My Famous Chili

Just like good gumbo, everyone has their favorite chili recipe. Texas beef with no beans, white chicken chili, even vegetarian, but I make my 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 them along…

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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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A Day At Grand Boulevard & Dinner At Emeril’s Coastal Italian

Located at Grand Boulevard in Sandestin, Emeril’s Coastal Italian is the first of Emeril’s Restaurants in Northwest Florida. Originally, Emeril was not entertaining the idea of opening a restaurant in his adopted home town of South Walton where he lives with his family. But, many like myself were thrilled when he reconsidered. Emeril’s Coastal Italian…

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Moroccan Meatballs

It’s fall y’all, and this recipe is perfect for tailgating, Sunday supper, or cozying up on the sofa and watching your favorite shows! Meatballs in a red sauce are a classic combo that pops up in cuisines all over the world, from Italian pork meatballs in marinara sauce to Spanish albóndigas in chunky romesco sauce. Although…

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Harvest Wine & Food Festival October 24-26

It’s my favorite time of year at the beach, October! That means cooler temps (still waiting), smaller crowds, and lots of festivities! Following their most successful auction to date, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) has grand plans for the return of Harvest Wine & Food Festival to South Walton October 24-26 at WaterColor! Buy…

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The Best Barbecue Shrimp

If my heart could take it, I would probably eat Barbecue Shrimp at least twice a week. But, I will admit that not a month goes by where this family staple is not on our dinner table. Cooking the shrimp with the heads on preserves the natural juices and enhances the flavor, but on occasion…

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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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Jumbo Lump Crab Stuffed Avocado

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

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Where to Get The Best Oysters on 30A

Go to the beach every day, eat fresh seafood, and make lasting memories- probably your vacation bucket list. After all, that’s exactly what I’d do- hours spent on the beach and hours spent eating the best local food 30A has to offer.

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