Fast Recipes Feature: Hugging the Coast

Hugging the Coast
Hugging the Coast.com celebrates coastal cuisine through recipes, photography, videos and much more.  Created by Doug DuCap, the site serves as a reference on coastal cooking, including both DuCap’s original recipes and highlights from other food sites and blogs.  We interviewed Doug DuCap about the site and what inspired him to create it.

Could you tell us a little about yourself? What was the inspiration behind creating the HuggingtheCoast.com?

Creating recipes and experimenting with new ingredients is a lifelong passion of mine, so when I heard that the James Beard Award Winning authors of the Lee Brothers' Southern Cookbook were judging the Taste of the South Recipe Competition, I couldn’t resist entering.

My original recipe for Charleston Chili, which uses boiled peanuts and country ham instead of the usual beef and beans, won the Grand Prize, which inspired me to create the blog.

I wanted to share my passion for cooking while helping others become more comfortable in the kitchen.

What can readers find on HuggingtheCoast.com?

Features on HuggingtheCoast.com include 100+ of my original recipes, the Fish For Friday Seafood Recipe of the Week, The Free Cookbook of the Month, a foodie movies list, a coastal life and food photo gallery, and a growing collection of YouTube cooking and travel videos. New food and cooking articles are added every day.

Several times a week, I also take time to highlight some of the best recipes and cooking techniques I've come across on other interesting food blogs.

What are your favorite things to cook/bake?

I'm Italian and French so I love to cook everything. The kitchen is my favorite place to de-stress.

I've just finished writing the Knack Fish & Seafood Cookbook:
Delicious Recipes for All Seasons for Globe Pequot press with Linda Beaulieu which is coming out this summer, so I've especially enjoyed the opportunity to create new recipes featuring shrimp, salmon, tilapia, and crab cooked indoors or outside on the grill.

If you could summarize coastal cooking into one quote, what would it be?

Coastal cooking is all about using exciting, delicious ingredients from cuisines that take much of their inspiration from foods from or cooked not far from the sea.

It's the food we remember on summer trips with our families or on vacations that we will never forget; a cuisine with as much of a sense of place as it is a state of mind.

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