Marinated Jumbo Lump Crab #PerfectionTakesTime

Marinated Jumbo Lump Crab #PerfectionTakesTime

Nov 25, 2014 | View Article

Honest Cooking asked 30 food bloggers to interpret the FIJI Water story in their own unique way. They call this series #PerfectionTakesTime. I was showcased with my Marinated Jumbo Lump Crab Salad, a family recipe that most in the South are familiar with. Though not a typical slow-cooked fall recipe, fresh seafood is a year round […]

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Willie’s Armadillo Eggs

Willie’s Armadillo Eggs

Nov 24, 2014 | View Article

Not for the faint of heart or those seeking low-cal-vegetarian holiday options, these Armadillo Eggs are certain to be a hit with your Thanksgiving crowd, especially if they are perched in front of the TV watching the big game with a cold beer in hand! Ingredients: 8 large jalapeño peppers, cut in half lengthwise, seeds […]

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Orca Bean Stew

Orca Bean Stew

Nov 14, 2014 | View Article

It has been a beautiful fall on the Gulf Coast with temps in the 60-70’s during the day. Yesterday we had a cold snap with wind, rain and 40 degree temps. My sister in Colorado would call this a cake walk. When cooler weather does arrive, I enjoy making chili, gumbo, soups and stews, so […]

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Chargrilled Oysters topped with Artichoke Cream

Chargrilled Oysters topped with Artichoke Cream

Nov 6, 2014 | View Article

In honor of the 7th Annual Hangout Oyster Cook-off this weekend, here is a recipe that I adapted that was tested by Ira Gallon, the Executive Chef of The Gulf in Gulf Shores. It is from an Al.com recipe contest, submitted by Mandy of Orange Beach, a top 3 contender for the best oyster recipe […]

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Sean Brock’s Perfect Cheeseburger

Sean Brock’s Perfect Cheeseburger

Oct 30, 2014 | View Article

Sean Brock of Husk Restaurant, a gourmet food destination in Charleston, creates amazing cuisine, and like me is a lover of Allan Benton and his Smoky Mountain Country hams and bacon, procured in Madisonville, Tennessee. When he opened Husk he says, ” I knew we had to have a cheeseburger on the menu!” I met Sean […]

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“A Day At The Beach” Cocktail & James “Mo” Mosely of Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Dining in Seaside, Florida

“A Day At The Beach” Cocktail & James “Mo” Mosely of Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Dining in Seaside, Florida

Oct 22, 2014 | View Article

James Moseley, better known around the South and especially the 30A community as “Mo”, was born in Louisiana and cut his teeth on the fine dining restaurant scene, with years spent in Huntsville and Montgomery. He eventually made a permanent move to South Walton in the 90’s, and has been with Bud & Alley’s  Waterfront […]

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Chef Darek Tidwell-George’s at Alys Beach: Wood-Fired Curried Cauliflower T-Bone

Chef Darek Tidwell-George’s at Alys Beach: Wood-Fired Curried Cauliflower T-Bone

Oct 16, 2014 | View Article

Chef Darek Tidwell is the new Executive Chef at George’s at Alys Beach and has been taking 30A taste buds by storm. The Hartley’s (owners of George’s), have selected menu presentations with behave and misbehave options, along with Gluten-free, making dining easy for all. If looking for something different on steak night, try this fantastic […]

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Gulf Coast Clam Chowder & Lodge Cast Iron Nation: Great American Cooking From Coast To Coast

Gulf Coast Clam Chowder & Lodge Cast Iron Nation: Great American Cooking From Coast To Coast

Oct 8, 2014 | View Article

Cornbread is King in the South (as long as you don’t put sugar in it) and so is Lodge Cast Iron, nestled alongside the Cumberland Plateau of the Appalachian Mountains in the town of South Pittsburg, Tennessee (population 3,300). It was here that Joseph Lodge and his wife settled and, in 1896 opened his first […]

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Eggs On The Beach EggFest Winners & Pork Belly Watermelon Skewers

Eggs On The Beach EggFest Winners & Pork Belly Watermelon Skewers

Oct 2, 2014 | View Article

The weather was fantastic and the Bay Breeze Patio event at Seascape had a great turn out last weekend, minus one- me home from Thursday’s foot surgery. But, during the event I had several friends on site texting me what was happening in real-time, sending photos of  fantastic dishes presented and telling me how great […]

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Top Spots For Weekend Brunch on 30A, South Walton & Destin Florida

Top Spots For Weekend Brunch on 30A, South Walton & Destin Florida

Sep 28, 2014 | View Article

Everyone seems to have their favorite go-to spots for dining and Sunday Brunch is no different. After living in the area for more than twenty years and writing about great food, I put together a guide to help you find the best weekend hot spots in the area! A time honored tradition in the South, Sunday brunch really […]

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Happy 5th Anniversary to La Cocina Mexican Bar & Grill #VivaLaco30a & Seared Scallops with Rajas Con Crema Recipe

Happy 5th Anniversary to La Cocina Mexican Bar & Grill #VivaLaco30a & Seared Scallops with Rajas Con Crema Recipe

Aug 21, 2014 | View Article

Today, August 21st, is La Cocina Mexican Grill and Bar’s Fifth Anniversary and they are celebrating with food + drink specials and lots of interactive social media fun! My good friends and the owners of La Cocina, George and Ann Hartley, moved from Dallas to South Walton in 1997 to return home to the beaches where Ann […]

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Quick & Easy BBQ Shrimp #ALBeachBlogger

Quick & Easy BBQ Shrimp #ALBeachBlogger

Jul 26, 2014 | View Article

On my return home last night from the Alabama Gulf Coast, a gift of fresh local caught shrimp from Billy’s Seafood was waiting in my fridge. It had been overnighted from my friends at the tourism department along with a few perks like an entire Hope’s Cheesecake, Box of Zatarain’s Seafood Boil, a Beach Bag full of […]

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