Savory, cheesy, with a hint of heat, these Old Bay Corn Muffins are just begging to accompany a plate of eggs or shrimp and grits.
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Savory, cheesy, with a hint of heat, these Old Bay Corn Muffins are just begging to accompany a plate of shrimp and grits.
A spicy, finger-licking shrimp boil has the makings of a bib-requisite backyard bash. [Photograph: Jennifer Olvera] Note: Timing is everything when it comes to a seafood boil, but the time ingredients will take depend largely on factors like potato size...
The flavors of Maryland and Mexico meet in this Old Bay-inflected variety that gets extra chunk from the addition of jumbo lump crab meat.
Deep fried pickles are the perfect snack. They're crispy, savory, and sour enough to keep you paying attention to what you're doing. They're also perfect vehicles for all the flavors of Old Bay. These require little embellishment: some mayo and hot sauce for dipping, and, of course, a cold beer.
Some spices and spice blends have grown to such prominence that it's hard not to associate them with a country's cuisine. To use garam masala is to cook, on some level, Indian. The same for five spice powder and Chinese food. And the same for Old Bay. To eat Old Bay is to eat American.
That taste of the Maryland shore did wonders for the wings, which had only passing resemblance to hot wings. These are their own thing. The Worcestershire and Old Bay dominated, and it's a stellar combo. As I watched a Maryland native going from one wing to the next, with a finale of finger licking, I knew I had a winning recipe on my hands.
"Nothing beats the joy of steaming or boiling whole crabs, to be shelled and eaten with gusto at the table." I can’t pinpoint when my passion for crabbing crept into the realm of obsession. But as I pulled up my...