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France in Charleston: Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Pâtissier

The other day I got an email from Ancestry.com about a new hint in my family tree.  Next thing I know hours have passed and I have no idea where the the day has gone. What caught my eye was a hint from the des Marets family line on my mother’s side.  I have traced that line back to the mid 1500s in northern France and when I get a hint from that part of my family, I get so excited I can’t contain myself.  But talking about my ancestry experience is for another day.  Today it is about this amazing French Pastry…

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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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Hola, Delicioso Beef Barbacoa!

When my youngest sister announced she was having a Mexican dinner party, I immediately volunteered to make barbacoa.  Gary does not eat beef so this is my opportunity so make a dish that I love!  I know you must think that we eat a lot of tacos based on my posts, but that is not the case.  It’s just that my sister was having this party.  What to do, what to do! FYI: I found the recipe on my neighbor Natalie’s highly successful women’s fashion blog designer bags and dirty diapers.  She found it on Gimme Some Oven. Slow Cooker…

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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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I Made Him a Cake in a Cast Iron Skillet

Happy Friday everyone!  Gary’s birthday was this week.  As a special treat, I made him a cake to celebrate.  It was a surprise because I do not bake.  But it turned out great and so here is the recipe.  Ok, fine the top is not very symmetrical but give me a break, please.  I BAKED! Pineapple-Coconut-Banana Upside-Down Cake  Ingredients 2 tablespoons butter 3/4 cup packed brown sugar 1 (15 1/2-ounce) can of pineapple slices in juice, undrained One (1) cup flaked sweetened coconut 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon ground…

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Pulled Pork Tacos Goes Vietnamese. It’s Easy and Delicious

I get a email from the Cooking Section from the New York Times almost every day.  Someday’s it catches my eye and other days it just gets deleted.  They cover the gambit on food ethnicities, styles, courses, etc.. Some days I may print out three for four recipes and other days it is merely inspiration.  But the day, I read this pulled pork recipe I knew I had to try it.  If you like Asian flavors you will LOVE this recipe.  While a few of the the ingredients may not already be in your pantry they are easy to find…

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Belgian Waffles come to James Island & A Little Waffle History

Sweet Belgium: A Waffle Experience   WAFFLES!!!!! I love waffles.  It is a guilty pleasure.  So, as I drive down Folly Road I would see a small sandwich board sign: Belgian Waffles and Coffee  – Turn now.  But I would always be driving too fast and the idea of turning around seemed silly.  But seeing this sign every time I drove by (which is all the time), I would crave these delectable treats that I had many years ago while in Brussels.    I craved them so badly that when I saw an imported package of 12 for sale at Costco…

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Craving Noodle Kugel

Spring has sprung which means Passover is coming which then means I crave Noodle Kugel.  Yes, I know Noodle Kugel is not part of the Passover celebration but this is when I think of it. Some of my Jewish friends took liberties with dessert served after the Passover meal, what can I say.  Fast forward to now….I love Kugle and think about it every Spring.  I have tried a couple recipes over the years with little success because they just did not taste like that which I had eaten.  That is until I found this recipe from Cooks.com.  I made it…

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Coffee! Bolognese! Krispy Kreme ! Oh My!

This is our ninth week.  I love sharing with you all and hope that you are enjoying Strong Coffee to Red Wine.  I would love any feedback you have to make this blog a “go to” spot each week. Intense, Rich, Dark, Black Hot Coffee   Coffee gets me out of bed in the morning.  It keeps me going all day. I am not sure what the world would be like without this beverage.  I am generally a pot a day kinda guy.  Sometimes I need more but rarely any less. There are days I feel exactly like the towel…

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