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When I think BUTTER, I think STEAMED BLUE CRABS & SPICY BOILED SHRIMP 
 
Apr. 30, 2012 7:27 am 
Updated: May 3, 2012 6:34 pm

When I was a little girl, one of my memories of my Florida Granddaddy is when he'd do a crab boil for a family gathering. We put newspaper over the dining table and got out all the crab picking tools, usually just nutcrackers, while he filled the kitchen with the distinct smell of Old Bay seasoning and steaming blue crabs! The discussion would come up, about which kind of drawn butter each person would like. Some liked plain butter, some like butter with lemon juice, and one uncle prefers garlic butter! Here is what they look like before they are cooked:

And here is what they looked like when they are cooked:

We still continue this tradition with my aunts and uncles at Thanksgiving in Charleston, SC every year. Usually on Thursday, the traditional Thanksgiving, every one is still in route, traveling to arrive to the get-together so we do crabs and shrimp that day, later in the evening so everyone has time to arrive. Then we do Turkey Day on Friday, after the shoppers get back with all their goodies from Black Friday shopping.

My favorite food in LIFE is steamed Blue crabs and I always looked forward to our crazy family tradition of crabs at Thanksgiving! Personally I like MY BUTTER plain!

Uncle Mark also steams a bunch of Charleston fresh shrimp, too, for the ones who don't like picking crabs. He got some really big ones last year!

Believe me, that was not all the butter we used! I think we had to reheat butter twice and went thru about a pound and a half for all 12 of us! There's always a ton of laughing and a contest on who can clean crabs the best! A great time was had by all!

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Comments
Apr. 30, 2012 7:59 am
I used to go crabbing when I was a Kid every week end. never really like the taste, unless they were in a crab cake. about two years ago I revisited my hated foods, lobster, crabs, mussels, scallops. guess what I now like them some 40 years later, and butter does make them better.
 
Apr. 30, 2012 9:14 am
@KingSparta Yes, when Granddaddy had a boat, he take all us kids out at night with a Coleman lantern on the front of the boat and we'd scoop crabs by the garbage can full in the Indian River in Florida. We all have great memories of that too! We got to stay up late and boating at night was so much fun!
 
Pixie2 
Apr. 30, 2012 9:20 am
lol how sweet. It's good to have great traditions and memories. Looks great though I wish I could have some boiled shrimp and crab now!! yummy!
 
Apr. 30, 2012 9:23 am
Hi Pixie! I know! My mouth was watering as I wrote this blog! :-D
 
Apr. 30, 2012 9:28 am
Hi Cindy, fantastic area . . . exceptional trout, snook, & red fishing in Mosquito Lagoon!! Do you know if layoffs in the Space Program having significant adverse effect on Titusville RE market?
 
Apr. 30, 2012 9:43 am
Yes, I do know about that ConkyJoe. I am buying a house down there to move closer to family, next month! My sister and her hubby still work out at the Cape, so far, fingers crossed for them!
 
Apr. 30, 2012 9:56 am
Indeed a mouth watering blog Cindy. Butter with crab, lobster etc. but for shrimp, gotta go with cocktail sauce.
 
Staci 
Apr. 30, 2012 10:01 am
I admit I'm too lazy. Yes, I love crabs with drawn butter, but only if someone else will do the picking for me (funny, that's how a lot of folks I know feel about crawfish.... go figure). I'd be perfectly happy with crab & shrimp for Tgiving though - let me know what we have to do to score an invite!
 
Apr. 30, 2012 12:29 pm
Hi Cindy, great blog. Love blue crab, went to high school on eastern shore of Maryland so we always had crab during the summer. Small world, my Aunt and Uncle live near me but are snowbirds and have a place in Titusville where they stay in the winter.
 
Apr. 30, 2012 1:14 pm
That's so cool, Denise! I spent a year with my aunt and uncle in New Carrollton, MD and grew up in the DC area until I was 9! If you ever come down to visit your aunt and uncle, get in touch with me and we'll meet!
 
Maggi 
Apr. 30, 2012 1:29 pm
I have never had Blue Crab but I sure want to try some now! They sure are pretty also.
 
Apr. 30, 2012 3:44 pm
That looks sooooo good!!! yummm~~
 
Bibi 
Apr. 30, 2012 7:07 pm
Honestly, Cindy, who needs turkey? Looks like a fabulous Thanksgiving spread to me!
 
Apr. 30, 2012 8:23 pm
cindy i love ya gal! before i got married, i visited a gal that lived on tybe island just below savannah and we went to jack's crab shack. we got a picture of draft beer at our table lined with newspaper with a hole in the middle of it. we drank beer..ok...all the beer and told the waitress bring us another pitcher and WHERE were the crabs...did ya have to catch 'em. she said yep and the boat was truly docking from the window she pointed out! i said great...check and see if they snagged some shrimp too! love ya sweetie...see you soon!
 
May 2, 2012 5:21 am
We'll be vacationing on the NC Outerbanks, soon, and will be trying a variety of seafood as it was meant to be- fresh! See you at the Midwest AR Roundup!
 
May 2, 2012 10:43 am
I love ANY kind of seafood. I especially love crab. I love it drowned in butter better. Great Blog Cindy. See you soon dear!
 
May 3, 2012 5:52 am
Now that's a Thanksgiving tradition I'd be happy to sink my teeth into! I grew up on Chesapeake Bay blues, and look forward every summer to crab pickin' afternoons! Lovely blog!
 
 
 
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Down here in Central Coast Florida since late Aug. 2012. I still cook and bake and its so good to be around family again!
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There is just one of me but I do cook dinner almost every night. I love easy dishes on the nights I really don't feel like cooking. Grandmommy Capps lived in Rocky Mount, NC....Sundays were a holiday! Dinner was at 2pm. Leftovers were snacks later(dark thirty)....she was a great biscuit and piemaker. Being the oldest of 23 grandchildren, I was the BEST dishwasher! Hand wash everything in a washpan! I know....you've never heard of it??? You need one to play as your wash sink,and then you rinse in the kitchen sink.....It was fun.....no air dry either....someone had to dry ALL the dishes! I love my Sis for that!
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We have ham, blackeyed peas, collard greens, and corn muffins on New Year's Day for good luck! Peanut blossums are my favorite cookie for Christmas!
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"Banana Crumb Muffins" were delicious & gorgeous,looked store-bought!
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I have left the neck(in the bag) in the turkey in the past 5 years! I should know better! Always rememember to check BOTH ends of the turkey before you cook it! I'm Blonde...Sheesh!!
 
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