Tonight, we’re making grilled Gulf shrimp with ratatouille stuffed shells. The best shrimp you’ve ever eaten isn’t frozen or imported — it’s right here in the good old US of A. Specifically, along the nutrient-rich Gulf Coast, which is home to plump, meaty shellfish in extraordinary abundance. Gulf Coast Seafood has been providing fishermen, grocers, chefs and foodies with an economic engine that powers the entire region. High in demand, the Gulf Coast produces 70 percent of the nation’s oysters and 69 percent of domestic shrimp.

Combine herb-marinated Gulf shrimp with fresh vegetables to freshen up classic stuffed shells (think heavy on the protein and produce, light on the cheese). Whatever you’re growing or finding at the market will go beautifully in the mix.