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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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…

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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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Herbed Gulf Oyster Stuffing

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 helpings of good food. In…

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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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Seafood Stuffed Mirletons

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!

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

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 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

 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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