• By Amy Gaw, Contributing writer
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Southern Food. It’s a thing. But where we live, we just call it dinner.

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  • By Amy Gaw, Contributing writer
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When cooking or baking for the holidays, why not make a little extra to share with a friend or neighbor?

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Eating to reduce inflammation will lead to greater health and energy.

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It is spring and time for softshell crabs and May peas. Eat at many as you can and then be sure to freeze some for next winter. You will be glad you did.

  • By Amy Gaw Contributing writer
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Sometimes we catch while we are fishing and sometimes we make a trip to the market. However that freshly caught, local fish appeared in your kitchen, there are a few tried and true ways to prepare them. Pan searing is one of them. Depending on thickness, adjust your cooking time, otherwise, …

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Most locals keep a secret stash of sweet, late-summer shrimp in their freezers for a mid-winter supper. If you have eaten yours already, you can also find frozen North Carolina shrimp at most of the local seafood shops. Substitute U.S., wild-caught, shrimp but not internationally farm raised…

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Most of the meal can be made ahead of time so if you stay up late on New Years Eve, this meal is no-fuss and is delicious as a brunch or mid day meal served with a pitcher of spicy tomato juice and freshly brewed coffee with the apple crisp. This menu is intended to feed six people with a fe…

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Sure, apple, pumpkin and pecan are traditional, but why not try something new this holiday?

  • By Amy Gaw Contributing writer
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Roasted Turkey Breast with Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Simple Pan Gravy

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Trust your local fishmonger. She or he will tell you what just came in and what is good for searing in a pan. The rest is easy: Add it to a beautiful green salad or add a sauce and a bit of rice and beans and call it dinner. Fresh tuna is delicious with a lemon caper sauce and keeps preparat…

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When the kids have pals over, why not have a fun, youth-friendly buffet at mealtime? Variety can indeed be the spice of life, and when you involve young eaters and encourage food participation, you are also changing your routine, a much-needed self-love exercise. Your mealtime workload will …

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Head-on local shrimp are in the markets and there are so many delicious ways to prepare them, it is hard to decide a favorite. I get many requests for the seafood lasagna that I make with local jumbo lump crabmeat, fresh local catch and a generous amount of just-caught, North Carolina shrimp…

  • By Amy Gaw Contributing writer
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Try a night of no-cook recipes. Invite friends and never turn on the oven. A sassy pitcher of Cucumber-Lemon Water is a refreshing way to great your guests. Make ice cubes with half moons of citrus to float in their glasses.

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Scoring farm-fresh eggs is a food thrill to this cook, and I buy several dozen at a time. So many great dishes begin with great eggs. You can plan an entire meal around these versatile, nutritious and oh-so-tasty orbs. I do like to mix it up a bit and find that tomatoes are a great complemen…

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When the days get long and hot, it can be easier to divide dinner chores into twice-a-day activities. Before the heat, and maybe before work or play, bake your dessert blondies and make a simple crab stock from shells you picked the night before. With these steps out of the way, all you need…

  • By Amy Gaw Contributing writer
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If you have not sparked your grill by the Fourth of July, now is your drop-dead deadline! Grab a few seasonal ingredients: a pound of local shrimp, some garden veggies and a nice steak or two. Invite a few pals and you are on your way to a surf-and-turf dinner party.

  • By Amy Gaw Contributing writer
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Summertime and seafood just seem synonymous, and combining the two makes me appreciate both even more. One of my favorite ways to enjoy local seafood is to have a variety of seafood preparations for one meal. This menu begins with a jumbo lump crab nosh and then moves to the table for a plat…