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Shortly after completing grad school, I moved to Maryland to teach. I was single and in my late 20’s.

The church that sponsored the school had the typical policy that faculty should be members of the church. So the first Sunday I was there, I joined the church. As I stood at the front for the infamous “right hand of fellowship,” I experienced one of those disconcerting conversations that crop up from to time to time.

A little ol’ lady (to this day, I don’t remember who she is) greeted me with the following question, “You look like a nice young man, why aren’t you married yet?” Before I could stammer a reply, she continued, “Have you ever had Maryland crab cakes?”

The mental whiplash just about knocked me over. I distinctly remember thinking, “Is there some connection that I don’t know about? Am I still single till I have crab cakes?”

Well, I grew to love Maryland, but try as I might, I never did get married there. I did make great friends and enjoyed great food. One friend, Judy Mied, made the most incredible crab dip and generously gave me her recipe. What follows is close to hers, but a few alterations since I haven’t gotten her permission to publish it.

  • 24 oz Creme Cheese
  • 12 oz crab meat
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ C mayo
  • 2 tsp mustard (spicy or dijon works well)
  • 1/4 C white wine
  • 2 tsp onion juice (grate the onion on a microplane)
  • 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • Lawry’s seasoning salt to taste

Heat n serve with sourdough bread, dark rye bread, and/or crackers. It is best to make a day ahead and let flavors meld.

By the way, I’ve yet to have crab cakes. Too expensive for a school teachers salary. But I made out just fine in the marriage department!


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