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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…
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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…
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Discovering the Mysteries of Bonny Hall Plantation

Discovering the mysteries of Bonny Hall Plantation  - a time of endless wonder and fascination.  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, just below…
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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.  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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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…