Gullah Geechee Charleston Seafood Gumbo

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Gullah Geechee Charleston Seafood Gumbo

Prep Time: 30 Minutes | Cook Time: 1.5 Hour | Serves: 6 - 8 People

What You’ll Need

  • 2 pieces of fatback bacon or 3 slices thick cut bacon

  • 1 smoked ham hock

  • 2 quart shot water

  • 2 cans of stewed tomatoes

  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 teaspoon of dried thyme

  • 1 teaspoon of fresh parsley

  • 3 cloves of garlic, diced

  • 1 large yellow onion

  • 1 Andouille sausage

  • 1 1/2 dozen clams

  • 1/2 pound of lump crab meat

  • 1 pound of medium to large shrimp, peeled and devained, tails left on

  • 3 cups of okra, sliced

  • 1/2 cup of red bell pepper, diced

  • 1/2 cup of green bell pepper, diced

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of sugar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of salt

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon of hot sauce

  • 2 cups of white rice

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Step One: Prep the Pot

Using a large cast-iron Dutch oven, place on stovetop on medium heat. First, fry the bacon. Once cooked, remove bacon, leaving the fat in the Dutch oven. Next, add the smoked ham hock and hot water. Boil for 30 minutes.

 
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Step Two: Dump it In

Next, stir in stewed tomatoes, tomato paste, bay leaf, thyme, parsley, garlic, onion, clams, bacon, bell peppers, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce.

Cook for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Allow gumbo to thicken.

 

Step Three: Season it Up

Remove ham hocks. Add crabmeat, shrimp, andouille sausage, okra, sugar, salt, pepper. Cook for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Make sure that the soup does not become too thick. If so, add additional hot water.

Serve hot over white rice.

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This gumbo is the perfect combination of spices and seafood to enjoy, during these late summer or early fall nights, along the coast.

This was my FIRST gumbo, and I’m quite proud of myself. It’s flavorful, not too spicy, and of course - it’s seafood. Try this recipe and let me know your thoughts below!

 
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Happy 3rd Birthday, Pepper! Chicken Meatloaf Cake Pawty

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Happy 3rd Birthday, Pepper Mint!

Chicken Meatloaf Cake Pawty

It’s Pepper Mint’s 3rd birthday. Since we were in Florida, I wanted to make Pepper and her cousins, Ginger and Bleau, a special treat they could share. All three girls, especially Ms. Pepper, LOVE chicken. So, I concocted this recipe, along with some of her favorite veggies (e.g., sweet potato) and decided on a meatloaf. I discovered that bananas are good for your dog because of the benefits of Potassium — however, like anything, it’s a rare special and infrequent treat since bananas are high in sugar. Another reason why I opted on a meatloaf: my dog hates dog biscuits and other dog sweet treats. So, an actual peanut butter dog cake would have been a waste for her.

If you decide to make this for your pup, let me know if your fur baby loves it. Pepper and her cousins sure did!

Prep Time: 30 Minutes | Cook Time: 45 Minutes

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 Pack of Ground Chicken

  • 1 Sweet Potato (Cooked)

  • 1 Banana

  • 1/4 - 1/3 Cup of Carrots (Cooked)

  • 2 Eggs

  • 1/4 Cup of Panko Bread Crumbs

  • 1 Box of Mashed Potatoes

  • 1/4 Cup of Shredded Cheese

  • 4” Round Cake Baking Pans

  • Non-stick spray for greasing

First, mash banana, sweet potato and carrots in a large mixing bowl.

 
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Next, add ground chicken, eggs, bread crumbs and cheese. Mix thoroughly. Then, spray baking pans with non-stick spray. Place mixture in baking pans just like you would a cake mix.

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Place meatloaf in baking pans, in the refrigerator for one hour, minimum.

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Place in oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. While meatloaf is cooking in oven, cook mashed potatoes per boxed instructions.

Once cooked, remove from oven and allow meatloaf to cool.

