Tuesday, May 20, 2008


Crabby. Cranky. Irritable. Grouchy. Cantakerous. Disagreeable. Petulant. Querulous. Having or showing a bad temper.

I try to keep a sweet disposition at all times. It usually takes a lot to make me snap. I used to have a hair-trigger temper, but not any more. I usually try to go with the flow, grit my teeth, grin and bear it. Because in the heat of the moment, words can get said that will be regretted later. And words don't come with a money-back guarantee. Once they are spent, that is it, you can't take them back.

I have known a few people who have spent their life being crabby and cranky. I think they made it their life's work to be that way. I do not know what circumstances made them to be like that, but I do know how to deal with them. You be nice to them. Just as nice as possible, always smile at them, buy them a Coke randomly. Give them flowers for their birthday. Luke 6:28. Matthew 5:44. Proverbs 25:21-23. God knew what he was talking about! Pray for them. And let God take care of it!

These open face sandwiches I am going to give you the recipe for should not make anyone crabby or cranky or grouchy or petulant or . . .

Crabbie Melts

Serves 8

4 crossiants, split lengthwise
1 cup mayonnaise
1-1/2 ounce jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 cup crabmeat, flaked
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1/3 cup Gruyere cheese, shredded
4 green onions, chopped


Crumb crust
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 cup soft breadcrumbs
2 Tablespoons finely chopped parsely
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the crossiant halves on a large rimmed baking sheet. Mix the next 6 ingredients in a bowl and spread mixture on top of the crossiant halves.

Melt the butter in a small pan and cook the garlic in it over low heat until translucent. Mixt the rest of the ingredients for the crumb crust, then mix in the garlic and melted butter. Top each croissant with the crumb mixture.

Bake the crossiants for 15-20 minutes or until heated through.


As you can plainly see, I did not use crossiants. I used brioche rolls, halved. You could use English muffins, crumpets, toast . . . I also was out of green onions, so I subbed some purple onion.

I adapted this recipe from Double Shot by Diane Mott Davidson. If you have not read any of her books, her protagonist is a caterer in Colorado who gets tangled up in murder mysteries. She gives several delicious recipes each book. My kind of book!


Sylvie said...

Great looking sandwich, Raquel.

nicisme said...

Great way to serve it with the croissants Raquel - well done!

Jan said...

Very yummy looking!
I'll have two please Raquel!

Kevin said...

Those crab melts sound so good!

Marie said...

Todd loves crab and I am betting he'd love these!

Angie said...

I hate crab but Keith loves it so maybe I'll make him one of these.
It's hard to stay mad with somebody when they always smile at you. Keith's like that (he's hubby by the way). He's so kind. Do you know what hes just done while I've been reading blogs and enjoying myself? Cleaned the oven. Bless him!
love, Angie, xx