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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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Let's Get Cookin' Rice Fritters and Soulful Shrimp

We welcome to the land of Shrimp, Collards, and Grits - delicious things like Rice Fritters and Soulful Shrimp from the land of gracious plenty, where strangers say hello and someone's heart is always bein' blessed. Pull up a front porch rocker…
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The Magic of Gullah-Geechie Cuisine

Painting of Gullah women at Village Creek is by Sandra Roper. Once our restaurants open again, a drive to Charleston to discover the magic of Gullah-Geechie cuisine should be on the top of your bucket list.  It is an experience guaranteed…
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Soothin' the Soul of the Gullah's

  It's Easter weekend and as I pass by the praise houses out on the Sea Islands, I think how these small places of worship provide a window to the past lives of the Gullah's of the Sea Islands.  They were so important to the Gullah…
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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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Lowcountry Crab Cakes

Crab painting by Mark Hiles - Zoll Studios It's hard to imagine the fun we had just this time last year.  Now that we find ourselves in isolation, we are left with the memories of better times. But one thing that never changes is the abundance…