Seafood Gumbo

We consume quite a bit of gumbo in my family. There is nothing more comforting than a steaming bowl of seafood, or chicken & sausage gumbo. Every year, the day after Thanksgiving, we boil the turkey carcass for stock and make a rich and hearty turkey gumbo. But, when temps dip low like they dip…

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Beach Eats: Baked Shrimp with Cilantro & Lime

Contributor: Caroline Coker Since I love fresh shrimp, whether seasonal royal reds, brown, white, or on occasion rock, and I was passing by Maria’s seafood in Pensacola today, like a moth to a flame I was sucked in to purchase the crustaceans. With it being royal red season (the very deep water, salty shrimp caught miles out…

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Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes

The flu has been in our home since December 26th and we were finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel yesterday. Having mustered up enough energy to take down our Christmas decorations, we treated ourselves by picking up some nice fresh jumbo lump crab for crab cakes, and consumed them while binge…

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Christmas Morning 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 fathers 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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Christmas Potatoes

This morning we were up bright and early preparing for Christmas. When my daughter asked me to throw out some ideas for new recipes, I led her to my closet of cookbooks and told her to take her pick. With good taste she chose a favorite old church cook book of mine containing a recipe…

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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 & 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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