Beach Eats: Gulf Coast Watermelon & Tomato Gazpacho

Contributor: Caroline Coker Gazpacho is a soup made of raw vegetables and served cold, usually with a tomato base, originating in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia. However, here on the Gulf Coast, especially in the Florida Panhandle, it is eaten in abundance and with many different variations. Watermelon contains 92 percent water, and is the…

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Sesame Crusted Seared Yellowfin Tuna & Chimichurri Sauce

Yellowfin tuna is a species of fish found in tropical and subtropical oceans around the world. They’re highly migratory, and capable of swimming across an entire ocean! Fortunately for us, yellowfin tuna can also be found off-shore in the Gulf of Mexico, and is hands down one of my favorite varieties of fish to consume….

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Consider The Oyster: Facts, 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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What Is Sustainable Seafood & Sheepshead Cakes Recipe

Recently, I was asked to appear on our local Gulf Coast television station that covers Destin, Florida to Mobile, Alabama, called BLAB TV, to discuss sustainable seafood, followed by participating as a speaker with a cooking presentation of Sheepshead at So Gourmet Pensacola later in the week. I was working with FloridaMarketMaker.com and UF|IFAS Extension, to get…

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West Indies Salad

When it comes to the Lower Alabama Gulf Coast, there is no more quintessential dish than the West Indies Salad. It was (said to be) invented in Mobile, Alabama by William “Bill” Bayley, a former U.S. Merchant Marine who served on many voyages to the West Indies. In 1947, Bayley, the Mobile, Alabama steak &…

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Grilled Gulf Shrimp Tapenade Crostini

On the Alabama Gulf Coast, Chef Brody Olive is the Executive Chef of The Beach Club and also oversees Coast and Village Hideaway. Chef Olive is a good friend, proponent of sustainable seafood and is a graduate of the prestigious culinary program at Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, South Carolina. The recipe below 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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Chargrilled Oysters topped with Artichoke Cream

In honor of the 7th Annual Hangout Oyster Cook-off this weekend, here is a recipe that I adapted that was tested by Ira Gallon, the Executive Chef of The Gulf in Gulf Shores. It is from an Al.com recipe contest, submitted by Mandy of Orange Beach, a top 3 contender for the best oyster recipe…

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