If you’re wondering where Lon has been, he’s still here. We’re still happily married and he’s still the tech support, web designer, and general problem solver. He hasn’t written much lately because work has been demanding, and one of us has to get paid in money. He’s usually gone before I wake up and he gets home around 8pm, and I’ll have dinner ready on the table. Of course, I understand that he’s tired but I do miss his cooking.

Dungeness Crab 2

This weekend, he suddenly kicked into cooking mode and had a cooking spree. Perhaps it was cooking withdrawal, but when we went grocery shopping Sat night, he had all these ideas for what to buy. He said something about a roasted red pepper sauce and fish, but then I saw Dungeness Crab for $6.99 per pound. We got two, each one weighing about 2.5 pounds and they were lively critters. The plan was quickly adapted for crab and the rest is delicious history.

This easy blender-made Roasted Red Pepper Sauce is super versatile. We ate left-overs with some fried calamari. We spread some on crusty Italian bread. I think it would be great in sandwiches too. So don’t worry if you don’t like crab or crab is not in season.

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

  • 6 ounces roasted red pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Instructions –

Place red peppers, garlic, vinegar, ancho chili, salt, cayenne, mustard, vanilla extract, and black pepper in a blender. Turn on the blender and run for 2 seconds before pouring olive oil in. While the blender is going, pour olive oil in a slow steady stream. Just blend until smooth.

Red Pepper Sauce 2

*You can make the red pepper sauce in advance and just store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Bring it back to room temperature before serving.

If you do want to serve with the Dungeness Crab (which is a heavenly match), we enjoy it steamed. A good guideline is to steam it for 7 to 8 minutes per pound (about 18 to 20 minutes for the 2.5 lb crabs).

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One of the great things about Dungenous crab is that they are big and easier to pick through than Maryland Blue Crabs. The work is way more rewarding. Simply dip in sauce and enjoy. MMM…

crab dipped in sauce 2

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