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13

May

Culinary creation of the day: pan-seared London Broil served over an arugula-radish salad tossed with red onion, bleu cheese and a pepper jelly vinaigrette. 

Secrets to success: a cast-iron skillet, salt and my grandmother’s pepper jelly.

Culinary creation of the day: pan-seared London Broil served over an arugula-radish salad tossed with red onion, bleu cheese and a pepper jelly vinaigrette.

Secrets to success: a cast-iron skillet, salt and my grandmother’s pepper jelly.

28

Apr

Pickled Okra Relish

Salted Dark Chocolate Almond-Stuffed Dates

Salted Dark Chocolate Almond-Stuffed Dates

24

Apr

Pan-Roasted Okra, Corn and Tomatoes

Not long ago I had the opportunity to meet Charleston’s native son’s — the Lee Brothers — as they swept through town on a national book tour. Imparting their inspiration and shared experience as products of Charleston’s rich culinary history, the Lee Brothers folded history and food into a rich narrative that gave meaning to the dishes I’ve known and loved.

Rifling through the pages of The Lee Brothers Charleston Kitchen, my attention drifted from one recipe to the next as if I was surveying (and planning my plate) the spread laid forth on my Grandmother’s kitchen table. One particular dish, though, caught my eye and compelled me to give it a try.

Using the Lee Brothers’ recipe as inspiration, I coerced a surprisingly simple twist on a Southern staple from my cast iron skillet.

  • 1 pound fresh spineless okra, halved
  • 2 ears fresh white corn, cut from cob
  • 1 1/2 cups whole cherry tomatoes
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced thinly
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • Olive oil
  • Coarse salt and fresh-cracked pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400-degrees. Slice stems off the okra and cut lengthwise. Arrange cut okra on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and fresh cracked pepper. Roast in oven for 15-20 minutes.

While okra is in the oven, heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add approximately one tablespoon olive oil and corn kernels. Pan roast the kernels until slightly charred, though keep in mind the kernels have a tendency to pop.

As the corn begins to char, add the chopped onion, whole cherry tomatoes and minced garlic — reducing the heat to medium. Stir in the apple cider vinegar and lemon juice. Let cook for about 5 minutes.

Remove the okra from the oven, keeping the oven on. Add the roasted okra and thinly sliced jalapeno to the cast iron skillet, seasoning with salt and pepper.

Place the skillet back into the 400-degree oven, cooking for another 15 minutes or until tomato skins have burst and okra has begun to char. Serve.

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19

Apr

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26

Mar

Defending the American Ideal

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12

Mar

Chef Michael Kramer joins Table 301

Leaves Houston with plans to bring a new wood-fire restaurant concept to  Greenville within the next two years.

06

Mar

Citrus-Beet Salad

Pushing aside memories of the requisite relish tray, which found a home at many a family…

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Citrus-Beet Salad

Pushing aside memories of the requisite relish tray, which found a home at many a family…

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Reinventing the veggie plate, putting a fresh twist on a Southern staple.
Sliced avocado with roasted corn and sriracha.
Pickled cucumbers, radish and red onion.
Wilted rainbow chard with a garlic-red wine reduction.

Reinventing the veggie plate, putting a fresh twist on a Southern staple.

Sliced avocado with roasted corn and sriracha.
Pickled cucumbers, radish and red onion.
Wilted rainbow chard with a garlic-red wine reduction.

Spread the Word to End the Word.

Today marks a cornerstone in the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign as we take a stand against a term that has entered the vernacular of our mainstream culture. Commonplace in conversation, media, and pop-culture, the “R-word” or “retard(ed)” has become accepted despite its laden and derogatory meaning felt by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

For too long, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have had to overcome challenges put forth through stereotypes – and indeed a great societal hurtle is the rhetoric instilled within our culture.

One of our most overlooked and disenfranchised minorities, people with disabilities deserve the same respect and dignity that we each expect. Let us give a voice to the voiceless and as we work to recognize the consequences of our language.

It is my hope that our community will continue to drive much needed change towards inclusion, working to end the use of the R-word.  Help Spread the Word to End the Word and in turn, create a community of acceptance for all people.

For more info on the campaign, visit www.r-word.org