14th Annual Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) April 26-28 + Sponsor Chuck Hutton Toyota

Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) recently announced that Chuck Hutton Toyota will be the presenting sponsor of the 2019 auction. The Memphis-based dealership is the Foundation’s first presenting sponsor in the organization’s 14-year history. Currently ranked number three for the second consecutive year, DCWAF has been listed among the “Top Ten Wine Auctions in…

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Ham & Cheese Sliders

  Perfect for Easter or any type of entertaining, ham rolls are simple to make and easy to eat! Ingredients: 3 packages Pepperidge Farms Party Rolls, King’s Hawaiian Rolls, OR if Gluten Free try Schar’s Ciabatta Rolls 1 pound ham, shredded (great to use leftover if on hand) 1/2 pound good Swiss cheese like gruyere,…

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Mama’s Deviled Eggs

I absolutely love deviled eggs and so does my husband, the purist. Phil raves about my mama’s deviled eggs (and her potato salad), who does not fill hers with things like chopped pickle but rather likes to keep it simple. This recipe is quick and easy and can be the base for so many other…

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Seagrove Village MarketCafe

Seagrove Village MarketCafe has been serving up deep fried love on the corner of 395 and 30A in the Florida Panhandle since 1949. The location once boasted the first official business in Seagrove – an Exxon gas station. Originally owned by the founders of Seagrove Beach, the McGee’s, customers would drive their Plymouths and De…

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Crawfish Etouffee

I was contacted by author Paul Knipple who wanted to share with me a copy of the cookbook he wrote with his wife Angela called, The World In A Skillet: A Food Lover’s Tour Of The New American South. I jumped at the opportunity, as anything having to do with a cast iron skillet, as…

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A Day At Grand Boulevard & Dinner At Emeril’s Coastal Italian

Located at Grand Boulevard in Sandestin, Emeril’s Coastal Italian is the first of Emeril’s Restaurants in Northwest Florida. Originally, Emeril was not entertaining the idea of opening a restaurant in his adopted home town of South Walton where he lives with his family. But, many like myself were thrilled when he reconsidered. Emeril’s Coastal Italian…

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The Red Bar: Grayton Beach

Update 2/13/19: Saddened to share that our beloved and iconic historical landmark, The Red Bar and Piccolo Restaurant, at 6am has burned to the ground in what is being described as a structural fire. Owner, Oliver Petit, says they will rebuild.  Dining at the beach can be quite an adventure, and South Walton restaurants each…

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Gulf Seafood Stew

I prefer to use fresh Gulf seafood and organic produce and eggs, as well as read labels to avoid gluten due to my 2018 allergy diagnosis. However, you can follow this recipe as is with what is available to you, and it will be just as delicious. Gulf Seafood Stew Serves 4 Ingredients 12 ounces…

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Shrimp Cobb Salad with Creamy Cucumber Yogurt Dressing

Maro Desjardins This hearty salad is healthy, delicious and satisfying.  It is easy to put together and makes for a beautiful presentation. The creamy dressing is full of cucumber, fresh herbs and adds just the right amount of bright flavor to pull it all together.  Starting out with great gulf shrimp is essential, and a…

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The Best Chimichurri Sauce & Grilled Pork Loin

My husband Phil is in an all male half-century old wine group called “Wino’s”,  where you are voted in when someone departs, and it was his turn to host this weekend. The host typically serves an assortment of fruits and cheeses, as well as a dish to snack on. Of course the task fell to me,…

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