The snuggly comforts of the holidays come from familiar smells that waft through the kitchen and the anticipation of special dishes that only come around once a year. In this house, it’s not Christmas without these:
Holiday & Event Recipes
Shrimp & Grits “Gravy”
From Live Oak (Sea Pines Resort)
• 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
• 4 ounces Tasso, ¼” dice
Heat vegetable oil in a large stock pot and add the tasso. Render for 5 minutes and remove tasso.
• 2 tbsp unsalted butter
• 2 tbsp vegetable oil
• ¾ cup all-purpose flour
Add butter and oil to rendering pot & melt. Add flour and cook over medium heat to create a dark brown roux, the color of a copper penny
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LOCAL RESTAURANT SPECIALS FOR FOOTBALL SEASON
IT’S FOOTBALL SEASON! Many local sports bars and restaurants are full of people watching football on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and sometimes Thursdays. Here are a few places where you can score a great deal on food and drinks while watching your favorite team play.
THE BEST Fish Tacos
You don’t have to travel to Baja, Calif., for these West Coast favorites. Plenty of restaurants are serving them up with style right here at home.
On an elemental level, the fish taco can be reduced to a very simple equation: Fish + Tortilla = Fish Taco. What a restaurant adds to those basic ingredients makes all the difference in the world. Here is a look at the best fish tacos you can find in the Lowcountry.
A new game plan
FORMER FOOTBALL COACH’S RESTAURANT RUBY LEE’S THRIVING ON THE NORTH END
The idea began where most good ideas are born: The need to fill a void.
For Tim Singleton, that void had a lot of layers.
On the business side, the Hilton Head Island icon knew that a place where his friends could listen to good music, eat their style of food and take in sports would resonate with islanders.
Cool down with sweet treats
Summer is here and the temperatures are rising. After spending the day enjoying the Lowcountry’s sparkling sand beaches, world-class golf courses, unique boutiques and extensive trails network, there's no better way to cool off than with a tasty treat from one of the region’s many treat shops. Whether you're in the mood for ice cream, frozen yogurt, gelato, frozen custard, Italian ice or a smoothie, there's a local eatery serving what you crave.
NEW RESTAURANT BRINGS FLAVORS AND TRADITIONS OF MEXICO TO HHI
The owners of Hilton Head Island's Charbar Co. have opened a new taco and tequila restaurant, just a few doors down from their popular burger restaurant in Park Plaza.
Holy Tequila's focus is innovative gourmet tacos to eat and plenty of premium tequila to drink - more than 40 varieties.
"It's a full-sensory dining experience," owner Nick Bergelt said. "The visuals, flavors, smells and music represent all the best that Mexico has to offer."
Choose fish, buy fish, cook fish, eat fish
Here’s your fish 411. These guidelines are the same whether you’re buying ocean, fresh water, round or flat fish.
Ask your fishmonger when he gets his fresh fish in. Also check out the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council website (www.safmc.net) and NOAA’s Fishwatch (www.fishwatch.gov) to see for yourself.
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Softshell crabs are back
Right around the time when islanders and visitors pull their plaid pants and Lilly Pulitzer dresses out of the closet to prepare for the Heritage golf tournament, local seafood restaurants are making preparations for a different kind of visitor. In addition to golf, spring also brings the soft-shell crab season.