Beach Eats: Cioppino

  Yesterday, I sat and plundered through cookbooks trying to find a good seafood stew recipe. I tend to read recipes and then come up with my own version. After spending quite a few years in Louisiana, and often cooking one pot dishes such as gumbo, jambalaya, and courtbouillon, I knew with our cooler temps…

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The Best Chili Con Carne

Just like good gumbo, everyone has their favorite chili recipe. Texas beef with no beans, white chicken chili, even vegetarian, but I make my flavor packed version with black beans for added fiber, and to create texture. Since our kids were little and heading out to trick or treat with my husband pulling them along…

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Drunken Shrimp Tacos

Recently I devoured the Drunken Shrimp Tacos at Cowgirl Kitchen in Rosemary Beach and it reminded me of how much I love those spicy and fresh Gulf flavors all infused together and wrapped in a taco! So, I created the recipe to share with you below. I used to cook all of the time when…

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Cowgirl Kitchen: Lassoing Your 30A Foodies Since 2005

If seeking meals with moxie, finding the right tools to entertain with ease, or wanting to throw picnics with panache, then head to Cowgirl Kitchen Café in Seagrove Beach, or Cowgirl Kitchen Restaurant & Bar and CK Feed & Supply in Rosemary Beach, voted 3 years in a row as “Best Overall Experience” at Rosemary…

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Seafood Gumbo

We consume quite a bit of gumbo in my family, so its only natural that I would judge the Sandestin Gumbo Festival now in its 29th year. It has become one of my favorite winter events in South Walton. There is nothing more comforting than a steaming bowl of seafood, or chicken & sausage gumbo….

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One Pot True Bolognese

I haven’t made Bolognese in years. It is has not been a go-to recipe for me. I am not sure if it was due to the thousands of other recipes running through my head, or because I thought that it was just another boring meat sauce. Either way, I am so glad that I decided…

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Thanksgiving Dining At The Beach

Some like to think that it is not possible to capture the holiday spirit in Florida, though nothing could be further from the truth, especially if spending time with family and friends along the Emerald Coast. In the past dining in or out for Thanksgiving vacationers could pose a hassle, but not any longer. Check out…

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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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3 on 30A West for Sunday Brunch

Sunday is the day that our family comes together, my parents included, either for Sunday Brunch at a local restaurant or at home. When my children were little I cooked a mean spread after church that was filled with Southern favorites like biscuits and sausage gravy. I adore brunch and am thankful for the 19th century…

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Southern Chocolate Bourbon Balls

If you read my blog or know me, then you are aware that my only sibling lives in Colorado. After she attended college at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, she did her graduate studies in Colorado, and never left the state again (well, she did dip over to Dallas for a moment). She is the…

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