 

Lastly, remove meatloaf from cake pans. Spread mashed potatoes over meatloaf like frosting. Garnish with shredded cheese and you’re done!

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Maryland Old Bay Crab Cakes with Chipotle Aioli and Tomato Salsa

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Maryland Old Bay Crab Cakes

With Chipotle Aioli and Tomato Salsa

I’m excited to share this recipe because I usually do NOT like crab cakes but OM….G….these were SO good. I also opted NOT to be traditional and cook these in the oven. Instead, these babies were cooked in the waffle maker. That’s right. Nice and crispy with a pretty little presentation. :) Your family is going to love these.

This recipe makes four since each quarter of the waffle is about the same size as a traditional baked crab cake. I was only able to eat two of these in one sitting.

Prep Time: 30 Minutes | Cook Time: 20 Minutes (Makes 4)

What You’ll Need

Crab Cakes

  • 1lb. (16 oz.) of Lump crab meat

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2.5 Tablespoon of Mayonnaise

  • 2.5 Teaspoon of Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard

  • 1 Teaspoon of Worcestershire Sauce

  • 1 Teaspoon of Old Bay

  • 1/4 Teaspoon of seasoning salt

  • 1/4 Teaspoon of cracked black pepper

  • 1/4 Cup of chopped celery

  • 2 Tablespoons of finely chopped fresh parsley

  • 1/4 Cup of Panko bread crumbs

  • 4 Teaspoons of Ghee Butter or Olive Oil

  • Arugula for garnishing

Tomato Salsa

  • 1 Cup of plumb tomatoes (yellow and red mix)

  • 1 Red onion

  • 1/2 of a lemon

Chipotle Aioli

  • 4 Tablespoons of mayonnaise

  • 1 Tablespoon of black pepper

  • 1 Tablespoon of salt

  • 2 Tablespoons of garlic powder

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In a large bowl, combine eggs, mayonnaise, dijon mustard, Worcestershire, Old Bay, salt, pepper, celery, and parsley and mix well.

 

After mixing, add the crab meat and panko; fold mixture gently, as to not shred the meat.

 

After crab meat is mixed well, turn on waffle iron. Grease waffle iron with either Ghee butter or olive oil. Once heated, add crab cake mixture to waffle iron and cook for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

 

While crab cakes are cooking in waffle iron, begin dicing tomatoes and onions. Place in a bowl and squeeze the lemon, coating the tomato and onions. Mix well to ensure. You may add salt and pepper to taste for the tomato salsa; however, I opted not to because the crab cakes and aioli have so much flavor.

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Finally, in preparing the chipotle aioli, mix mayonnaise, salt, pepper and garlic powder in a bowl. Next, place mixture in a small ziplock bag. Make a small cut at the bottom of corner of the bag.

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After you remove the crab cakes from the waffle maker, place crab cakes on bed of arugula. Next, top crab cakes with tomato salsa. Then, squeeze aioli out of the corner of zip lock bag.

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Before I took my mini vacay trip to Tilghman Island and St. Michael’s island, I made my way down to Florida and served these up to my parents. My dad is slightly obsessed now, and after you have a bite, I think you will be too. So easy. So quick. So Tasty. Enjoy!

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Buttered New England Lobster on Cheddar Bay Biscuits Sliders

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Cheddar Bay Biscuit Lobster Sliders

Your Easy Seafood Option for this Fourth of July

Prep Time: 20 Minutes | Cook Time: 25 Minutes

What You’ll Need:

Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay Biscuits Mix

North Atlantic Lobster Tail

1 / 2 Cup of Ghee Butter

1 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1 Teaspoon of Pepper

Splash of Lemon

1/4 Cup of Fresh Parsley

 

First, follow the recommended instructions for the Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit mix.

 

Next, place lobster tails in oven and allow to bake in oven at same time as Cheddar Bay biscuits (approximately 15-20 minutes).

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When lobster tails are cooked, remove meat and place in bowl. Mix melted ghee butter, fresh parsley, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix well.

 

Place lobster mix in between biscuit halves, making sliders. Reheat in oven on 250 degrees for five minutes. Serve warm.

