Avocado Stuffed with Crabmeat Maison

Today is Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and I am celebrating by sharing one of my favorite recipes adapted from Galatoire’s, called Avocado Stuffed with Crabmeat Maison. Galatoire’s is a James Beard Award winning restaurant nestled in the heart of the French Quarter, and it’s cuisine is anchored in French Creole traditions,…

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The Bonne Femme Cookbook: Review and Giveaway! Magnifique!

Not long ago I was admiring The Bonne Femme Cookbook by author Wini Moranville, when I was approached to review a copy by the good folks at The Harvard Common Press. Thrilled, I jumped at the chance, as I heard such wonderful news traveling through the airwaves about the content, and I love Provence as…

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Sun-dried Tomato, Kalamata Olive and Basil Pesto Flat Bread

Now could not be a better time to take the ‘Tasty and Healthy New Year Challenge’, and to reevaluate the brands you are using in your kitchen. California Olive Ranch (COR) and Bob’s Red Mill (BRM) have teamed up with our Virtual Potluck, to bring you the healthiest and most delicious recipes possible, along with fabulous…

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Champagne Oysters Baren-Mignonette

Nothing says New Year’s Eve in the food world like enjoying a few briny bivalves, and we have an abundance of the oyster beauties here on the Gulf Coast. From New Orleans to Apalachicola, I have eaten my share of oysters dressed in a variety of fashions. At this time of year, one of my…

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Belgian Endive, Pine Nut, Chive, and Truffle Salad

Today is my daughters birthday, and her first away from home. Her sweet college roommate surprised her with a clean room and treats this morning which was really touching. I think I have had a more difficult time not being together on her birthday, so today was perfect for a cookbook review! When asked by…

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Spain: Holiday Spinach Costa del Sol

The last time I visited Spain was about five years ago, and it seems like yesterday. I was fortunate enough to have my mother and two children on the adventure. We started in Madrid, a city that I fell in love with immediately. The local cuisine, tapas bars, architecture, and history drew me in like…

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Lobster Ceviche

Summer is a fantastic time to make the cool refreshing dish of ceviche, but with the weather we have here on 30A and the Gulf Coast, I make it year round. Of course it varies depending on seasonal ingredients, but it never ceases to please a small group or crowd. Ceviche is especially transportable, and…

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Grayton Beer Battered Onion Rings

I love onion rings. Fresh large cut beer battered onion rings. I have fond memories of Mike Anderson’s opening in Baton Rouge when I was attending college at LSU (telling of my age), and serving the biggest, baddest plate in town. Cooking with beer is also something I do quite a bit of, and when…

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Bay Scallops with Corn and Pancetta Salsa

I personally think we have the Best bay scallops around. They are so succulent, juicy and in abundance from Pensacola to Apalachicola, the areas where I spend the majority of my time. Sadly, I have not gone scalloping yet, but I have plans to take my family this month. The season in Florida runs June…

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Mama’s Deviled Eggs

I absolutely adore deviled eggs and so does my husband. Sometimes I like to mix things up, but he is a purist. If he is being a grump, or I have something to “spring” on him, a nice plate of deviled eggs makes things a lot easier to swallow! Phil raves about my mother’s deviled…

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Gulf Coast BBQ Oysters

   Photo: SoWal.com Enjoy the oyster log at Stinky’s Fish Camp on 30A in Dune Allen, or at their sister restaurant, Trenasse in New Orleans. Their motto is oysters are served all day all ways, and as an expert on bivalve consumption, I can attest to the fact that they have an amazing array for…

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