17 results for tag: chicken


It Takes a Chicken

I had the most fun with my last blog! Thank you, for emailing, calling and stopping me in the grocery store to reminisce about fatback, streak o'lean and souse meat. More often than not, in these Eastern North Carolina foodie conversations, the one thing I heard over and over again was, “You know what I really miss? Chicken and Dumplings. I never learned how to make them like my grandmother used to.” Well, it started me thinking. When I was growing up, Mama used to make homemade pastry for her chicken and dumplings. She rolled out the dough and cut it into long wide strips. I remember flour being all over the kitchen counter. I'm sure that I've ...

One Chicken, Two Recipes

Some days you just want comfort food. True comfort food for me usually consists of some form of chicken and a bunch of carbs. In eastern North Carolina, I grew up eating a lot of chicken and dumplings. My husband, Vince, who grew up in the Lowcountry ate a lot of chicken and rice. While I haven't been able to completely convert Vince to my taste for chicken and dumplings, I quickly learned to love the traditional South Carolina chicken perlo. This week, I decided to cook pearlo with a twist. With a whole chicken and only two diners, I was able to come up with two new chicken and rice entrees. Not just comforting, but also delicious!Greek Chicken and ...

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...

Celebrating the Big 250!

Who needs an excuse to have a party? Those of you who know me, know that I'll make up a reason to celebrate something, even when there's no real occasion. In this case, I think a little party to commemorate a milestone for me – and for Lowcountry Weekly – is in perfect order. This is my 250th Everyday Gourmet column. Back in 2005, when I first started writing, the column was named “Easy Cooking with Debbi.” Eventually it morphed into “Easy Cooking” and finally into “Everyday Gourmet.” I've saved every single column that I've ever written. They're all clipped and glued onto poster board. The first columns were only half of a page. The ...

Bon Voyage, Aunt Bossy!

When I was a very little girl, maybe 4 or 5 years old, I remember my Mama inviting her lady friends over for lunch. She didn't host a monthly event, but the ladies came to our house for a fancy luncheon several times a year. The dining room table was set with the good dishes from the china cabinet and several card tables with crisply pressed tablecloths were set up to seat the additional guests. The ladies were most often the mothers of my friends from Sunday School and kindergarten. I can see Mama in a blue dress and pearls, hair freshly coiffed from the beauty parlor, entertaining flawlessly as she served chicken salad, tomato aspic, homemade ...

A Taste of Paris – French Brunch

I developed a fascination with French food in high school when our French III class learned how to prepare a number of classic French dishes. French cuisine offers a rich experience that ranges from simple, rustic country dishes to elaborate gastronomic feats. With basic cooking techniques and a little practice, you can begin enjoying authentic French cuisine in your own kitchen in no time. The recipes and photos this week are from a “Taste of Paris” brunch that I donated to HELP of Beaufort's auction last year. Each course was paired with a French wine donated by Larry Bernard of Dataw Island. Bon Appetit!Baked Brie Dip with Sun-Dried Tomatoes1 ...

Celebrating the Beaufort International Film Festival – Southern Style!

 Roll out the red carpet! The 9th annual Beaufort International Film Festival is in full swing with film makers, directors, screen writers, movie stars and lots of film-loving fans. Our local film festival is a heatwave of fun and excitement during what is typically a chilly February. This year's festival celebrates all things southern. The recipes this week feature a taste (actually, a great big gourmet bite) of the south and showcase some of my favorite things: chicken, peaches, broccoli, pimento cheese and bourbon. According to MovieMaker magazine, the Beaufort International Film Festival has been rated as “one of the 25 coolest general film ...

Dinner on the Deck

The spring weather has been glorious! Vince and I recently took advantage of a cool and breezy Lady's Island evening and invited 20 of our friends over for a grilled salad supper on the deck. Who knew that it would turn into a column?! These are some are some really fun and yummy recipes. The Blooming Pizza Bread was an immediate hit. I suggest serving it with a sharp bread knife, so that your guests can enjoy the bottom of the bread. That's where all of the flavor from the butter and herbs ends up. The Southwestern Grilled Chicken Salad is quick and easy. Serve it with bottled ranch dressing and/or taco sauce. I grilled corn on the cob while I was ...

Easy Summer Supper

The Dog Days of summer are upon us! It's too hot to cook. It's almost too hot to eat. Finding refreshing and satisfying foods can be challenging. The menu this week can easily be prepared in the morning before the sun is at it's peak and then reheated at suppertime. Each recipe features a bit of citrus. Sopa De Lima is a delicious lime-scented soup loaded with tender chicken and fresh tomatoes. It's perfect for a warm evening! A dollop of prepared guacamole makes the dish complete. Blueberry Crumb Bars highlight our fresh local blueberries. It's a light dessert that isn't too sweet. The blueberries are the stars, not the sugar. And, you can't go wrong ...

Take a Walk on the Healthy Side – Summer Salads

I always gain weight in the summer. It has happened every single summer for as long as I can remember. It's so hard to be active in 95 degree weather when you're a non-athlete, like me. Besides, catering slows down a good bit during the hot summer months. So, Vince and I tend to eat out more often and take afternoon naps and stay in the air conditioning --- and the next thing I know, my jeans are beginning to feel a bit snug. Thankfully, it's not so hard to reverse the damage with just a small change in diet. I eat soup to shed a few extra pounds in the winter and salads to shed a few extra pounds in the summer. The recipes this week are simple and ...