Food

The Cracked Egg will be Ridgeland’s latest breakfast spot, taking over the former Joe Loves Lobster Rolls location at 2915 Okatie Highway. The Cracked Egg’s first location opened in Port Royal in April and a third location is in the works for Beaufort. The menu will include simple breakfast, lunch and dinner items. The Cracked Egg will be open from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. 

Nonna Rosa, an Italian restaurant in Okatie, has opened a second location in Bluffton. The new restaurant serves Italian dishes with a modern twist. Chef Mariona Carannante of Naples, Italy, attended culinary school in Rome and trained throughout Italy and Europe. Carannante’s brother Peppe Gialone is a co-owner and chef. The Bluffton location opens every day at 4 p.m. for dinner at 5 Godfrey Place. 

’Tis the season for gathering around the table with family and friends. But sometimes fixing that festive feast can be a little overwhelming. To make things easier for cooks who aren’t master chefs, we at Monthly have put together this simple but elegant meal that’s perfect for holiday entertaining.

“Easy” can be misleading. Yes, these festive recipes have fewer ingredients and steps than, say, a holiday meal of ham, turkey, duck or roasts with two or three side dishes and elaborate desserts, but that does not in any way mean that they are any less delicious or fall short of a pleasing presentation.

GO-TO ADVICE FOR WINNING WINES AND COCKTAILS

My friends, here we are again. Another year has flown by and we are staring down the barrel of the holiday season. So many presents to buy and wrap, so many meals to plan and prepare… It can be daunting, especially without the benefits of a festive tipple. But what should we drink? Here are a few tips to get you in the holiday spirit:

THIS TASTY ACORN SQUASH RECIPE SATISFIES EVERYONE’S DIET

Nov. 1 is World Vegan Day. It also kicks off World Vegan Month, which came to fruition in 1994 thanks to the efforts of Louise Wallace, then-president of The Vegan Society. The initial movement took root in 1944, when the Vegan Society was formed as an offshoot of The Vegetarian Society to highlight the differences between the two. Vegetarians don’t eat meat, while vegans take it a step further and do not consume — or often use or wear — food and products derived from animal products, such as milk, eggs and leather. Thanks to a rise in “ethical veganism,” it is no longer unusual to see vegan dishes offered on most restaurant menus or vegan products stocked on grocery store shelves.

PODCASTS DISH ON FLAVORS, HISTORY AND CULTURAL APPETITES

Podcasts seem to be cropping up everywhere, covering every subject on the planet — and for good reason. They’re free and can be listened to on your schedule using an app like iTunes, Soundcloud, Player FM, TuneIn, Google Play, Stitched, Spotify, etc. And because most podcasts run about 30 to 60 minutes, they’re not a huge time commitment. Looking for a few treats for your ears? Here are a few podcasts to snack on — though listener beware: Some of these podcasts may contain salty language.

watusifoodWONDERING WHAT TO SERVE FOR DINNER? WONDER NO LONGER, THANKS TO WATUSI CAFÉ.

Since opening in 2012, the restaurant has earned rave reviews for its breakfast and lunch menus, and now owners Cheryl and Kerri Rieck are hoping dinner will be a success, too. The sisters have crafted a diverse menu of healthy meals, plus gluten-free and vegetarian options, staying true to their vision of Watusi as a cozy environment where friends can gather after a long day to unwind over a glass of wine or hand-crafted cocktail while enjoying a delicious meal.

The day after Halloween, our family of seven would scrape out the fibrous strands of our pumpkins to reveal the bright orange flesh, cutting it into pieces and roasting in the oven — along with the seeds — to make the most delicious pumpkin soup. These days, pumpkin soup goes well beyond the traditional dollop of cream and pinch of nutmeg and can act as a host for so many diverse flavors, both savory and sweet. While it often takes a starring role on the table in the form of pies and bread, pumpkin also marries well with spicy ingredients without losing its distinct taste. For even more proof of its versatility, look no further than “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” — the movie’s humorous wit and innocence have stood the test of time and are adored by pumpkin lovers of all ages.

Every Halloween I cringe not because of the ghoulish costumes and decorations but because of the amount of sugar my children load up on at school and trick or treating. Sugar consumption is related to an array of health concerns like digestive problems, cavities and mood swings. In an effort to be holistic but not a fun vampire that sucks the life out of the holiday, try these healthy candy recipes:

A Bluffton mother and son have co-authored “The College Man’s Cookbook,” a beginner’s guide to cooking on a budget. It was released in July on Amazon and immediately began trending in the online retailer’s "Budget Cookbooks" category. Carrie and George Hirsch Jr. say they’ve created “100 easy recipes to prepare on a budget, in tiny kitchens, with dull knives, microwaves and distractions while earning a degree.”