Blog Entry Saturday: Chesapeake Recipes

It's summertime and I can't help but dig out some old family recipes from the Chesapeake. We had a lovely summer home in Newpoint, VA when I was growing up. It inspired clamming, catching crabs, gathering oysters, growing a garden, and making some amazing meals.

My book, "Vacationing With Ghosts" was about my childhood years at our summer home on a quiet inlet of the Chesapeake and the unique and interesting hauntings there. It is a sentimental look back in time to an idyllic place of my youth and the last chapter contains the family recipes. I will share some here - 

My Cheddar Biscuits 

2 cups Bisquick mix
½ c. shredded cheddar
¾ c. milk
2 tablespoons melted butter
½ tsp parsley flakes
¼ tsp garlic powder

Heat oven to 450. Spray cookie sheet with Pam Spray. In bowl, mix Bisquick and cheese and make a well in the middle of it and pour milk into it. Mix until moistened. Just drop dough about 2 inches apart on sheet by rounded tablespoon size. Let them just be whatever shape they become. Cook 8-10 minutes. Mix melted butter with parsley flakes and garlic powder. Brush over hot biscuits when done cooking.

Mom’s Green Goddess Chicken 

¾ c. crushed cornflakes
¾ c. grated Parmesan
¾ c. Green Goddess Dressing (can use Ranch)
8 boneless chicken breast halves

In a bowl, combine flakes and Parmesan. Dip chicken in dressing and roll in flake mix. Place in greased pan and bake uncovered 350 x 45 mins.

Mom’s Crab Cakes 

Our crab cakes were born from mother using "what was in the garden" and in the cabinet; Old Bay seasoning, crushed saltines, blue crab meat, Worcestershire, tiny dab of mustard, mayo, hot sauce. Shaped into patties and refrigerated a half hour before frying in an iron skillet with oil. If we felt compelled to have sauce - it was horseradish, ketchup and mayo combined.

Those glorious days of summer inspired this recent painting I did of a blue crab on a dock - done one 3 small panels.