Ah, the Emerald Coast and the foodie opportunities in the Destin, FL area. This news feed will keep you up to date on the newest foodie happenings and will give you some great cooking tips.

  • Fleur de Lolly: Festive Mardi Gras fare and you don’t have to go to New Orleans
    on February 15, 2020 at 5:37 am

    Laura Tolbert More Content NowIt’s almost time for one of the most lively, fun and delicious parties of the year - Mardi Gras! When you think of New Orleans, world-class food is undoubtedly at the top of the list of things that come to mind.Zatarain’s is one of the most recognized names in Cajun and Creole food products. It was founded in 1886 as a grocery by Émile A. Zatarain. He created a formulation for root beer that became popular regionally after its [...]

  • DES Lunch Menu Feb.17-21
    on February 15, 2020 at 4:40 am

    The menu for Feb. 17-21 at Destin Elementary includes:• Feb. 17: No school. Presidents Day• Feb. 18: Chicken cheese steak sub with sauteed vegetables, turkey taco nachos with fresh sliced bread, kidney beans, applesauce and choice of milk• Feb. 19: Italian dunkers with marinara sauce, barbecue diced chicken sandwich, chickpea and tomato salad, cherries and choice of milk• Feb. 20: Popcorn chicken bowl with sliced bread, grilled [...]

  • Valentine's Day free food, deals: Save at Starbucks, Olive Garden, Papa John's, Dunkin' and more
    by Kelly Tyko USA TODAY on February 14, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    Stretch your budget this Valentine's Day by saving on the big meal.Fancy dining and casual restaurants alike are offering special menus and deals. Plus, you can eat your heart out with heart-shaped treats and meals.Brad Plothow, vice president of corporate marketing and communications for Womply, a small-business software provider, said the holiday is a fairly typical day for local restaurants. [...]

  • Plain ol’ vanilla?: If you think the flavor is boring, you aren’t using enough
    by Ari LeVaux More Content Now on February 14, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    Chocolate steals the show on Valentine’s Day, while vanilla waits in the wings. The rest of the year isn’t much different. This is wrong in so many ways, but there is an easy solution to this imbalance: Double the vanilla. In your Valentine’s Day chocolate, in your morning Cream of Wheat, and any other time where sweetness — or the flavor of sweetness — is dominant.Vanilla gives unselfishly and helps its teammates succeed. Double the vanilla, and you [...]

  • What’s for dinner? - Going vegan with these NWF families
    by Savannah Evanoff on February 13, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    What’s for dinner? In this series, meet Northwest Floridians and find out how their dinner plate looks different than yours and why. From the gluten-free Huwa family to the vegan Holliday/Browning family, find out what factors determine our diet.

  • RECIPE: How to make scallops at home for your Valentine's sweetie
    by Addie Broyles, Austin American-Statesman on February 11, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    When it comes to cooking seafood at home, it doesn’t get much easier than scallops.Less of a hassle to eat than crabs, less expensive (and more satisfying, to me) than lobster, scallops are simple to prepare and add that hint of special that’s just right for an at-home Valentine’s dinner.Scallops pair well with steak or on their own, and you’ll want to keep two things in mind when cooking both. Pat the exterior dry and season liberally before [...]

  • Chipotle launches 'Guac Mode' and is giving away free guacamole. How to get the freebie
    by Kelly Tyko USA TODAY on February 10, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    Let San Francisco have the $15 avocado toast. Chipotle has a deal for the rest of us: free guac.The fast-casual restaurant chain announced Monday that to celebrate the upcoming one-year anniversary of Chipotle Rewards, it is launching "Guac Mode" and [...]

  • Fleur de Lolly: Surf and turf is perfect for special occasions
    on February 8, 2020 at 5:37 am

    Laura Tolbert More Content NowFor those special occasions such as Valentine’s dinner at home, birthdays or just because you made it through the week until Friday, a surf and turf meal is always welcomed. I decided to prepare Gulf Coast scallops for the surf portion and filet mignon as the turf selection.Scallops have such a delicate and silky texture and a very mild flavor. Please, don’t be intimidated by cooking scallops at home. A hot skillet and 90 seconds later, after [...]

  • National Pizza Day: 8 best places to get a pie that isn’t from a pizzeria
    by Laura Jazmin Tolliver-Jackson, USA TODAY Network - Florida on February 7, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    These Florida spots are perfect for the on-the-go pizza lover who doesn’t feel like placing an order or dining in on National Pizza Day.

  • Tender loving carrots: Cooked carrots, creamy pasta create a warming, hearty dish
    by Ari LeVaux More Content Now on February 6, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    Many of my favorite recipes come from the kitchens of farmer friends. There is a pleasing elegance to farm cookery. It’s a cuisine forged by the circumstances of a land-based lifestyle, yet makes total sense in the home kitchens of anyone who wants to serve healthy, plant-based food, and lots of it. Farm cuisine is simple to prepare, able to tame the kind of hunger that follows a day of hard work, and heavy on seasonal veggies.In the winter there is more time, but fewer fresh [...]

