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Low Country Cookin'

Low Country Cookin'

    The South Carolina Coast is home to one of the country’s richest culinary tradition.  In the Low Country you can find fresh from the garden produce and seafood so fresh, it was swimming earlier that day. The African and Caribbean influences of the Gullah create some of most flavorful dishes.  We have picked just a few of our favorite Low Country recipes you can serve up whenever you are craving some down home comfort food.

Shrimp and Grits
1 ½ cups of chicken broth
1 ½ cups evaporated milk
¾ cup quick cooking grits
½ teaspoon of salt
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup chopped raw bacon
2 tablespoons bacon drippings
1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
½ cup diced green bell pepper
½ cup diced onion

  • Bring chicken broth and evaporated milk to a boil in a large saucepan; stir in grits and salt and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer grits until thick, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Stir in 1 cup Cheddar cheese until melted. Set grits aside and keep warm.
  • Cook and stir bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer bacon to a bowl. Drain all but 2 tablespoons of bacon drippings from the skillet and cook and stir shrimp, green bell pepper, and onion in bacon drippings until shrimp are bright pink and no longer translucent inside and green pepper is tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir bacon into shrimp mixture.
  • Spread grits into a serving dish, top with shrimp mixture, and sprinkle extra Cheddar cheese for garnish, if desired.

Low Country Style Collard Greens
4 lb. Collards (washed & dried & picked)
1/2 lb. Smoked Bacon
1/4 lb. Sautéed Fat Back
1 Ham Hock
2 Medium Sweet Onions
2 tbs. Sugar
2-3 tbs. Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
Water

  • Render bacon and fat back until brown and crispy, not burnt. Add diced sweet onion and sauté for 4 minutes. Add ham hock and sauté for another 4 minutes. Add sugar, red pepper flakes and vinegar. Add collards and cook until wilted. Barely cover with water and simmer until soft (30-40) minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

     

Red Rice
5 slices of thick bacon
2 cups of cooked rice
¾ cup chopped onions
2 cups of canned tomatoes
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon hot sauce

  • In a 10 inch cast iron skillet cook bacon and reserve grease.  Crumble up the bacon and set aside
  • Sauté the onions in reserve bacon dripping until tender.  Add tomatoes, rice, salt, pepper and bacon.  Cook on low for 30-40 minutes stirring and adding water as needed.  Add your favorite hot sauce and serve.

 

We found these tried and true recipes from these websites below.  Be sure to check them out for even more mouthwatering Low Country meals, Bon Appetit!

http://www.chefrick.com/low-country-recipes
www.allrecipes.com
www.tastebook.com

Edisto Island: Perfect Natural Tranquility

Edisto Island: Perfect Natural Tranquility

 

Check out this awesome review of Edisto recently posted from USA Today Top 10!

 "In the Charleston, SC area, noncommercial beaches are few and far between. Edisto Beach is one of these rare gems, ideal for day-trips and long-term campers alike. It offers some of the best shelling around for both casual and die-hard collectors, and the labyrinth of trails that stretches through its maritime forest will satisfy the most devoted nature lovers and intrepid hikers. Be sure to drop by the Education Center for a history lesson, too".

(http://www.10best.com/destinations/south-carolina/charleston/edisto-island/attractions/edisto-beach/)

Whether it is the pristine beaches, the ebb and flow of the low country tides, quality fishing or cherished time spent with your family that you value the most, we know you cherish this unique Island as much as we do!

Annual Edisto Island Shag Festival

      Annual Edisto Island Shag Festival

     It’s getting to be that time of year again, the annual Edisto Island Shag Festival is quickly approaching!  Be sure not to miss one of the biggest parties of the year on Edisto. This year’s Shag Fest will be held over Labor Day Weekend and will highlight some of the best “shaggers” around.  The party starts up on Friday afternoon with live music all day, plenty of local arts and crafts and food vendors.  Be sure to have your dancing shoes ready because the music last until 11 that night.  This island favorite starts up again Saturday morning at 10 with all your favorite vendors back and live music.  The big shag competition will be held Saturday night at 9.  Have your feet rested up because the festivities will start up again for the final day Sunday at noon until 7 pm. 

