Beach Eats: If You Are Thirsty, Then You Are Dehydrated!

  Contributor: Caroline Coker Recently, my grandfather was hospitalized at Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast. We thought it was a cardiac episode, and so did his doctors, until tests revealed that he was not properly hydrated. It can happen to babies, pets, children, the elderly, so no one is immune. Dehydration can sneak up…

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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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Beach Eats: Super Easy Skinny Creamy Artichoke Soup

Contributor: Caroline Coker I’m not a fan of milk or creamed based soups, however I do really like she-crab soup, a Charleston delicacy my mom learned how to make from my grandmother, who got her recipe from the Junior League cookbook, Charleston Receipts. They lived there for a short period when my grandfather was stationed in…

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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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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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Roasted Butternut Squash & Chunky Chicken Soup #SundaySupper

Butternut squash is the most popular among winter squash varieties and can be recognized as a large pear shaped golden-yellow pumpkin fruit. Butternuts have high levels of vitamin-A, providing about 354% of RDA. Vitamin A is a powerful natural anti-oxidant and is required by body for maintaining the integrity of skin. It is also an essential…

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Seafood Gumbo Recipe & What Makes Gumbo, Gumbo?

In light of the 24th annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival next Saturday, February 16, and having the honor of being asked to be part of the celebrity judging panel, I was recently asked to share a little history of what I felt were the key ingredients in creating a good pot of gumbo, and asked to…

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Better Than Panera Bread Broccoli Cheese Soup #WeekdaySupper

  The weather has been odd on in South Walton recently, with days that fall into 30’s, jump to the 70’s and drop back into the 40’s which has left many of my friends and family with the sniffles, colds and flu. I myself had quite the ugly bug over Christmas, an illness I hope…

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Warming White Bean Chicken Chili for Halloween

With the crisp nip in the air and the prospect of witches and goblins arriving at your door, kick back and relax on Halloween with a bowl of warming White Bean Chicken Chili. Your family will appreciate this comforting dish upon their return from trick-or-treating, and you will enjoy the ease of clean-up! This recipe…

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Comforting Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken potpie is an example of the best of American home cooking. A kind of culinary miracle worker, with a creamy sauce and a flaky pastry top that is guaranteed to calm even the most stressed nerves, Chicken Pot Pie is the ultimate comfort food. Both the pastry and the filling can be made ahead…

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