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Biscuit Bites: Pizza or Gruyere – Caramelized Onion

Last Sunday, we got together for Happy Hour with our fave neighbors Michelle and Natalie. Michelle hosted at her house which was perfect because both families of kids could all play together in another room and toys were aplenty to keep them occupied. I volunteered an appetizer to help out. I have been daydreaming about making a gruyere and caramelized onion tart, but I was too exhausted from Saturday’s wedding to deal with and make a crust so I decided that Bisquick biscuit bites would be the way to go. For some reason using Bisquick for a drop biscuit is acceptable in my brain…

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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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Sun-dried Tomato “Tartar”: Intense & Flavorful

Years ago when I lived in Chicago, there was a natural foods store that competed against Whole Foods and for what ever reason that is where I shopped for my organics and natural foods. They had this incredible spread made with sun-dried tomato and some cheese as well as other ingredients, and it was so incredibly good. A container of this spread was always in my fridge. The flavors were intense and rich and creamy and absolutely delicious. Then Whole Foods bought this chain of stores, closed them all and the spread disappeared, never to be seen again. I know it…

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Bell Peppers Stuffed with Cheese & Tomato

This is a recipe I made up ages ago.  It can be part of an antipasto platter, as a stand alone appetizer or as part of a salad course if you add some salad greens dressed with olive oil and salt. It is served at slightly warm to room temperature, so you need to prepare this ahead of when you wish to eat. I figure a half pepper per guest no matter the way you choose to serve it.  I buy bell peppers of different colors because it makes for a prettier presentation, but you can go with a single color if you wish,…

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Stella’s Charleston: Upscale Greek Finally!

I love Greek food. But the offerings in Charleston are very limited.  There is a good gyro joint in Mount Pleasant but I’m not driving to the opposite side of town for a gyro.  There are a couple Greek restaurants around town that are more tavern-like but the food is “just ok”.  If you go to any of them once every two or three years that is plenty.  Then again, perhaps I should have said, “were” limited.  Because now there is Stella’s. Stella’s: Not a Character in a Tennessee Williams Play but Definitely Desired Stella’s Charleston came onto the Charleston food scene…

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Roasted Grapes: Who Woulda Thought?

I was shooting a wedding a couple weeks ago and along with the accompaniments for the salad station was a bowl of what looked like red seedless grapes that lost its luster.  So I popped one in my mouth and was overcome by pure delight.  Roasted grapes – who knew!  I knew it was a grape but the flavor is more intense. It tastes nothing like a fresh grape but it is so so good.  My mind started racing about what one could do with these delectable morsels of goodness.  All I can say is, I never would have thought…

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Screen Door: Local, Laid Back and Affordable

Charleston is a food town. There is no doubt about that.  Even Eater, the national restaurant blog has its own Charleston imprint.  All of their other  “Eater cities” have at least a half a million residents or more.  Charleston stands alone in their stable with under 150 thousand residents.  I think that says alot about Charleston and the food scene we get to enjoy. Every month there are more restaurants coming onto the scene hoping for a piece of the pie from the thousands of tourists that flock to our hamlet. When you dine downtown you expect to pay tourist…

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Cauliflower Cheesy Bread – but there is no bread. What?

Oh, what a Monday!.  I shot a morning wedding yesterday.   The couple was super nice, very laid back and a real joy to work for, but dang that threw off my Sunday.  Surprise… I am a night owl! Midnight is usually the earliest that I go to bed.  What does that mean to you morning people?  It means there is only one- “6” in each day and it is not 6:00 am.  But yesterday required a 6am alarm and be out of the house by 7:00 am.   It was tough as I did not have time to consume my…

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HS Reunion, Bleu Appetizer and Pinks Arrive

A Not So Little  – BIG Thing   Go to your high school reunion. When I was doing research about creating this blog, everywhere I read said you have to be real.  Be honest.  Open up your life to your readers.  Give them something to connect to.  Hmmm, not sure about that.  Then I went to my 40th high school reunion last September and it has had a huge impact on me so I wanted to share my experience with you.  I started writing this back in September but it is finally ready to share.   That said, my heart is racing…

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Holy Smoke, Azalea Confusion, Cashmere and a Seafood Ball

Azalea Confusion This winter has been … well not winter.  Yes, I know I moved south to get away from winter.  And yes, this confusion adds brightness and color to the yard early which is nice.  But after living in the south now for over a decade my blood has “thinned” so even the mildest winter can seem cold.  So this winter seems unseasonably bad.  We have had maybe a week of what I would call cold and only a couple days when a hat and gloves were needed once the sun went down and never during the day.  I…

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Let’s Cook Indian Pakoras

Upon our arrival in Charleston we discovered that there were a couple  Indian restaurants that were decent but after living in Chicago that had a huge and thriving Indian food scene (I miss you Devon Ave.), decent just did not cut it.  Fortunately we have friends that loved to cook Indian. One of our friends used to live in Sri Lanka and she really got this all going.  While the group is transitioned my sister’s and I still bring a group together a couple times a year.   I am always assigned an appetizer and the first time I made…

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