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Deep Fried Strawberry Glazed Biscuits

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Prep Time: 15 minutes minutes | Cook Time: 15 minutes

What You’ll Need:

1 can of Pillsbury Buttermilk Grands Southern Homestyle Biscuits

2 cups of liquid Coconut Oil

1/2 cup of fresh Fresh Strawberries

1 tablespoon of Refined Sugar

1/2 cup of Dried Strawberries

1 bar of white chocolate

 
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First, heat coconut oil in deep fryer or frying pan. Pull apart biscuit dough and place in heated oil. Cook until golden brown on each side (approximately 3-5 minutes).

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Next, place cooked biscuits on napkin covered plate and allow oil to drain.

For the strawberry glaze, boil water in saucepan or pot. Bring water to boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer. Place white chocolate in heatsafe bowl, at center of boiling water. Stir frequently until melted. Do NOT attempt to melt chocolate in microwave as it will burn!

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Then, purée fresh strawberries in blender. Mix puréed strawberries with melted white chili ale. Drizzle over biscuits.

 

Lastly, grind dried strawberries into powdery substance. Add refined sugar or sweetener. Sprinkle over biscuits and enjoy.

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Serve with a glass of Veuve Cliquot Brut Rosé, chilled, with a fresh lemon and / or strawberries. It’s the perfect new brunch item for rosé season. I loved this recipe so much (and the easiness of it) that I think I may make it again but with peaches. I hope you babes enjoy!

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20 Minute Colorful Baja Fish Tacos

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20 Minute Colorful Baja Fish Tacos

Beer Battered Fish with sautéed vegetables and Garlic Aioli Sauce

Happy Taco Tuesday! In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I thought I’d share my colorful fish taco recipe. It’s so easy and quick for those weekdays. These simple ingredients are powerful and I was full after two tacos. I hope you enjoy.

Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 10 Minutes

What You’ll Need (feeds four):

For the Taco:

  • 4 Corn Tortillas

  • 4 Gorton’s Beer Battered Fish

  • 1/2 cup of Mexican Style Cheese (Cheddar, Monterey Jack Cheese, Asadero Cheese, and Queso Blanco Cheese)

  • 1/4 cup of chopped Red Cabbage

  • 1 TSP of Minced Garlic

  • 1/4 cup of Cherry Tomatoes

  • 1/4 cup of Spanish Onion

  • 1/2 Lime

  • 1 TBSP of Virgin Olive Oil

  • 1 TSP of Salt

  • 1 TSP of Pepper

  • 1 TSP of Paprika

  • 1 TSP of Garlic Powder

  • 1 TSP of Goya Adobo

  • 1/2 an Avocado (optional)

  • Vegetable oil for frying fish

For the Garlic Aioli Sauce:

  • 1/4 Cup of Mayonnaise

  • 1 TBSP of Garlic Powder

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First, heat olive oil in sauce pan. Chop the onions and tomatoes. Once diced, add minced garlic and cook in medium sauce pan on low. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, Adobo and paprika.

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Stir frequently. Next, squeeze lime over the veggie mixture.

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While veggies are cooking in sauce pan, heat your deep fryer to 350 degrees or heat vegetable oil in frying pan. Add fish and fry until golden on both sides.

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Next, mix mayonnaise and garlic powder for aioli sauce. For hard taco shells, heat tortillas in oven for five minutes at 350 degrees. For soft taco shells, heat in microwave for 30 seconds.

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Place cooked fish in tortillas. Sprinkle the veggie mix, red cabbage, shredded cheese and top with aioli sauce and avocados (optional). Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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Happy Easter! Garlic Herb Stuffed Lamb Leg with Roasted Carrots and Garlic Mushroom Quinoa

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Garlic Herb Stuffed Lamb

with Honey Roasted Carrots and Mushroom Quinoa

Happy Easter!  I decided to cook lamb this year. Lamb is probably my favorite red meat.  It’s tender and lean, and so easy to cook.  So, I wanted to share with you my Garlic Herb Leg of Lamb recipe with garlicky quinoa and mushrooms, and roasted honey garlic carrots.  LOTS. OF. GARLIC.  If you’re not a fan of garlic (screaming), then this recipe may not be for you.  Me, being a lover of any food seasoned with garlic, I thought this meal was absolutely delicious and will definitely be making it again.

