I have mentioned my dad and my grandma as important influences on my love of food, but there is a third player in the mix that I have yet to highlight: Food Network. Growing up, I remember sitting way too close to the TV (mostly because I had terrible eyesight and no one seemed to realize) and watching Iron Chef America, Mario Batali, and Emeril. I was always jealous of the people who got to taste the food and I still hold that jealousy to this day. I still watch Food Network religiously, but now I watch it for a different purpose. My subconscious thought is that if I watch enough of it, I can find out how to get myself on there. Consciously, I just love the drama of the shows that are on nowadays (looking at you, Chopped).
This is one of my mom’s signature dishes that my sister and I both request whenever we are home. We keep dinners pretty healthy in the DeVoe household, but for this recipe, my mom would always pull out all the stops. The chicken is sauteed in an ungodly amount of butter, the potatoes are coated in oil and salty french onion goodness to ensure maximum craveability, and the parsley gives you the illusion that you’re eating your greens.
This was my second dining experience at R Kitchen, and I will definitely keep going back. It’s the perfect restaurant for adventurous foodies because you don’t know what’s on the menu until you get there. It’s a 5 course, small plate menu for the flat rate of $30. For the dining experience you get, $30 is a bargain. The menu is completely dependent on seasonal and local products, so you know you’re getting a quality product.
This year, I volunteered for the Green Heart Project as a Green Heart Buddy. Even though I have a lot of food-related knowledge, I am pretty much clueless when it comes to gardening. I have attempted and failed to raise a few plants of my own, one of which was stolen and the other one is still somehow surviving. Luckily for me, my role as a Green Heart Buddy gave me the opportunity to learn alongside the kiddos in each lesson and really learn the process of growing your own food. I got to see this butternut squash salad made from start to finish, which is really satisfying for me.
All I have to say is: WOW. I have heard great things about Xiao Bao Biscuit, but they blew away my expectations. First off, I love that everything is eaten family style because I love trying a bunch of different dishes without having to steal from people’s plates. While I was there, I enjoyed a cocktail that made my mouth tingly (in a good way) and some damn good dumplings. Warning: this post will make you hungry.
This 4th, I decided to keep dessert on the lighter side with my Aunt Barb’s fruit pizza, patriotic style. When she would make this for me as a kid, she would usually cover it in a rainbow assortment of fruit, but I am sticking to red, white, and blue today because ‘murica. Making this fruit pizza will help you stay relaxed and patriotic this 4th of July, and isn’t that what we all want?
Remember when I was bragging about meeting Andrew Zimmern at a 1Kept Charleston event? Yea, this is the same restaurant where I met him. This time, we were here solely for the food and not just to down some cocktails (whoops). Anyway, the Queen of the Food Age and I were treated to a wonderful meal filled with new takes on some of our favorite Charleston dishes.
When I go grocery shopping, I try to get items that can make a variety of different dishes. In this recipe, I combined all of my pantry staples to make a quick and easy weeknight meal. I made this recipe up on the fly because I wanted something healthy, yet satisfying for dinner. This dish is heavy on the protein and you also get your veggies seamlessly mixed in.
I was lucky enough to be the winner winner chicken dinner of 2 tickets to this glorious culinary showdown and I loved every minute of it. First off, let me explain what a pitmaster is, because when I told my dad about this event, he thought I was talking about going to a rap concert (I guess he was thinking of Pitbull? Idk).
Last Thursday, I was sitting at my house, getting ready to down some $1 beer at the RiverDogs game, when I received an invite to an exclusive foodie event from the Queen of the Food Age herself, Sydney Gallimore (follow her insta, she posts awesome pics). The event was the opening of the new restaurant in the Renaissance Hotel, 1 Kept. Sydney opened with the fact that it was hosted by Andrew Zimmern, so I said screw the RiverDogs and I basically ran over there.