29 October 2014


Boo! Francis Beidler Forest, Harleyville, S.C
This good lookin' fella was posing in the park ranger office window at the Francis Beidler Forest.

In other news, the Post & Courier invited readers to submit their favorite cemetery photos to this album.

Charleston Area Convention And Visitors Bureau invited a group of blogging women to experience Charleston. Photos from their visit to Charleston here.

This sign near Francis Beidler Forest could drive a person around the bend!

28 October 2014

Sunny days & soups & stews

Charleston, S.C.
I've had a busy day but done absolutely nothing productive all evening. Luckily I came home to tasty leftovers so I was smiling on my drive from work. I eat a scrappy hospital cafeteria salad each day and come home starving no matter how early or late I come in the door. 

This weekend I made cookbook writer Holly Herrick's Chicken Braised in Pinot Gris with Mushrooms, Leeks, and Dijon Mustard, which she was kind enough to share on her blog The Permanent Tourist. The chicken simmers in three cups of white wine. What could go wrong with that? Nuthin' honey. Thanks Holly!  This recipe was from her most recent book - The French Cook - Soups & Stews.

FYI, Holly Herrick does have a cooking class coming up at Southern Season in Mount Pleasant on Saturday, November 1 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. and will be be signing books after the class.

27 October 2014

This green campus

College of Charleston campus, Charleston, S.C.
I am always happy to take a short cut through the College of Charleston campus. One quiet Sunday years ago I did this same walk and a security officer spotted me with my camera and let me wander through the Sottile House. It is beautiful with stained glass windows and dark wood paneling.

Can't stay long this evening because I got my three day alert that my downloaded book will disappear from my tablet. I forget about them until I get the warning and then read nonstop racing to beat the clock. Three day reader, that is me! I'd best not download any real long books. 


26 October 2014

Hay there!

Eutawville fall hay fun, Eutawville, S.C.
Driving the country roads of the lowcountry right now I've been seeing lots of white fields and large bales of cotton but these ones were made of hay. I love people with a sense of humor who go to all this trouble just to make people smile as they go by. And I did.

25 October 2014

Boardwalk Walking

Francis Beidler Forest, S.C.
What a bright sunny day! I dropped off my little car for an oil change and new fan belt and had an early birthday brunch with my son at Sesame . This afternoon I walked down the new boardwalk at the Francis Beidler Forest in Harleyville. 

I love all the little hidey holes in the cypress knees. Doesn't it look like a secret door in the one below?

24 October 2014

Let the season begin!

Sermet's, King St., Charleston, S.C.
Sermets Restaurant on King St. is joining in the Halloween fun. It makes me wish I had a couple of skeletons for my own yard. I need to plan a South of Broad walk soon to catch the usual Halloween themed properties. Check out my past entries to get the idea of what to look for: Halloween.

20 October 2014

October afternoons

Charleston Harbor, Charleston, S.C.

Charleston has once again ranked highly in the Conde Naste Reader's Choice Best Cities listing - as it should. I use the list to see where else I still need to go.

In other news, here is an article titled, "In All the Ancient Circles”: Tourism and the Decline of Charleston’s Elite Families" by Jack Trotter giving another look at what tourism on such a successful scale has done to the lowcountry.

19 October 2014

Heritage - Chef Sean Brock

Chef Sean Brock, Book Signing, Charleston, S.C.
Holding the book just like that it looks like the tattooed covered arms are around my neck! Tonight was the first book signing party for Chef Sean Brock's long awaited first cookbook Heritage and I was one of the first in line to get mine signed. The recipes look pretty complicated but there are a few I am willing to try and I know anything Chef Sean comes up with will be worth the effort. What an exciting day! Congratulations Chef!

Sean Brock is the chef behind the game-changing restaurants Husk and McCrady’s, and his first book offers all of his inspired recipes. With a drive to preserve the heritage foods of the South, Brock cooks dishes that are ingredient-driven and reinterpret the flavors of his youth in Appalachia and his adopted hometown of Charleston. The recipes include all the comfort food (think food to eat at home) and high-end restaurant food (fancier dishes when there’s more time to cook) for which he has become so well-known. Brock’s interpretation of Southern favorites like Pickled Shrimp, Hoppin’ John, and Chocolate Alabama Stack Cake sit alongside recipes for Crispy Pig Ear Lettuce Wraps, Slow-Cooked Pork Shoulder with Tomato Gravy, and Baked Sea Island Red Peas. This is a very personal book, with headnotes that explain Brock’s background and give context to his food and essays in which he shares his admiration for the purveyors and ingredients he cherishes.