Creamy Tuscan Soup with Hatfield Bacon

Thank you to The Food Group for kindly sponsoring this post. #Ad It’s fall, y’all! And, soup is on! Truth be told this is my most favorite time of year! The crowds are less on the beaches here in South Walton, and I have more time to spend with my family and cooking up cozy…

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Italian Wedding Soup

After breaking my foot in April, being exposed to active Covid recently and down for the last 3 weeks (which postponed a reconstructive surgery on the books), I’m now heading into that surgery tomorrow, and decided today would be the day to meal prep for the week of recovery ahead. This Italian Wedding Soup is…

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What Makes Gumbo, Gumbo? + Seafood Gumbo Recipe

New Orleans, aka the Crescent City is a fascinating place known for diversity, culture, and its rich heritage. Put it all in a bowl to eat and enjoy, and you would have what is known as gumbo. Gumbo originated in Louisiana in the 18th century, but there is no evidence to pinpoint the exact origin…

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Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

Chris Hastings and his wife Ide have such a passion for cooking, preserving food history, and sharing local ingredients on the plates at Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, Alabama, while celebrating all farmers and fisherman that bring them the best products. This 17 year collaboration between the couple has shifted the perception of…

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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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Red Clam Soup With Saltine Crumb Garnish

A Dutch oven is the most versatile pot that one can have in their kitchen. It is my go to pot for braising, soups, gumbo, you name it. Author and French food authority, Hillary Davis, reached out to me and asked if I’d take a look at her new cookbook called Le French Oven. Based…

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Quick Chicken & Dumplings

My daughter called me from the grocery store in Tuscaloosa today in a panic about what to purchase in order to make Chicken & Dumplings. Her cell phone was about to die, and she needed the info… pronto. She had decided that Sunday was the perfect time to have a go of it, and I…

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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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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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Crawfish Etouffee

I was contacted by author Paul Knipple who wanted to share with me a copy of the cookbook he wrote with his wife Angela called, The World In A Skillet: A Food Lover’s Tour Of The New American South. I jumped at the opportunity, as anything having to do with a cast iron skillet, as…

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Beach Eats: Cioppino

  Yesterday, I sat and plundered through cookbooks trying to find a good seafood stew recipe. I tend to read recipes and then come up with my own version. After spending quite a few years in Louisiana, and often cooking one pot dishes such as gumbo, jambalaya, and courtbouillon, I knew with our cooler temps…

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