Cheers to the
Things looked bleak earlier last month when the Costco Besan cargo ship hit the
Early Saturday morning fishermen loaded the decks of their boats with hundreds of crab traps and headed out the
News of their departure spread fast so I bundled up and braved the cold bay winds to wander the piers and watch the last of the boats head out. Word was that we’d have crab in the markets Monday afternoon.
My only problem was which crab dish to prepare first. Spicy crab cakes sounded good—or maybe a rich crab sandwich with baby shrimp and melted Gruyere cheese. I had a friend coming for lunch so opted for a crisp Crab Louis salad with creamy slices of avocado, hard-cooked eggs and homemade Thousand Island dressing. It was divine.
What next? Well, the most sinfully decadent way to eat Dungeness crab is boiled, cracked, peeled and dipped in melted butter—lots of butter. Simple—pure pleasure.
Friends are coming to my house this Saturday for our first crab fest of the year. I’ll get the Dungeness crabs at Fishermen’s Wharf in the morning, then walk down the street to the bakery for just-out-of-the oven sourdough bread. The only other things needed are a crisp Romaine salad and chilled white wine. It’s a meal fit for the gods—and your best buddies.