What You’ll Need

1 Leg of lamb

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Whole Carrots

Quinoa

1 Can of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup

½ cup of mushrooms

Fresh head of garlic

2 tablespoons of Minced garlic

Fresh Rosemary

Fresh Oregano

Extra Virgin or Virgin Olive Oil

½ tablespoon of Salt

½ tablespoon of Seasoning Salt

½ tablespoon of Pepper

½ tablespoon of Adobo

1 Tablespoon of Garlic Powder

½ cup of honey

½ a lemon for lemon juice

½ an onion

2 tablespoons of butter or ghee butter

Twine

 

Lamb

First, roast pieces of whole garlic cloves in the oven for 10 minutes on 400 degrees, allowing to roast.

Next, cut lamb leg in half down center and create an opening.  Rub meat down with extra virgin or virgin olive oil.  Season entire lamb with salt, pepper, Adobo and garlic powder.

Next, rub minced garlic all over meat. 

Next, place the whole pieces of roasted whole garlic inside opening of meat, along with fresh herbs of rosemary and oregano.  Then, add herbs on outside of lamb meat.

Next, fold over the lamb meat. Take the twine, and tie the lamb meat closed.

Place meat in fridge and allow it to marinate overnight or for at least 4 hours.

 

After lamb has marinated, preheat oven to 400 degrees and cook for 45 MINUTES for well done.

 While your lamb is cooking, begin preparing your quinoa.

Quinoa

 Follow the box instructions for cooking your quinoa.  While quinoa is cooking, begin chopping fresh mushrooms. 

In a separate sauce pan, heat Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup.  Add fresh mushrooms to sauce pan.

 

Then, add cooked quinoa to sauce pan, combining soup and mushrooms.  Add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

 

Roasted Carrots

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For the glaze, combine 1 tablespoon of minced garlic and honey in a bowl.

Next, rub garlic honey glaze all over fresh carrots.

Finally, squirt ½ a fresh lemon onto carrots.

Cook in oven for 30 minutes at 400 degrees.

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Serve with a glass of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot.  Happy Easter!

What does your family usually have on the menu for Easter?  If you end up using this recipe, please leave a comment below and let me know what you think!

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Blackberry Cake with Blackberry Coulis

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Blackberry Cake

With Blackberry Coulis

What You’ll Need

For the cake:

  • Gluten free cake mix. I used Betty Crocker’s gluten free yellow cake (which called for water and 2 eggs. I substituted the butter with ghee butter).

  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice

  • Lemon zest

  • Ghee Butter (for greasing baking pan)

  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup of fresh blackberries

  • 1/4 cup of sweet red wine

For the blackberry coulis:

  • 1/2 cup of fresh blackberries

  • 3/4 cup of honey

  • 1/2 cup of sweet red wine

 
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Follow the box instructions for the gluten free cake batter. Take blackberries and sweet red wine and blend in a high powered blender. Add blackberry and wine mix, lemon juice and lemon zest to cake batter. Stir well.

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Grease your baking pan with ghee butter or olive oil. Next, lightly dust the baking pan with the gluten free all purpose flour.

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Place in the oven on 350 degrees for 40 minutes (see box instructions). Use a toothpick to poke a hole in the cake if you are unsure whether the batter is fully cooked.

When the cake is finished, remove from the oven and allow to cool.

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While the cake is cooling, place remaining blackberries, honey, and wine in blender. Once completely liquified, add to saucer on medium to low heat. Stir frequently until mixture comes to boil.

After mixture comes to a boil, remove from heat. You can strain the liquid with a mesh strainer or apply coulis directly to cake.

Serve and enjoy!

 
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