Crabcakes by Mary McHugh

Serves eight light eaters or four very greedy people.

1 lb. fresh crabmeat
½ cup red bell pepper, chopped
½ cup chopped shallots
3 T. chopped fresh basil or 1 tsp. dried basil
2 T. fresh lemon juice
2 T. mayonnaise
1 T. Dijon mustard
½ tsp. Tabasco sauce
Dash Worcestershire sauce
3 ¼ cups fresh bread crumbs
1 large egg
2 T. salted butter
2 T. vegetable oil
Tomato salsa

Mix first nine ingredients in a large bowl. Add salt and pepper.

Add ¼ cup of the breadcrumbs and the egg. Mix thoroughly into the other ingredients.

Shape the mixture into eight patties.

Coat patties with the rest of the breadcrumbs.

Cook the patties in the butter and vegetable oil until they’re golden brown on each side.

Serve with tomato salsa.

About the book:

Murder takes center stage . . .

It’s a Christmas miracle for the Happy Hoofers—Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise, and Gini. They’ve scored a gig at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall with the legendary Rockettes, complete with sexy Santa suits and microphones on their shoes. But when a dazzling diva of a dancer is found dead under the stage, there’s quite a lineup of suspects. In between rehearsals and seasonal sightseeing—and the discovery of a multi-talented, multi-colored cat—the toe-tapping troupe has to sort out the intrigue before another victim kicks the bucket . . .

About the author: 

Mary McHugh graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, with a B.A. in English Literature and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. She is the author of the Happy Hoofers series, nineteen nonfiction books, and two other novels. She was a contributing editor for Cosmopolitan, an articles editor at Woman’s World, Travel Holiday, and Bridal Guide, and has written articles for The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, and Family Circle. She loves to tap dance and to travel—two passions that inspired her to write the Happy Hoofers series. She lives in the New York area. Visit her at