Chef Justin Cherry
Dressed Crab: An Early American Favorite
History Campers will join me in making this delicious historic recipe for lunch. Not only does it celebrate the historic foodways of Maryland and its bounty, but it represents a dish that shares ingredients with another similar dish everyone should be familiar with: The Crab Cake.
The recipe comes from a manuscript written by Anne Chase in 1811, the daughter of Samuel Chase—Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Another signer, friend, and frequent dinner guest of the Chase family was William Paca—who was a fellow political colleague of Samuel Chase. Both Paca and Chase assisted in opposing the Stamp Act in 1765 and the recipe is thought to have been a favorite of William Paca’s when visiting Chase.
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