Festive Champagne Mojito’s

Recently, I was approached by Jordan Staggs of VIE People + Places magazine about my Holiday menu traditions, and if I would share a few recipes with readers for their upcoming issue. Of course I said yes, and was thrilled to see several in the magazine, and my entire menu online. If you did not…

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Game-day Bloody Mary Gazpacho & A #SundaySupper Tailgate

I am having a difficult time this football season, as we once were a family of united LSU fans, and now I am a loner. My daughter chose to attend school at BAMA last year, and now is rooting them on to victory with my Alabama husband, who converted with her as he too has…

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PINK Ribbon Martini: 600 South

As we all know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know that about 1 in 8 women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer in the course of her lifetime? In 2010, there were more than 2.5 million beast cancer survivors!! 600 South, Downtown Pensacola, is featuring the PINK Ribbon Martini to…

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Mint Juleps

I really like bourbon. Blanton’s, Bookers, and Pappy Van Winkle just to name a few. I also really like a mint julep in an ice cold silver mint julep cup. I know it is not the best way to consume good bourbon, but it is quintessentially southern, and I feel like whistling Dixie when I…

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Poppy’s Sausage Balls

My father has made sausage balls for Christmas morning as long as I can remember. I often wonder why he did not get recipe credit for this amazing comfort food as he has been making them for 40 + years! Sausage balls are wonderful for tailgating and a delicious cocktail appetizer, but most of all…

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Upperline Gimlet

  Anytime is a good time for a gimlet, but somehow to me, August is the perfect time. Back to School bashes and Pre-Labor Day soirees beckon memories of summertimes’ end.  Shrimp boils, BBQ’s, reading on the porch, and stuffing myself with the last of the Seaside Farmers Market seasons tomatoes. As the sun begins…

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The Hartley’s Bacon Wrapped Scallops with Apricot Jam

I was raised on bacon wrapped water chestnuts and bacon wrapped scallops. Mother always served them when she entertained, which was quite often. I learned to love anything wrapped in bacon, and these bite size goodies are protein packed and hit the spot. This is a recipe that George and Ann Hartley learned while at…

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New Orleans Hurricane

Ingredients: 12 ounces light rum 12 ounces dark rum 10 ounces grenadine, or passion fruit syrup 10 ounces fresh orange juice 10 ounces sour mix, or fresh lime juice 3 tablespoons super fine sugar, or more to taste 1 large orange, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices Preparation: Mix all the ingredients in a tall pitcher…

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