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These are a Few of My Favorite Things

Who doesn't love a green bean casserole made with canned cream of mushroom soup and canned fried onion rings? We all grew up with some version of cream-drowned green beans at Thanksgiving. We love the old recipes because they remind us of family, happy times and traditions. Growing up, our family had a large Thanksgiving Day meal. Mama cooked for days, we scarfed it all up in less than twenty minutes, and then Mama washed dishes for days. She was a kitchen saint. These days, Vince and I celebrate Thanksgiving with some of our dearest friends. The hosts prepare the turkeys and ham and all I have to do is take a “dish.” My contribution to our annual ...

Feeding Pat Conroy

 When Vince and I were dating, he used to love to tell me all about Beaufort. One of Beaufort's claims to fame (that he repeated way more than once) was that The Great Santini had been filmed here. “You know, from Pat Conroy's book. He's Conrack. He's the guy who wrote The Lords of Discipline.” After we were married, screening our VHS copy of The Great Santini was one of our favorite things to do with guests who had never visited Beaufort before. We'd all watch the movie and then Vince and I would take everyone downtown and show them the sites they had just seen on our television. Pat Conroy was our local star and we were mighty proud of him!Al...

Mediterranean Feast!

I didn't grow up eating lamb. In eastern North Carolina we regularly dined on fried chicken, barbeque and chicken and dumplings. In fact, Vince and I had been married for several years before I tasted my first lamb at a restaurant in Charleston, SC. It was love at first bite! Rack of lamb, leg of lamb, lamb chops – they're all wonderful! I especially like this simple recipe for rack of lamb that has been frenched and sliced into lollipop chops. Besides being a delicious entree, the lollipops can also be served as a fun-to-eat hors d'oeuvre. My recipe for tzatziki-like sauce is made with sour cream and dill but could easily be substituted with ...

Mardi Gras

MARDI GRAS is Fat Tuesday! It's the last night of eating rich and fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season which begins the next day on Ash Wednesday. Fat Tuesday is sometimes referred to as Shrove Tuesday -- from the word “shrive” meaning “confess.” KING CAKE is a southern Mardi Gras tradition served throughout the Carnival season which lasts from Epiphany Eve through Fat Tuesday. Inside the cake you'll find a trinket -- traditionally a dried bean or a small plastic baby representing the baby Jesus. The person who gets the piece of cake with the trinket has various privileges and obligations. It has become customary in ...