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Day 44 - Annapolis, Maryland

Maryland is such a beautiful state. As soon as we crossed into Maryland, Ziggy put her hat on. I am assuming this hat is because the US Naval Academy is in Annapolis. The US Naval Academy at Annapolis was founded in 1850 as the undergraduate college of the U.S. Navy.

I told Ziggy, who was at this time hanging her head out the window that Maryland was the 7th state in the USA and it became a state on April 28,1788.

We drove up Duke of Gloucester Street and was amazed at all the historical homes.

I told Ziggy that our subscriber, Ben from Baltimore couldn't meet us. But he had arranged a special meeting with someone very special. We had to meet him at 10am at the State House Inn.

I couldn't have imagined. We met many people along the trip. But never a Governor. Way to go Ben! The Governor of Maryland, as of 2006 Robert L. Ehrlich, heads the executive branch of the government of the U.S. state of Maryland and is Commander-in-Chief of the state's military forces. He's is the highest ranking official in the state.

He welcomed me and Ziggy and complimented Ziggy on her choice of hats. As we walked through the Inn, he gave us a bit of history.

He told us, "Annapolis became the temporary capital of the United States after the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783. Congress was in session in the state house here from November 26, 1783 to June 3, 1784, and it was here on December 23, 1783 that General Washington resigned his commission as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. In 1786 a convention, to which delegates from all the states of the Union were invited, was called to meet in Annapolis to consider measures for the better regulation of commerce; but delegates came from only five states (New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey, and Delaware), and the convention -- known afterward as the "Annapolis Convention" -- without proceeding to the business for which it had met, passed a resolution calling for another convention to meet at Philadelphia in the following year to amend the Articles of Confederation. By this Philadelphia convention, the present Constitution of the United States was framed.In 1808 the importation of slaves was prohbited by the Congress."

"Wow!" Ziggy meowed. "That's great! But when do we eat and what do we eat?"

He asked me what she said and I told him. He said, "Well Ziggy, you are going to have to try Marylands famous crab cakes. They are the best in the country!"

Ziggy meowed, "Did he say crab?"

Maryland has prided itself on serving the finest crab cakes in the States. You can make Maryland crab cakes from lump or backfin meat. This Maryland crab cake recipe is from the Governor of Maryland and is easy follow at home. Crab cakes can be served as an appetizer, entree or on a sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and pickles. Condiments can include cocktail sauce, tartar sauce, mustard, Worcestershire sauce or Old Bay. Enjoy! Here's the recipe.

South Maryland Crab Cake
Serves 4

1 pound Maryland crab meat
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 large egg
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dry mustard
Margarine, butter or oil for frying

In a large bowl, combine the jumbo lump crabmeat, celery, mayonnaise, celery seed, paprika, sugar, pepper, seafood seasoning and parsley. Mix well and refrigerate the crab salad mixture until chilled.

In a large salad bowl, combine the crab, celery, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, and mayonnaise. Mix well and chill before serving. Place the lettuce in salad plates and spoon the crab salad mixture. Garnish with tomatoes and eggs.

Don't be a crab, eat some cake!

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We've got to get a move on. We're going to Boston, Massachusetts!

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