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 and I’m geared up and ready to judge. I’m also looking forward to my stay at Turquoise Place, the most beautiful and luxurious condo overlooking the Gulf Of Mexico in Orange Beach. The Wharf Uncorked is bringing culinary talent, fresh coastal flavors, and the finest wines to Orange…

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Beach Eats: Baked Pensacola Bay Hoppers with Cilantro & Lime

Contributor: Caroline Coker Since 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 the crustaceans. With it being royal red season (the very deep water, salty shrimp caught miles out…

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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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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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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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Kiawah Island Resort & The Sanctuary Spa: A Trip To Savor

GulfCoastRestaurants.com Contributor If Kiawah Island Resort and The Sanctuary Hotel were across the globe, I would travel the world to arrive here. This is our second trip to Kiawah Island, and I do not plan for it to be our last—as it is one of the most special places I have ever visited, and it…

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A Luxurious Stay & Gourmet Cuisine: The Pearl of Rosemary Beach

In the heart of the bustling beach town of Rosemary Beach, Florida, stumbling onto The Pearl is like finding an oasis in the desert. This is a location of critical importance, as it is near the water’s edge, where one can replenish, refresh, and become renewed, at the full service luxury resort. Whether arriving alone, as…

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Take A Bite Out Of Baton Rouge

Nestled between Lafayette and New Orleans, with its rich history of French, Spanish, Cajun and Creole influences, creating a melting pot that blends residents with more than thirty thousand students attending Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge is a delicious, spirit filled stew, that really heats up during college football season. The landscape of Louisiana’s capital city has been altered drastically since my graduation from LSU in the late…

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