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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Chicken Adobo

Sunday was my birthday, and now that I am an empty nester it was a pretty quiet one. Since my husband has to be at his medical practice in Pensacola on Tuesday, we decided to celebrate on Monday by having a day date. We went to Destin Commons to see Lincoln (which was incredible and…

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Beach Eats: Baked Shrimp with Cilantro & Lime

Contributor: Caroline Coker Since I love fresh shrimp, whether seasonal royal reds, brown, white, or on occasion rock, and I was passing by Maria’s seafood in Pensacola today, like a moth to a flame I was sucked in to purchase the crustaceans. With it being royal red season (the very deep water, salty shrimp caught miles out…

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Beach Eats: Fattoush-ish

Contributor: Caroline Coker I love pretty much everything about this recipe, but take note, I’m a dipper. I prefer to use store bought pita chips, or house made baked pita chips for this healthy and satisfying dish. When home, I stop by the Seaside Farmers Market on Saturday, or Modica Market to pick up grocery…

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Beach Eats: Zesty Open Faced Summer Sandwich

Nutrition Contributor: Caroline Coker My mom is a pretty sensible “nose-to-tail” cook, but also an avid avocado lover, who got my vegetarian aunt hooked on smashed avocado toast before it was the rage. My stepfather who raised me likes to think of himself as a vegetarian, but he is definitely a very loosely defined flexitarian,…

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Beach Eats: Gulf Coast Watermelon & Tomato Gazpacho

Contributor: Caroline Coker Gazpacho is a soup made of raw vegetables and served cold, usually with a tomato base, originating in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia. However, here on the Gulf Coast, especially in the Florida Panhandle, it is eaten in abundance and with many different variations. Watermelon contains 92 percent water, and is the…

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Beach Eats: Fajita Chicken Salad

Contributor: Caroline Coker This is an easy and delicious weeknight meal, or one to enjoy any time of day. For breakfast top this salad with a poached egg, cut the recipe in half, or double depending on the number of people you need to feed. My dry rub is the perfect marinade for the chicken. I…

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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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