Egg Salad Supreme

Egg Salad is simple to prepare, and brings back a flood of memories from my childhood. In my early years, family vacations included long drives to visit my relatives in Alabama, Georgia and Florida. We’d set out in the family truckster, the name I gave my my parents olive green and gold station wagon with…

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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, mustard, even dandelion. I…

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Lionfish Tacos

There has been so much talk about eating Lionfish lately, though I have been eating it for some time. It is a sweet, light, white, flaky fish that has a firm texture and has a taste somewhere between grouper and mahi mahi. The fish itself has venomous spines, but the meat is not poisonous. Many…

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Shrimp Remoulade

New Orleans has been on my mind quite a bit lately, especially with Mardi Gras on the calendar this month. There is always something exciting happening in The Big Easy! When recently invited to create a recipe for Stonewall Kitchen using one of their mustards, I chose the horseradish as I knew it would make…

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Red Beans & Rice – Not Just For Washday Anymore!

Red Beans & Rice, a New Orleans Monday washday meal, where the Sunday ham bone gets put to use, is a recipe I learned how to prepare at the age of fifteen when living in New Orleans. It is one of my top comfort foods, in the family recipe box now, and has been perfected…

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My Famous Chili

Just like good gumbo, everyone has their favorite chili recipe. Texas beef with no beans, white chicken chili, even vegetarian, but my famous chili is a flavor packed version with black beans for added fiber, and to create texture. Since our kids were little and heading out to trick or treat with my husband pulling…

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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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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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Moroccan Meatballs

It’s fall y’all, and this recipe is perfect for tailgating, Sunday supper, or cozying up on the sofa and watching your favorite shows! Meatballs in a red sauce are a classic combo that pops up in cuisines all over the world, from Italian pork meatballs in marinara sauce to Spanish albóndigas in chunky romesco sauce. Although…

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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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The Best Barbecue Shrimp

If my heart could take it, I would probably eat Barbecue Shrimp at least twice a week. But, I will admit that not a month goes by where this family staple is not on our dinner table. Cooking the shrimp with the heads on preserves the natural juices and enhances the flavor, but on occasion…

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