Beach Eats: Grilled Royal Red Shrimp Kabobs & Gulf Shrimp Facts

Nutrition Contributor: Caroline Coker I was born in Mobile, Alabama, but also into Louisiana’s seductive food culture, as my biological father grew up in the restaurant business in New Orleans, and my aunts and uncles were (and a few still are) in the fishing and shrimping industry, working in Venice (not Italy), Grand Isle, and…

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Beach Eats: Mexican Caviar

Contributor Caroline Coker This is one of my favorite appetizers and I make it at home all the time. During one memorable chapter of my childhood, I spent the summer with my mom and younger brother, poolside at my aunt and uncle’s home in Texas, where mom made mounds of Mexican Caviar to snack on daily. It…

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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: The Best Basil Pesto & Grilled Garlic Chicken

Contributor: Caroline Coker I call this recipe “The Best Basil Pesto” because it is made from the fresh basil growing in pots on my back porch. I am a huge fan of pesto. It is so simple to make, and is healthy when consumed in moderation. It is versatile, you can always adjust the quantities to suit…

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Beach Eats: Super Easy Skinny Creamy Artichoke Soup

Contributor: Caroline Coker I’m not a fan of milk or creamed based soups, however I do really like she-crab soup, a Charleston delicacy I learned how to make from my grandmother, who got her recipe from the Junior League cookbook, Charleston Receipts. My mom lived there for a short period when my grandfather was stationed in Charleston, and…

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