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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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 or seafood boil, it is really more of a simmer and poach process. This allows the…

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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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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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Christmas Potatoes

Last Christmas we were up bright and early prepping for our feast to come later. When my daughter asked me to throw out some ideas for new recipes, I led her to my closet of cookbooks and told her to take her pick. With good taste she chose a favorite old church cook book of…

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Christmas Strata

For as long as my memory can recall, my family has eaten the same breakfast every Christmas morning: my mother’s egg strata, warm homemade cranberry bread, and my dads sausage balls. The strata, essentially a savory bread pudding with eggs, sausage, and cheddar cheese, is made the day before, and easily baked on Christmas morning….

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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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Ham & Cheese Sliders

  Perfect for tailgaiting or any type of holiday entertaining, ham rolls are simple to make and easy to eat! Ingredients: 3 packages Pepperidge Farms Party Rolls, King’s Hawaiian Rolls, OR if Gluten Free try Schar’s Ciabatta Rolls 1 pound ham, shredded (great to use leftover if on hand) 1/2 pound good Swiss cheese like…

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