Saturday, July 20, 2013

Crabby Snacks and Homemades: Eat these with Silver Linings Playbook (or an Eagles game)

My own version of "Crabby Snacks and Homemades"

I read this on my Kindle on my trip back from Aruba (good easy plane reading)

I always remember hearing the expression, "every dark cloud has a silver lining" growing up; a lesson in optimism, that the glass is always half full, and a reminder to always look on the bright side.  Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick is told from the point of view of Pat Peoples, a somewhat mentally disturbed character, who is looking for his "silver lining"  in his life story.

I have to admit, I am a "book before movie" kinda girl, but I saw the movie first on this one, and I'm glad I did.  First, the author doesn't really go into much detail on what the characters look like, so picturing the characters clearly in this book is helpful as you read it.  Second, the book is just weird...but in a good way....and Third...well I don't have a third.  However, (SPOILER ALERT) the book is very fitting that it doesn't have a "happy ending," but a "silver-lining ending."   You can find more about this book here. the food. The family in this book is obsessed, or should I say O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D (AHHHH!)...(you'll get it if you read the book) with the Eagles pro football team, and the mom makes the family snacks to watch the games. She makes "crabby snacks" and "homemades." What the hell are "crabby snacks"and "homemades" you ask?  Well, I had to consult my friend Google for this one and found a lot of chatter about them online.  Crabby Snacks actually sound DISGUSTING, but as most processed foods are, probably tastes really good.   It's basically a mixture of canned crab meat, butter, mayonnaise, and a jar of Kraft Cheese mixed together, and then topped on English Muffins, baked, then quartered.  Homemades are essentially a "handcrafted" pasta....such a strange mix of two foods: easy processed food (crabby snacks) and difficult crafted pasta (homemades)...but that is just one weird example in the book - it is so strange.

I did not make the ACTUAL crabby snacks, but I did include a link to a recipe I saw if you dare to try them:
 Link to Legit Crabby Cakes and Homemades Recipe

However, I made it a little bit more my style and made:
  • Lump Crab Bruschetta
  • Pappardelle with Corn and Tomatoes
Lump Crab Bruschetta (my version of "Crabby Snacks")
I followed this recipe:

I basically followed the instructions - I  used the lump crab (jumbo lump crab not needed) in the refrigerated seafood section. I think it was about an 6-8 oz jar. 

Pappardelle with Corn and Tomatoes (my version of "Homemades"....OK a stretch, but someone "homemade" that pasta!) I followed the recipe except I added 1 cup of Parmesan cheese instead of 1/2 cup. I also made grilled shrimp to add to the pasta...but I forgot I made the shrimp, so they never made their way to the pasta...oh was clearly still good without it!
I used a bag of dried garlic and chive pappardelle that I bought at a farmers market made by  Here is a picture of the pasta:
I was all very tasty!  I may try out those original crabby snacks during football season!
And...P.S.:  I was at my pool yesterday as a dark cloud approached over my head (what is it with the rain in Atlanta this summer?)....and gleaming out from behind it was a Silver Lining!!!
I took a picture of a Silver Lining I saw in a dark cloud at the pool yesterday.  Silver Lining....couldn't go to the pool, but got to catch up on my blog!
Cheers Crabby Snacks, Homemades and Silver Linings!

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