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Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season

I will put Carolina beaches against just about any beach in the world. They are pristine stretches of white sand,  some have wild horses running free, legends of pirate's gold,  and world class fishing. They also see their fair share of storms. Hurricanes roll through here almost like clockwork, keeping framers, and carpenters busy all the… Continue reading Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season

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Cousin Boulevardier

Not too long ago, we introduced you to the Negroni.  Meet the Negroni's fast talking, dirty cousin Boulevardier! Like the Negroni, this sweet little ditty uses Campari and sweet vermouth.  It strays a bit from the path, gets a little wild by switching out the gin for whiskey. Kick your Friday off with the wild… Continue reading Cousin Boulevardier

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Taste of Newberry

Nestled in the middle of South Carolina, travelers will find a small city with deep historical roots.  Every year the town of Newberry beckons visitors to come sample the local spirits, beer, and food. Visitors will enjoy brisket, crab cakes, and other delicious eats from around the town and county while local jazz musicians set… Continue reading Taste of Newberry

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Make mother’s day special for a food server.

Look, I worked in the restaurant business for years and years. Nobody wants to think about it, but your servers got mommas too. There they are trying to make your day special while their poor mom is sitting all alone with no one to share brunch with except the TV and the cat, and the… Continue reading Make mother’s day special for a food server.

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We’ll Have Naan of That

Naan is a fantastic little staple in the kitchen. Bread for dinner, bang, wraps for lunch, got it. Pizza in a hurry? you betcha.  Naan, which literally translated means "bread" comes from the Middle East and Central Asia. It is soft chewy and  delicious.  We recently in our kitchen have been leaning on naan alot,… Continue reading We’ll Have Naan of That

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It’s Graduation Time…

Now or in the near future tons of students will don caps and gowns, put on their best smiles, and stride purposely forward into the next chapter of their lives. Maybe they are leaving high school to head to college or they are graduating college to embark on a new career, heading to a bright… Continue reading It’s Graduation Time…

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Carolina Strawberry Festival

The strawberry.  It's a good little fruit you can use in a multitude of ways.  Breakfast, desert, salads...so much more!  It's such a great little fruit, we in the Carolina's feel the need to celebrate!  Really, we don't need a reason to celebrate, but having one is nice. This weekend if you have time on… Continue reading Carolina Strawberry Festival

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Ya Got Some Time on Your Hands?

Love craft beer & wine? Love stuffing your face with culinary masterpieces that blow your mind? Got some bucks burning a hole in your pocket? If you have some free time this Friday and/or Saturday, head to Blowing Rock, NC.  The Savor Blowing Rock annual event is going on right now! You can learn about… Continue reading Ya Got Some Time on Your Hands?

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Take Your Brunch to the Stratasphere

Brunch is a time to relax and enjoy the last bit of your weekend,  the last thing you want to do is spend all morning in the kitchen to make it look like an effortless meal.  Well let us make your day a little bit easier. Stratas are great ways to make a one pan… Continue reading Take Your Brunch to the Stratasphere

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You had 2 too many….. now what?

Look I'm not judging,  we all been there.  You go out with the guys and girls from accounting when Jill suddenly looks up from her appletini with those black shark eyes that lets you know Jill has left for the evening,  and growls"SHOTS!". Next thing you know you sang the entire Billy Joel Catalog, there… Continue reading You had 2 too many….. now what?

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A Drink to Wake the Dead

OK this drink supposedly was made to revive a patron who was DOA of a hangover. It was so popular it was even served during the 1939 World's fair.   A Tiki bar staple, it started the bartender mantra "When in doubt, make it strong and red". Ladies and gents, go stock up on a slew… Continue reading A Drink to Wake the Dead

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Save the Earth, Eat a Burger.

Earth Day today, the one time a year where you might get your neighbor to park his SUV and ride a bike for a bit. While you are out cleaning the neighborhood, or generally being good stewards of the Earth, you might get hungry. Well I got a burger for you, big BEEFY burger, full… Continue reading Save the Earth, Eat a Burger.

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Bacon & Eggs Empanada

Empanadas are Swiss army knives in the cook's repertoire. You can fill them with almost anything from sweet to savory, they bake they fry, they even can saute'.  Hand pies are awesome to make ahead, but with this recipe from genius kitchen, you don't even need to, with good ole can of biscuits in place… Continue reading Bacon & Eggs Empanada

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Happy Birthday TITO!!!!

Today is the mambo master's birthday, good ole Tito Puente.   WW2 veteran, honorary doctorate holder, and closer of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta,  Tito's musical life spanned over half a century. That's a lot of good times had by all, especially by him who seemed to be boundless in energy and joy in his… Continue reading Happy Birthday TITO!!!!

