Cooking with the Alien

I decided to make dinner for my parents today, and since it is Lent, I made a very special seafood dish.  It's something I have never made before, but have always enjoyed eating in restaurants.  I'm going to build the suspense a little bit while I introduce you to the backup players in this culinary adventure. First we have the hash brown potatoes, which I make in two stages.  First, I either slice, dice or shred the potatoes in the morning or the night before (if they are for breakfast).  This makes for a crispier consistency after they've been fried.  For best results, use medium-high heat. I mentioned this vegetable side a while ago, but I never did get a picture.  So, here it is, my grilled zuchini.  Very simple recipe here, cut the zuchini into pieces, add any desired spices (I used Mrs. Dash--Table Blend) and extra virgin olive oil.  Throw them on the grill until you get those really good grill marks on all sides (the skin will get dark and wrinkly).  I grilled these early and put them in a 300° oven until it was time to eat. OK, now I suppose I will show you the pièce de résistance of my lenten feast. Any idea what those can be?  If you said crab cakes, give yourself a cookie.  Yes, I made crab cakes for mom and dad for dinner.  This was the first time I attempted them and they did come out perfectly if I do say so myself.  Another simple recipe that puts the crab at the forefront.  Most of the recipes I looked at were filled with so many spices and other ingredients that the crab would play second fiddle.  I made mine along the lines of Ruby Tuesday's.  Crab, Saltines, parsley, 1 egg and a little paprika and garlic powder.  I fried them in my cast iron skillet and put them in the oven until it was time to eat. Everything came together beautifully and my dinner went over well.  I enjoy cooking (and eating) and I am always wanting to experiment with new recipes.  I still have one crab cake left, but not for long.  Thanks for stopping by and please, wipe up your drool before you leave.