Jumbo Lump Crab Dip

When I reminisce about  holiday food, cheesy hot jumbo lump crab dip comes to mind. Forget that “experts” say cheese does not go with seafood… they are wrong! Growing up in New Orleans, fresh Louisiana blue crab dip was a traditional appetizer served in most homes on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, including mine….

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Seafood Gumbo

We tend to consume quite a bit of gumbo in my family. There is nothing more comforting than a hot steaming bowl of seafood, or chicken & sausage gumbo. Every year, the day after Thanksgiving, we boil the turkey carcass for stock and make a rich and hearty turkey gumbo. With the temps dipping into…

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Marinated Jumbo Lump Crab #PerfectionTakesTime

Honest Cooking asked 30 food bloggers to interpret the FIJI Water story in their own unique way. They call this series #PerfectionTakesTime. I was showcased with my Marinated Jumbo Lump Crab Salad, a family recipe that most in the South are familiar with. Though not a typical slow-cooked fall recipe, fresh seafood is a year round…

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Willie’s Armadillo Eggs

Not for the faint of heart or those seeking low-cal-vegetarian holiday options, these Armadillo Eggs are certain to be a hit with your Thanksgiving crowd, especially if they are perched in front of the TV watching the big game with a cold beer in hand! Ingredients: 8 large jalapeño peppers, cut in half lengthwise, seeds…

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

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

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

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

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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Roasted Brussel Sprouts

I have been actively reading and making recipes from John Besh’s new cookbook, Cooking From The Heart. He recently came to Pensacola on a book tour and I had the opportunity to meet and to interview him for 30AEATS.com. Besh is genuine, warm and easy to talk to. I have enjoyed the soulful Europen dishes shared…

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

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

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

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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