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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…
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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…
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Peaches - the Joy of Cobblers, Pies and Shortcakes, Oh My!

  Sink your teeth into a tree-ripened South Carolina peach and let the juice trickle down your chin - now that’s the taste of summer in the South. No matter which corner of the Palmetto State you visit, you’ll find farmers selling…
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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…
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Indulgent Southern Barbecued Chicken

Andrea Hazel - Let's  Sit on the Porch www.andreahazel.com 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…
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Discovering the Mystery of Bonny Hall Plantation

It was early  March when Andrew and I received an invitation to come to Bonny Hall Plantation deep in the heart of the ACE Basin. Once a thriving rice plantation before the Civil War, Bonny Hall sits along the Combahee River, a place owned…
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St. Helena Island, the Land of Gullah

Featured painting by Diane Britton Dunham. Hey everyone!  I just want to take a moment during this chaotic time to send you my best wishes for your health and safety. For the most part I am staying home, washing my hands and trying to stay…
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Paula Deen's Journey

Paula’s Journey By Tom Poland When you see glistening oyster beds what comes to mind? An oyster roast? A mucky, perilous place? A driveway white with sun-bleached shells? Well, some folks see art. Here we have a beautiful bust, what could…