How To Boil Crawfish: The Complete Guide

  Crawfish. One of the food world’s blessings bestowed upon us. I’m thankful for whoever decided that it was a good idea to pull a creature from the mud, wash it off and eat it. Though called a crawfish or seafood boil, it is really more of a simmer and poach process. This allows the…

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Chicken Adobo

Sunday was my birthday, and now that I am an empty nester it was a pretty quiet one. Since my husband has to be at his medical practice in Pensacola on Tuesday, we decided to celebrate on Monday by having a day date. We went to Destin Commons to see Lincoln (which was incredible and…

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Christmas Morning Strata

For as long as my memory can recall, my family has eaten the same breakfast every Christmas morning- my mother’s savory egg strata, warm homemade cranberry bread, and my fathers sausage balls. The strata, essentially a savory bread pudding with eggs, sausage, and cheddar cheese, is made the day before, and easily baked on Christmas…

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Thanksgiving In Seaside & Oyster Dressing Recipe

As seen in The Seaside Times Fall in South Walton is a time to celebrate cooler temperatures, less crowded beaches, local cuisine, and to appreciate family and friends during a Thanksgiving week spent in Seaside. For many Americans, the Thanksgiving meal includes seasonal dishes such as roast turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and…

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Scalloped Gulf Oysters & Our Oyster Themed Wedding Photos

  I still have all things oyster on my mind after our daughters September 9 oyster themed wedding took place in Pensacola and Pensacola Beach with Hurricane Irma bearing down on south Florida. Portofino Island Resort accepted many evacuees, and we prayed for and donated to the victims that Saturday. We were were so thankful…

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Long Pond Eggplant Rounds

My Dad became an at home chef when he retired from the Navy after 30+ while we were living in New Orleans, though he has always enjoyed cooking, and grills the best burgers and flank steak to this day. Dad found himself interested in many things upon retirement, however, none caught his attention like cooking….

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Peaches & My Aunt Edith’s Easy Peach Cobbler Recipe

    If summertime has you dreaming of peaches, the sweet stone fruit so iconic to the South that it evokes memories of the fresh picked perfectly ripened bite- then you are not alone. Boasting under 50 calories and no fat, along with being rich in phytochemicals called phenols that act as antioxidants, as well…

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The Best Oyster Dressing

  This may not be the prettiest photo I have ever taken since it was shot with my camera phone on the fly last Thanksgiving, right before we were all about to make our plates and devour. I just knew that I needed to share this delicious recipe that I picked up while living in New…

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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…

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Summer Tomato Pie

  Summer brings a bounty of wonderful tomatoes, and of those, ugly heirlooms are certainly a favorite. I grew up watching my Dad grow tomatoes, but now in his 80’s and living on top of a sand dune with my mother in South Walton, he has retired from growing the sweet and juicy fruit. I…

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Ellie’s Eggs in Purgatory

  First things first, I’m not Catholic. I’m Methodist, but I married into a devout Catholic family. My wedding had to be blessed by the family priest to be considered official in the eyes of the church and most importantly my by former husbands grandmother, Marguerite Calico. My mother in law was a self trained…

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Filipino Pansit with Shrimp & Lime + How To YouTube Video

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 during the bicentennial…

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