Crabtacular III & New Puppy

New Puppy

On Saturday, we held Crabtacular III. I cooked 150 lbs of crab for lots and lots of guests (not sure how many). Lots of folks brought all kinds of yummy treats and made awesome crabtastic recipes.

Cooked Dungeness Crab

Highlights included a Thai Coconut Crab Soup, really yummy Jambalaya, and — my favorite — broiled crab wrapped in bacon. And, of course, boiled crab. Lots and lots of boiled crab. I threw salt, whole allspice, old bay seasonings, a couple of dried scotch bonnet peppers, and a couple of whole limes into the boil. Boil the crabs for 12 to 14 minutes then dunk them in cold water for 3 or 4 minutes. From there, rip the top shell off, peel out the guts and gils, crank ’em in half and dunk the halves to wash away the last of the guts. Serve.

Now THAT is a grilling station!

To handle the cooking load, I set up two turkey fryers to boil the crab, put together the Big Green Egg my wife gave me, had a couple of other grills on standby, and a Coleman camp stove in case we ran out of room in the kitchen. Ph33r my 1337 grillin’ setup. Speaking of the kitchen, the new stove/range and dishwasher performed well. Installation was quite the adventure. I have an ID related rant on that subject.

On Sunday, Roger, Janis, and I took a three hour road trip to just south of Yosemite to pick up Ruby, a 9 week old border collie mix puppy that Christine found via Craig’s List. The drive was beautiful; miles and miles of apricot trees in full bloom with the snow covered mountains of Yosemite in the background.

Ruby White Paw is her full name and she is quite the precocious little pup. She likes to sit and contemplate, then dive into the fray head first at full speed. And regardless of how yummy the crab was, any post that mentions a puppy has to start with a picture of said puppy.



4 Responses to “Crabtacular III & New Puppy”

  1. RD says:

    Congratulations on the new addition! How is Ms. Janis handling the whippersnapper?

  2. Amie says:

    Beautiful new pup! Is Janis playing mama to the youngin’?

    And that crab fest sounds divine! Sounds like you definitely inherited your mom’s cooking skills 🙂

  3. bbum’s weblog-o-mat » Blog Archive » Pre-WWDC Silence. says:

    […] Back in February, I mentioned that we had a new puppy. She is considerably bigger now; taller than Janis Joplin (or ten year old puppy in residence). […]

  4. Puppy Websites says:

    There’s nothing better than a good old fashion crabfest. All you need is old bay and a couple of wooden hammers. One of my favorite reasons to visit Maryland once a year!

    Cute pup too!

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