Entries by Pat Branning

Experience 7 Gullah Historic Sites in Charleston

Gullah is a vibrant culture native to the Lowcountry of South Carolina and there are places to experience Gullah in Charleston. Anyone who visits will hear the word Gullah at some point and want to know more about it.   The Gullah -Geechees are the descendants of slaves brought to our shores from West Africa […]

Brake for Boiled Peanuts

Next time you see a sign along the side of the road – brake for boiled peanuts! Y’all, they’re amazing, and I’m not kidding! Boiled peanuts are an acquired taste, but according to Southerners, they are addictive. They are green or raw nuts boiled in salty water for hours, often outdoors over a fire. The […]

Decadent Shrimp, Collards and Grits

From my latest book, Southern Traditions, my favorite recipe for a very Decadent Shrimp, Collards and Grits. You will find this fast becomes a simple, yet delicious way to create this famous dish.                     Bacon seems to be America’s all-time favorite thing to eat in a […]

5 Must-Try Restaurants in Bluffton, SC

Here’s everything you need to know about these 5 must-try restaurants in Bluffton, SC.  There is nothing subtle about Bluffton’s seduction, as this once drowsy village on the banks of the May River between Savannah and Hilton Head Island is ageless and authentic.  At one time it was merely an enclave for artists and eccentrics […]

4 Treasured Cookbooks

During the past several months I have been sifting through my cookbook collection and shaking out the ones I think are not essential and have come up with 4 treasured cookbooks.  It’s a difficult task because each one has a special meaning from a certain time and place.  Many are signed by famous authors who’ve […]

Five Amazing Hilton Head Island Restaurants

Hot happenings at these five favorite Hilton Head Island restaurants this summer! Although the island is small, Hilton Head is home to a number of restaurants that are sure to please even the pickiest of palates.  When most of us think of the beach we think, “seafood,” and there’s plenty to be had on this […]