Callie's Charleston Biscuits

Lindsay Gifford

Carrying on a Southern Tradition

Callie's Charleston Biscuits

Warm, succulent biscuits, a southern tradition often handed down from mother to daughter through generations, are one of the many rituals we often take for granted. Whether we ate them for breakfast, with supper every night or at Sunday family dinners (like I did), their presence at a meal was a must and they were definitely always made from scratch.

Afterwork Gourment - August 2016

Lisa Messinger

Secure Some Snazzy New Skewer Recipes

Afterwork Gourment - August 2016

Stick it to run-of-the-mill skewer recipes and instead pile on unexpected ingredients.

Kabobs remain one of my all-time favorites because all it takes is imagination or a peek into cultures outside your own. Summer dishes that are light, easy and quick-cooking (due to the small cubes involved) are the results.

Ted Allen, host of Food Network’s hit series Chopped and author of In My Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Discoveries for Passionate Cooks pinpoints new arenas in which to take a stab.

From the Kitchen Of The Blue Dog Cafe at Lowcountry Store

Laurie McCall

From the Kitchen Of The Blue Dog Cafe at Lowcountry Store

Meet the owners:
It all started with the Lowcountry Chairs. Ed and Rindy Jerue once owned a NASCAR imaging company, and they made wooden chairs on the side that they donated to be sold at charitable events. The chairs were bringing in $300 to $500 each. Ready to try something new, the couple sold the imaging company and began their Lowcountry adventure. They needed a building for constructing the chairs, and that’s when they found what would later become Lowcountry Store. Before long, the store was filled with all kinds of locally made items—furniture, home décor, art, pottery, books and the chairs, of course.

The Jerues have always loved to entertain a crowd and good food is a must! Ed started making gumbo and a few other meals they began packaging and selling, and soon the couple decided to open a café in the back of the store—Blue Dog Café. Ed developed the entrée recipes, while Rindy worked on pies and desserts. Recently they added a young cook by the name of Carina Papallardo, whom they say is a natural.

A Slice of Sweetness

Lindsay Gifford

S.C. Bradford Watermelons Pack a Punch

A Slice of Sweetness

In the South there are many things we revere. Near the top of the list is our heritage and a good juicy watermelon. Watermelon lovers, have we got news for you; The Bradford watermelon is on the scene, offering flavors that are sparking chefs’ creativity and rediscovering food enthusiasts’ love of a slice of sweetness.


In the 1850s, Nathaniel Bradford of Sumter, S.C. developed a unique watermelon breed known as the sweetest and most flavorful, right down to its dark green skin. However. by the early 1900s, watermelons were bred for a tougher, thicker skin, sacrificing flavor in order to be shipped more easily. With these new cultivations, Bradford watermelons fell to the wayside commercially, but the original Bradford watermelon continued to be grown by the family.

Sweet Potato Tots

Lisa Messinger

A Sweet & Vitamin-Packed Alternative

Sweet Potato Tots

One of my favorite foods is a sweet potato tot. Is this surprising, since plain tater tots (without the infusion of sweet potato antioxidants and fiber) are so decadent and diet busting? Not at all; the slight sweet flavor that comes along with the sweet potato makes it perfect for the addition of innovative sauces, like the honey-mustard one below.

Sweet Summertime

Lindsay Gifford

Sweet Summertime Strawberries...America's Favorite Berry

Sweet Summertime

Summertime is here and with it comes fun days out, boat trips and family picnics with beautiful heaps of fruits and veggies. Usually located at the center of the crowd is sweet, luscious strawberries. With u-pick strawberry season coming to a close and everyone’s kitchen counters laden with berries, we reached out to the Florida Strawberry Growers' Association (FSGA) for some top-notch strawberry recipes for you to enjoy.

Bee Inspired.

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Sweet Savannah Bee Recipes

Bee Inspired.

Did you know we are lucky enough to have delectable, pure, gourmet honey, right in our own backyard?
Located in Savannah, the Savannah Bee Company offers a variety of artisanal honey, everyday honey, raw honeycomb and beeswax body care.

Olive Oil

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Olive Oil

Founded among the hills of Tuscany, Pompeian Olive Oil Company has been bringing olive oil to the American table for more than 100 years. After establishing headquarters in Baltimore, Pompeian began importing olive oil in bulk, then blending and bottling it fresh daily right here in the U.S.

