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Caprese Pearl Barley Salad

Caprese Pearl Barley Salad

A few years ago at one of our book club pool parties, someone brought an awesome caprese barley salad. We all devoured the entire bowl if I remember correctly. It was so delicious and light yet filling, so I looked up the recipe later to try and recreate it. I swore I...

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Tequila Week at Tin Lizzy’s

Tequila Week at Tin Lizzy’s

So who still does tequila shots? I don't generally fall into that category anymore but I made an exception this week when I was invited to try out the tequila shots that Tin Lizzy's is promoting this week in honor of National Tequila Day (which is today) but they are...

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It’s Prime Corn Preserving Season!

It’s Prime Corn Preserving Season!

Cornfields are popping with ears of corn and this is exactly when you want to go to the farmers market and buy tons of it to save for the winter months. This past weekend I got a dozen ears for $3 at the State Farmers Market, and there are probably even better deals...

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Charleston Receipts – Tomato Okra Pilau

Charleston Receipts – Tomato Okra Pilau

If you've been reading long enough or just know me, you know I love vintage cookbooks. One of my favorites is the classic Charleston Receipts, which I received from Patrick when his uncle passed away a few years ago. One of the things beyond studying the historical...

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Cocktails at Crouch

Cocktails at Crouch

Lawmakers usually do some really irritating stuff like not passing important laws, and holding up the passing of important ones But every so often some good stuff slips in and laws that benefit both consumers and business owners emerge, as was the case this past...

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Mini Tomato Pies

Mini Tomato Pies

FACT: There are not a lot of reasons to turn the oven on in 94 degree weather in June in South Carolina. But these miniature tomato pies I'm bout to show you are. One of my favorite summer eats is the glorious tomato pie, which I've made every which way but never...

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Oliver Bacon

Oliver Bacon

In 2007, Patrick and I moved in together. That October, he took me over to his aunt and uncle's house. They had a kitten that his cousin found in Norway (South Carolina, yes) and I had no idea that the plan was for this thing to come home with us. I had never had a...

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Negroni Week at Motor Supply

Negroni Week at Motor Supply

It’s already over but I still wanted to talk about Negroni Week, which happens every June and this year ran from the 5th-11th. Last week, a friend of mine posted about it on Facebook and I commented that I’d never had a Negroni. So i was invited to Motor Supply...

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My Besto Pesto & Simple Summer Pasta

My Besto Pesto & Simple Summer Pasta

It took me a few summers of gardening but once I learned the sekrits of growing basil, thanks to some random pin I saved, I've been able to raise prolific amounts of basil from seed for the past several years. And one of the sekrits of prolific basil is prolific...

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April Blake edits web content by day and writes by night, usually about local food, unusual flavors, and craft beer. Please follow me on Twitter, but not in real life.

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