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Crab Cakes in Montgomery County

The Old Bay recipe I have gives 4 cakes per pound. I'm thinking about mini crab cakes, and wondering about how many I could get per pound. Insights, anyone?

Crab Cakes in Montgomery County

Best place to get lump crab in Baltimore County/Annapolis area? I will be cooking for a crew of rellies prior to a wedding, and would love to try the Old Bay crabcake recipe on them.

Etiquette on bringing cake to restaurant [moved from Manhattan board]

Thanks for your replies. I ended up too busy with the trip and arrangements etc. to even think about a cake, so we ordered desserts there. In retrospect, I would have liked to have had a cake but c'est la vie! I did order a banner I created quickly and emailed to Kinko's to enlarge, who delivered it for free to the restaurant, where it was put up -- super cheap and nice effect, everyone signed it. The restaurant was excellent, with two sides open to the street it was kind of al fresco (lots of sidewalk dining which was adorable but we had a big table inside for our group) I recommend the gnocchi and especially the pear/cheese salad, thin slices of crisp Asian pear with thin slices of a dry yellow cheese I can't remember, and fresh herbs sprinkled.

And Phantom was great, a memorable day for everyone.

Jan 10, 2008
writesonwater in Not About Food

Photo icing

I am considering using edible photo icing to decorate cupcakes for a rehearsal dinner, the idea being a fun pic of the bride and groom. Has anyone used this product? There are numerous vendors and I am not sure of what to look for to find a trusted source.

Also, I'm open to recipes for delicious cupcakes ... I will probably make 100 or so for the event.

Jan 10, 2008
writesonwater in Home Cooking

The Sneaky Chef Sues the Seinfelds

You can't copyright a title -- unfortunately, if you're the one who thought of it. And there are many, MANY instances of similar books publishing close to each other -- the same way America had two volcano movies close together, two asteroid movies -- you know the drill.

As a writer, that's one of my secret fears - some fellow scribe will catch wind of my idea and decide to do it.

On the Seinfeld suit, I think the books came out within months of each other, and it takes so long to get something to press, I really doubt there was plagiarism -- just a couple clever writers who each read the same article and thought of their own kids and how it would be a great book. THAT happens frequently, I think.

Jan 10, 2008
writesonwater in Features

Seeking menu concepts for wed. rehearsal dinner

Thanks for the feedback so far. These are all good ideas. The place is Annpolis, MD (far from home for us) and the time is mid-summer. I had already emailed the groom's grandma for the recipe for his favorite dessert -- rhubarb crunch bars. The bride doesn't care for seafood, so I think that rules out the regional favorite crab cakes.

Jan 09, 2008
writesonwater in General Topics

Seeking menu concepts for wed. rehearsal dinner

I am working ahead to be ready for the rehearsal dinner for my son's wedding. We'd like to host it ourselves at the vacation home we'll be renting for this out-of-town event. I am looking for some menu ideas for serving a crowd of 50 or so. Think not-too-complicated, pleasing a variety of taste buds, not too expensive.

Both the bride and groom are fairly easy to please -- but no seafood and no bananas. Thinking about the groom's favorite for a dessert -- rhubarb crunch.

Help!

Jan 07, 2008
writesonwater in General Topics

Is the world's best coffee made from animal excrement?

When I was a kid, I used to read westerns and assumed that since the settlers on the wagon trail went to gather buffalo chips to make coffee, that they made coffee with percolated buffalo chips.Apparently, they use the dried dung for firewood. Yum, that fresh aroma ...

Jan 07, 2008
writesonwater in General Topics

What bakery am I thinking of?

No -- it lists 6 restaurants in the company: that Balthazar, Schiller's Liquor Bar on the lower east side, Lucky Srtike continental on Grand St., Pravda caviar and vodka in Soho, Pastis french in the meatpacking district and Morandi italian in the West Village.

Jun 04, 2007
writesonwater in Manhattan

What bakery am I thinking of?

Jun 04, 2007
writesonwater in Manhattan

Etiquette on bringing cake to restaurant [moved from Manhattan board]

We are planning on celebrating my husband's 50th birthday at Malatesta Trattoria in Manhattan. I'd like to get a decorated cake from Billy's Bakery and do the whole candle thing. What is the etiquette -- are restaurants cool with this? Any special tipping guidelines or whatnot? I'd appreciate input.

Jun 03, 2007
writesonwater in Not About Food