  • Over your ex? Prove it and get free wings at Hooters on Valentine's Day
    by Abigail Rosenthal, USA TODAY NETWORK on February 4, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Valentine's Day may be for lovers, but it can also be for sticking it to an ex. Especially if there are free wings involved. Hooters is bringing back the "Shred Your Ex" event. Bring in a photo of your ex and destroy it in a (safe) manner of your choice. To celebrate your newfound closure, you'll get 10 free wings with the purchase of any other 10. [gh:blockquote class="twitter-tweet"][gh:p lang="en" dir="ltr"]It’s back! Come in this Valentine’s [...]

  • Hate leftovers? Here are 10 tips to make yesterday's meals more exciting today
    by Addie Broyles, Austin American-Statesman on February 3, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    Not thinking ahead about leftovers is one of the biggest mistakes that home cooks make.The best cooks I know are thinking about the meals they’ll make with leftovers while they are making the initial meal itself.That might look like making extra protein or vegetables knowing that the following day, they’ll incorporate those into a sandwich or a grain salad. Or that might mean using a neutral seasoning when roasting or sauteing vegetables (or meat) so they [...]

  • Fleur de Lolly: No need for a diner trip to enjoy steak and eggs
    on February 1, 2020 at 5:37 am

    Laura Tolbert More Content NowIf you enjoy steak and eggs, you don’t have to go to your favorite diner. These two recipes are easy to prepare for weekend mornings, and you can wear your robe and slippers!Eye of round steaks are super thin and cook quickly! In fact, they were ready at the same time it took me to scramble the eggs. The steak is coated with Canadian Steak Seasoning. The eggs have a great flavor with the addition of shredded pepper jack cheese to the eggs.Sunday [...]

  • Processed vs. ultra-processed food: Understanding the difference to make wise food choices
    by American Heart Association News on January 31, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    The difference between “processed” and “ultra-processed” foods might sound like an issue best left to linguists or hungry English teachers.

  • DES Lunch Menu Feb. 3-7
    on January 31, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    The menu for Feb. 3-7 at Destin Elementary includes:• Feb. 3: Penne and mozzarella pasta bake with baked dinner roll, breaded chicken on a bun, steamed mixed vegetables, sliced apples and choice of milk• Feb. 4: Asian/Kung Pao chicken with long grain brown rice, turkey taco nachos with fresh sliced bread, broccoli, diced peaches and choice of milk• Feb. 5: Pork riblet on hot dog bun, grilled cheese, vegetarian beans, applesauce and choice of [...]

  • Espresso, yourself: How to get the best brew at home
    by Ari LeVaux More Content Now on January 31, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    When I go to the coffee shop, it isn’t for the coffee. It’s to see and be seen. Maybe do some “networking,” or hold someone’s baby, or type intently on my laptop. But unless I’m buying whole beans, I’m not there for the coffee. I’m too much of a snob to let someone else brew it.My snobbery saves me money. To feed my habit, I’d have to spend about $10 a day at the espresso bar, if I didn’t do what I do. At home I can stay [...]

  • From Korean chicken wings to an outrageous lasagna, these Super Bowl-worthy eats are over the top
    by Addie Broyles, Austin American-Statesman on January 29, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    If you can’t eat crispy, crunchy, savory foods during the year’s biggest television event, when can you?You’ve made it through a long month of trying to eat and cook better, and now it’s almost the Super Bowl, a time when many of us indulge in pizza, chicken wings and all the guacamole we can eat.To help inspire your weekend noshing, I’ve compiled a few recipes, including Korean-spiced chicken wings and boneless Japanese-style fried chicken [...]

  • Old Bay hot sauce is here: McCormick launches new way to season wings ahead of Super Bowl
    by Dalvin Brown USA TODAY on January 29, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    Old Bay seasoning is taking on a new form ahead of the Super Bowl, at least temporarily.McCormick launched a hot sauce version of the spice mixture on Wednesday, describing it as having the traditional flavor of Old Bay with a kick of heat. The brand said the liquid version of its spice blend is poised to "warm-up comfort foods, like chilis, soups and stews." It also said people can add a splash to [...]

  • Another chicken sandwich clash? McDonald's is making two new dishes available nationwide
    by Mike Snider USA TODAY on January 28, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    If you like chicken, you'll be loving McDonald's new limited-time breakfast menu items.The fast-food chain is adding two new chicken sandwiches, a McChicken Biscuit and a Chicken McGriddles sandwich.McDonald's had been testing chicken breakfast sandwiches in several markets across the U.S. and now plans to make the items available nationwide at participating restaurants for a limited time, the company said Tuesday. [...]

  • 'Wine is like the canary in the coal mine.' Climate change is threatening our wine supply
    by Doyle Rice USA TODAY on January 28, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    Now this is getting serious.Many of the world's prime wine-growing regions could shrink dramatically due to human-caused climate change, a study released Monday suggests.This is because wine grapes are extremely sensitive to the changes in temperature and season that come with [...]