Chef Secrets: Chef Jim Shirley’s Red Beans & Rice

Mar 4, 2014 | View Article

Mardi Gras parading is tough work: Grueling hours sipping adult beverages at Mardi Gras balls and parades. You need lots of energy to fuel the bead-tossing and catching. Red beans and rice is the New Orleans staple of choice to get you through the day. Here is a great recipe from the files of Chef […]

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Southern Zipper Peas

Southern Zipper Peas

Dec 31, 2013 | View Article

Named zipper peas for the way the pod opens when the fibrous strand down its center is pulled, these peas are grown primarily in the Southern states due to the warm climate. Freshly picked from their pods, zipper peas have a mild-flavor, are a great source of protein and a classic Southern comfort food. I […]

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Christmas Potatoes

Christmas Potatoes

Dec 24, 2013 | View Article

This morning we were up bright and early cooking for tonight’s family celebration and preparing for Christmas morning. When my daughter asked me to throw out some ideas for new recipes I led her to my closet of cookbooks and told her to take her pick. With good taste she chose recipe’s from Chef John […]

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Herbed Gulf Oyster Stuffing

Herbed Gulf Oyster Stuffing

Nov 26, 2013 | View Article

I love Gulf Seafood. I have lived near the Gulf all but six of my almost 50 years, and can’t imagine a holiday meal without Gulf Coast Seafood. The Holiday season is all about gathering friends and family together for a time of fellowship, and here in the South, nothing brings folks together like big […]

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South Walton Thanksgiving 2013: Dine In, Pick Up, Delivery

South Walton Thanksgiving 2013: Dine In, Pick Up, Delivery

Nov 15, 2013 | View Article

Thanksgiving Day is fast approaching. Here is a list of some of South Walton’s restaurants and caterers ready to meet your needs! If your business is not listed, please feel free to include yourself in comments below! Check out all of the wonderful items to order online for pick up at Cowgirl Kitchen by clicking […]

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Hangover Bacon, Egg & Toast Cups

Hangover Bacon, Egg & Toast Cups

Dec 31, 2012 | View Article

After a night on the town ringing in the New Year, you will want something delicious, quick, and easy to munch on come January 1st! These Bacon, Egg and Toast cups are a snap to throw together in just 10 minutes, baking for 20, and are perfect for one, six, or double the recipe for […]

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Maker’s Mark Bourbon Butter Pecan Milkshake

Maker’s Mark Bourbon Butter Pecan Milkshake

Dec 21, 2012 | View Article

Grown-up milkshakes are all the rage today, and restaurants like Marina Kitchen in San Diego, and The Tin Cow in Downtown Pensacola are ¬†serving them up with style. I’m old school and have always been a fan of the Bushwacker, a Gulf Coast favorite, topped with a shot of 151 rum. Though temps are unpredictable […]

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Seafood Stuffed Mirletons

Seafood Stuffed Mirletons

Dec 21, 2012 | View Article

Seafood Stuffed Mirletons (French Creole for Chayote Squash) have made their way to our holiday table for years. We learned about them when we moved to New Orleans after my father was stationed in Nebraska when I was a young teen. Though moving to New Orleans was a culture shock, we all soon embraced the […]

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Local Holiday Celebrations Not to Be To Missed!

Local Holiday Celebrations Not to Be To Missed!

Dec 17, 2012 | View Article

Get in the holiday spirit by heading out tonight and celebrating the most wonderful time of the year! Thanks to our friends at Visit South Walton for help in compiling the informative list! Click on the links for more information! Gulf Place Dec. 20, 6-7 pm Holiday Wine Walkabout For $15 pick up a wine […]

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Festive Champagne Mojito’s

Festive Champagne Mojito’s

Dec 12, 2012 | View Article

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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Ham & Cheese in Puff Pastry

Ham & Cheese in Puff Pastry

Nov 27, 2012 | View Article

Ham & Cheese in Puff Pastry is an all-time favorite of mine and a delectable recipe for a quick and easy appetizer or main meal. You do have to thaw the puff pastry, but just follow the instructions on the package. The best way to let it thaw is in the refrigerator overnight, but thawing […]

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Convivial Cool Weather Cheese Fondue

Convivial Cool Weather Cheese Fondue

Nov 24, 2012 | View Article

¬†It is a chilly morning in Northwest Florida, and today is the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree in Seaside, a few streets from our house. With both kids home from college, it is fun to relive childhood memories and delight in our family tradition of watching the Holiday Parade on 30-A, followed by the […]

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