Monday, March 17, 2014

A Few of the Best Mid-Atlantic Foods.

Mid-Atlantic Regional Cuisine


Every region has their special foods and recipes.  When I think of shrimp, I immediately think of Louisiana. Cheese makes me think of Wisconsin.  Oranges come from Florida, of course.  I have known from early on that certain foods are special to certain areas. However, after moving to the mid-Atlantic region, I’ve realized just how passionate people are about their special foods.

One of my early Squidoo lenses was written as a result of strong craving for a regional food (Mary Sue's Pecan Nougat egg) and from the memory of seeing a thank you letter from a deployed person who had received Old Bay spice in their care package.  After seeing that letter, I had noticed others who bemoaned the difficulty of purchasing Old Boy, good crab meat, and other regional foods.  That prompted me to write an edible gifts lens consisting of Maryland treats.

When I move from Maryland someday, I can imagine myself begging friends and family (and perhaps strangers) to send me Mary Sue’s Pecan Nougat eggs every spring. My mouth waters every time I think of them.

Crabcakes and Crabbing


Image Credit: Courtesy of Wikimedia Creative Commons
While I do not consider myself a foodie, I do love trying new foods and adding new favorites to my list. I’m not a good cook but I love eating good food.  Have you ever heard the saying, “champagne taste on a beer budget”?  That describes me to some extent about food.  I love the taste of good food.

Blue crab is one of those “champagne taste” foods, in my opinion.  A properly cooked jumbo lump crab cake is divine. Greenkat on Squidoo shares some wonderful blue crab recipes with us. ScottiesRock also has a wonderful lens about crab cake recipes.

Crabbing in this area is almost considered an event.  Family members young and old enjoy crabbing.  People look at me with wonder when I tell them that I’ve never been crabbing.  Around here, it’s a bit like learning to walk.  Everyone does it.  Angelatvs takes us along with her family for a day of crabbing.

There's More Than Crabs to Eat in the Mid-Atlantic.


While I could talk about crab cakes forever, there are other foods in the Mid-Atlantic region. Another food staple of this area are cheesesteak sub sandwiches.  They originated in Philadelphia and Joyful Pamela introduces us to the wonderful world of cheesesteak among other wonderful Philadelphia foods.  People here are passionate about their favorite place to get a cheesesteak sub and will debate for long periods of time about what makes theirs the best.  The Mister and I clearly have our favorite and eat cheesesteaks weekly. I guarantee it is something that one you have found your favorite, you will crave it frequently. 
Image Credit:Photograph by Dawn Rae 2014

Now, if you will excuse me, I have to go. Since I’m finished photographing the Mary Sue egg, I can finally eat it.  I have waited for months for egg season and I can’t wait any longer.

I will see you next Monday. If you would like to visit with me before then you can find my on my Mid-Atlantic Travel Facebook page.  

6 comments:

  1. Thanks for a delicious post. I love crab in most any form and that Mary Sue egg looks wonderful!

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  2. Regional food definitely makes for great fare. Fun lenses to see how Mid-Atlantic food is so special.

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  3. Ah -- Maryland Blue Crab -- nothing like it, whether eaten 'in the shell' or made into delicious crab cakes. Your post has me drooling over all these Maryland 'edibles'.

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  4. My husband would no doubt think Maryland was the equivalent of a food heaven! He loves crab! I laughed at the idea of asking people to ship your favorite food to you out of state when it is in season. We do that! We actually have that exact situation, but next day air is awesome! lol

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  5. I had to laugh! I hope you enjoyed your egg the photos were fabulous! I could go for a cheesesteak about now myself... What a yummy article with lots of good lenses to visit!

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  6. I knew I should have eaten lunch before visiting this post. Oh how I love blue crab. And those eggs look divine. Perhaps you will organize a Squidfest in your region. Sign me up. You live in foodie paradise and I want to experience it live and in person. Until then, I am off to visit your recommended sites.

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