Beach Eats: Baked Pensacola Bay Hoppers with Cilantro & Lime

Contributor: Caroline Coker Since my family and I love fresh shrimp, whether seasonal royal reds, brown, white, or on occasion rock, and I was passing by Maria’s seafood in Pensacola today, like a moth to a flame I was sucked in to purchase some crustaceans.  With it being royal red season- the very deep water, salty shrimp caught…

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The Best Barbecue Shrimp

If my heart could take it, I would probably eat Barbecue Shrimp at least twice a week, but I will admit that not a month goes by where this family staple is not on our dinner table. Cooking the shrimp with the heads on preserves the natural juices and enhances the flavor, but on occasion (usually by request),…

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Red Beans & Rice – Not Just For Washday Anymore!

Red Beans & Rice, a New Orleans Monday washday meal, where the Sunday ham bone gets put to use, is a recipe I learned how to prepare at the age of fifteen when living in New Orleans. It is one of my top comfort foods, in the family recipe box now, and has been perfected over time….

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Grillades and Havarti Aged Cheese Grits #CastelloArt

  For many years I would visit the French Quarter on Sunday’s and eat at a bistro called Petunia’s for brunch. The restaurant was filled with colorful people, had an over the top decor and served delicious comfort food, but sadly is know longer in existence. Petunia’s was well known for their enormous crepes, but one of…

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Orca Bean Stew

It has been a beautiful fall on the Gulf Coast with temps in the 60-70’s during the day. Yesterday we had a cold snap with wind, rain and 40 degree temps. My sister in Colorado would call this a cake walk. When cooler weather does arrive, I enjoy making chili, gumbo, soups and stews, so…

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Quick & Easy BBQ Shrimp #ALBeachBlogger

On my return home last night from the Alabama Gulf Coast, a gift of fresh local caught shrimp from Billy’s Seafood was waiting in my fridge. It had been overnighted from my friends at the tourism department along with a few perks like an entire Hope’s Cheesecake, Box of Zatarain’s Seafood Boil, a Beach Bag full of…

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Crustless Broccoli-Mozzarella Quiches #SafestChoice

Breakfast. My favorite meal of the day, my husbands least. I love the creativity that evolves when cooking with eggs, and that they are packed with protein. In an agreement I made with myself, I prepared or cooked my son and daughter breakfast every single morning from birth until graduation from high school, including weekends,…

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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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Touchdown Baked Buffalo Tenders

  Contributor: Sarah Robertson There’s not a mom out there who hasn’t felt like a short order cook at some point.  Well maybe she’s out there, but I don’t feel like making her acquaintance. For the great majority of us, life is hectic enough without also juggling the culinary requests of every member of the…

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Gulf Coast Shrimp Taco’s with Florida Avocado

Living in the Florida Panhandle I’m lucky to have an abundance of wonderful seafood that comes fresh off the docks from local fishermen. I decided to use the Classic Castello in my Shrimp Tacos as it is smooth and has a slightly smoky aroma with a spicy hint of mountain herbs. I found some wonderful corn…

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Chef Steven Satterfield’s Savannah Red Rice

  Cast-iron pots and pans have a long-standing tradition in American cookery, and Lodge Cast Iron has stood the test of time. I’m excited about a new project that I just completed with this great company, and will be sharing that information very soon. I did a promotion with Lodge Manufacturing Company last year for The…

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Gulf Coast Crab Cakes

Crab Cakes are a staple in many restaurants along the Gulf Coast often appearing on brunch menus topped with incredible delights. Prejean’s in Lafayette, Louisiana, a favorite old haunt I used to frequent when attending college at LSU-Baton Rouge, is known for their Crab Cake Napolean-a fried sweet potato cake, underneath a crab cake, topped…

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