It's said these past few years have been good for Maryland blue crabs. From the few fishing towns around (Saint Michaels, Crisfield) it looks to be so. That deserves a round of applause and drinks, because those things are one of the best foods you can find. About this time of year I like to celebrate the season with the first (sometimes only) soft crab of the year. I'm always so happy, then a little weirded out, then happy, but from then on I order: crab soup of both makes, crab cakes, and steamed crabs. I spend the late summer making crabcakes, and the late summer/fall eating steamed crabs. Like many families who propagated eating crabs, I have a recipe from 4 generations for my favorite crabcake technique.