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Celebrate 2020 With a Southern Tradition

Celebrate the New Year with a Southern tradition - ham, black-eyed peas, and collard greens. It's said that dining on black-eyed peas as your first meal on New Year's Day brings luck and prosperity, and who can say no to that? The collard greens symbolize wealth, so add an extra helping onto your plate. The ham adds a rich, salty flavor and can be removed afterward if you don't want to eat it. The best part of this quick recipe is that you can make it in one pot [...]

2020-01-07T22:05:59-06:00December 20th, 2019|Food, Gulf Coast Blog|

The Best Cinnamon Rosemary Old Fashioned in Pensacola

Searching for a cocktail to jazz up your holiday party this season? Nothing says "timeless classic" like an Old Fashioned, but we've recently discovered a delightful way to spruce up an old favorite. By adding a cinnamon rosemary simple syrup and some festive garnishings, this drink will be holiday-ready in no time! Plus, it's easy to make and takes almost no time at all. The cinnamon and rosemary will have your kitchen smelling like Christmas all winter long! The idea of an Old Fashioned for the holiday season came from [...]

2020-01-07T21:37:42-06:00November 25th, 2019|Food, Gulf Coast Blog|

Best Mac & Cheese in Destin

The Best Mac & Cheese in Destin ~ The Southern Scoop’s Recipe of the Month Everyone - and we mean everyone - has their own take on macaroni & cheese. Some like it baked, some like it straight out of the pot, and some like it broiled with breadcrumbs and parmesan on top. It's one of those recipes that's extremely personal and fun to pass down. The beautiful thing about mac & cheese is that you can make it a hundred different ways and it'll be different every single time. We love discovering new ways to enjoy mac & [...]

2020-02-18T11:25:27-06:00October 21st, 2019|Food, Gulf Coast Blog|

The Best Baked Pimento Cheese in Orange Beach ~ The Southern Scoop’s Recipe of the Month

Best Baked Pimento Cheese in Orange Beach ~ The Southern Scoop’s Recipe of the Month Any time we go to a restaurant, if they have baked pimento cheese on the menu, we're ordering it. No matter where you order it, the sentiment is the same: a hot, creamy, delicious concoction of melted cheese and flavor. Scoop it out of a dish onto a warm pita or a fresh vegetable stick; there's no wrong way to enjoy it. Have you ever tried to make pimento cheese? It's just as easy to make as it is to enjoy. We got the [...]

2020-02-18T11:12:45-06:00September 26th, 2019|Food, Gulf Coast Blog|

The Best Corn & Crab Bisque in Destin, Florida ~ The Southern Scoop’s Recipe of the Month

The Best Corn & Crab Bisque in Destin, Florida ~ The Southern Scoop's Recipe of the Month With fall just around the corner, we're looking forward to switching out our salads and chilled pastas in favor of richer dishes. Despite maintaining mild tempratures in the fall and winter on the Gulf Coast, we love warm comfort foods just as much as the next person! Of course, we're always looking for ways to incorporate seafood into our dishes - it wouldn't be a Southern Scoop recipe without seafood! This month, we made it our personal mission to discover the best [...]

2019-08-27T14:40:13-05:00August 27th, 2019|Food, Gulf Coast Blog|

Fried Green Tomatoes & Bacon Jam ~ The Southern Scoop’s Featured Recipe

Fried Green Tomatoes & Bacon Jam ~ The Southern Scoop's Featured Recipe. Down in the South, we love fried green tomatoes. No, we're not talking about the 1991 classic movie starring Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy. We're talking about actual fried green tomatoes! We believe everyone should try this Southern classic at least once in their lifetime, and especially with some bacon jam (but more on that later). Whether you're preparing these for an appetizer or party snack, our fried green tomatoes are sure to wow all your friends at the next get-together. They're crispy on the outside and [...]

2019-07-29T16:23:16-05:00July 29th, 2019|Food, Gulf Coast Blog|

Best Barbecue Restaurants at the Beach

Best Barbecue Restaurants at the Beach ~ Southern Vacation Rentals Barbecue is not just for your backyard cookout anymore - down South, you're likely to find a barbecue joint on just about every corner. Everyone has their own favorite barbecue restaurant, but we have to contend that there is nothing like barbecue at the beach. That's right! Even at the beach, you'll find some of the best barbecue restaurants known to locals and visitors alike. It was tough, but we narrowed down our top favorites across each of our areas. So, even if you're staying in a Pensacola Beach [...]

2019-07-15T16:43:27-05:00July 15th, 2019|Adventure, Food, Gulf Coast Blog|