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Gone Crabbin’

By Paula Deen

I’ve traveled a good many places, but nowhere beats a summer evening on the tidal marshes of Savannah. It’s just so beautiful, y’all. A wonderful, salty breeze comes in off the water, and with the fish jumping, birds singing, and boats slowly drifting by, it feels like the most peaceful place on earth.

It’s not a gift to be wasted. Michael and I make a point of getting out on our dock as much as we can during these spring and summer months. And one thing we love to do with our friends is crabbin’! One day my friend Patrick joined me at the end of my dock, and we dropped in my crab traps and pulled in the most beautiful blue crabs you can imagine.

If you’ve never crabbed before, the trick is in the bait. We use chicken necks, and those little crabbies just can’t help themselves. So in they go into our traps.

And when it’s suppertime, those fresh crabs taste so good. If you’ve never tried my Savannah-Style Blue Crabs, you really ought to. I can’t begin to tell you how good they are. Or you can replace the shrimp in your Low Country Boil. Any way to like them will do!

Now it’s time for me to get goin’. Michael’s home, and I think we’re going to go enjoy ourselves out on the dock. Happy crabbin’, y’all!

Paula Deen - As a young girl growing up in Albany, Georgia, Paula Deen never dreamed she would become an American icon. As a young mother, Paula was living the American dream — married to her high school sweetheart and raising two adorable boys — when tragedy struck. Her parents died, her marriage failed and she began a prolonged battle with agoraphobia. With her boys in their teens and her family near homelessness, Paula took her last $200, reached deep inside her soul and started The Bag Lady, a home-based catering company that marked the start of Deen's professional cooking career. With sons Jamie and Bobby delivering lunch-and-love-in-a-bag, beginning in June 1989, Paula turned her life around by sharing what she knew best, traditional Southern cooking.

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