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Baked Cornbread in an Iron Skillet

Baked Cornbread in an Iron Skillet, Charleston-style

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Benne Wafers

Benne Wafers have been a Lowcountry favorite in the Charleston area for over a hundred years.

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Celebrate Charleston’s Irish Heritage!

Baked Corned Beef and Cabbage with Irish beer

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Charleston Okra Soup

Zesty Charleston Okra Soup, Charleston-style

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Charleston Red Rice

A true Lowcountry delight, there are nearly as many ways to prepare red rice as there are cooks in Charleston, but the basic recipe remains the same.

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Cheese Straws

Cheese Straws, Charleston-style

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Chick Pea and Green Pea Hummus with Pea Tendril Garnish

Serve this as an appetizer

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Chocolate Roll

When holidays and special occasions are celebrated, Charleston native, Bea McKay’s family looks forward to enjoying her delicious Chocolate Roll.

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Classic Crepes filled with Chocolate Mousse

Six 8-inch Chocolate Crêpes, made from Charleston Crêpes Classic Crêpe Mix

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Classic Separate Grain Rice

Called “Charleston Ice Cream” in the Carolinas

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Collard Greens

Collard Greens, Charleston-style

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Creamy Shrimp and Grits

In the Lowcountry of South Carolina and particularly Charleston, shrimp and grits has been considered a basic breakfast for coastal fishermen and families for decades during the shrimp season (May through December). Simply called ‘breakfast shrimp,” the dish consisted of a pot of grits with shrimp cooked in a little bacon grease or butter. During […]

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Cucumber Mint Tea Sandwiches

Cucumber Mint Tea Sandwiches, Charleston-style

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Frogmore Stew

What better way to warm up your family setting during this winter than with a warm, steamy, serving of Frogmore Stew.

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Grits with Greens and Shrimp

“Breakfast shrimp and grits” has long been a staple of the South Carolina Lowcountry, the favored morning repast during the busy summer shrimp season.

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Ham-Asparagus Rolls

Ham-Asparagus Rolls, Charleston-style

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Homemade MoonPie Ice Cream

MoonPies are a Southern delicacy made from two graham cracker cookies with marshmallow filling

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Hoppin’ John

Hoppin’ John, Charleston-style

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Huguenot Torte

This delicious dessert has been on the St. Philip’s Church Tea Room menu since the Tea Room’s beginnings in 1952.

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Huguenot Torte

A delicious dessert has been on the St. Philip’s Church Tea Room menu since the Tea Room’s beginnings in 1952

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Hushpuppies

Deep-fried and served with seafood, especially fish, hushpuppies are a southern treat with roots that go back to the 16th century.

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Lady Baltimore Cake

Lady Baltimore Cake from Alicia Rhett Mayberry, a great lady of Charleston who is usually conceded to have introduced the cake.

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Lowcountry Boil

Created by Richard Gay, of Frogmore, S.C., this one-pot wonder was used when this resourceful cook, a National Guardsman, needed to prepare a meal for 100 soldiers.

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Lowcountry Oyster Roast

One of Charleston’s favorite ways to entertain in the cooler weather is with an oyster roast

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Magnolia’s Pimiento Cheese

Michael Nickell, Director of Operations of Magnolia’s, one of the restaurants featured on the Culinary Tours of Charleston, graciously shared one of his personal, and most southern, recipes.

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Mint Julep

Whether gathered around the dinner table or enjoying the sunset on your veranda after a long summer day, why not relax and cool down with a nice, refreshing Mint Julep?

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Pecan Pralines

Pecan Pralines, Charleston-style

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She Crab Soup

No visit to the Charleston area is complete without sampling a bowl of creamy She Crab soup.

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Shrimp and Grits

Nothing chases away the chill like a steaming hot bowl of shrimp & grits. Have them for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

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South Carolina Oyster Pie

South Carolina Oyster Pie, Charleston-style

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Southern Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberries, and more strawberries, are the centerpiece at Boone Hall Plantation for one of the sweetest special events held in the Lowcountry every spring.

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Strawberry Soup

Strawberry Soup, Charleston-style

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Sweet Potato and Date Hash

Sweet Potato and Date Hash, Charleston-style

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Sweet Tea

There is no better way to cool down on a hot summer day in the South than with an ice cold glass of sweet tea, and by sweet, southerners mean sweet!

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Tomato Sandwich, Southern Style

Tomato Sandwich, Southern-style

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Tradd Alley Punch

Tradd Alley Punch, Charleston-style

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Traditional Tomato Pie

Fresh tomatoes are abundant in the Lowcountry, and tomato pie one of local cooks’ favorite ways to prepare them.

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Watercress and Orange Salad

Watercress and Orange Salad, Charleston-style

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