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Category: The Munch

The Munch is all about the things I make, bake, create and cook.  Sometimes it is a simple little thing and other times a complete meal.  If it’s worth making it is worth sharing.

Ramen Bowl ala Kitchen Sink

Many folks I know ate ramen as a cheap way to eat there way through university. The packets you bought at the grocery looked something like this. Back then, it was full of MSG, and who knows what else, but when you buy ten for a dollar, you really do not ask questions. Ramen has changed a lot since I was in college with restaurants specializing in the art of Asian noodles in a bowl. I, too have changed. I now create my own noodle bowls. They may not be authentic, but they taste good, and that is all I…

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Life Recently * Wine * Food * Puppy

My life recently has been flying by at the speed of light and it is all a blur. Perhaps because there is a new 10-week old “family dog” that I help raise, and that takes a lot of time and energy. There have also been pop-up wine tastings at restaurants and wine bars, meals with friends, happy hours, out of town guests, and of course, planning my next Signature Tasting. So in the spirit of life in a blurred state, here is a random mix of what is happening recently. Let’s get started. Life Recently – A Puppy In my…

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Martin’s Tennessee Whole Hog BBQ

Barbecue holds a special place in the hearts of cities all over the country. And yes, each city thinks of theirs as “the best.”. There is Kansas City BBQ, Memphis BBQ, Texas BBQ, etc., etc. Of course, South Carolina has its style of barbecue with its mustard-based sauce as well. Fortunately for those that live in Charleston, we are lucky enough to have a couple of styles come to us, including Lewis Texas BBQ,   The most recent entry into the market is Martin’s Tennessee Whole Hog BBQ. Now we have Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog Barbecue, and he is South Carolina…

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Cobbler, Yes Peach Cobbler!

While I am not a fan of canned, jarred, or frozen peaches, I do love fresh ripe peaches right off the tree. There is nothing better than biting into one, slurping as you go, but still the juice runs down your chin. Over the past couple of weeks, South Carolina and Georgia peaches are abundant. (did you know that South Carolina produces more peaches than Georgia?) Local peaches are picked ripe so you can not let them sit too long. After eating a couple right out of the basket, it is then time for cobbler. Biscuit? Crumble? Or Batter Cobbler?…

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In the Glass and On the Plate

Before we talk plate and glass, I have to share this series of images. These pictures of two of my favorite beings just make me smile. Breezy thinks she is a lap dog, and Gary loves all the “kisses.” She really wants to lick his eye, but his glasses are blocking her access. What Is In My Glass and On My Plate Glass – 2016 Daou Soul of the Lion, Adelaida District, Paso Robles, California This wine is an extraordinary sip. And for that, I must thank my sister. She went to a Daou Vineyards and Winery Dinner and ordered…

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Gruyère & Caramelized Onion Tart

Better Than I Imagined Gruyère cheese has become one of my favorite cheeses since my time living in Sweden after high school. Yes, Gruyère is a type of Swiss, not a Swedish cheese but it was in Sweden where I ate it for the first time and it turned me into a cheese-crazed person. I have been thinking about making this tart for decades but the puff pastry scared the crap out of me. I thought that there is no way I would be successful in making it. Then I learned that most folks I know that use puff pastry,…

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Baker & Brewer = EVO without the Drive

EVO Pizzeria Long before everyone was making brick-oven pizza, EVO Pizzeria was doing it in the Park Circle area of North Charleston. To me, brick-ovens makes the best pizza, so I loved going there whenever I had a craving. While EVO remains one of my favorite spots still today, now there are brick-oven pizzerias all over town. So while EVO reigns supreme in my eyes, I rarely made the drive anymore. So when I heard that EVO Pizzeria was joining forces with Holy City Brewing to open a spacious location in the old DeSano Pizza building downtown, I was out…

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Gluten-Free Orange Almond Polenta Cake

I made this gluten-free cake on my second day of baking with my sister. I also made a classic Victoria’s Sandwich, but I was less happy with that, and this was so delicious. Now before I get to this fab gluten-free recipe, I want to explain that the cookbook I reference is my British cookbook from the GBBO show. For that reason, the recipe is in grams instead of cups, and I like it that way. We all know that my efforts in baking have been “iffy” at best. So translating the measurements seemed silly when grams is a much…

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