Crawfish Etouffee

I was contacted by author Paul Knipple who wanted to share with me a copy of the cookbook he wrote with his wife Angela called, The World In A Skillet: A Food Lover’s Tour Of The New American South. I jumped at the opportunity, as anything having to do with a cast iron skillet, as…

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Gulf Seafood Stew

I prefer to use fresh Gulf seafood and organic produce and eggs, as well as read labels to avoid gluten due to my 2018 allergy diagnosis. However, you can follow this recipe as is with what is available to you, and it will be just as delicious. Gulf Seafood Stew Serves 4 Ingredients 12 ounces…

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Grilled Lobster Pops with Garlic & Butter

This recipe is so simple and so good! It’s perfect any time of year. We used Maine lobster, but when Florida spiny lobster is in season we are all over it! You can find them at Destin Ice 30A at Inlet Beach or Destin Ice in Destin from August to March. You can also charter…

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Shrimp Cobb Salad with Creamy Cucumber Yogurt Dressing

Maro Desjardins This hearty salad is healthy, delicious and satisfying.  It is easy to put together and makes for a beautiful presentation. The creamy dressing is full of cucumber, fresh herbs and adds just the right amount of bright flavor to pull it all together.  Starting out with great gulf shrimp is essential, and a…

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The Best Chimichurri Sauce & Grilled Pork Loin

My husband Phil is in an all male half-century old wine group called “Wino’s”,  where you are voted in when someone departs, and it was his turn to host this weekend. The host typically serves an assortment of fruits and cheeses, as well as a dish to snack on. Of course the task fell to me,…

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Beach Eats: Cioppino

  Yesterday, I sat and plundered through cookbooks trying to find a good seafood stew recipe. I tend to read recipes and then come up with my own version. After spending quite a few years in Louisiana, and often cooking one pot dishes such as gumbo, jambalaya, and courtbouillon, I knew with our cooler temps…

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Top Spots For Weekend Brunch

Everyone seems to have their favorite go-to spots for breakfast, and Sunday Brunch is no different. After living in the area for more than twenty years and writing about great food, I put together a guide to help you find the best weekend hot spots in the area. A time honored tradition in the South, weekend brunch is…

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Drunken Shrimp Tacos

Recently I devoured the Drunken Shrimp Tacos at Cowgirl Kitchen in Rosemary Beach and it reminded me of how much I love those spicy and fresh Gulf flavors all infused together and wrapped in a taco! So, I created the recipe to share with you below. I used to cook all of the time when…

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Summer Tomato Pie

  Summer brings a bounty of wonderful tomatoes, and of those, ugly heirlooms are certainly a favorite. I grew up watching my Dad grow tomatoes, but now in his 80’s and living on top of a sand dune with my mother in South Walton, he has retired from growing the sweet and juicy fruit. I…

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30A Drinks: Summer On 30A

Shaken, stirred, infused or spritzed, nothing beats a great cocktail, and in South Walton we have some of the finest mixologists that are passionate about honing their craft. One of them is Corey Jernigan who is artistic with his creations, and during the Food Film Festival South Walton came up with a refreshing libation for The Local…

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Salmon Rillettes with Vinho Verde Wine

European travel is on my mind right now. It has been too long since I have visited and I can just taste it. I’m excited to say that my husband and I started making travel plans last night, but we need to get through the summer months first! Portugal in particular is a place I…

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