Lord Of The Southern Cheese Rings

Christmas Eve I was in charge of dinner, but I also came down with a bug. It was definitely not my cooking, as I made a mess of (fresh/frozen) white acre peas to go alongside my Carolina rice, turnip greens right off the farm truck, smoked ham, and the best hot cornbread made with Benton bacon…

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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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The Best Big Easy Oyster Dressing

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

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The Best Beef Tenderloin

  The holiday season has already begun at our home, and I’m cooking for my husbands wine group this evening. The guys gather in our guest house out back, tell jokes and sip on different vintages in a blind tasting, while noshing on a couple of charcuterie trays I put together, along with something in…

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Loaded Idaho® Potato Bites

From weekend tailgate parties at home or at the game, to using your leftover Idaho® mashed potatoes post Thanksgiving festivities, these Loaded Idaho® Potato Bites score a touchdown every time, and will please your crowd no matter what the age, or whose team is winning. I used parmesan and cheddar cheeses, garlic, chives, and little…

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Apalachicola Oyster Facts, Oyster Myths & Oysters Rockefeller Recipe

Recipe Contributor: Caroline Coker Writers: Susan Benton and Caroline Coker Apalachicola, the old city on the “Forgotten Coast” that produces fresh wild oysters — not farmed — is not that far off, which makes our region the premiere destination for all things having to do with bivalves. Unfortunately, after the over harvesting from Hurricane Katrina,…

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Gumbo Z’ Herbs or Green Gumbo

  Southerners love their greens. A time honored tradition, greens have held an important role for well over a century and there is no other vegetable that is so unique to the region. Greens do not form a compact head, and therefore I am referring to mostly kale, collards, turnips, spinach or mustard. I was…

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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…

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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 options, these Armadillo Eggs are certain to be a hit with your tailgating 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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