, Maryland several weeks ago. I purchased my new chickens, seven in all, and am waiting patiently for eggs…..h
In our shop we have a large collection of hand crafted pottery by former Maryland resident Jan Richardson. These little cottages and houses are so cute.
With summer arriving in a few days, it seems like for the first time in many years that we’ve had a real spring. The weather has been not too hot, with mild days, rainy spells, and pleasant evenings. We had later than normal frosts, so the vegetable gardens are late but cool weather crops like lettuce is going wild.
This spring starting in April, we have been busy doing lots of landscaping and container gardening. We still have a nice inventory of planters, cast iron pots and conservatories, a fancy word for terrariums and of course plants and flowers. Vertical gardens are easy to set up and your animals can’t get to them. Inside the store we are filling up the canned goods section with things like local, raw honey, pickled carrots, aged herbal vinegars and a new batch of organic raspberry jam.
We even did the flowers for a friend’s daughters wedding this spring. No that’s not a cake but one of 15 arrangements featuring roses, hydrangeas and carnations.
Our shop is open Monday to Saturdays, 10-4 and some Sundays 1-4 and we are located at 21501 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Road, Hagerstown, Maryland. We hope to see you soon! Like us at Facebook
After editing lots of photographs and cleaning out my computer files I realized how many photos we’ve taken this year. As the year 2012 draws to a close, we are taking stock of many projects from the past year, including container gardens, landscapes, vegetable gardens, floral arrangements and more. Sit back, relax and enjoy some of the sights from The Antique Garden and remember Spring 2013 is just around the corner. Take some time to dream of next year’s gardens…..
Winter Arrangement with fresh pineapples, artichokes, chili peppers and winter berries. A neo-modern twist with inspiration from classic, traditional Williamsburg, Virginia. This is Christmas decorating, using fresh, real fruits and vegetables.
From our porch to yours, happy gardens to all!
Jenn at The Antique Garden
21501 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Rd
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org We would love to hear from you!