Big Easy Meatballs & Red Gravy over Creamy Idaho® Mashed Potatoes

  Looking for back to school comfort food that the entire family will love, well, unless they are vegetarians, gluten and/or dairy free? Then, my big easy meatballs and red gravy over Idaho® mashed potatoes must be on your list of weekly recipes, and can also be adapted to fit your family’s nutritional needs. Make a…

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Me Maw’s Corn Pudding

  My grandparents were peanut farmers in Statesboro, Georgia, and as a child I was giddy with glee each time we left Charleston to visit them. My grandmother always had a pot of peanuts boiling when we arrived, knowing they were my favorite. The smell of her buttery corn casserole baking has also become a favorite recipe…

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Sesame Crusted Seared Yellowfin Tuna & Chimichurri Sauce

Contributor Caroline Coker Yellowfin tuna is a species of fish found in tropical and subtropical oceans around the world. They’re highly migratory, and capable of swimming across an entire ocean! Fortunately for us, yellowfin tuna can also be found off-shore in the Gulf of Mexico, and is hands down one of my favorite varieties of…

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Beach Eats: Mexican Caviar

Contributor Caroline Coker This is one of my favorite appetizers, and I make it at home all the time! During one memorable chapter of my childhood, I spent the summer with my mom, and younger brother, poolside at my aunt and uncle’s home in Texas, where mom made mounds of Mexican Caviar to snack on daily. It has…

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Beach Eats: Fajita Chicken Salad

Contributor: Caroline Coker This is an easy and delicious weeknight meal, or one to enjoy 24/7. For breakfast, you can even top this salad with a poached egg! Cut the recipe in half, or double depending on the number of people you need to feed. My “Caroline’s Dry Rub” is the perfect marinade for the…

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Apalachicola Oyster Facts, Oyster Myths & Oysters Rockefeller Recipe

Recipe Contributor: Caroline Coker Writers: Susan Benton and Caroline Coker Apalachicola, the old city on the “Forgotten Coast” that produces fresh wild oysters — not farmed — is not that far off, which makes our region the premiere destination for all things having to do with bivalves. Unfortunately, after the over harvesting from Hurricane Katrina,…

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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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