In the spring of 2019 I visited an estate sale here on Chincoteague Island. Upon entering I could tell this was my kinda lady. Beautiful kitchen equipment, lovely nautical themed linens, vintage Shore Stop drink coolers (growing up, EVERYONE had one to take to the beach). All my favorite books lined the shelves – Beautiful Swimmers, A Sand County Almanac, A Gift From The Sea, random Eastern Shore history books.

It was an older couple’s family beach house for decades, filled with treasures collected from a lifetime of loving this unique little spot I’m lucky to call home. I couldn’t help but feel an instant connection.

My favorite finds were two advertising items. The first is a full page ad for Old Bay Seasoning’s 75th Anniversary, that ran in the Baltimore Sun back on Memorial Day weekend of 2014. It’s framed in a really rustic nautical looking frame – I just love it. It is right at home in my living room!The second was a poster for the 1988 Crab Derby held in Crisfield, Maryland. Taped on the back is a copy of a check made out to Mrs. Joan Folio. She had entered her “Crab Bisque Chincoteague”  in their recipe contest that year, and took home the Grand Prize! Which, is truly an honor. My mom and dad live in Crisfield, so that made it special to me too.

I also had picked up a binder of recipes that she’d collected – that has every winning recipe from the Crab Derby going back all the way to 1963! I’m pleased to report that her Crab Bisque was in the binder as well. So when I got everything home and connected the dots I was stoked. I couldn’t wait to make her recipe.

I’ve made it many times since then, always meaning to snag a photo and share this story here on the blog – but it was always inhaled before I had the time to do so. It truly is the best crab soup I’ve ever had in my life.

It’s pretty much a standard cream of crab base- but the addition of lemon pepper seasoning really gives it a little something special. There’s a little bit of cheddar that also makes it stand out, giving it a nice bite. And there are no fillers – no bullshit onions or celery. Just CRAB.

I’d tried to look up Mrs. Joan in the past couple years – googling her name to no avail. If I’d found her I don’t know what I would have done – maybe just sent a postcard proclaiming my love of her bisque. I never found anything, but still continued to think of her often, and when I did – she would always bring a smile to my face.

Flash forward to last week when we steamed our first batch of crabs for the year. I made the bisque with the leftovers I’d picked, AND managed to get a photo. Sitting down to write this blog post I thought, “let me give it one more search”. And there she was, right at the top of the search results – her obit from August 20, 2020.She’d evidently struggled with Alzheimer’s since 2018, and COVID-19 is what brought her to meet her maker last summer. She was 86. Had a beautiful family with children and grandchildren. It was great to finally get to read about her, and see her picture – she was exactly the kind of person I’d painted a picture of in my mind. They even mentioned her love of Chincoteague in the article…

I never had the pleasure to meet Carol Joan Folio, but I have a pretty good feeling that we would have been fast friends. Estate sales always kind of make me sad, but it brings a smile to my face knowing I will give these things new life in our home. I hope it would bring a smile to hers too. Cheers to you, Joan!

As I mentioned last week, I’m participating in JSL Food’s Twin Dragon Wrapper Recipe Contest. I shared my entry for the Holiday Appetizer Category last week, and this week I want to throw my entry for the Game Day Appetizer into the hat!

Football season wasn’t quite as victorious as last for us 49ers fans, not to mention the lack of football parties with COVID – this year was definitely a change, and one for the books. But, that didn’t stop the Davis fam from enjoying the games from home and munching on some delicious football snacks while doing so!

I made these Cheeseburger Egg Rolls for Super Bowl – and they were a hit with our crew! A few simple ingredients and you’ve got a super simple appetizer that’s sure to please your MVPs. I loved the addition of pickles – gave a  nice, tangy, crunchy bite. And, I’m definitely sold on the wrappers…

I’ve made alot of egg rolls over the years, using different brands – and none of them have fried up as beautifully as these did. Low oil absorption, nice crunchy little bubbles, gorgeous even browning. Not all egg roll wrappers are created equal, and the Twin Dragon wrappers really pleased THIS MVP.

I served with a simple sauce composed of mayonnaise and ketchup as the base – and it completed the flavor profile of a cheeseburger  nicely! Don’t wait until next season to make these, guys.

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Lunar New Year just passed us by last week, along with Valentine’s Day – and now Mardi Gras tomorrow. It’s been a busy time! You guys know I like to make things special for my family for all the holidays, especially in the food department.

JSL Foods reached out to me about participating in their Twin Dragon Wrapper Blogger Recipe Challenge, using their egg roll and won ton wrappers. I’m of course I’m waiting until the last horn blows to submit my entries in both categories: Holiday Appetizers, and Game Day Appetizers…

But, I used the Lunar New Year on Friday as my opportunity to make these spicy crab won tons. Ginger-Scallion Crab is a popular dish at many Chinese restaurants, so I wanted to use that flavor profile to give a nod to Chinese culture and the holiday.

Everyone really liked them! They were super-quick to throw together – and with the addition of Sriracha, they really packed a punch in the flavor department!

Spicy, but not too spicy that the boys couldn’t enjoy them too. A winner in my house, let’s hope it’s a winner in the contest too!

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I recently appeared on our local news program Delmarvalife, and shared my recipe for scones. Then got to thinking I’ve never shared them with you guys! I’ve baked part-time in the summer for a local coffeehouse in town for a few summers now, which is where I got the base recipe for these fabulous, flaky wonders. They’re a buttermilk base – which I love the slight tang that it lends to the scones.

A lot of recipes call for heavy cream, and I’ve been down that road, but I really didn’t like the results as much. They were more, well – heavy. These are crumbly and light as air – yet moist and melt in your mouth.

When I bake for the coffeeshop it’s usually traditional fruit combinations – cranberry orange, apricot almond, lemon ginger. But a couple years ago I thought I’d try something savory – good scones are so similar to a good biscuit – I knew they’d be banging with a bowl of creamy oyster stew or clam chowder. So I went to work…

Cheddar cheese is always a good place to start. Along with any fresh herb you’ve got lying around. I’ve been blessed with a great chive plant the past couple of years. Stays hearty and doesn’t all go to seed if I turn my back on it (word to Mr. T at Thomas Gardens for always having the best offerings!). Which reminds me, it’s time to get seeds started!

And, like any Eastern Shore girl worth my salt, I threw some crab seasoning in there for good measure. It always adds a ton of flavor, and looks pretty sprinkled on top of things. They turned out great! Were a hit here at home and at the coffee shop, and know they will be with you guys too.

Perfect to do some baking on a blustery weekend! stay warm, friends.