Duke's: A Southern Staple

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Duke's: A Southern Staple

The South has its share of true originals. By that, we mean quirky, eccentric characters who add color to their local communities. We have people who are crazy for college football, people who are crazy for NASCAR racing and people who are crazy for whole-hog barbecue. And then there are those people who are crazy for Duke's—Duke's Mayonnaise, that is. Most of the time, fans of Duke's Mayonnaise live quietly among us. The only way to identify them is to sneak a peek inside their refrigerators. But ask them if they'd like a tomato sandwich, and they're likely to show their true colors—the yellow and black of the Duke's Mayonnaise label. For thousands of people around the South, there is no other mayonnaise but Duke's.

SC BBQ Trail

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SC BBQ Trail

If your goal in life is to sample every style of barbecue in America, you don’t have to travel across the country to do it. Just visit South Carolina, the only state in the nation where you'll find all four of the basic types of barbecue sauce, sometimes on the same menu. It’s the sauce that determines what kind of barbecue you’re eating in the Palmetto State.

Fall in Love with Sweet Treats

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Hershey's Chocolate Recipes

Fall in Love with Sweet Treats

Photos and recipes provided by
The Hershey Company

It’s a fact that even just the smell of chocolate increases theta brain waves, which trigger relaxation. What better reason to eat chocolate as often as possible, other than the delectable aroma and decadent taste?

The Hershey Company is the leading North American manufacturer of chocolate and non-chocolate confectionery products. Milton S. Hershey started making chocolate in 1894 only to produce a coating for his caramels, not knowing that the company would develop into more than 80 brands and drive more than $7.4 billion in annual revenues. With Valentine's Day upon us, be sure to enjoy some chocolatey goodness!

Spice Up the Oscar Race with Spicy Popcorn

Lisa Messinger

Spice Up the Oscar Race with Spicy Popcorn

Star Wars: The Force Awakens may not have gotten a best picture Oscar nod in the recently announced nominations for the February 28 event. However, the film vying to become the highest-grossing movie of all time, is certainly a popcorn-worthy flick that has fans vying for how many times they can view it. One Austin, Texas, enthusiast saw it nine times in the first weekend alone.
If you are in such a viewership race, or just in a sprint to see as many nominated films as possible before the big night, why not spice things up a bit and bag your own zesty popcorn blends? Snack on them as you complete your own ballots, bring along as hostess gifts to an Oscar party or serve at your own bash.

The cheddar cheese popcorn that follows gets a further perk from cayenne pepper and mustard powder. Sweet caramel corn-peanut clusters enhance their performance with curry powder.

Dinner in a Jiffy

Lindsay Gifford

Recipes from America’s Favorite Little Blue Box

Dinner in a Jiffy

With cooler, cuddly weather here, my body begins to crave delicious soups and buttery, golden slices of cornbread. My pantry shelves always stock the signature "blue box" of JIFFY's Corn Muffin Mix ready and waiting to be whipped up. While most of our nation knows JIFFY for it's cornbread, there are many more facets to their baking mixes. In fact, their repertoire includes: brownie mix, cake mixes, corn muffin mix, crust mixes, frosting mixes, muffin mixes and multi-purpose baking mixes.

The Picky Eater

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Featured Food Blog - January 2016

The Picky Eater

Anjali Shah is a food writer, board certified health coach, and owner of The Picky Eater—a healthy food and lifestyle blog. Her work has been featured on Oprah.com, Women's Health, Cooking Light, Reader's Digest, CNN, Food Network, Glamour, Ladies' Home Journal, Whole Foods, SHAPE, and at Kaiser Permanente. Anjali grew up a “whole wheat” girl, but married a “white bread” kind of guy. Hoping to prove that nutritious food could in fact be delicious and desirable, she taught herself how to cook and successfully transformed her husband’s eating habits from a diet of frozen pizzas and Taco Bell to her healthy, yet flavorful, recipes made with simple, wholesome ingredients. Through her blog, Anjali shares her passion for tasty, healthy cooking.

These Vegan Soups are the Cream of the Crop

Lisa Messinger

Afterwork Gourmet - January 2016

These Vegan Soups are the Cream of the Crop


January is the perfect time of year when a hearty, rich bowl of cream of vegetable soup is much appreciated. What might not be as welcome is the saturated fat in that cream or the whole milk that is sometimes used to generate similar results.

If you’ve never tried a vegan recipe before, this might be the time to give it a shot. Cooks in that specialty have come up with delicious ways to richen your soups without adding to your health woes.
Nava Atlas, for instance, author of many vegan and vegetarian books, including the new Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate and Life with More than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes, is an expert at creating cream of vegetable soups without any cream at all.