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Apple Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting is Dangerously Delicious

  Aaahhhh autumn, here you are in all your glory bringing us the things that dreams are made of  - including a dangerously delicious Apple Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting. Summertime gets all the glory with it comes to travel and…
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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.              …
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How to make Crisp and Tender Crab Cakes

Image of crisp and tender crab cakes was taken on Hilton Head Island at Poseiden Restaurant in Shelter Cove. They are located mid-island in the heart of the dining, shopping, and entertainment region offering seafood, steaks, and so much more.…
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5 Great Summertime Vegetable Dishes

Now's the time to cook these 5 great summertime vegetable dishes! Better hurry before it's too late. There’s just something very special about  Lowcountry summertime vegetables and time spent outdoors that makes it hard to let go of the…
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My Favorite Shrimp and Grits

My favorite shrimp and grits is the one served at Crook's Corner in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and invented by the late and legendary Bill Neal. No other version of this Southern classic is more renowned. Bill was a gifted chef, restauranteur,…
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Okra's Powerful Secret Beginnings

Paintings in this post are by Kevin Chadwick.   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. Pull up a front porch rocker, grab a cool glass of sweet tea, a slice of Chantilly cake and 'sit a bit' as…