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Benne Seeds in the Lowcountry

Originally posted on Charleston Time Machine:
The benne (or sesame) seed has long been a staple in the traditional foodways of the South Carolina lowcountry. Most people here, especially tourists, first encounter this delicious seed in the benne wafer—sweet, crunchy, bite-sized…

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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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BigMama’s Skillet Cornbread

Well, nothing is more Southern than this. And, it is warm food for a cold night. The excellent cornmeal now available on Edisto Island at Geechee Boy Mill and Market is the best you can find. (Order meal online through

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The Dignity of the Slave Cabin

“People without power are not without nobility.” – novelist, Ralph Ellison Slave Streets. Small one room houses were built in rows, as quarters for slaves on plantations in the Carolinas. They were most likely of wood, with a fireplace for

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Art: A Landscape of Pleasure

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust At this moment I am pleasurably enveloped in an ivory colored satin quilt in my own room with a view, at

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Oh! Those Po’, Po’ Pigs!

If there is anything South Carolinian’s are passionate about it is a pig. A pig pickin’ – our very own version of roasting a whole hog involves long and slow attention to our food, and often requires we get together,

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Food as Art!

Charleston, SC, is food heaven, fresh and local, all wrapped up with history and ambiance.

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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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