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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Best Southern Cornbread

  If you are looking for a delicious and truly Southern cornbread recipe, this is it! It is the best cornbread you’ll ever eat, because it’s my fathers. With no wheat, flour or sugar, baked in a sizzling hot cast iron skillet seasoned with bacon fat for that golden brown crust, it is truly a…

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Southern Zipper Peas

Named zipper peas for the way the pod opens when the fibrous strand down its center is pulled, these peas are grown primarily in the Southern states due to the warm climate. Freshly picked from their pods, zipper peas have a mild-flavor, are a great source of protein and a classic Southern comfort food. I…

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Christmas Strata

For as long as my memory can recall, my family has eaten the same breakfast every Christmas morning- my mother’s savory egg strata, warm homemade cranberry bread, and my dads sausage balls. The strata, essentially a savory bread pudding with eggs, sausage, and cheddar cheese, is made the day before, and easily baked on Christmas…

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