I was born in Florida but raised in California so I really consider myself equal parts Florida girl and California girl. That is, of course, until I land in any Florida airport and then it becomes instantly clear where I feel most at home!!
There are a few things that make it clear you’re in the Sunshine state…
The blast of humidity on the jet way, the musty smell of the air conditioning in the terminal, the classic rock on the radio, the hypnotic rhythm of ceiling fans, the background noise of lawn mowers, 7Eleven Slurpies, Cuban coffee, Beach walks, Sunsets, the green flash. These are a few of my favorite things but nothing is more Florida to me than STONE CRABS!
Stone Crab season is October 15th through May 15th and I look forward to it rolling around just as much as I look forward to Christmas and the 4th of July.
Use a knife sharpener to crack the crabs right before you plan to eat them for maximum freshness.
This is my mom’s famous mustard dipping sauce. I usually lick the bowl clean:
3 parts Hellman’s mayo
1 part Gulden’s spicy brown mustard
1/4 teaspoon Worcester sauce
4 drops of Tabasco sauce
1/2 lemon’s juice
Salt and pepper to taste.
Mix mayo and mustard
Add Worcester and Tabasco
Add lemon juice
Salt and pepper
Dig out crab meat from claw and knuckles and dip in sauce.
Repeat as long as you can!! Drink wine. Have key lime pie for dessert.