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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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 on a hot summer evening.  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…

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Chef Frank Stitt’s Pickled Shrimp

  The best time to buy shrimp is right off the docks. Fortunately, we have fresh seafood on the Gulf Coast and fishmongers to buy from. I like to stop in to Destin Ice in Destin to pick up Stone Crab Claws, Royal Reds to boil, and white shrimp for this recipe, Pickled Shrimp. For…

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A Reviw: La Cocina Mexican Grill & Bar

By: Hannah Neville La Cocina Mexican Grill & Bar located in Seacrest Beach is a favorite for both tourists and locals alike. Known for their house margaritas and guacamole, the menu features traditional Mexican food but with a local twist; chef’s specials and fresh seafood caught nearby. My fiancé, Chase, and I ordered some drinks…

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Shrimp & Grits A-Ya-Ya

  Shrimp & Grits A Ya Ya Served at Great Southern Cafe in Seaside, Florida and Pensacola Fish House in Downtown Pensacola, this is chef Jim Shirley’s signature dish. Ingredients Grits 4 cups chicken stock 2 cups grits, such as Dixie Lily 1 cup heavy cream 4 ounces unsalted butter One 14- to 16-ounce can creamed corn 1 cup…

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How To Boil Crawfish: The Complete Guide

  Crawfish. One of the food world’s blessings bestowed upon us. I’m thankful for whoever decided that it was a good idea to pull a creature from the mud, wash it off and eat it. Though called a crawfish or seafood boil, it is really more of a simmer and poach process. This allows the…

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Register Family Farm in Freeport, Florida Is The Bees Knees

Walton County is flourishing with an abundance of farmers and producers supplying the highest quality products to locals and visitors, and their bounty is often celebrated in many restaurant presentations along the Gulf Coast. Register Family Farm is one of those businesses, an aviary (honeybee farm) operated solely by members of the Register family and…

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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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Thanksgiving In Seaside & Oyster Dressing Recipe

As seen in The Seaside Times Fall in South Walton is a time to celebrate cooler temperatures, less crowded beaches, local cuisine, and to appreciate family and friends during a Thanksgiving week spent in Seaside. For many Americans, the Thanksgiving meal includes seasonal dishes such as roast turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and…

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4th Annual Bay Breeze Patio Eggs On the Beach Competition at Seascape Resort Sept. 30th + Gulf Coast Restaurants Judges Announced

Bay Breeze Patio has announced the panel of honorary judges for the Fourth Annual Eggs on the Beach Cooking Competition set for September 30th at Seascape Resort. They include Shane Quinlan, the Chef de Cuisine at Emeril’s Coastal Italian; Chef Giovanni Filippone of Vue on 30A; Chef Dominic Damiano of Clemenza’s, Fat Clemenza’s and Mama Clemenza’s;…

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Long Pond Eggplant Rounds

My Dad became an at home chef when he retired from the Navy after 30+ while we were living in New Orleans, though he has always enjoyed cooking, and grills the best burgers and flank steak to this day. Dad found himself interested in many things upon retirement, however, none caught his attention like cooking….

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