Bridge Span 14: Serving Feel Good Food at Carillon Beach

Heading down Highway 98 towards Panama City Beach, you will want to pull off to the right at the charming town of Carillon Beach, an exclusive new-urbanism community located on the pristine beaches and emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico along the Northwest Florida Panhandle, about six minutes east of Rosemary Beach. There you…

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Big Easy Meatballs & Red Gravy over Creamy Idaho® Mashed Potatoes

  Looking for back to school comfort food that the entire family will love, well, unless they are vegetarians, gluten and/or dairy free? Then, my big easy meatballs and red gravy over Idaho® mashed potatoes must be on your list of weekly recipes, and can also be adapted to fit your family’s nutritional needs. Make a…

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Savoring Paris One Bite At A Time

Story & Photos by Susan Benton Originally written for Vie Magazine   (Photo: Susan Benton Savoring Paris) For the culinary connoisseur, foodie, or anyone who loves to try new things, tasting exotic foods from other parts of the world is an adventure. For those, like me, who also love to travel, Paris is the ultimate…

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Bud & Alley’s Hosts 11th Annual CVHN Hurricane Party Sept. 25th, 2015

  The 11th Annual Hurricane Party is set for Friday, Sept. 25 from 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. with all proceeds benefitting Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Inc. (CVHN), and it always proves to be a good time! Entertainment will be provided by Motown favorites Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces. Along with the amazing views, food, beverages,…

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Chef David Cunningham of V Seagrove

Chef David Cunningham of V Seagrove , Photo: Susan Benton David Cunningham is the Executive Chef of V Seagrove on 30-A. Chef Cunningham specializes in Gulf Coast cuisine, and creates the restaurant menu  based on seasonal ingredients, always fulfilling the need of the diner. Seafood dishes are most requested, like the Poached Grouper with Jumbo…

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Me Maw’s Corn Pudding

  My grandparents were peanut farmers in Statesboro, Georgia, and as a child I was giddy with glee each time we left Charleston to visit them. My grandmother always had a pot of peanuts boiling when we arrived, knowing they were my favorite. The smell of her buttery corn casserole baking has also become a favorite recipe…

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Sesame Crusted Seared Yellowfin Tuna & Chimichurri Sauce

Contributor Caroline Coker Yellowfin tuna is a species of fish found in tropical and subtropical oceans around the world. They’re highly migratory, and capable of swimming across an entire ocean! Fortunately for us, yellowfin tuna can also be found off-shore in the Gulf of Mexico, and is hands down one of my favorite varieties of…

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Beach Eats: Mexican Caviar

Contributor Caroline Coker This is one of my favorite appetizers, and I make it at home all the time! During one memorable chapter of my childhood, I spent the summer with my mom, and younger brother, poolside at my aunt and uncle’s home in Texas, where mom made mounds of Mexican Caviar to snack on daily. It has…

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Beach Eats: Fajita Chicken Salad

Contributor: Caroline Coker This is an easy and delicious weeknight meal, or one to enjoy 24/7. For breakfast, you can even top this salad with a poached egg! Cut the recipe in half, or double depending on the number of people you need to feed. My “Caroline’s Dry Rub” is the perfect marinade for the…

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Apalachicola Oyster Facts, Oyster Myths & Oysters Rockefeller Recipe

Recipe Contributor: Caroline Coker Writers: Susan Benton and Caroline Coker Apalachicola, the old city on the “Forgotten Coast” that produces fresh wild oysters — not farmed — is not that far off, which makes our region the premiere destination for all things having to do with bivalves. Unfortunately, after the over harvesting from Hurricane Katrina,…

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Faces Of South Walton: Tim Creehan of Cuvee 30A & Cuvee Destin

Contributor: Caroline Coker Q&A with local celebrity chef Tim Creehan, owner of Cuvee Destin, and the newest hotspot, Cuvee 30A at 30Avenue. Susan Benton has participated with Tim Creehan in a number of charitable events, and she has written about him and his restaurants on the local and national level. For more information, visit TimCreehan.com….

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