Shrimp & Grits: A true Southern Belle visits Provence!

Paula Deen is the inspiration for A Southern Belle Visits Provence! The first time I tasted shrimp and grits was at Uncle Bubbas when I was in Savannah for the Real Women of Philadelphia live event to announce the talent search winners. All 16 of us finalists were treated to an incredible five days in Savannah. One of the highlights of our stay was lunching at Uncle Bubbas and actually meeting Paula’s’ brother Bubba. Wow, what a true southern gentleman!

From the original site: I have been thinking a lot about shrimp and grits lately; wondering what it would be like if I introduced a French/Italian twist to the flavors. I was up against my husband not liking grits; he’s only tried them once or twice and decided they had absolutely no flavor. Now that was probably the preparation because how could they have no flavor when Paula’s recipes and other well known chefs for that matter, combine cream and a lot of cheese into the grits!
In the south of France, at least around Valbonne where I lived, shrimp is traditionally sautéed in butter with parsley, garlic or shallots and white wine. Scallops and frogs legs are done the same way and if you ever find yourself in Valbonne, you simply must try the frogs’ legs at the Valbonnaise Restaurant. They are the best I have ever had!
Well, now for the family’s verdict, both my picky teenager and my reluctant husband declared this recipe FANTASTIC!

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I am a passionate home cook with more years experience than I care to admit. From the time I was a child making up pancake recipes with nothing more than flour and water, my favorite times, other than being with my husband and kids, are always in the kitchen. I’ve live many places; from Tacoma, Washington to Malibu, California, on to the south of France for 11 years and now Nokomis Florida. Each place offered its own kind of food and local specialties and I made it my business to become intimate with them all! While living in the south of France, we were only 45 minutes from Italy. Grocery shopping excursions to San Remo, Italy were a monthly occurrence. Not all that long ago, the southern part of France was actually part of what is now Italy so the regional cuisine has influences from both cultures. What a treat it was to explore all the traditional dishes from both countries! My goal is to share my passion for cooking with seasonal fresh ingredients; to explore with you all of nature’s bounty and travel together on a path of sharing great food at your family table! Visit me at!
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