Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes

Crab cakes are a staple in many restaurants along the Gulf Coast often appearing on brunch menus topped with a poached egg and hollandaise, one of my top choices when dining out. I pick them apart to decipher the contents, to see if there is anything other than crabmeat, and then try to then recreate…

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The Best Boiled Peanuts

  If you have been following my blog, then you know that my grandparents were peanut farmers in Statesboro, Georgia, so it was bred into me early on to have a love for the legume, especially boiled. As a child living in Charleston, my family would pack up on the weekends to visit my grandparents….

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Jumbo Lump Crab Toast

This is a simple recipe, and one of my favorites to make, especially on a lazy, rainy, Sunday at home sipping on a chilled glass of Miraval. Fennel, scallions, parsley, and chives give this blue crab all the herbaceous goodness, while the fresh lemon adds a hint of acidity! Reach for the good mayo (I…

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Vietnamese Shrimp and Pork SummerRolls

Summer rolls are one of the most popular Vietnamese dishes you can find in the United States (other than pho), and for good reason. In the hotter seasons especially, there’s something irresistible about their cool freshness.

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Chef Jim Shirley of Great Southern Cafe in Seaside

One of the most beloved restaurants in Seaside is Great Southern Café. Known for their fresh local seafood and produce, fun loving staff, and a happy hour that is perfect for people watching on the side deck, the chef and owner is Jim Shirley. As a member of the state board of directors of the…

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Seaside: Cool Off with these Summer Eats

Brutal summer temps are unavoidable in the South. But with Seaside’s breezy beach to stroll, a plethora of refreshing swimming pools, and amazing restaurants with sweet and savory delights, you will feel chill in no time. The languid heat of summer is not an ideal time for pot-stirring, or for toiling over a Bolognese sauce…

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How To Boil Crawfish: The Complete Guide

  Crawfish. One of the food world’s blessings bestowed upon us. I’m thankful for whoever decided that it was a good idea to pull a creature from the mud, wash it off, and eat it. Though called a crawfish boil, it is really more of a simmer and poach process. This allows the tails to…

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Best Southern Cornbread

  If you are looking for a delicious and truly Southern cornbread recipe, this is it! I think it is the best cornbread you’ll ever eat. With no wheat, flour or sugar, baked in a sizzling hot cast iron skillet seasoned with bacon fat for that golden brown crust, it is truly a favorite, especially…

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Southern Zipper Peas (Lady’s & Baby Lima’s)

Named Zipper Peas for the way the pod opens when the fibrous strand down its center is pulled, these peas are grown primarily in the southern states due to the warm climate. Freshly picked from their pods, zipper peas have a mild-flavor, are a great source of protein and a classic Southern comfort food. I…

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