Jumbo Lump Blue Crab Dip

  When I reminisce about  holiday food, cheesy hot jumbo lump crab dip comes to mind. Forget that “experts” say cheese does not go with seafood… they are wrong! Growing up in New Orleans, fresh Louisiana blue crab dip was a traditional appetizer served in most homes on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, including…

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Lord Of The Southern Cheese Rings

Perfect for holiday parties, family gatherings, or tailgating, I hope you enjoy one of our family favorite appetizers. Just make sure to run the Jello Mold under hot water before popping off the bottom and the top of the mold. and setting the ring on a platter. Top the cheese ring with pecans, fill with…

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Jumbo Lump Crab Stuffed Avocado

I’m sharing one of my favorite New Orleans recipes adapted from Galatoire’s cookbook, one of my favorite New Orleans restaurants. It’s called Crabmeat Maison. Galatoire’s is a James Beard Award winning restaurant nestled in the heart of the French Quarter, and it’s cuisine is anchored in French Creole traditions, which reflect the bounty of the…

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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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Salmon Rillettes with Vinho Verde Wine

European travel is on my mind right now. It has been too long since I have visited and I can just taste it. I’m excited to say that my husband and I started making travel plans last night, but we need to get through the summer months first! Portugal in particular is a place I…

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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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Willie’s Armadillo Eggs

I judged The Big Green Egg Fest last weekend aptly called Eggs On the Beach at Seascape Resort. One of the teams had a delicious popper that caught all of the  judges attention. It reminded me of how great this recipe is, and how much I love it. I don’t make it often for good…

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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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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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Super Easy Grilled Shrimp

We are big on grilling at our house, especially on holiday weekends. This Thursday our son graduated from high school Summa Cum Laude, and will be heading to Georgia Tech in August to begin college. I can’t tell you how proud we are of him! With family in town for graduation, and this being Memorial…

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Loaded Idaho® Potato Bites

From weekend tailgate parties at home or at the game, to using your leftover Idaho® mashed potatoes post Thanksgiving festivities, these Loaded Idaho® Potato Bites score a touchdown every time, and will please your crowd no matter what the age, or whose team is winning. I used parmesan and cheddar cheeses, garlic, chives, and little…

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