{post “soup-or-bowl” post}

3 Feb

soooo – the broncos lost the superbowl.  yeah, in like a MAJOR WAY!  *sigh*

i’ll leave the rants for the professionals – all i’m going to say is it’s a good thing i was surrounded with fun people and lots of delicious food.

broncos-1 broncos-2

it was a “soup-or-bowl” party – bring a soup or a bowl of salad. i brought maryland crab soup.  so i thought i’d share the recipe 🙂


i had never made this before – though i remember eating it almost every day for lunch when i was living in aberdeen, maryland many years ago.  my favourite little cafe on the side of the highway always had the biggest vat of it simmering all day and it smelled so amazing!

i just made it based on what i remembered and “winged” the rest…


i made a HUGE batch – maybe too huge.  but it’s all good – i froze some and will sip on a bunch for lunch this week!

ingredients :

– chopped tomatoes {can}

– beef stock {fish stock would’ve been my preference but they didn’t have any}

– frozen corn, green beans, lima beans, and peas

– fresh onion, carrots, and garlic

– crab meat – claw and jumbo lump

– old bay seasoning {THE KEY INGREDIENT!}


of course i snagged a huge sample!!!! 😉


of this, too.  gah, i love me some jumbo lump crab meat!!!!


with or without tons of old bay…


usually with…


i began by sauteing the carrots and a little garlic in some EVOO.  then i added in the onions and a little water if necessary.  when carrots are soft, add in tomatoes and broth, then simmer for a few minutes.  next i added in all the frozen veggies and began sprinkling in some old bay to taste. at the very end i tossed in the crab meat, so for it not to get to mushy.  then i just finished off with old bay until it tasted like i remembered…


considering it was my first time making maryland crab soup, i was rather pleased with how it turned out!!!


this is still one of my favourite dishes from back east and will provide me much comfort over the next few snowy days… {and after that severely disappointing loss – *sigh*}

have a great day, everyone!

11 Responses to “{post “soup-or-bowl” post}”

  1. mylifeisthebestlife February 3, 2014 at 8:39 am #

    That sounds INCREDIBLE!!!

    (sorry for your loss!)


  2. Mike Pratt February 3, 2014 at 8:40 am #

    Now I’m even more hungry! Always the problem when reading about delicious food on an empty stomach! Time to go have some breakfast.

    That looks really good!


    • cooking with audrey February 4, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

      maryland is known for their crabs and crab soup is one amazing way to have it! its really the old bay that makes everything taste incredible. 😀


  3. anthony0358 February 3, 2014 at 9:34 am #

    everything looks delicious! Thank you for sharing your photos and your philosophy with us! Every day. It inspires me to make changes in my own life to restore the balance. This looks awesome to me!


    • cooking with audrey February 4, 2014 at 7:59 pm #

      you are such a wonderful friend anthony! and a great person to have on one’s side! i appreciate your support, you always make me feel so important!!!! sending big hugs across the miles!


  4. maryinline February 3, 2014 at 10:08 am #

    Ooo…soup! My favorite, as you know. Did you plan those two little white snowman and woman, holding hands, on the top of your bowl of soup, or was a surprise?


    • cooking with audrey February 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

      i thought of you the whole time i was creating all parts of this blogpost 🙂 eager to see you again! i didn’t notice the crab snow-people haha! how funny, it totally looks like what you described!


  5. aspiringimagesbyrachel February 3, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

    That theme is adorable! I’ll have to borrow that next year. I’ve heard from many that they were thankful for having delicious eats to counter the all around disappointing game.


    • cooking with audrey February 4, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

      i can’t take credit for the name of the game 😉 but feel free to pass it along and also share your favourite soup recipe with me 😀
      food makes all disappointments better, no?! 😉 thanks for stopping by and commenting!


  6. Hannah (BitterSweet) February 17, 2014 at 11:04 am #

    Wow, love the colors of your party food spread! Very festive and eye-catching. Must have brightened the mood at least a little bit, even if the outcome wasn’t ideal.


    • cooking with audrey February 18, 2014 at 10:41 am #

      thanks, hannah! i have to agree. colour makes me happy in general, and it certainly helped with that extremely disappointing game… oh well – as they say, “there’s always next year” {though i must admit i wasn’t preparing to say that with peyton manning behind us…}


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