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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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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