Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes

The flu has been in our home since December 26th and we were finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel yesterday. Having mustered up enough energy to take down our Christmas decorations, we treated ourselves by picking up some nice fresh jumbo lump crab for crab cakes, and consumed them while binge…

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Christmas Morning Strata

For as long as my memory can recall, my family has eaten the same breakfast every Christmas morning- my mother’s savory egg strata, warm homemade cranberry bread, and my fathers sausage balls. The strata, essentially a savory bread pudding with eggs, sausage, and cheddar cheese, is made the day before, and easily baked on Christmas…

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Christmas Potatoes

This morning we were up bright and early preparing for Christmas. When my daughter asked me to throw out some ideas for new recipes, I led her to my closet of cookbooks and told her to take her pick. With good taste she chose a favorite old church cook book of mine containing a recipe…

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A Review: Clemenza’s at Uptown Station

Review by Hannah Neville When seeking out the tastiest Italian restaurant options in the area, the most authentic can be found at Clemenza’s located in Uptown Station in Fort Walton Beach. This year’s recipient of the BEST Locally Owned Restaurant and the BEST Restaurant in Okaloosa County by Emerald Coast Magazine, Clemenza’s has won over…

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Roasted Brussel Sprouts

My husband requested Brussel Sprouts for Thanksgiving dinner, and I knew right away my go to recipe. Easy to prepare, it includes bacon which is a no brainer! You can use olive oil instead of bacon fat for these sprouts. Simply make sure to coat each piece well so the sprouts don’t dry out. Use…

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The Thanksgiving Restaurant & Recipe Roundup 2017

  Cooler temperatures and the holidays bring family and friends to the beach. While activities together are always important, so is the need to eat good food, and together is the way we like to do it! I’m grateful that my parents are doing better after their accident last December, and that my son, daughter,…

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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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Boudin Balls & Spanish Wine

I am a big fan of tapas and small plates. One of my favorite memories of visiting Spain was the incredible bites served in the Spanish bars along with great wines by the glass. Tapas are basically snacks, appetizers or canapés, where just one can satisfy or several can become a flavor fest and a…

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The Best Fresh Fish Tacos #NationalTacoDay

It doesn’t get any tastier than using fresh seafood in tacos, and here along the Florida Panhandle we have an abundance of the best in the Gulf. One of my favorites has become the invasive species called lionfish. They need to be speared by a pro, but can be bought and cleaned at the local…

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Chef Wesley True Joins The Gulf As Executive Culinary Director

Bravo TV Top Chef contestant, Wesley True, has brought his culinary talents to the Emerald Coast. True has joined the team as the Culinary Director for The Gulf Okaloosa Island and The Gulf Orange Beach  True is widely known from his appearance as a contestant on season 13 of Bravo Network’s Top Chef, hosted by Padma…

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