14th Annual Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) April 26-28 + Sponsor Chuck Hutton Toyota

Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) recently announced that Chuck Hutton Toyota will be the presenting sponsor of the 2019 auction. The Memphis-based dealership is the Foundation’s first presenting sponsor in the organization’s 14-year history. Currently ranked number three for the second consecutive year, DCWAF has been listed among the “Top Ten Wine Auctions in…

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Ham & Cheese Sliders

  Perfect for Easter or any type of entertaining, ham rolls are simple to make and easy to eat! Ingredients: 3 packages Pepperidge Farms Party Rolls, King’s Hawaiian Rolls, OR if Gluten Free try Schar’s Ciabatta Rolls 1 pound ham, shredded (great to use leftover if on hand) 1/2 pound good Swiss cheese like gruyere,…

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Mama’s Deviled Eggs

I absolutely love deviled eggs and so does my husband, the purist. Phil raves about my mama’s deviled eggs (and her potato salad), who does not fill hers with things like chopped pickle but rather likes to keep it simple. This recipe is quick and easy and can be the base for so many other…

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Seagrove Village MarketCafe

Seagrove Village MarketCafe has been serving up deep fried love on the corner of 395 and 30A in the Florida Panhandle since 1949. The location once boasted the first official business in Seagrove – an Exxon gas station. Originally owned by the founders of Seagrove Beach, the McGee’s, customers would drive their Plymouths and De…

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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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