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Nat Fuller, Charleston’s first top chef

Tonight is the celebratory feast! This is from David Shields, food scholar and historian. Thank you David! “150 years ago Nat Fuller, Charleston’s great chef, held a banquet to mark the end of the Civil War and the beginning of

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Brick House Ruins, Edisto Island, South Carolina

This grand estate on Russell Creek has been the private land of the Jenkins family since 1798. The house, built around 1725, burned in 1929. Here she is in all her beauty.

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Hoppin’ John: Eat poor on New Year’s Day, eat rich the rest of the year!

Thank you to WhatsCookingAmerican.net: for one take on The History of Hoppin John: Hoppin’ John is found in most states of the South, but it is mainly associated with the Carolinas. Gullah or Low Country cuisine reflects the cooking of

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Tree Dance, a watercolor

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow. Crunchy numbers About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every

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James Jamerson and Edisto Island (via Charleston through an Artist’s eye)

I met Jack McCray last night, who writes and knows all about Charleston Jazz. I quote from him in this piece. Needless to say, we talked about James Jamerson and Edisto Island. What history and what music this man knows!

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ooou lala…Food Lover’s Delight

Charleston’s food star is shining bright, and this week, the city is illuminated with artistic revelry. Dancers, musicians, actors, comedians, poets and artists are strutting their stuff at the Spoleto and Piccolo Annual Arts Festival. And the city’s dedicated chefs

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What’s this?

Welcome to my blog about the Lowcountry of South Carolina, a place proud with beauty, history and art. Sometimes we feel a call, to be, to go, to do. I was called to be an artist, and as an old midwife from Alabama said, “If the good Lord wants you to do something, you won’t have no good luck until you do it.”

So here I am writing about what I know, about the 'under glimmer' as the poet Basho, says, the way I have learned to see, to notice. I am inspired by, and talking about the history and art and culture of this place that has called me to herself. By the ancestors.

My background includes a degree in fine arts from a small private college in Florida, and before that, four years of all girls' boarding school in Asheville. I worked as a professional photographer, helped my children grow up, and now and I love seasoned things, good food, better conversation, beauty, my beloved and beautiful Italian Greyhound, Beau. Moved by the sacred places and stories of this beautiful historic land called the Lowcountry, I am here in spirit and I hope to infect you with my love of this place.

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