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Rockyfest

Here we are, coming around the corner. Coming out of the dark.  Heading into temperate weather which warms the soul.  We look for things to take us outdoors, things to refill our work depleted spirits. Looking toward the weekend, you may want to get outside, feel your toes in the grass, get some beer in… Continue reading Rockyfest

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Baked Eggs with Leeks

Most people tend to steer away from Leeks, thinking they are the tougher, larger cousin of the green onion, but that's simply not true. The Leek gets a fantastic mild flavor when they are cooked down, with almost a floral undertone. These are easy to prepare dishes that can go from your oven to the… Continue reading Baked Eggs with Leeks

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Biscuit Egg in a Hole

Saturday breakfast is sacrosanct.  Sure people put alot of stock in Sunday brunch, we do too, but Saturday is the time to reflect on the week, think about how things are going, connect with family and friends. It is also a good time to eat something greasy and outstanding  if your Friday night went a… Continue reading Biscuit Egg in a Hole

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Deviled Eggs to Make Your Momma Green with Envy

I'm about to say something bordering on sacreligous around here during Easter. Now,  hold on to your bonnet because I am about to really cause a Southern storm. I make better deviled eggs than my momma. Don't get me wrong,  hers are good, but they aren't drop your jaws good.  These are just that. Sophisticated with… Continue reading Deviled Eggs to Make Your Momma Green with Envy

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One Man’s Hash is Another Man’s Treasure

The cast iron skillet holds a vaunted place in our kitchens. They don't have to live in a cupboard but instead dwell upon high on the stove, ready to go at a moments notice.  Over the years we have used them to sear steaks, fry chickens, even make the best Chicago Deep dish this side… Continue reading One Man’s Hash is Another Man’s Treasure

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Fireball in the Sky

Today in 240 BC, was the first record of Halley's comet.  The Chinese astronomers called it the "broom star". While we won't see it sweeping the sky again until July 28th 2061, you can enjoy the cocktail now. Besides, with Easter right around the corner who doesn't need a flaming shot of courage to impress… Continue reading Fireball in the Sky

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Pimento Cheese Hush Puppies

While not a true brunch staple,  we have made this recipe several times. These little bites of the South are perfect as a starter, or a side for other fair. The comeback sauce is just that. it will make you come back for more. Oh sure, you could just buy pimento cheese and some hushpuppy… Continue reading Pimento Cheese Hush Puppies

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Sometimes You Just Gotta Let Go.

The Portuguese know how to do the day after. They got a sandwich so decadent they suggest you only eat two a month for health and well being. So, if you swang for the fences the night before and need a bracer for the day ahead think about saddling up to one of these behemoths… Continue reading Sometimes You Just Gotta Let Go.

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The day after St. Patricks day

Look we get it, you went full tilt boogie and did the Erin Go Bragh-thing all the way, but unless you fed an army, or have a family the size of the brady bunch, you probably have a big ole hunk of Corned beef brisket sitting in the fridge. Well fellow traveler, let me tell… Continue reading The day after St. Patricks day

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I Call it the Transcontinental Railroad

No secret today is the most Irish of days, heck everyone is a little Irish on St. Patrick's day. Here's a little thing that I like to imagine came to fruition while the Chinese and Irish immigrants were working on building the railroads from the east to the west. Perfect for St. Patty's day finger… Continue reading I Call it the Transcontinental Railroad

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The Paloma

No secret we all dig margaritas around here. Sometimes though you want something a little more honest, a workin man's margarita if you will. This guy hits the spot. if you can find juaritos grapefruit soda, go for it, if not a good dollop of grapefruit juice and club soda will certainly work. Don't go… Continue reading The Paloma

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A Bird in the Nest is Worth Two Somewheres Else

OK if you haven't noticed, we like eggs, we like hashbrowns, and we like muffin tins.  These guys are great little birds in the nest. I would take the avocado and actually make either guacamole, or mousse, and serve this with a nice sourdough. Ladies and gents, brunch is Served.    

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Chilaquiles

Some days are diamonds some days are pearls, but almost every day around here is Mexican food day. This meal goes great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and pairs well with OJ or margaritas, that is an all around winner that you need to keep in your repetoire. Life doesn't get much better than  with… Continue reading Chilaquiles

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Who’s Afraid of Gin?

Today, Virgina Woolf delivered her manuscript for her first novel "The Voyage Out" a woman's journey from a repressive household to intellectual stimulation. Ms. Woolf turned out to be quite the central figure inspiring today's feminist movement. So, men get off your duffs and go make your woman equal a drink named after this pioneer. … Continue reading Who’s Afraid of Gin?

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A New Brunch Fave

Sometimes, Brunch doesn't have to be fancy, it's just got to be good! This sandwich will please the most discriminating palette, it's easy to make, and it's good to go in a moments notice. That's a win in our book so in a pinch for something to eat with your mimosas give this wonderful avocado prosciutto… Continue reading A New Brunch Fave

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Toad in the Hole

If there is one thing the British have down pat, it's breakfast. From drover's platters to the toad in the hole, they take breakfast seriously, you should too.  No one is really sure where the name comes from, but most agree it is the sausage peaking up through the batter looks like a "Toad in… Continue reading Toad in the Hole

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Fritta-ta-amazing

Frittatas are a great way to use up leftovers in the fridge. Fast, easy , and economical everything you should need for a brunch. This combination tastes fantastic, so try the    Asparagus and prosciutto Frittata