What state is it?
These days, blue crabs are harvested all along the mid-Atlantic coast, but Maryland has been doing it longer, commercially catching, boiling and baking these blue Chesapeake Bay babies since the 1800's, perfecting crab cake recipes by centuries of seasoned cooks. No doubt, cadets at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, where former President Jimmy Carter graduated, still turn to this blue staple for sustenance during exams. Perhaps Maryland lawyer Francis Scott Key was eating a crab cake in 1814 when he adopted new words to an old drinking ditty, calling his song "The Star Spangled Banner," which became the national anthem in 1931. Key wrote about the flag still standing after a bombs bursting Baltimore battle. Speaking of flags, Maryland's black and gold speedway-like checks on the state flag represent Lord Baltimore's family colors. The red and white crossbones represent the colors of his grandmother's family, the Crosslands.