The (Not So) Ordinary Restaurant

Make a different kind of withdrawal from this South Carolina bank turned not-so-ordinary restaurant. Featuring Southern seafood and an oyster bar, The Ordinary makes everyday cuisine feel new and fresh. The Ordinary is on the frontlines of the farm-to-table movement, and they take their food very seriously. Only traditional methods and the freshest ingredients are used to create each dish, overcoming many of the old seafood and oyster bar stigmas. Each of their wines and cocktails are also hand-picked, paired to perfectly compliment the raw oysters and seafood.     According to Charleston City [... more]

Peche: Keeping An Old Flame Burning

If you find yourself in downtown New Orleans this summer, consider the Warehouse District at the corner of Magazine and Julia Streets. That’s where you’ll find the Peche Seafood Grill, and Chef Ryan Prewitt’s masterful menu. Old school cooking styles, unique dishes, and a sophisticated modern look are just a few of things that led to this rustic-style eatery earning the James Beard Award for “Best New Restaurant” in the United States. Using live-fire cooking techniques, Prewitt keeps an open hearth of carefully stoked hardwood coals, which also allows for a unique show as you await your [... more]

Thai Meets Tacos

A dish native of Mexico packs its suitcase and takes a trip to Thailand with this zesty recipe. Begin to create these Thai Shrimp Tacos by marinating the shrimp in a homemade ginger-soy chili garlic sauce and grilling them to perfection. As the shrimp cook, distract yourself from the tantalizing aroma by preparing the textured slaw that will garnish the inside of each taco. Cabbage, onions, and green chilis make up this Thai-inspired mixture that gets tossed in the same spicy marinade that made your shrimp oh-so [... more]

Skewer Me This

There is something very satisfying about forgoing silverware at dinnertime. Whether you tire of cleaning or simply prefer finger food, this recipe for Grilled Jerk Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers just makes life easier. Also perfect for an outdoor party appetizer, this simple dish pairs perfectly with a side of fruit. The sweet flavor of the fresh pineapple evens out the spice-laden shrimp. Each bite of marinated shrimp offers succulent flavor, so head to the grill and start cooking these delicious skewers.

Sear Beauty

Warm weather calls for lighter fare, and this recipe for Scallops with Herbed Butter answers with fresh fish and spring herbs. When shopping for the ingredients, be sure to ask for “dry” scallops at your local fish market. Preservative free, they release very little liquid during the cooking process, resulting in a nice, crusty sear. Use a cast-iron skillet, if you have one, for even heat at high temperatures. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until deep, golden brown, usually about three minutes on each side. Add [... more]

Zesty Fish Tacos

Take a trip to your local farmers’ market and pick up some fresh fish, because after seeing this recipe, you’re gonna want it for dinner! Tilapia works well for these Fish Tacos, but feel free to substitute another favorite light and flaky fish. Grill or lightly sauté the tilapia, and place it on the tortillas with a squeeze of lime. Top with the homemade Chipotle Lime Cilantro Slaw and fresh avocado slices. The more slaw, the better so don’t be shy about piling it on. Then try [... more]

First, You Make a Roux

This delectable-looking appetizer caught my eye on Pinterest and when I realized it was from fellow Mississippian and food blogger Julie May at Menu Musings, I liked it even more. I seem to be a slave to seafood recipes, and the dishes themselves, of course. This gem for Louisiana Crab Claws Bordelaise fit my entertaining requirement of easy preparation with big-bang presentation.  What guest wouldn’t ooh and aah over these Cajun claws? Julie warns that you’ll want to “sop up” the buttery sauce goodness with a crusty piece of bread. And [... more]

Civilized Bacon

Though my recipe addiction is lifelong and bona fide, my head isn’t turned by every fondue, fricassee, or frittata. When it comes to entertaining, any recipe that makes my menu usually has to meet certain criteria: high drama, low effort, and a minimum of ingredients. In my mind, guests break into applause at the mere sight of each dish prepared, certain I’ve slaved for days to achieve such culinary grandeur. Despite its modest name, this Bacon-Wrapped Scallops recipe delivers the “wow” factor in presentation and taste with only a handful of [... more]