Susan’s Guide To The Florida Keys & Grouper Fritters

Though the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast attracts many celebrities, an eclectic mix of locals and visitors, and those seeking the sugar white beaches like myself who call the Panhandle home, a completely different destination is at the opposite end of the state and offers an exciting array of activities, cuisine and the most beautiful sunsets…

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Smoked Oysters with Jalapeño Lemon Butter

  This is a recipe from Chef Ryan Prewitt of Pêche Seafood Grill in New Orleans, Louisiana, who will be showcasing his talents during the Food Film Festival South Walton on April 8-10, 2016. Patrons will be noshing on the most delicious dishes from the regions top culinary talent, while watching the best in food…

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Red Clam Soup With Saltine Crumb Garnish

Please scroll to the bottom for the Rafflecopter giveaway A Dutch oven is the most versatile pot that one can have in their kitchen. It is my go to pot for braising, soups, gumbo, you name it. Author and French food authority, Hillary Davis, reached out to me and asked if I’d take a look at her new…

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Lionfish Nachos

You may have heard the terms “bycatch” or “trash fish”, and that Lionfish is an invasive species that’s threatening the ecosystem and stability of our Gulf Coast. We need to spear as many of them as we can, and thankfully, Lionfish are quite tasty, so they won’t go to waste. Talk to your local chefs that serve Lionfish to…

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BBQ Oysters

Though oysters are available year round, fall for me is the perfect time to consume them. Fried, steamed, grilled, baked or stewed, I’m all in. This weekend both of the kids were home for fall break. One is post grad nursing school, while the other sees the light at the end of the tunnel, but…

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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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