Holiday Roasted Brussel Sprouts

My husband requested Brussel Sprouts for Thanksgiving dinner, and I knew right away my go to recipe. Easy to prepare, it includes bacon which is a no brainer! You can use olive oil instead of bacon fat for these sprouts. Simply make sure to coat each piece well so the sprouts don’t dry out. Use…

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The Thanksgiving Restaurant & Recipe Roundup 2017

  Cooler temperatures and the holidays bring family and friends to the beach. While activities together are always important, so is the need to eat good food, and together is the way we like to do it! I’m grateful that my parents are doing better after their accident last December, and that my son, daughter,…

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Thanksgiving In Seaside & Oyster Dressing Recipe

As seen in The Seaside Times Fall in South Walton is a time to celebrate cooler temperatures, less crowded beaches, local cuisine, and to appreciate family and friends during a Thanksgiving week spent in Seaside. For many Americans, the Thanksgiving meal includes seasonal dishes such as roast turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and…

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Boudin Balls Recipe & Spanish Wine

I am a big fan of tapas and small plates. One of my favorite memories of visiting Spain was the incredible bites served in the Spanish bars along with great wines by the glass. Tapas are basically snacks, appetizers or canapés, where just one can satisfy or several can become a flavor fest and a…

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The Best Fresh Fish Tacos #NationalTacoDay

It doesn’t get any tastier than using fresh seafood in tacos, and here along the Florida Panhandle we have an abundance of the best in the Gulf. One of my favorites has become the invasive species called lionfish. They need to be speared by a pro, but can be bought and cleaned at the local…

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Conecuh Sausage topped Oysters Rockefeller

College football is back!  And, September 9 we celebrated our daughters wedding that had to be planned abound Alabama Football. Though it did take place on a game day, apparently it was not one to significant, so we were allowed to proceed with her wedding plans, and living on the Gulf Coast, oysters were a…

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Scalloped Gulf Oysters & Our Oyster Themed Wedding Photos

  I still have all things oyster on my mind after our daughters September 9 oyster themed wedding took place in Pensacola and Pensacola Beach with Hurricane Irma bearing down on south Florida. Portofino Island Resort accepted many evacuees, and we prayed for and donated to the victims that Saturday. We were were so thankful…

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Long Pond Eggplant Rounds

My Dad became an at home chef when he retired from the Navy after 30+ while we were living in New Orleans, though he has always enjoyed cooking, and grills the best burgers and flank steak to this day. Dad found himself interested in many things upon retirement, however, none caught his attention like cooking….

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Florida Spiny Lobster Season & Broiled Lobster Tail Recipe

First seen in Emerald Coast Magazine The Gulf Coast of Florida’s Panhandle is a favorite beach escape, routinely voted among the prettiest in the world.  And, while being known for its rolling dunes and sugar white sand, most may not know it’s also a great dive destination. For the underwater hunter, Northwest Florida is a…

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Peach Season & My Aunt Edith’s Easy Peach Cobbler Recipe

    If summertime has you dreaming of peaches, the sweet stone fruit so iconic to the South that it evokes memories of the fresh picked perfectly ripened bite- then you are not alone. Boasting under 50 calories and no fat, along with being rich in phytochemicals called phenols that act as antioxidants, as well…

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