Filipino Pansit with Shrimp & Lime

Susan Benton Have you tried Pancit? It is pure comfort food in our home, right up there with chicken adobo, as far as Filipino recipes go. It is a noodle dish, often served on birthday’s for longevity. We crave a taste of the Philippines now and then, as my father was stationed in Subic Bay…

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Beach Eats: Grilled Royal Red Shrimp Kabobs & Gulf Shrimp Facts

Nutrition Contributor: Caroline Coker I was born in Mobile, Alabama, but also into Louisiana’s seductive food culture, as my biological father grew up in the restaurant business in New Orleans, and my aunts and uncles were (and a few still are) in the fishing and shrimping industry, working in Venice (not Italy), Grand Isle, and…

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Beach Eats: Fattoush-ish

Contributor: Caroline Coker I love pretty much everything about this recipe, but take note, I’m a dipper. I prefer to use store bought pita chips, or house made baked pita chips for this healthy and satisfying dish. When home, I stop by the Seaside Farmers Market on Saturday, or Modica Market to pick up grocery…

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Beach Eats: If You Are Thirsty, Then You Are Dehydrated!

  Contributor: Caroline Coker Recently, my grandfather was hospitalized at Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast. We thought it was a cardiac episode, and so did his doctors, until tests revealed that he was not properly hydrated. It can happen to babies, pets, children, the elderly, so no one is immune. Dehydration can sneak up…

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Beach Eats: The Best Basil Pesto & Grilled Garlic Chicken

Contributor: Caroline Coker I call this recipe “The Best Basil Pesto”, not only because it is my mom’s recipe, but because it is also made from the fresh basil growing in pots on our back porch. I am a huge fan of pesto, it is so simple to make, and is healthy when consumed in moderation. It…

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Beach Eats: Baked Pensacola Bay Hoppers with Cilantro & Lime

Contributor: Caroline Coker Since my family and 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 some crustaceans.  With it being royal red season- the very deep water, salty shrimp caught…

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Beach Eats: Gulf Coast Watermelon & Tomato Gazpacho

Contributor: Caroline Coker Gazpacho is a soup made of raw vegetables and served cold, usually with a tomato base, originating in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia. However, here on the Gulf Coast, especially in the Florida Panhandle, it is eaten in abundance and with many different variations. Watermelon contains 92 percent water, and is the…

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Beach Eats: Super Easy Skinny Creamy Artichoke Soup

Contributor: Caroline Coker I’m not a fan of milk or creamed based soups, however I do really like she-crab soup, a Charleston delicacy my mom learned how to make from my grandmother, who got her recipe from the Junior League cookbook, Charleston Receipts. They lived there for a short period when my grandfather was stationed in…

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Beach Eats: Zesty Open Faced Summer Sandwich

Nutrition Contributor: Caroline Coker My mom is a pretty sensible “nose-to-tail” cook, but also an avid avocado lover, who got my vegetarian aunt hooked on smashed avocado toast before it was all the rage. My stepfather who raised me likes to think of himself as a vegetarian, but he is definitely a very loosely defined…

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What Is Sustainable Seafood & Sheepshead Cakes Recipe

Recently, I was asked to appear on our local Gulf Coast television station that covers Destin, Florida to Mobile, Alabama, called BLAB TV, to discuss sustainable seafood, followed by participating as a speaker with a cooking presentation of Sheepshead at So Gourmet Pensacola later in the week. I was working with FloridaMarketMaker.com and UF|IFAS Extension, to get…

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FloriRado Cowboy Caviar #MemorialDay2015

Contributor: Ginger Sayor (my sister)   On this Memorial Day that tugs at emotions for a number of reasons, I gratefully decided to channel my heart into making something with leftover boiled peanuts purchased on a trip home to Miramar Beach a couple of weeks ago. My parents and I stood over a large bucket at…

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