Sandwiches have long been mealtime staples, though they’ve come a long way. While the basic, rustic ham sandwiches that many pioneers traveling the Oregon trail enjoyed are still popular and the peanut butter and jelly will never go out of style, diners are becoming more adventurous and serving up a variety of options between two slices of bread.

According to D. H. Lawrence, every fruit has its secret and the fig is no exception. This jewel of a fruit is one of the most delicious, yet overlooked fruits of summer. Alma, Brown Turkey, Celeste, Kadota and Mission are only a few of the varieties grown in South Carolina. The fig season is short and if you blink you might miss it!

A new farm-inspired restaurant concept broke ground recently at the Promenade in Old Town Bluffton. Called FARM, the restaurant hopes to open in early 2016. Ryan Williamson, Brandon Carter and Josh Heaton have joined forces to create a restaurant that will serve as the connector between the dining experience and the farmer’s market culture, utilizing as much produce from Williamson’s Lowcountry Farms as possible.

By Kathleen Watson / Owner, 843

6 cans of tomato strips
10 sliced yellow onions
20 cloves garlic
2 bottles red wine
1/2 cup salad oil
2 quarts heavy cream
Salt & pepper to taste
Sugar to taste
8 sprigs rosemary

Saute onions, rosemary and garlic in salad oil until translucent. Add wine and recede by half. Add six cans of tomatoes and simmer for two hours. Add cream then use immersion blender for 10 minutes, moving it around occasionally. Enjoy!

Four food trucks will be parked outside of Tanger Outlet Centers in Bluffton through at least Labor Day. The popular shopping center is experimenting with four trucks at its Tanger 2 location -- Downtown Curbside Kitchen, Lowcountry Rocks Lobster, Shrimp Loco and Ragin Cajun. Truck hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A World of Beer franchise is opening at Hilton Head Island's Shelter Cove Towne Centre. The franchise, which also has Savannah and Pooler locations, offers more than 500 local, regional, national and global craft beers served in bottles, can and on tap. Owners have targeted a November opening in the 4,500-square-foot building between Kilwins and AT&T. The food served will be geared toward enchanting the flavor of the craft beer. Live entertainment is planned for Fridays and Saturdays.

The Savannah-based food website "Eat It And Like It" recently released its "Oscar Awards" for the best restaurants in the Savannah/Bluffton/Hilton Head Island area. The "Best Italian Restaurant" award was given to Hilton Head's OMBRA Cucina Rustica, operated by Lauren and Michael Cirafesi.

With the summer heat setting in, many visitors and locals are scooping up frozen treats of all sorts after a hot day at the beach or pool. With anything from ice cream, gelato, Italian ice, frozen yogurt, smoothies and more awaiting your taste test all across the island, you’ll want to dig in right away to be sure you hit them all. Whether you are in search of all the delicious fruits in season this time of year or looking for that chocolate overload to energize you for a night of fun, the variety is out there. Don’t stand there melting in the heat of the sun; jump on that bike and ride to test out the island’s assortment of tasty frozen treats. Although you may want to read more about your options before you get too far down the road.

Is it a coincidence that “salsa” is both a dance and a fiery sauce? From pico de gallo to habanero, salsas can range from mild to "blow the roof off" levels. South Carolina has the hottest pepper on record. Measuring over 1.5 million on the Scoville heat scale, Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper set a Guinness World Record in 2013 for its spicy kick. Proceed with extreme, extreme, extreme caution!

This salsa recipe is great served with tortilla chips but also can be used in omelets or served over grilled seafood, chicken, steak and veggies — any recipe that needs a little zing and a burst of color. The secret is the activity in which the maker is engaging at the time of preparation; dancing the salsa, with its Latin American origins derived from the mambo, cha-cha-cha, Cumbia, and merengue will undoubtedly add some heat!

Be carful the next time you fire up your grill. A Hilton Head Island man recently ingested one wire piece from a wire grill brush and it created a hole in his intestine. To avoid this life-threatening situation, switch up the way you clean your grill. A brush-free alternative is to simply soak cooled grates in coffee.