fish & shellfish

…few things make me happier than fish and shellfish, and we are blessed with so much available fresh from our coastal waters here in North Carolina!

Kitty Shrimp & "Grits" Bites

Kitty Shrimp & “Grits” Bites

These crunchy seafood treats will make your cats happy. Grits aren’t great for them, but when corn is ground into meal, it’s safe for making these little shrimp nuggets. You can sub canned tuna for the shrimp if preferred. My dog loves these, too!

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Buttermilk Citrus Green Goddess Dressing

Roasted Veggies & Shrimp Skewers

High temperatures paired with abundant vegetables make for healthy nibbles or a light meal. Roasting brings out the natural sugars in your vegetables that caramelize for a sweet zing. Exact measurements are not needed — make as much as you need for your crew. Dollop with Buttermilk Green Goddess Dressing and you’ll never look at vegetables the same way again.

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... a southern seafood platter twist!

We love a seafood platter in the summertime — especially one that features fresh, local fish. Here, we imagined what a modern twist on this classic dish might look like with these Deviled Crab Hushpuppy Waffles and Pickled Seafood Medley!

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Anytime is Deviled Egg time!

While recipe developer and food stylist at Our State Magazine, I was asked to give a classic deviled egg a North Carolina twist. These recipes inspired by our culture are fun to make and good to eat.

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Seafood Bisque Casserole

A warm bowl of bisque surely is soothing … but in a casserole? Oh, yes! Enjoy this seafood over pasta, creamy grits, rice,

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Grilled Fish Tacos with Watermelon Pico de Gallo

Grilled Fish Tacos with Watermelon Pico de Gallo

This sweet and hot watermelon pico de gallo is the perfect topping for fresh North Carolina fish, shrimp or crab tacos. For the best texture, stir together just before serving.

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Grilled Southwestern Romaine with North Carolina Shrimp

Grilled Southwestern Romaine Salad with NC Shrimp

Let your grill do the work on this one… dressed up or down as you’d like, grilled southwestern romaine with NC Shrimp is as quick a side as you can fix … but watch it closely, it is ready in a flash!

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Summer Corn and Crab Salad with honey citrus dressing

Summer Corn & Crab Salad with honey citrus dressing

Lazy hazy hot days of summer… nope, no cook’n around here! Throw together this no-cook fresh and light salad featuring fresh summer corn and the best crab you can find… like sweet lump North Carolina crab!

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