Category: Food

Rooftop Pizza Brings Detroit Style Pizza to Columbia

Just in case anyone wants to deposit money into my account, I bank with Carolina Collegiate. Their main/only location that actually houses (useful) humans is on Rosewood Drive so a few months back when I was doing some bank related activities, I noticed a sign at the old Moe’s Grapevine advertising a Rooftop Pizza Pub was opening. Shortly thereafter, the Free Times reported more details on it. Then they opened in December and I finally made it there with friends right before everyone’s resolutions to eat healthier kicked in. Having never been to the Moe’s (yes, I know I...

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Thanksgiving Office Potluck Ideas That Don’t Suck

It’s the best time of the year… office potluck season rings in soon! There’s a ton to celebrate between now and the end of the year and most offices where people like each other fill a conference room table full of their favorite goodies to enjoy together for a few hours during the middle of the day in a season punctuated by festivities and time off. What could be better than that? Not much, except that sometimes thinking of what to bring to the office potluck can present logistical issues. The ideal dish needs to be able to maintain its integrity at room temperature, easily scalable to feed a crowd, not heavy to carry, not easily spillable or won’t shift during transport, easy to pick up on the buffet line, and be something that people will tell others that they have GOT to try. Breakfast Blueberry Muffin Cake from the Country Cook Strawberry Muffins Savory Tomato Basil Muffins Appetizers This weird throwing up pumpkin veggie tray… you’ll get points for creativity at least. Parmesan Cheddar Basil Bites Thanksgiving Specific Foods Stuffing in a Bundt Pan Roasted Veggie Pasta for a Crowd Vegetarian Pot Pie  Desserts Candied Pecans Butterbeer Fudge Peanut Butter Chocolate Goat Cheese Fudge  Requires a Slow Cooker Beer Cheese Dip (be cool, use a local craft beer instead of Guinness) Turkey Meatballs with Cranberry Glaze Balsamic Brussels...

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Eat Them Gators!

Ever hated your opponent so much you wanted to just… eat them? Unfortunately this year, the Gamecocks’ schedule is full of mascots that would result in a cannibalism charge — you can’t just chow down on a pirate or a minuteman. But it’s totally acceptable to take a bite out of this week’s opponent. Alligator nuggets can be purchased at Palmetto Seafood at 2200 Gervais Street, frozen or on ice for $13.99 for a pound. The ladies behind the counter recommend breading and frying the gator, which works out perfectly since this year’s Florida game is away. There are...

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Grain + Vegetable + Sauce = Dinner

Autumn produce has inspired me lately in the dinner department, but while describing it to someone recently I realized how formulaic my epic-looking dinners are. They are just a grain (or grain-type) base, with roasted, grilled or sautéed vegetables, and a complementary sauce. And when you think about it, many of our go-to dinners are the exact same thing. Spaghetti? Yep, the noodles are the grain and the sauce also stands in as the vegetable, although some folks may up the veggie content by adding more, or others add meatballs or meat to the sauce. Take for example, Friday’s...

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“Meat” and Potatoes Night

One thing I struggle with is multi-course meals. Even though a steak, mashed potatoes, and a vegetable might not seem multi-course, to someone who prefers one pot or one pan type meals, it kind of is. One reason I have a hard time with meals that involve more than one or two things going at the same time is that it’s hard to keep everything in order and being done at the same time so it stays hot ‘n fresh. But every once in a while, I like to eat something that more closely aligns with the classic American...

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