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Potato Salad, the Only Way I Think is Right

Potato Salad, the Only Way I Think is Right

There are some recipes that can only be made one way, and all of the other ways are wrong. To me, potato salad falls in that category. The only right way to make it is just like my mom makes it, and if you add celery, onions, or so much paprika that it turns orange,...

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Succotette, or a Succotash Galette

Succotette, or a Succotash Galette

Really weird strikes of inspiration are my favorite kinds, the ones that hit like a lightning bolt and inspire creative action. At the farmers market the other week I saw all the making of delicious succotash right there in front of me, so I bought them all and...

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Greening Up The Carport

Greening Up The Carport

Sometimes when I walk through big craft stores that have a faux plant section, I feel like I'm in a great aunt's house, especially when I see the fake grape bunches. But that doesn't mean that I'm too good for non-live plants. I love them! I have a penchant for...

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Totality in Columbia

Totality in Columbia

The day was as hyped as Christmas for a second grader. Everyone had prepared in advance, gathering the necessary items like hopefully certified glasses, doughnuts, special beers, paper plates, boxes with pinholes, and lawn chairs. The early afternoon crept by. People...

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Millennials Have Good Reasons to be Killing

They say millennials are killing everything good in the world. But is anyone explaining why? Is anyone telling the older people writing these articles and making these claims the stories that led us to be so miserly with our spending, so environmentally conscious, so...

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Small Pool = Spool!

Small Pool = Spool!

This summer in particular I've been driving myself to seek out water as much as possible after a drought of it the summer before for a reason I can't really recall. I've gone to friends' parent's pools, to the lakebeach at Lake Murray, to the actual beach, and to hang...

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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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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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