Picture-Perfect Meals

Easy Pumpkin Ravioli with Walnuts and Sage

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Easy Pumpkin Ravioli with Walnuts and Sage

“Food is good.” The answer to what FIG Restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina stands for. Four million people flock to Charleston every year for its beautiful weather, scenery and history – but most visitors come to this picture-perfect city with one thing on their mind – food. Now burgeoning with world-class cuisine and award-winning restaurants, […]

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Entertaining: Be the Host with the Most

Impress and charm your guests this holiday season by being a calm, cool and collected host. All it takes to have a relaxed and successful meal is some organization. To help make the day as enjoyable for you as it is for your company, planning is key. Here are some time-saving tips to ensure yours […]

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Maple-Roasted Turkey with Wild Rice, Sausage and Pecan Stuffing

Giving Thanks: “For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson “Have you played your piano recently?” my friend Nancy asked me the other day while chatting on Skype. I hesitated before admitting, “No, you […]

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Pumpkin Cheesecake with Salted Caramel and Cinnamon Pecans

Thanksgiving – That’s What Friends Are For This cheesecake is Frank’s fault. Frank – among many other things – is a tennis pro, a talented photographer, a renegade foodie and one of our dearest friends. We first met Frank after I convinced my husband to take up tennis – a lifelong passion of mine that […]

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Oven Fried Shrimp

Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay: “Shrimp is the fruit of the sea.” – from Forrest Gump Somebody once jokingly commented that I must have been a mermaid in a previous life because I love the water and shrimp. I have to say I was a bit puzzled by the latter because I can’t […]

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Milk Chocolate Truffles

I am chagrined to admit that I am envious of my husband. I don’t know why it took me so long to grasp this fact, but it’s true. A while back, we were in the cheese section of Earth Fare, picking up some Italian fontinafor a fondue, when he extracted a Port-Salut, took a long whiff of […]

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Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding

“And God bless us, everyone!” -Tiny Tim exclaims in A Christmas Carol Christmas is always a special time in our house. It starts December 1st when we put up our tree, watching It’s a Wonderful Life as we decorate, and ringing in the season with fondue, antipasti and a special bottle of wine. We reminisce […]

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Shrimp and Grits

Southern Comfort: “An inexpensive, simple and thoroughly digestible food [grits] should be made popular throughout the world. Given enough of it, the inhabitants of planet Earth would have nothing to fight about.” –proclaimed The Charleston News and Courier in 1952. Leave it to us Southerners to espouse that steaming bowls of our beloved grits distributed […]

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Sunday-Best Pot Roast

“When I walk into my kitchen today, I am not alone. Whether we know it or not, none of us is. We bring fathers and mothers and kitchen tables, and every meal we have ever eaten. Food is never just food. It’s also a way of getting at something else: who we are, who we […]