Dishing on The Oak Table

Dishing on The Oak Table

It’s taken me a while to get there, but finally, finally had the chance to dine at The Oak Table.  Touted as one of Columbia’s finer eateries offering classic American culinary traditions with upscale southern flair, its roots have been planted in Downtown Columbia donning a magnificent view of the South Carolina State House.  From … Continue reading

Shrimp & Scallop Seafood Risotto

Shrimp & Scallop Seafood Risotto

        Shrimp & Scallop Seafood Risotto Ingredients 1 Pound Medium Shrimp (*see note on using shells for stock) 3 Cups Seafood Stock (May substitute chicken) 5 or 6 Large Sea Scallop cut into fourths 1 Medium Shallot, diced 2 Cloves Garlic, chopped fine 4 Tbsp Butter, divided 1 Tbsp Olive Oil 1/2 … Continue reading

Reese’s Graduation Caps

Reese’s Graduation Caps

REESE’S GRADUATION CAPS Need a cute, impressive idea for all the kid graduation parties going on? Don’t settle for the same ‘ole chocolate chip cookies, brownie bites, or cupcakes from your local Publix Supermarket. One up the other mothers and send your kid to school with these little numbers. You’ll be a sure hit!   … Continue reading

Mexican Chocolate Avocado Brownies

Mexican Chocolate Avocado Brownies

            Mexican Chocolate Avocado Brownies Recipe from Tasty Kitchen Not really sure what makes these “Mexican.” My guess is the avocado and cinnamon.  Well, whatever it is, it’s dang good and will make you shout “Ay Caramba!”  Serve it with my Homemade (no ice cream maker) Almond Chocolate Mint Ice … Continue reading

Pecan Encrusted Tilapia over Grits & Greens

Pecan Encrusted Tilapia over Grits & Greens

PECAN ENCRUSTED TILAPIA OVER GRITS & GREENS (Recipe compliments of Charleston Cooks!) What could possibly be more Southern than pecans, grits & greens?  My roots may be Northern, but my taste buds sure made the quick adjustment to the flavors of the South.  I recently took a class at Charleston Cooks! wherein one of the … Continue reading

Grits & Greens

Grits & Greens

          Grits & Greens (Recipe compliments of Charleston Cooks!) Ingredients 4 cups water 1/2 tsp salt 2 tbsp butter or EVOO (plus enough to coat bottom of saute pan) 1-1/2 cups stone ground grits 1 cup cream 1 cup (or more) grated cheddar cheese 1 bunch of favorite greens, *chiffonade, such … Continue reading

2013 Indie Grits Slow Food Festival

2013 Indie Grits Slow Food Festival

I spent my Sunday afternoon at the third annual Slow Food at Indie Grits Sustainable Chefs Showcase hosted by Slow Food Columbia at the All-Local Farmer’s Market on Whaley Street.  About a dozen Columbia top chefs showcased their creativity and signature food prepared with local, sustainable ingredients.  The tasty fare included a variety of choices … Continue reading