Ode to Crab Sauce and 6 Must Haves for Summer! By Guest Blogger Lisa Watson

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When I decided to write my novella, A Summer of Stars for the Summer Hearts Compilation, the first thing I knew I wanted in the story was Maryland blue crabs. While most writers would work on their hero and heroine first, I was figuring out ways to incorporate my love of seafood into my story. Since our common theme for the compilation was summer, and or the beach, I decided that I’d set my story in the fictional small town of Shady Glen, Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay.  It brought back lots of great memories for me since my paternal grandparents had a beach house in Shadyside, Maryland. I had very fond memories of visiting there during summers. I learned how to crab, fish, and get attacked by mosquitoes like a pro. There was even a guy there that I had a crush on one summer. Granted, that went nowhere, but it was fun just the same.

So back to crabs…I believe my dad put my first crab in my hand at three. Of course, he had to help me navigate the intricacies of eating one properly, avoiding the “Devil’s fingers” which were the lungs, and never, ever eating the yellow glop called mustard. Trust me, it’s not mustard! I also recall with great fondness my Aunt Adele’s crab dipping sauce she’d make for our steamed crabs. In my story, my hero, Zane Davidson, invites heroine, McKinley Graham to his house for dinner. I knew that I wanted to pay homage to my Aunt’s awesome sauce by having him make it, and a special meal for McKinley because nothing says, “I really like you” like a crab feast!

While I’m not a huge fan of sitting stationary with the sun beaming down on me, I am big on hanging out with family and friends…along with my 7 summer must haves. One you’re probably already guessed:

  • Crabs
  • Cook outs
  • Watersports
  • Fruity frozen concoctions
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock 55SPF
  • Deep Woods Off Dry

Yes, I’m big on dry. These are things I can’t do without during the summer months. I live in North Carolina now, so I’m not able to have blue crabs as often as I’d like, but when I get back to Maryland…which is pretty often…they’re on my To-Get list! That being said, I thought I’d share Aunt Adele’s Crab Dipping Sauce recipe with you.

 

Ingredients:

 

Hellmans

 

 

 

 

1/2 cup mayonnaise (Aunt Adele says don’t use Salad Dressing)

Mustard

 

 

 

 

1/3 cup Mustard

Old Bay

 

 

 

 

Season to taste. Old Bay seasoning is salty so use a little at a time. You want to ensure the sauce takes like crab, but you don’t want it so salty that you go running for ice water.

Worcestshire

 

 

 

 

1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Directions:

 

Add each item to a small bowl. Stir with a whisk until the mixture gets nice and creamy and looks like custard.  This recipe feeds about 4-5 people.  Make it in small batches, because you want to use it when it’s fresh, and not have leftovers.

 

Be Inspired…

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About the Author-

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A native of Washington D.C., Lisa Watson writes multicultural novels with engaging storylines, strong, fun characters with universal appeal.  Lisa’s Match Broker series, introduced readers to Love Contract, and matchmaking guru, Norma Jean Anderson, aka The Love Broker. Book two in the series, Her Heart’s Desire, was a #1 on Amazon’s Bestseller list, and was listed as one of 2014’s Top 25 Books of the Summer, and Top 50 Best Reads. Book three, Love by Design was #2 on the Amazon Bestseller list.

Her latest story is a Sweet Romance. A Summer of Stars, is one of the novellas in the Summer Hearts Compilation. This exciting new collection featuring five additional authors, and their sweet, beach-themed romances, will be released May 2015.

Lisa works at a technology consulting firm, is the co-publicist for RT BookReview Magazine’s annual RT Booklovers Conventions, and host for Reader’s Entertainment Radio show.

Married for nineteen years, with two teenagers, and a Maltipoo, Brinkley, Lisa lives outside Raleigh, NC and is avidly working on a Sweet Romance, and her next series.

Connect with Lisa on Social Media:

www.lisawatson.com

www.facebook.com/NCLisaWatson

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A native of Washington D.C., Lisa Watson writes multicultural contemporary romance novels.  Having her debut novel nominated for Best Contemporary Fiction, sparked Lisa to continue creating engaging storylines, strong characters with universal appeal, and a keen sense of humor. They are drawn together by love, respect, and a strong family ties.

Lisa loves traveling, so weaving beautiful destinations into the pages of her novels as lush backdrops, or the heritage of her characters is not uncommon.

Lisa’s latest novella, A Summer of Stars, is featured in the summer compilation, Summer Hearts: 6 Summer Tales of Sweet Romance. It introduces readers to McKinley Graham, and Zane Davidson, both hardworking people that escape to a small, waterfront community to search for balance in their lives. Neither was looking for love, but it certainly found them.

Her three novels for the Harlequin’s Kimani line, The Match Broker series. Book one, Love Contract, a #2 Amazon Bestseller, introduced readers to matchmaking guru, Norma Jean Anderson, aka The Love Broker.  Book two in the series, Her Heart’s Desire, and book three, Love by Design, hit #1 and #2 on the Amazon Bestseller list respectively.

Lisa works at a technology consulting firm, is the co-publicist for RT BookReview Magazine’s annual RT Booklovers Conventions, and the host for Reader’s Entertainment Radio show.

Married for eighteen years, with two teenagers, and a Maltipoo, Brinkley, Lisa lives outside Raleigh, NC and is avidly working on her next series.

Connect with Lisa on Facebook (NCLisaWatson), Twitter (@LisaYWatson), Goodreads, Pinterest, and here.

 

About Sheila Clover English

International speaker, business woman, author, mother, wife and owner of seven dogs. I love people, am an advocate for animals and stay up too late at night reading books.
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10 Responses to Ode to Crab Sauce and 6 Must Haves for Summer! By Guest Blogger Lisa Watson

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Lisa, I love that cover! It’s one of the best that I’ve seen. And thank you for the recipes. I’ve never been to Maryland, but now it’s on my list of places to go. And I’m off to check out the bundle. 🙂

  2. Sheila E says:

    I agree that that cover is fantastic! So is the recipe!
    It’s funny how certain foods bring back memories. My Grandma made Mississippi Mud Cake for us when I was a kid and any time my mom makes it for us I think of Grandma and those days as a kid.

  3. Lisa Watson says:

    You know, I’ve never tried Mississippi Mud Cake, Sheila, but I KNOW I’d love it! Does your mom’s taste exactly the same as your Grandma’s?
    It’s amazing how sometimes you’ll have the exact same recipe, yet it can taste different from person to person. I think Grandmas have a secret ingredient! 😉 Maybe an extra dose of hugs and kisses they don’t mention. LOL!

  4. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for sharing your recipe and A Summer of Stars with us! Both look yummy, and I can’t wait to sample both 🙂 I love your stories of your time at your grandparents’ beach house!

    • Lisa Watson says:

      Thanks Mary!

      I was happy to be able to contribute. Writing A Summer of Stars really made me nostalgic. Good memories, though I’ve never built a sandcastle…well, at least not like Zane does! It was fun having him show McKinley something that was new to her, and a hobby they could share for the future. 🙂

  5. Thanks for being our guest, and thank you for the recipe! Congrats on your new release.

    • Lisa Watson says:

      Thanks Michelle!
      I was very appreciative of Sheila asking me to guest blog! I made the crab sauce the other day. Granted, I didn’t have steamed crabs to dip in it, but I made so with some tortilla chips. My son looked at me like I was crazy, but I didn’t care. The flavor was really what I was after. I LOVE Old Bay!

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