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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Lionfish Tacos

There has been so much talk about eating Lionfish lately, though I have been eating it for some time. It is a sweet, light, white, flaky fish that has a firm texture and has a taste somewhere between grouper and mahi mahi. The fish itself has venomous spines, but the meat is not poisonous. Many…

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7th Annual Tequila & Taco Fest

Who doesn’t love tacos? They are the main part of my food group, so there’s that! Seascape Towne Centre at Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach is hosting the 7th Annual Tequila & Taco Fest this weekend! Whoo Hoo! The Kick Off is March 6th with a party at Mezcal Mexican Grill at 6 pm, and…

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Crab Stuffed Avocado aka Galatoire’s Crabmeat Maison

I’m sharing one of my favorite New Orleans recipes adapted from my Galatoire’s cookbook, which is one of my favorite New Orleans restaurants. It’s called Crabmeat Maison. Galatoire’s is an iconic and James Beard Award winning restaurant nestled in the heart of the French Quarter. It’s cuisine is anchored in French Creole traditions, which reflect…

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Shrimp Remoulade

New Orleans has been on my mind quite a bit lately, especially with Mardi Gras on the calendar this month. There is always something exciting happening in The Big Easy! When recently invited to create a recipe for Stonewall Kitchen using one of their mustards, I chose the horseradish as I knew it would make…

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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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Shrimp & Grits Festival | February 29 on Destin Harbor

  The Destin Harbor’s newest event is bringing you family fun along with amazing food and drinks. Featuring local restaurants as they compete for the best shrimp & grits dish on the Emerald Coast, I’m excited to be asked to judge this first and soon to be annual event! Enjoy amazing food, great drinks, live…

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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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Emeril Lagase Hosts Taste Of The Race February 28 in Seaside, Florida

The Seaside Neighborhood School is situated in the heart of 30A and the annual Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K is this public charter’s lifeblood. Funding from the race energizes the school and empowers participation in unique elective classes such as gardening, music, culinary and fine arts, an award winning robotics program, advanced placement classes as well…

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Jumbo Lump Blue Crab Dip

  When I reminisce about  holiday food, cheesy hot jumbo lump crab dip comes to mind. Forget that “experts” say cheese does not go with seafood… they are wrong! Growing up in New Orleans, fresh Louisiana blue crab dip was a traditional appetizer served in most homes on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, including…

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Lord Of The Southern Cheese Rings

Perfect for holiday parties, family gatherings, or tailgating, I hope you enjoy one of our family favorite appetizers. Just make sure to run the Jello Mold under hot water before popping off the bottom and the top of the mold. and setting the ring on a platter. Top the cheese ring with pecans, fill with…

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