Consider The Oyster: Facts, Myths & Oysters Rockefeller Recipe

Recipe Contributor: Caroline Coker Writers: Susan Benton and Caroline Coker Apalachicola, the old city on the “Forgotten Coast” that produces fresh wild oysters — not farmed — is not that far off, which makes our region the premiere destination for all things having to do with bivalves. Unfortunately, after the over harvesting from Hurricane Katrina,…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

What Is Sustainable Seafood & Sheepshead Cakes Recipe

Recently, I was asked to appear on our local Gulf Coast television station that covers Destin, Florida to Mobile, Alabama, called BLAB TV, to discuss sustainable seafood, followed by participating as a speaker with a cooking presentation of Sheepshead at So Gourmet Pensacola later in the week. I was working with FloridaMarketMaker.com and UF|IFAS Extension, to get…

Read More

FloriRado Cowboy Caviar #MemorialDay2015

Contributor: Ginger Sayor (my sister)   On this Memorial Day that tugs at emotions for a number of reasons, I gratefully decided to channel my heart into making something with leftover boiled peanuts purchased on a trip home to Miramar Beach a couple of weeks ago. My parents and I stood over a large bucket at…

Read More

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 over time….

Read More

West Indies Salad

When it comes to the Lower Alabama Gulf Coast, there is no more quintessential dish than the West Indies Salad. It was (said to be) invented in Mobile, Alabama by William “Bill” Bayley, a former U.S. Merchant Marine who served on many voyages to the West Indies. In 1947, Bayley, the Mobile, Alabama steak &…

Read More

Grilled Gulf Shrimp Tapenade Crostini

On the Alabama Gulf Coast, Chef Brody Olive is the Executive Chef of The Beach Club and also oversees Coast and Village Hideaway. Chef Olive is a good friend, proponent of sustainable seafood and is a graduate of the prestigious culinary program at Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, South Carolina. The recipe below was…

Read More

Grillades and Havarti Aged Cheese Grits

  For many years I would visit the French Quarter on Sunday’s and eat at a bistro called Petunia’s for brunch. The restaurant was filled with colorful people, had an over the top decor and served delicious comfort food, but sadly is know longer in existence. Petunia’s was well known for their enormous crepes, but one of…

Read More

Sausage & Cheddar Strata with Spinach

Today is a special day as 12 bloggers from our Virtual Potluck team (past and present), have come together to support one of our own, Donna Currie of Cookistry, who just published her first cookbook with Taunton Press called Make Ahead Bread. Donna is on a roll (pun intended) and has the most awesome giveaways…

Read More

Marinated Jumbo Lump Crab #PerfectionTakesTime

Honest Cooking asked 30 food bloggers to interpret the FIJI Water story in their own unique way. They call this series #PerfectionTakesTime. I was showcased with my Marinated Jumbo Lump Crab Salad, a family recipe that most in the South are familiar with. Though not a typical slow-cooked fall recipe, fresh seafood is a year round…

Read More