Bayou Classics: Shuck N Dive Cajun Café

 

It’s officially Mardi Gras season, and so I felt it was only appropriate to finally share with you about my love affair with Shuck N Dive. Situated in a nondescript shopping plaza off Federal Highway near downtown Fort Lauderdale, this lively Cajun café is one of our favorite restaurants in all of South Florida. The interior is decked out in LSU and New Orleans-style knick-knacks — and there’s always either zydeco music blasting through the speakers or a sports event shown on the bar’s TVs. My husband has also noted the “flashy”, shall we say, Bourbon Street photos that adorn the men’s bathroom walls.

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Boiled Crawfish

This has to be the restaurant we’ve visited the most since moving to Miami. And we can’t get enough of their food. We have our standards, like the 3-Way Oyster Platter (Black n’ Blues, Oyster Rockefeller and Oysters Bienville) and the pork boudin, which is flown in from Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, a small town across the way from where I was born. There are also a few items we’ve tried only once, but overall enjoyed — fried pickles, naked chicken wings, red beans and rice. The “Larry” Cobb salad delivers a huge portion topped with chicken and Gulf shrimp, and during season they typically have boiled crawfish, most of which have been decent size.

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Crawfish Etouffee

I enjoy their hearty portion of crawfish etouffee, albeit it’s a creamier version than those you’ll find in Louisiana — and nearly every time I go to Shuck N Dive I have a cup (or bowl) of either their Country Gumbo (pulled chicken with andouille and okra) or their seafood gumbo (shrimp and sausage), which is probably my favorite dish they serve. Nine times out of ten my husband orders the fried gulf shrimp po’boy — he also asks for it to be tossed in buffalo sauce, which adds some nice heat to an already overstuffed sandwich.

A couple Abita or Nola Brewing beers and some Zapp’s chips, and you feel as though you’re in any old roadside dive in Louisiana. But here you won’t find a drive-thru daiquiri stand or snowballs for dessert. When we can’t make it to my hometown of New Iberia, Louisiana, or I’m not up for cooking my Cajun family’s recipes, Shuck N Dive certainly delivers that taste of home, no matter how far away.

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Simmer Down: Chicken Chili Verde

Miami had its first cold day of the year last weekend (50 degrees, yippee!) and it was finally cool enough to make some warming comfort food. I’ve always been a fan of this chili verde recipe because I love that it’s lighter than most red-sauce varieties yet doesn’t skimp on the meaty chicken aspect. The squeeze of lime really adds another dimension — and you could even add some chopped cilantro for a fresh garnish.

 

Chicken Chili Verde
Serves 6

Ingredients
2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
1 small red onion, chopped
2 fresh jalapenos, seeded and diced
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon onion powder
2 (4.5 ounce) cans chopped green chiles
1 cup salsa verde
2 (15 ounce) cans white beans, drained and rinsed
1 (32 ounce) container of chicken broth
1 lime, juiced
1 ½ teaspoons Cajun seasoning (or season salt)

 

Directions
Place the chopped onions, diced jalapenos and minced garlic into the slow cooker. Top with chicken breast and sprinkle spices all over chicken. Add undrained cans of green chiles and salsa verde. Add the white beans and chicken broth.

Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.

Before serving, shred the chicken and add it back to the slow cooker. Squeeze lime juice and sprinkle Cajun seasoning into pot and let cook on low for another 20-30 minutes.

Serve chili with tortilla chips and shredded cheese.

Eating Our Way Through 2016: The Third Annual Envy Awards

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From the edible adventures across the country to the countless homemade meals cooked up in the Order Envy kitchen, 2016 proved to be one heck of a delicious year! We kicked off the year with some clean eating and 21 Day Fix recipes, then moved through the summer traveling to the Bahamas and Boston, before settling into fall with slow-cooked favorites and topping it all off with a trip out to the Pacific Northwest. We even marked my birthday in the foodiest way possible, with a culinary crawl through Wynwood — and shared new recipes like BBQ Pork Ribs, Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowls, and Baked Ziti, to boot.

We are stoked for all the edible adventures to come in this New Year, but first let’s take a look back at some of our favorite bites of 2016.

 

 

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Outstanding “Eating Our Way Through” Travel Experience
and the Envy goes toTHE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

“My Top 5 Bites in the Pacific Northwest: Copper Creek Dip from Copper Creek Inn, Dungeness Crab Cocktail from Shuckers Oyster Bar, Oysters Cabarian from Blueacre Seafood, House Smoked Salmon Toast from Red Hills Market, and Dungeness Crab & Iberico Ham Benedict from The Georgian Restaurant.”

 
 

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Most Memorable Miami Spice Experience
and the Envy goes toQUALITY MEATS

“Sister to the NYC chophouse, this rendition offers an upscale yet cozy interior that stands out among the super posh restos lining South Beach’s Collins Ave. strip.”

 
 

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Phenomenal Reason to Spend an Entire Day Eating and Drinking
and the Envy goes toSOBEWFF GRAND TASTING VILLAGE

 
 

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Super Special Family Recipe Prepared in the Order Envy Kitchen
and the Envy goes toMAMON BABINEAUX’S SHRIMP CREOLE

“It has been passed down from Mamon Babineaux (my late great-grandmother) to her daughter, Harriet Shea (my grandmother) to her son, Steve Shea (my late father), who sent it to me many years ago while I was in college.”

 
 

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Extraordinary Way to Celebrate Your Birthday as a Foodie
and the Envy goes toWYNWOOD CULINARY TOUR

“Our informative guide led us to an assortment of five local eateries in the area, where we ate everything from empanadas and fresh ceviche to key lime pie and cannoli.”

 
 

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Marvelous Excuse for a #FoodPorn Throwback
and the Envy goes toOUR ITALIAN HONEYMOON

“We spent 10 amazing days eating our way through Rome, Amalfi, Florence and Venice. …You may even notice that one of these photos serves as Order Envy’s lead image!”

 
 

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Amazing Homemade Meal Perfect for Delivering Comfort
and the Envy goes toSPEEDY BAKED ZITI

“Whether they were recovering from surgery or nursing a newborn, this easy recipe offers a bit of comfort (and carbs!) for those who may not have the time or energy to cook up a meal.”

 
 

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Exceptional Strategy to Amp up Game Day
and the Envy goes toGRIDIRON GREATS: FOOTBALL TAILGATING GRUB

“But win or lose, we’ve enjoyed some seriously good game day grub, and here I’ve shared some of my favorites from our tailgating parties.”

 
 

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Distinguished Dessert That Will Satisfy Every Sweet Tooth
and the Envy goes toAMARETTO CANNOLI AT MIKE’S PASTRY

“Nutty. Sweet. Perfection.”

 
 

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Remarkably Authentic Dining Experience
and the Envy goes toSANDALS PRIVATE CANDLELIGHT DINNER ON THE BEACH

“It was the perfect way to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary.”

 
 

CHECK OUT THE 2015 ENVY AWARD WINNERS HERE.

AND THE INAUGURAL 2014 WINNERS HERE.