Somebody asked me to post my recipe for Maryland crab cakes- so here it is. I was born and raised in Baltimore and Annapolis and have cooked in all types of restaurants in the area. I've tasted crab cakes from all over the state (and elsewhere, of course) and the most important thing I've learned thus far is to always showcase your main ingredient when working with seafood- shellfish especially- so really make it about the crab. Personally, for crab cakes- I don't like a lot of filler, I want big pieces of crab meat that i can really bite into when eating, and I'm always looking for that delicious heat from the Old Bay. I know it's a bit expensive buying the claw meat in bulk but its a worthwhile extra expense in my book; if you live near the sea always go for fresh local seafood. However It IS ok to put a bit more ingredients in your crab cakes- but only gentle additions the cake that you're sure wont overpower the crab (veggies such as green pepper or onions should be minced very, very fine to ensure those expensive chunks of crab meat stand out in your cakes). Crab cakes are such a versatile meal that they can literally be prepared with just about everything; and they are- all around the world. I once worked with an Asian chef who insisted on a sweeter crab crab including a pureed blend of smashed red and white grapes. Not my cup of tea... What really makes a crab cake a Maryland crab cake, though? The answer: Old Bay Seasoning- a Maryland spice blend that's not actually available in all stores throughout the country but can be ordered online. Check out their website if you can't find it in your store (there's some tasty recipes on there as well). Also, don't forget to serve Tar Tar sauce with your crab cakes either! I've heard some people say that they don't like the Tar Tar sauce but the truth is that when made correctly for a crab cake it seriously enhances the entire dish. When cooking in a restaurant you don't have the option of imposing your will upon your customers regarding the dishes you're sending out- so you can't start sneaking things into dishes. However, when I have a cook-out or party at my home- whether you like it or not- your gonna have some Tar Tar sauce on that damn crab cake. And, of course, a cold beer. Enjoy!