Cooking from My Books a Two Fer

It’s good to have a short memory because it keeps life fresh.
Mark Bittman
crabcakes BittmanCrab cakes adapted from Mark Bittman

Whenever I feel the urge to buy another cookbook I look around to the almost full bookshelves and the many more on my Kindle the altogether immediate source for books or “chef” interests of the moment. I am always looking for new inspiration and these days the minimalist approach to cooking thanks to a club that I belong to, but alas I didn’t have to buy a thing because not only does I ❤️ Cooking Clubs gives you links and sources for recipes, but I already had two of Bittman’s books on my kindle.

With a busy week ahead I have several things on the menu plan that are easily prepped and cooked, Bittman is a genius at this and I have made countless recipes of his and I have never been disappointed.

Yesterday I made the spicy tomato jam and today I decided to have crab cakes to go with the jam. Michael will want tartar sauce and that is easy enough to make without a recipe.

Crab Cakes, Curried or Plain
Makes: 4 servings
Time: 15 minutes, plus time to chill
Adapted from: How to Cook Everything

1 pound fresh lump crabmeat, picked over for cartilage
1 egg
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper (optional)
1/2 cup chopped scallion (optional)
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
*optional 3/4 teaspoon Phillips or other seafood seasoning)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons panko crumbs or fresh bread crumbs, as needed
About 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour for dredging
*Curry powder…optional, I don’t care for it in crab cakes since I just want to taste crab.
2 tablespoons peanut, extra virgin olive, or vegetable oil
2 tablespoons butter or more oil
Serve with lemon wedges

Make ahead, refrigerate until time to fry.
1. Mix the crabmeat, egg, bell pepper, scallion, mayonnaise, mustard, and some salt and pepper. Add enough bread crumbs to bind the mixture just enough to form into cakes; start with 2 tablespoons and use more if you need it. I shape the crab cakes and refrigerate for several hours before frying.

***Bittman’s Mexican street corn is easy and with the availability of corn on the cob most of the year a good and easy addition to any fall menu.
MexicornBrush corn with EVOO, grill the corn until little charred season with salt, pepper and serve with a chili lime mayo that is a simple blend of 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, 1 to 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice, ¼ teaspoon chili powder and an optional sprinkling of chopped fresh cilantro. *

*You can also grate a little Mexican cheese over corn or actually blend it into the chili lime mayo,  for a little bit of a kick, blend in some of the chipotle sauce from canned or jarred chipotle or TJ’s Sriracha Garlic Chili BBQ Sauce.