Recipes with Theo by Marguerite Labbe

recipes with theo


It’s good to be back on the Dreamspinner Press Blog. It’s been awhile. While I was working on the edits for A Little Side of Geek, I meant to really pay attention to certain recipes while I cooked to get the measurements exact so I could post recipes from Theo’s kitchen. All I can say is, I suck. I’m the type of cook that does not measure unless I’m baking. I go by memory and taste and hope for the best. There are dishes handed down from my mother and grandmother who cooked the same way.

I had planned on getting my spanakopita manicotti recipe down and maybe test out the pork belly one that Theo made. (I really, really want to try that one, but since my husband can’t have it, I’ve denied myself.) My brother came up to visit us recently after his kickass wedding in Charleston and we talked about his recipes. He’s worked in the food industry since he was sixteen. He loves it. He’s an amazing cook and I always like taste testing what he has to offer when I get down to Charleston.

Before he moved there with the love of his life, my brother managed a restaurant that focused on Chesapeake Bay style food no far from where I live. So, when I was telling him about Theo’s bistro and where it was located he suggested I do a local recipe and gave me his for Maryland style crab cakes. If there’s one thing I love, it’s this kind of a crab cake. I won’t settle for anything less.

So straight from Adam and Theo’s kitchen, I hope you enjoy.


Maryland Style Crab Cakes


Crab Meat, lump 2 pounds
Bread crumbs ½ cup
Parsley, fresh chopped 1/8 cup
Old Bay Seasoning ½ tablespoon into mix, ½ teaspoon sprinkle on top
Green onions, bias cut 1/8 cup
Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon
Red pepper flakes ½ teaspoon
Egg 2 large
Mayonnaise ¼ cup
Lemon, juiced ¼


  1. Whisk all the ingredients together EXCEPT the lump crab meat to thoroughly incorporate all ingredients.
  2. Gently fold in the crab meat with your hands to avoid breaking the meat apart.
  3. Portion into 4 oz crab cakes (should yield 9).
  4. Sprinkle with remaining Old Bay seasoning.
  5. Broil at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes. You should see some browning and bubbling.

Enjoy with your favorite crab cake sides!


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When opposite worlds collide, it’s anyone’s game.

Proud geek and comic book artist Morris Proctor wants nothing more than to live in semiseclusion with his devil cat and gamer friends. Despite what his well-meaning family thinks, he’s perfectly content with his status quo. The last thing he needs is to date another nongeek hell-bent on changing him.

Then he meets his adorkable new neighbor, Theo Boarman, who doesn’t know Star Trek from Star Wars, but who tempts him like no other.

Theo has spent the last year recovering from the loss of his parents and trying to play both roles for his teenage brother, while working to keep the family restaurant afloat. Dating is the last thing on the menu, especially with a man who thinks the height of dining is shoving a packaged meal into the microwave.

But if Morris gives him one more shy smile or flaunts that kilt he wears so well, Theo will be forced to convince him that a hot summer fling is just the recipe to let off a little steam.



Marguerite Labbe has often been called both Trouble and Sunshine by those who know her. She’s not sure how she manages to make both those nicknames work together, but apparently she does. She’s a New Hampshire woman who married an Alabama man, an Air Force brat who has somehow managed to settle herself firmly in Southern Maryland, with one overgrown son and two crazy cats.

Marguerite loves to spin tales that cross genre lines, where stubborn men build lifelong ties of loyalty, friendship, and family no matter the odds thrown against them, and where love is found in unexpected places. She has won the Rainbow Award for Historical Romance with Fae Sutherland, as well as the Rainbow Award for Paranormal and the Rainbow Romance Award for Excellence, also in Paranormal.

When she’s not working hard on writing new stories, she spends her time reading novels of all genres, enjoying role-playing and tabletop games with her friends, and helping out her husband with Apocrypha Comics Studio.

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