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 column: Lettuce wraps healthy option for fajita lovers
    by Laura Tolbert More Content Now on April 4, 2020 at 5:37 am

    If you’re enjoying low(er) carb meals, lettuce wraps are a healthy option. I love fajitas, and romaine leaves are a delicious alternative to tortillas.You can use chicken or pork for this dish, but we scored a great buy on top round steak, which was already packaged as “fajita steak,” which was a huge time saver. I mixed up a quick marinade for the steak and vegetables. After a few hours in the refrigerator, the steak was ready to cook. By using low-fat cheese and light [...]

  • Fleeing Spain, with ham
    by Ari LeVaux More Content Now on April 3, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    About halfway through our family trip to Andalusia, the U.S. restricted air travel from Europe and Spain declared a state of emergency. The geopolitical and pandemic crosscurrents at play were difficult to read, even from the rooftop terrace of our house in Guajar Faraguit, a quiet village in the hill country above the Strait of Gibraltar. We tried to sniff the breeze for guidance, but all we could smell were lemon blossoms.We were surrounded by clean water, carefully tended groves of [...]

  • Homemade with heart: A simple recipe from simpler times
    by Ari LeVaux More Content Now on March 27, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    On the last night before the Spanish state of emergency went into effect, in the only restaurant in the village atop the narrow valley, people gathered for a birthday party.The television was blasting scenes of coronavirus panic in Madrid, but nobody was paying attention to it, or the slow roll of the impending crisis.Aside from that wall-mounted television, Comidas Caseras de Carmen (Carmen’s Homemade Food), felt like an eatery from a different century. As soon as you take a [...]

  • Fleur de Lolly column: A super easy version of chicken tacos
    by Laura Tolbert More Content Now on March 21, 2020 at 5:37 am

    I found this recipe on the Old El Paso website and tweaked it because that’s part of the fun of cooking. This is a super easy version of chicken tacos. If you don’t care for hot and spicy food, use regular or even mild taco seasoning and use plain petite diced tomatoes instead of the Rotel.HOT AND SPICY OVEN-BAKED CHICKEN TACOS• 1 tablespoon olive oil• 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken tenders• 1 small yellow onion, diced• 1 package [...]

  • Eat like a local: Visit markets, merchants to really get a taste of a place
    by Ari LeVaux More Content Now on March 20, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    “Quien corta el jamon en tu casa?” asked the butcher, his breath smelling of wine. “Who cuts the ham in your house?”“Yo,” I said, raising my hand. “Venga, entonces” he beckoned. “Come here, then.”I walked behind the counter of Santiago’s meat store in Lanjaron, Spain, and Santiago handed me the knife. I began slicing thin sheets of jamon Iberico (Spanish prosciutto), as I’d watched him do, and placed the [...]

  • Fleur de Lolly column: Try these St. Patrick’s Day favorites
    by Laura Tolbert More Content Now on March 14, 2020 at 5:37 am

    I prepared this soup a few years ago for St. Patrick’s Day, and it has become a family favorite. Paired with traditional Irish soda bread, it may become one of your favorites as well.Mulligatawny SoupThe origin of this dish begins in India, with the addition of curry as an ingredient. The word translates to “pepper water.” The recipe for mulligatawny has varied greatly over the years. As the method migrated through the British Isles, meat was added.• 1 [...]

  • Celebrate National Pi Day with the best store-bought apple pie in Florida
    by Ryan Shepard on March 13, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Florida grocery chains such as Kroger, Trader Joe’s, and Walmart sell delicious apple pies at affordable prices, but some are better tasting than others.

  • A more perfect nugget
    by By Ari LeVaux More Content Now on March 13, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    It’s rare to find an omnivore who doesn’t appreciate chicken. America’s most popular meat is poised to oust pork as the world’s favorite animal protein. When that preference is combined with the the fact that human beings also love our foods breaded and crispy, we can begin to understand why chicken nuggets have become so wildly popular. Even vegetarians and vegans love chicken nuggets, which explains the recent explosion of fake chicken nuggets onto the food [...]

  • FEATURED RESTAURANT: Restaurant Paradis in Rosemary Beach is 'among the best'
    by By Sharon Dooley on March 11, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    ROSEMARY BEACH—Wanting to enjoy our area before the spring break crowd arrived, my husband, Paul, and I went on a date night in Rosemary Beach. The evening centered on a meal at Restaurant Paradis.THE FOODI’ve been writing Eating Out columns for a couple of years, and Paul is frequently my dining guest. As we finished our meal, he looked across the table at me and said that our Restaurant Paradis meal is among the best that we’ve eaten. [...]

