Gumbo Z’ Herbs or Green Gumbo

  Southerners love their greens. A time honored tradition, greens have held an important role for well over a century and there is no other vegetable that is so unique to the region. Greens do not form a compact head, and therefore I am referring to mostly kale, collards, turnips, spinach or mustard. I was…

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Southern Zipper Peas

Named Zipper Peas for the way the pod opens when the fibrous strand down its center is pulled, these peas are grown primarily in the southern states due to the warm climate. Freshly picked from their pods, zipper peas have a mild-flavor, are a great source of protein and a classic Southern comfort food. I…

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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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Christmas Potatoes

Last Christmas we were up bright and early prepping for our feast to come later. 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…

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Christmas Strata

For as long as my memory can recall, my family has eaten the same breakfast every Christmas morning: my mother’s egg strata, warm homemade cranberry bread, and my dads 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 morning….

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Ham & Cheese Sliders

  Perfect for tailgaiting or any type of holiday entertaining, ham rolls are simple to make and easy to eat! Ingredients: 3 packages Pepperidge Farms Party Rolls, King’s Hawaiian Rolls, OR if Gluten Free try Schar’s Ciabatta Rolls 1 pound ham, shredded (great to use leftover if on hand) 1/2 pound good Swiss cheese like…

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Easy & Healthy White Bean Chicken Chili

With the crisp air of fall upon us (wink wink, it’s still hot in South Walton) and the prospect of witches and goblins soon arriving at your door, plan to kick back and relax on Halloween with a bowl of warming White Bean Chicken Chili. Your family will appreciate this comforting dish upon their return…

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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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Seafood Gumbo

We consume quite a bit of gumbo in my family, so its only natural that I would judge the Sandestin Gumbo Festival now in its 29th year. It has become one of my favorite winter events in South Walton. There is nothing more comforting than a steaming bowl of seafood, or chicken & sausage gumbo….

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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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