Crawfish Etouffee

I was contacted by author Paul Knipple who wanted to share with me a copy of the cookbook he wrote with his wife Angela called, The World In A Skillet: A Food Lover’s Tour Of The New American South. I jumped at the opportunity, as anything having to do with a cast iron skillet, as…

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A Day At Grand Boulevard & Dinner At Emeril’s Coastal Italian

Located at Grand Boulevard in Sandestin, Emeril’s Coastal Italian is the first of Emeril’s Restaurants in Northwest Florida. Originally, Emeril was not entertaining the idea of opening a restaurant in his adopted home town of South Walton where he lives with his family. But, many like myself were thrilled when he reconsidered. Emeril’s Coastal Italian…

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The Red Bar: Grayton Beach

Update 2/13/19: Saddened to share that our beloved and iconic historical landmark, The Red Bar and Piccolo Restaurant, at 6am has burned to the ground in what is being described as a structural fire. Owner, Oliver Petit, says they will rebuild.  Dining at the beach can be quite an adventure, and South Walton restaurants each…

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30th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival-February 15 & 16

I’m excited to be participating in the 30th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival as a judge once again! It takes place at the The Village of Baytowne Wharf the weekend of February 15 and 16, with a Kick-off Party on Friday from 5-7 pm where a delicious Baytowne seafood boil will be enjoyed.

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What Makes Gumbo, Gumbo? + Seafood Gumbo Recipe

New Orleans, aka the Crescent City is a fascinating place known for diversity, culture, and its rich heritage. Put it all in a bowl to eat and enjoy, and you would have what is known as gumbo. Gumbo originated in Louisiana in the 18th century, but there is no evidence to pinpoint the exact origin…

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La Lumière: Party of the Gods

Broker Associate, Hannah Martin, of The Premier Property Group is pleased to announce her 5th Annual Birthday Fundraiser will benefit South Walton Academy, Special Olympics Florida — Walton County, and Westonwood Ranch. The three-day event, titled “La Lumière: Party of the Gods”, presented by Destin Plastic Surgery and Duckies Shop of Fun, will take place Friday…

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Gulf Seafood Stew

I prefer to use fresh Gulf seafood and organic produce and eggs, as well as read labels to avoid gluten due to my 2018 allergy diagnosis. However, you can follow this recipe as is with what is available to you, and it will be just as delicious. Gulf Seafood Stew Serves 4 Ingredients 12 ounces…

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Grilled Lobster Pops with Garlic & Butter

This recipe is so simple and so good! It’s perfect any time of year. We used Maine lobster, but when Florida spiny lobster is in season we are all over it! You can find them at Destin Ice 30A at Inlet Beach or Destin Ice in Destin from August to March. You can also charter…

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Shrimp Cobb Salad with Creamy Cucumber Yogurt Dressing

Maro Desjardins This hearty salad is healthy, delicious and satisfying.  It is easy to put together and makes for a beautiful presentation. The creamy dressing is full of cucumber, fresh herbs and adds just the right amount of bright flavor to pull it all together.  Starting out with great gulf shrimp is essential, and a…

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The Best Chimichurri Sauce & Grilled Pork Loin

My husband Phil is in an all male half-century old wine group called “Wino’s”,  where you are voted in when someone departs, and it was his turn to host this weekend. The host typically serves an assortment of fruits and cheeses, as well as a dish to snack on. Of course the task fell to me,…

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