  • Fleur de Lolly: Let creativity run rampant with charcuterie
    by Laura Tolbert More Content Now on March 7, 2020 at 5:37 am

    If you’d like to have friends over for a game night or movie night, but the thought of cooking scares you, a charcuterie board is an answer to that situation. Charcuterie (pronounced “shar-COO-tur-ree”) is, in its basic form, a meat and cheese board. However, trust me on this one: Once you start assembling all the goodies, it’s hard to know when to stop. The fun part is you can choose such a variety of meats, cheese, different types of bread, crackers and fruit. Let [...]

  • Bitter & sweet: Learn how to pick the ripest grapefruit by feel, taste
    by Ari LeVaux More Content Now on March 6, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    Texas grapefruit are in season and on sale at my local bodega. The ruby-fleshed, bittersweet orbs looked shrunken and beat up, which is not necessarily a bad thing. On the contrary, it may mean they are ripe.My dad made sure his son knew how to choose a grapefruit, and he would have been excited by the contents of this bin. His technique is to press on the bottom — if the skin feels thin and you can press it in, it’s ready. If the skin feels thick and spongy, it’s not [...]

  • Fleur de Lolly: Taking Salisbury steak to a different level
    by Laura Tolbert More Content Now on February 29, 2020 at 5:37 am

    Salisbury steak with onion and mushroom gravy was a staple of “TV dinners” in the ’60s. This version is on an entirely different level.I cooked these in a large Lodge cast iron skillet, and the tantalizing aroma from my kitchen would have made anyone ravenous. Comfort food does precisely that. It comforts us from the pressures and dramas of the outside world.This dish was invented during the Civil War by Dr. James Salisbury, who prescribed minced beef for [...]

  • Mystery meat: How to make use of that frosty hunk from the freezer
    by Ari LeVaux More Content Now on February 28, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    At a family gathering last summer, my wife’s mom asked me to cook some meat from a deer that my father-in-law had shot. It was his first, and nobody seemed to know exactly what to do with it. The flesh of said deer resided in a cache of unlabeled Ziplocs in a chest freezer in the basement. Chances are, every meat eater — even those without ties to the hunting community — has encountered a frozen hunk of mystery meat in the back of the freezer. Nobody wants meat to spoil. [...]

  • Fleur de Lolly: Flounder Milanese a quick, elegant meal
    by Laura Tolbert More Content Now on February 22, 2020 at 5:37 am

    This dish showcases seasoned and pan-sautéed flounder fillets served with a Mediterranean style pasta. Served in a silver chafing dish, this was an elegant meal that was ready to serve within an hour of beginning to chop the vegetables. This is an excellent meal to prepare for having people over for dinner. You also could forego the chafing dish and serve this dish family style from a communal bowl on the dining table.To prepare Milanese style involves dredging thin slices of meat or [...]

  • DES Lunch Menu Feb. 24-28
    on February 21, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    The menu for Feb. 24-28 at Destin Elementary includes:• Feb. 24: Ham and potato au gratin with baked dinner roll, breaded chicken or spicy breaded chicken on a bun, steamed carrots, diced peaches ad choice of milk• Feb. 25: Mardi Gras Celebration with red beans and rice with chicken sausage patty and Otis Spunkmeyer sugar cookie w/sprinkles, turkey taco nachos with fresh sliced bread, steamed peas, diced pears and choice of milk• Feb. 26: [...]

  • Classic combo: What’s better than bread with stew? Try bread in the stew
    by Ari LeVaux More Content Now on February 21, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    Sourdough Bone Stew resembles a classic, simple meal: a bowl of soup and a piece of bread. Except in this case the bread seems to have thought it was a bone, and snuck into the stock pot. To make sourdough bone broth, bone and bread are treated equally, browning under the same broiler before being locked together in a vat of boiling water. The sourdough flavor impregnates the broth and everything in it, while filling the air with the faint yeasty aroma of a microbrewery.The bread proves [...]

  • King cake, étouffée recipes to help celebrate Mardi Gras
    by Addie Broyles, Austin American-Statesman on February 18, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    With Lent comes Mardi Gras, and with Fat Tuesday comes all those little plastic babies tucked away in king cakes.If you want to make your own king cake — Mardi Gras falls on Feb. 25 this year — let’s turn to Ann Maloney, the former food editor at the Times-Picayune who now works as the recipes [...]

  • RECIPE: A creative spin on beans and greens
    by Addie Broyles, Austin American-Statesman on February 18, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    Joe Yonan is the first person to admit that he’s a bean guy.The Washington Post food editor has written a number of vegetarian-friendly cookbooks in the past 10 years, but his latest, "Cool Beans: The Ultimate Guide to Cooking with the World’s Most Versatile Plant-Based Protein, with 125 Recipes" (Ten Speed [...]

  • 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 [...]