Beach Eats: Mexican Caviar

Contributor Caroline Coker This is one of my favorite appetizers and I make it at home all the time. During one memorable chapter of my childhood, I spent the summer with my mom and younger brother, poolside at my aunt and uncle’s home in Texas, where mom made mounds of Mexican Caviar to snack on daily. It…

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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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Beach Eats: Fattoush-ish

Contributor: Caroline Coker I love pretty much everything about this recipe, but take note, I’m a dipper. I prefer to use store bought pita chips, or house made baked pita chips for this healthy and satisfying dish. When home, I stop by the Seaside Farmers Market on Saturday, or Modica Market to pick up grocery…

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Me Maw’s Corn Pudding

  My grandparents were peanut farmers in Statesboro, Georgia, and as a child I was giddy with glee each time we left Charleston to visit them. My grandmother always had a pot of peanuts boiling when we arrived, knowing they were my favorite. The smell of her buttery corn casserole baking has also become a favorite recipe…

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Beach Eats: Fajita Chicken Salad

Contributor: Caroline Coker This is an easy and delicious weeknight meal, or one to enjoy any time of day. For breakfast top this salad with a poached egg, cut the recipe in half, or double depending on the number of people you need to feed. My dry rub is the perfect marinade for the chicken. I…

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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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Gumbo Z’ Herbs or Green Gumbo

  Southerners love their greens. A time honored tradition, greens have held an important role for well over a century and there is no other vegetable that is so unique to the region. Greens do not form a compact head, and therefore I am referring to mostly kale, collards, turnips, spinach or mustard. I was…

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Southern Fried Corn & Vintage Recipes From Old Seagrove #Giveaway

The Seagrove Village MarketCafe dates back to 1949 where generations of families and guests returned year after year to dine, purchase necessities, souvenirs and experience life on the beach. George and Ann Hartley purchased the cafe in 1998 filled with hidden treasures buried in the nooks and crannies of the restaurant. They located Junie McGee’s…

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Southern Zipper Peas

Named zipper peas for the way the pod opens when the fibrous strand down its center is pulled, these peas are grown primarily in the Southern states due to the warm climate. Freshly picked from their pods, zipper peas have a mild-flavor, are a great source of protein and a classic Southern comfort food. I…

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Roasted Brussel Sprouts

I have been actively reading and making recipes from John Besh’s new cookbook, Cooking From The Heart. He recently came to Pensacola on a book tour and I had the opportunity to meet and to interview him for 30AEATS.com. Besh is genuine, warm and easy to talk to. I have enjoyed the soulful Europen dishes shared…

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