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There are many celebrated chefs across the Lowcountry. One of the most acclaimed is Lee Lucier. The Hilton Head Island chef, consultant, television producer and food stylist is nationally known for his numerous appearances at prestigious food festivals and on TV shows such as “Good Morning America,” “Fox & Friends” and “Restaurant Impossible.” Locally, he’s best known for his work at the South Carolina Yacht Club and Local Pie, a trendy Neapolitan-style pizza joint.

Like the alligators, oats were here first. Well, not exactly “here” as in the Lowcountry, but they were found in China and Greece as early as 7,000 B.C. This simple understated yet powerful grain is one of the top “go-to” recommended foods for heart health and other benefits. Among oatmeal aficionados, steel-cut oats and whole oat groats are the true status oats, and those who eat them with a cult-like following will look down on your bowl of microwaved quick-cooking, pre-flavored oatmeal.

 

[Question] What’s your take on the food scene on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton?

[Answer] The food scene on Hilton Head Island has always been a few steps ahead of anything else in this area. It is a large part of what made the island so popular. It's nice to have a big beautiful house on the beach or a place to play golf, but unless there are great restaurants, then it’s just not the same. What is going on in Bluffton, meanwhile, is nothing short of amazing. So much good food is popping up there. It’s no surprise, really, with the number of people moving there. I'm even hearing about restaurants in Savannah expanding to Bluffton. That will tell you how they feel about the area.

Oh, the irony of chocolate. It can be used to romance a lover or to mend a broken heart, and to nurture every state of mind in between. The powerful effects of chocolate are endless. Spas offer indulgent chocolate beauty treatments in the form of hair masks, facials, massages, scrubs and baths. There’s even a romantic couples treatment where paintbrushes and warm chocolate are provided — along with, we assume, some drop cloths.

Many of us dread surveys of any kind, when Hilton Head Monthly asked more than 100 snackers ages 10 to 80 about their midnight eating habits, they were happy to share.

Dark chocolate is the best — a little sinful late at night,” one midnight snacker said, while a few naysayers asked skeptically, “Does anybody even entertain the idea of eating anything at midnight anymore?” Predictably, some snackers said that they’re not up at midnight, so we loosened the criteria and granted an earlier time frame.

NAME: Connie Inggs
TITLE: Co-owner of Caretta Coffee Co. 

Question: Caretta Coffee has been open for several months now. How has business been? 

Answer: Business has been amazing! Of course, since Hurricane Matthew, it has slowed down tremendously.

This Recipe Uses Butterscotch Pudding Mix And Doesn’t Require Molasses!

Gingerbread MenINGREDIENTS

  • 1 (3.5 ounce) package cookand- serve butterscotch pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flou
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger

Restaurant manager, Michael Anthony’s Cucina Italiana

Question: Michael Anthony’s has been a Hilton Head Island institution for more than 14 years. What is the secret? 

Answer: Hospitality. We have always strived to serve the highest quality product with the most professional service possible, but we believe the real secret to success is hospitality. Being able to serve all types of guests and make each one feel comfortable and welcomed is what we specialize in.

Where else can you taste the very best signature dishes of more than 35 Lowcountry restaurants? 

Only at Taste of the Season, held from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa. 

In time to ring in the holidays, the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce’s annual culinary event showcases the variety of the area’s best cuisine and the talents of local world-class chefs, while indulging the foodies of the Lowcountry. Tickets are $65 each, or $95 for Chamber Patron VIP tickets, which include a private area with lounge seating, private bar, and preferred parking. All food is included in ticket prices. Tickets are available by visiting www.hiltonheadblufftonchamber.org

The flavor of the pecan is indescribably good — this rich, mildly sweet, slightly crunchy, oval-shaped nut is even better when lightly toasted, and it’s quite addictive. Of course, the minute this delicacy was discovered by European explorers foraging here, they whisked pecans off to the West Indies and Europe. As legend has it, it was delicious enough for Founding Father and President George Washington, who at his Mount Vernon estate planted a pecan sapling given to him as a gift by President Thomas Jefferson, also an avid gardener. This gift was ideal, as I imagine the first president was hard to shop for.