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Month: September 2017

Best Laid Plan * Irma * Binge *

Earlier last week when Irma had not chosen her course there was uncertainty abound and lots of folks making decisions before having all the information. While I am not a Lowcountry native, the last 13 years have taught me a great deal about tropical storms and hurricanes.  For us, since we do not have kids and we are not sickly or elderly, we have options based on storm severity. For others, they got out of dodge before the storm turned north making Charleston a ghost town for the weekend. One of the things that we learned last year with Hurricane Matthew is…


Simple Roasted Tomato Appetizer

This is the last of the three recipes on my platter that I took to Natalie’s house last Monday. I have posted a roasted tomato recipe before, but that style was to serve more as a side dish. This method is to create a dipping appetizer served with a toasted sliced baguette or torn from the loaf of a fresh baguette (to soak up the juice and oil). It is super easy and incredibly delish. By far, it was the favorite of the three last Monday. I buy Campari tomatoes at Costco because they tend to be the ones that are consistently…

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Summer’s End – Wine Round Up: Pt 1

Over the past couple of months, Gary and I have tried a wide variety of wines. Wines we drank and liked but did not love. As it is said, you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find your prince.  Well, for wine I would modify the saying to say, You have to kiss a lot of puppies to find your perfect dog. Dogs, like wine, are all wonderful beings but all breeds are not for all people, and the same goes for wine. To love a wine is to want to fill one of our coolers with it. Liking it is…

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Remember, Ramblings and Recipes

Dear Hurricane Irma: While I would prefer you just dissipate, please leave Charleston alone. Our bank account is still recovering from Matthew and the tropical storm the month before that!   Rambling… My parents always had a string of “I remember” statements like, “I remember having to walk to school for a mile in the snow.” So here are a few of mine… I remember when: Spam is/was a meat-byproduct loaf that we ate when we could not afford ham or bacon not junk email I remember when outlet malls were for overstocks and seconds. And it was all about “the hunt” for…

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Appetizer Platters, Wine and Great Fun

Today was our neighbor Natalie’s mother’s birthday, and her parents were in town. Gary and I have grown close to Nat and her parents, so she invited us over for happy hour to start the celebration before they had dinner. I promised to make a couple of appetizers, and of course, we would bring a bottle of wine. We were prepared to stay for an hour or so and then allow the family to have a dinner celebration. Appetizer Platter I knew I wanted to “bring it” since Natalie always makes such fab appetizers to bring to our house. It…

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Uncelebrated Holiday, Updates & more

Happy Labor Day! Labor Day is an uncelebrated holiday. Probably the most uncelebrated of all the federal holidays.  Most see it as the last three day weekend of the summer to enjoy with family before the school year “get’s serious.”   In actuality, this holiday was created by President Grover Cleveland as what was considered political “appeasement” to trade workers after the Pullman strike and subsequent riots and loss of lives at The Pullman Company in Chicago in 1894.  I will not bore you with the details, but there is an excellent summary here if you are interested. I see it a…

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Peach Galette & A Cheese Story

I would like to tell you that the everything you are about to read was planned to happen. But it was not. How the Peach Galette turned out perfectly is as shocking to me as it may be to you. The cheese… well that is just down right crazy.  Read on and feel free to laugh or cry.  I’m having a glass of wine. A very large glass of wine. Who Moved My Cheese? I was at the grocery picking up a few things I needed for my fresh peach galette crust. (who keeps unsalted butter in the house?) As…