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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Brotula’s Southern Style Snapper

  Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer is a locally owned and operated, casual, family friendly seafood restaurant located on the Destin Harbor. The name Brotula’s is derived from the Bearded Brotula or Cusk Eel that is caught right in our local waters at depths of 350 feet. It is one of the best kept secrets…

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The Best Lionfish Tacos

Scroll down to enter the Whole Foods $50 giftcard giveaway! There has been so much talk about eating lionfish lately, though I have been eating it for some time. It is a sweet, light, white, flaky fish that has a firm texture and has a taste somewhere between grouper and mahi mahi. The fish itself…

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Ellie’s Eggs in Purgatory

  First things first, I’m not Catholic. I’m Methodist, but I married into a devout Catholic family. My wedding had to be blessed by the family priest to be considered official in the eyes of the church and most importantly my by former husbands grandmother, Marguerite Calico. My mother in law was a self trained…

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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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30A Drinks: Summer On 30A

Shaken, stirred, infused or spritzed, nothing beats a great cocktail, and in South Walton we have some of the finest mixologists that are passionate about honing their craft. One of them is Corey Jernigan from The Pearl Hotel in Rosemary Beach who is artistic with his creations, and during the Food Film Festival South Walton this year,…

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Filipino Pansit with Shrimp & Lime + How To YouTube Video

Have you tried Pancit? It is pure comfort food in our home, right up there with chicken adobo as far as Filipino recipes go. It is a noodle dish often served on birthday’s for longevity. We crave a taste of the Philippines now and then, as my father was stationed in Subic Bay during the bicentennial…

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Beach Eats: Zesty Open Faced Summer Sandwich

Nutrition Contributor: Caroline Coker My mom is a pretty sensible “nose-to-tail” cook, but also an avid avocado lover, who got my vegetarian aunt hooked on smashed avocado toast before it was the rage. My stepfather who raised me likes to think of himself as a vegetarian, but he is definitely a very loosely defined flexitarian,…

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Waterfront Dining at Sunset Bay Cafe in Sandestin

With million dollar views, a commitment to locally sourced fresh ingredients, and a passion for exceptional customer service, a visit to Sunset Bay Café gives both locals and visitors an opportunity to enjoy chef inspired creative twists on classic dishes. Bryce Jarvis, co-owner of Sunset Bay Café, is a longtime local and leader in the…

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Sherry’s Sensational Strawberry Cake

Recently I was offered the opportunity to work with Driscoll’s Berries and was asked to come up with a recipe. Well, the first Strawberry Cake of any kind that popped into my mind was my former husband’s wife Sherry’s Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cake. Every time I host a birthday party or family function, this is the…

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The Red Bar: Grayton Beach

Dining at the beach can be quite an adventure, and South Walton restaurants each have their own unique character. After living in the area for nearly two decades, one of the eateries that I can always count on for great drinks, good food and a good time is The Red Bar in Grayton Beach. With…

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