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 pinned it but it seems like I didn’t, so tonight I winged it to see if I could get it to be just as good as it was then. And this time, I’m pinning it plus it’ll be here too. I thought about this salad today because...

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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 extending it out all week because why not? We also enjoyed dinner with our shots because we’re old now and can’t handle liquor on empty stomachs. This was also a nice chance to check out Tin Lizzy’s, which I haven’t been to since shortly after they opened. I guess...

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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 if you get larger quantities. My goal for these ears was to freeze them to use in those awful winter months when all you want is a little memory of warm sunshine, which these pretty yellow ears will deliver. Freezing corn is a quick and easy...

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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 dishes that have been passed down from generations is to make and update them a bit to better suit how we eat and cook now. This week I’m tackling the Tomato Okra Pilau for no other reason than I saw okra at the farmers market the other week and just had to...

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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 legislative session in South Carolina where three positive booze-related laws passed. This past weekend we went to test out one of the tastiest ones that allows distillers to sell cocktails at the distillery so that people can taste the product in a way that isn’t straight up. Phil and Jessica Crouch of Crouch Distilling...

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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 thought about til this year of how to solve the only problem related to it, and that problem is soggy crust. We all like to think that we can eat an entire 9″ pie in one sitting but let’s face it, we can’t. Thus, the next eating...

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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 cat, and we had recently, finally, gotten rid of the pair of annoying kittens our roommate had in the house. But we left their house that October night with this tiny thing and Patrick was only semi living in the house at the time,...

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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 Company to have my first Negroni and see what it was all about. In addition to showcasing that particular style of drink, each bar that participates in the international week chooses a charity of their choice to donate to with each Negroni ordered. Motor Supply’s cause of choice is...

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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 picking. So I began making a lot of pesto over the years, using a recipe that I don’t even remember where it came from, its actually printed on an index card in my recipe binder and just called Besto Pesto. Even my basil hatin’ husband likes it and admitted...

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Hanging Up A Brazilian Hammock Chair by Hammock Sky

For a few years now I’ve been wanting an egg chair or hammock chair to relax and swing in and this spring I went ahead and ordered the Hammock Sky large Brazilian hammock chair in hot colors, swivel hook, and swing hanger. Once everything arrived I realized that it didn’t come with a few extra items I’d need. I took the swing hanger to Lowe’s to see if they could help me figure out what would work best. I ended up getting two 5/16 x 5″construction lags ($1.83 each) (I already knew I’d be screwing into wood joists, this may...

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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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