Easy Italian Sausage & Broccoli Casserole

I had a box of Bisquick in the pantry and decided I needed to try it out. I don’t normally have it in the house, but back in the 70’s my mom would make all kinds of “Impossible Pies” with the stuff, and they were often some of my favorite meals. I sometimes am called…

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Farmer Profile: Big Creek Farm in Laurel Hill, Florida

Living high on the hog is an understatement for the beasts that roam the over 1200 acres of Mark and Kasia Fortune’s family farm in Laurel Hill, Florida, dating back to the 1800’s. Mark says, “Though the property has been in my family for many generations, Big Creek Farm was just a seed planted fifty…

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The Wharf Uncorked| Sip, Savor & Stroll | September 24, 25 & 26

The Wharf Uncorked will take place Sept. 24-Sept. 26, 2015, bringing culinary talent, fresh coastal flavors, and the finest wines to Orange Beach, along with a generous helping of Southern hospitality with all proceeds raised being donated to the Make-a-Wish Alabama Foundation. I’m looking forward to enjoying the cooking demonstrations, live and silent auctions, in addition to wine dinners that kick…

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A Foodies Desert Escape in Phoenix, Arizona

Contributor, Susan Benton With an abundance of new resorts, refreshed hotels, and incredible spas that really deliver, it’s no wonder that so many call Phoenix an oasis in the desert. Upon airport arrival this summer, I was whisked right past the triple digit temperatures and into a cool cab that arrived at The Scottsdale Fairmont…

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A Taste of Lafayette, Louisiana

First appeared in Coastal Lifestyle Magazine A different world exists in the Cajun country of South Louisiana. Lafayette, a city of 120.000, and about a two-and-half-hour drive from New Orleans has caught up with the Big Easy on culinary allure, showcasing exotic foods with distinctive French flavors. Chefs and business entrepreneurs have returned home to their…

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Savoring Paris One Bite At A Time

Story & Photos by Susan Benton Originally written for Vie Magazine   (Photo: Susan Benton Savoring Paris) For the culinary connoisseur, foodie, or anyone who loves to try new things, tasting exotic foods from other parts of the world is an adventure. For those, like me, who also love to travel, Paris is the ultimate…

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Apalachicola Oyster Facts, Oyster 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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Beach Eats: Grilled Royal Red Shrimp Kabobs & Gulf Shrimp Facts

Nutrition Contributor: Caroline Coker I was born in Mobile, Alabama, but also into Louisiana’s seductive food culture, as my biological father grew up in the restaurant business in New Orleans, and my aunts and uncles were (and a few still are) in the fishing and shrimping industry, working in Venice (not Italy), Grand Isle, and…

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Beach Eats: Baked Pensacola Bay Hoppers with Cilantro & Lime

Contributor: Caroline Coker Since my family and I love fresh shrimp, whether seasonal royal reds, brown, white, or on occasion rock, and I was passing by Maria’s seafood in Pensacola today, like a moth to a flame I was sucked in to purchase some crustaceans.  With it being royal red season- the very deep water, salty shrimp caught…

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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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Visiting Acadiana: A Tour & Taste of Lafayette, Louisiana

  I’m often invited to visit and tour many wonderful places, but the end of May was exceptionally exciting as I had the good fortune to meet the folks behind the scenes at Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission and to Taste Lafayette. It was also a time of celebration in the city, as Festival International de Louisiane…

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