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 choices when dining out. I pick them apart to decipher the contents, if there are any other than crabmeat, to try to then recreate them at home. One…

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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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Southern Squash Casserole

  My mother, Charlotte, makes the best squash casserole, and no matter how I try, mine is never as delicious as hers. It is always a favorite, and a dish that is comfort food to me. Whether at a church social, a holiday gathering, a family dinner, or to share with a friend in a…

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Anson Mills Red Rice

  Cast-iron pots and pans have a long-standing tradition in American cookery, and Lodge Cast Iron has stood the test of time. I recently completed a project with this great company for The Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook- Cooking form Coast to Coast, that includes two of my recipes.

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Best Deviled Eggs

I absolutely love deviled eggs and so does my husband, the purist. Phil raves about my mama’s deviled eggs (and her potato salad), who does not fill hers with things like chopped pickle but rather likes to keep it simple. This recipe is quick and easy and can be the base for so many other…

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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 & 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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