Entries by Pat Branning

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Okra’s Powerful Secret Beginnings

Paintings in this post are by Kevin Chadwick.  www.ellarichardson.com   It was a daring move on the part of those captured in West Africa to secretly bring reminders, such as okra, of their homeland with them aboard ship. Their bravery is beyond comprehension when one thinks of the punishments they could receive should they be […]

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Chantilly Cake and Secrets of Southern Sweet Tea!

Painting by William Berra.   www.ellarichardsonfineart.com Pull up a front porch rocker, grab a cool glass of sweet tea, a slice of Chantilly cake and ‘sit a bit’ as we say in the South.  Welcome to the land of shrimp, collards, and grits.  I believe those who lead the most joyous lives in the summer are […]

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Summertime Means ‘Mater Sammiches’ and Tomato Pie!

Painting by Murray Sease – www.shineonart.com Summertime means ‘mater sammiches’! Everyone knows there is no comparison between a hybrid grocery store tomato and the joy of the juiciest deliciousness of a vine-ripened ‘mater’ aged in the warmth of the Carolina sun. Perfection.  Duke’s mayonnaise slathered on a couple of slices of soft white bread with […]

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Indulgent Southern Barbecued Chicken

Who doesn’t love barbecued chicken and summer is the season of impromptu get-togethers with new neighbors and catching up with longtime friends.  It’s the perfect casual meal to serve outside with a watermelon salad and a cool drink. Now that many are anxious to get out and enjoy their friends again after the months of […]

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Crab Cracking on Edisto

Painting by Mark Hiles – Zoll Studio of Fine Art Please note that the hours of operation at Flowers Seafood and Geechie Boy Mill may have changed due to COVID-19.  Call before planning a trip for those delicious blue crab! Finding comfort in life’s simple pleasures. When a friend of mine told me she was […]

Gullah- Geechee Roots Run Deep

Featured artist Kevin Chadwick.  www.ellarichardson.com   Due South from Charleston, South Carolina down Highway 17 across vast expanses of marshlands, through palmetto-studded live oak hammocks and dark-water cypress swamps, the landscape breaks into open vistas and well-tended fields in the heart of Gullah history and the ACE Basin’s plantation country.  This is the region where […]

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Banana Pudding Made Easy

Bluffton artist Murray Sease captures the perfect place for outdoor entertaining, titled Seven Oaks. www.shineonart.com This post will feature exclusively the works of artist Murray Sease. Making your own scrumptious, mouth-watering Southern Banana Pudding just got easier than ever before.  Now that restaurants are just partially open and reservations are difficult to come by, cooking […]