An Evening at The Olde Pink House Featuring Tequila Herradura

Tequila Herradura Silver, Ultra and Double Barrel.

I received an exciting invitation this week to attend a tequila tasting and exquisite dinner in the Grand Ballroom of The Olde Pink House, nestled in the heart of Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District. Who could say no to that? You had me at tequila! I learned so much about Casa Herradura Tequila, from its history to its sustainable and natural production process and had the opportunity to meet Global Brand Ambassador Ruben Aceves.

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Home Office & Gym Remodel: Coastal Farmgirl Style

Hey, I’m Rebekah and this is my new home office and gym design! Let me show you how it all came together.

This is a food blog, but today I’m sharing my newly remodeled home office and gym design with you! It’s the space where I do all of my writing, and that’s the motivation behind this project. As many of you know, I’m writing a new book, but before I get started, I’m setting myself up for success with a functional office space that doubles as a home gym.

In addition to food and cooking, I love interior design. This is the first space in my home that I’ve designed from start to finish, and I love how it turned out.

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Slow Cooker Bacon Mac & Cheese

This dish is perfect for Thanksgiving because it frees up oven space and travels well. Shred your own cheese, using a food processor or hand grater. There won’t be any leftovers! 

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Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Fresh Cranberry Sauce reduces, congeals and thickens into a spread for sandwiches, dips and turkey!

Thanksgiving is upon us, and whether you’re team canned cranberry or fresh, you’ve got to have this classic accompaniment on turkey day. I grew up eating the canned cranberry sauce and I must admit, I love the little ridges and all. The fresh stuff is good too, but it’s a different experience all together.

The lemon juice is the star ingredient in this recipe, inspired by the one and only Ina Garten. I use cranberry juice instead of water to reinforce the flavors. The cranberries simmering on the stovetop perfumes the whole home and really sets the mood for the holidays.

Gobble, gobble!

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Baked Bay Scallops with Breadcrumbs

Baked Bay Scallops with Breadcrumbs is Some Kinda Good served over hot cooked grits.

Living on the Georgia coast, I’ve eaten my fair share of seafood. In fact, in my house, we eat
mostly seafood and a good bit of chicken for its affordability and access. Weeknight dinners are
often made with shrimp and pasta, or pan-seared white fish with sautéed vegetables, such as
squash and zucchini. Not only is seafood delicious, but it’s so quick to cook and good for you.
Not too heavy and just right for springtime.

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Bake Your Own King Cake for Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras means “Fat Tuesday” in French, and is the celebratory carnival that leads up to the beginning of Lent. The name “Fat Tuesday” refers to the practice of consuming all of the food forbidden while fasting during Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. This past week, I had fun celebrating this Louisiana holiday by baking my first King Cake at home. 

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Cookbook Feature Friday: Lemon Bars

Paula Deen’s Southern Baking Cookbook includes this delicious lemon bar recipe.

Happy Cookbook Feature Friday! Today’s post is all about the tart, cold and sugar-dusted lemon bar. Featuring one of Paula Deen’s latest cookbooks, Southern Baking, these bars are super easy to make and serve as the perfect treat when you want a little something sweet.

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Cookbook Feature Friday: Shrimp and Crawfish

Shrimp and Crawfish from The VeryVera Cookbook

Happy Friday! This week, we cooked with a new ingredient: CRAWFISH! I haven’t ever worked much with crawfish, but I really love it. This little creature, also known as a “creek lobster,” tastes like a cross between crab legs and shrimp. It’s slightly sweet and easy to break down.

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Aunt Adela’s Cold Georgia Blue Crab Dip

From left: Levi, Angela, Kurt, Rebekah and Max go crabbing on the St. Simons Island Pier.

In early April, I went on vacation with two of my best friends of 25 years, including our families – kids, pets and all. We rented a beach house on St. Simons Island and spent the week eating to our hearts’ content, lounging on the beach and having jam sessions by the pool. It was the ideal vacation, complete with dolphin watching, strolling on the pier and working on our tans, but the most fun I had all week was when we rode our bikes to the pier for a little crabbing adventure. Continue reading “Aunt Adela’s Cold Georgia Blue Crab Dip”

Old Fashioned Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint cookies originated in Sweden. Known as Hallongrotta/hallongrottor in Swedish, the meaning literally translates, “raspberry cave.” I love these shortbread-style, buttery cookies because they’re so easy to make and can be customized to fit any occasion. They melt in your mouth! Continue reading “Old Fashioned Thumbprint Cookies”