Hot and Hot Fish Club 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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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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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 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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Bloody Mary Gazpacho

With a husband that graduated from Florida State and Alabama medical school, a son at Georgia Tech, and a daughter who just graduated from the University of Alabama, being the lone LSU fan & grad of the family gets tiresome, especially after what happened with the Auburn last Saturday and Coach Les Miles being let go…

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Beach Eats: If You Are Thirsty, Then You Are Dehydrated!

  Contributor: Caroline Coker Recently, my grandfather was hospitalized at Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast. We thought it was a cardiac episode and so did his doctors, until tests revealed that he was not properly hydrated. It can happen to babies, pets, children, the elderly, so no one is immune. Dehydration can sneak up…

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Shrimp, Red Potato & Turnip Green Soup

I was invited by The United States Potato Board, the nation’s potato marketing organization, to create a fresh, light, natural and healthy recipe to start the New Year off right after indulging over the holidays. Most of us can use a little help, right? The US Potato Board provides inspiration, information, tools and education to potato…

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Red Clam Soup With Saltine Crumb Garnish

Please scroll to the bottom for the Rafflecopter giveaway 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…

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