Lionfish Nachos

You may have heard the terms “bycatch” or “trash fish”, and that Lionfish is an invasive species that’s threatening the ecosystem and stability of our Gulf Coast. We need to spear as many of them as we can, and thankfully, Lionfish are quite tasty, so they won’t go to waste. Talk to your local chefs that serve Lionfish to…

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BBQ Oysters

Though oysters are available year round, fall for me is the perfect time to consume them. Fried, steamed, grilled, baked or stewed, I’m all in. This weekend both of the kids were home for fall break. One is post grad nursing school, while the other sees the light at the end of the tunnel, but…

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The Best Beef Tenderloin

  The holiday season has already begun at our home, and I’m cooking for my husbands wine group this evening. The guys gather in our guest house out back, tell jokes and sip on different vintages in a blind tasting, while noshing on a couple of charcuterie trays I put together, along with something in…

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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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Jalapeño Cheese Grits

  My dream breakfast is time spent around the family table with a big pot of cheese grits at the heart of the meal. From then, hot biscuits are pulled from the oven, country ham from the skillet, and farm eggs are cooked to order. Local produce, like seasonal Creole tomatoes and fresh fruit round out…

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The Best Boiled Peanuts

  It is National Grandparents Day, and if you have been following my blog, then you know that my grandparents were peanut farmers in Statesboro, Georgia, so it was bred in me early on to have a love for the legume, especially boiled. As a child living in Charleston, my family would pack up on…

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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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Me Maw’s Corn Pudding

  My grandparents were peanut farmers in Statesboro, Georgia, and as a child I was giddy with glee each time we left Charleston to visit them. My grandmother always had a pot of peanuts boiling when we arrived, knowing they were my favorite. The smell of her buttery corn casserole baking has had me drooling, and has…

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Sesame Crusted Seared Yellowfin Tuna & Chimichurri Sauce

Yellowfin tuna is a species of fish found in tropical and subtropical oceans around the world. They’re highly migratory, and capable of swimming across an entire ocean! Fortunately for us, yellowfin tuna can also be found off-shore in the Gulf of Mexico, and is hands down one of my favorite varieties of fish to consume….

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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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