 

 

     You can look forward to live beach music all weekend from DJ Jim Bowers, Shem Creek Boogie Band, Band of Oz, Shag Doctors, Fantastic Shakers, and The Entertainers.  The Shag Festival will take place at Bay Creek Park September 4-6 at 3706 Docksite Road.  Gather your friends and family and come dance the weekend away, the classic Carolina way!

J. Peters - the new restaurant on the island

 

    Lunches here at the Kapp Lyons office have greatly improved thanks to J. Peters Restaurant.  As frequent to-go customers we highly recommend J. Peters to anyone on Edisto.  J. Peters is the newest addition to the list of restaurants on Edisto and has been well received by locals and visitors alike.  J. Peters is a franchise that has created a quality dining experience for the people of South Carolina with several successful restaurants all across the state.  Their philosophy of not having to sacrifice quality to provide a good value makes them definitely worth checking out.  Some of our personal favorites are the grilled chicken sandwich, the California club and the generous J. Peters salad.   They are located in the Wyndham Resort at 21 Fairway Drive (in the old Grover’s Building).  You can to their website at www.jpetersgrill.net for a full menu and you can call them at (843) 869-4333.

 

Above are a few dishes from the restaurant, how delicious do they look?!

 

The Marina at Edisto Beach

 

The Marina at Edisto Beach

     If you haven’t gotten a chance to swing by the Marina yet this summer, you are missing out!  The Marina at Edisto Beach has taken on new ownership and made some wonderful new changes.   This year you can look forward to a newly remolded ship store fully stocked with bait, tackle, apparel, marine supplies and any refreshments needed for a full day on the water.    The Marina now offers inshore and offshore fishing charters, boat tours, sunset cruises and kayak excursions. There will be several fishing tournaments held throughout the year.  The Marina at Edisto Beach has also teamed up Pressleys Restaurant with live music out on the deck Thursday – Saturday.  Locals and visitors alike can enjoy live music while enjoying a refreshing drink, tasty dinner, all while taking in the sunset over Big Bay Creek! 

Be sure to stop by and check them out at 3702 Docksite Road on Edisto Beach or you can go to their website at www.themarinaeb.com .  You can call them at (843) 631-5055 to get a fishing tournament schedule or any other information.  When you visit please pet Milton (their unofficially mascot) on the head for us!

Beach Safety

Now that summer time is in full swing, here are a few things to keep in mind so your family makes the most of vacation while staying safe!

  • Bring plenty of water and snacks to help keep you hydrated and fueled up.
  • Know how to swim and never swim alone. 
  • Protect your skin from the harmful rays from the sun.  Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen and have a good source of shade (umbrellas, hat or clothing).
  • If you get stung by a jellyfish, rinse the sting with seawater.  Deactivate stinger by rinsing the sting with vinegar for 30 seconds.  Relieve pain by soaking the sting in hot water for at least 20 minutes.
  • If you see a current of choppy, off-colored water extending from the shore, steer clear. If you do get caught in a rip current, stay calm, save your energy (let the current carry you for a while), and keep breathing. Don’t try to swim against the current! Gain your composure and start swimming horizontal to the shore until you’re out of the current. Then turn and swim diagonally towards the shore. If you can’t make it to the shore, wave your arms and make noise so someone can see or hear you and get help.
  • Avoid swimming at night time or during twilight hours when sharks are most active
  • The jetties (rock groins) are dangerous, be sure to stay off of them.  Sudden waves can knock you off your balance.  The rocks are slippery due to constant sea spray.

 

 

 

 

Summertime Bingo at the Lion's Club

 

     If playing Bingo at the Lions Club is not on list of things to do while on vacation at Edisto, you should absolutely add it!  Summertime Bingo is family oriented entertainment that is not only a good time but also helpful to the Edisto Community.  It is a good way to bring your family together and while meeting locals and visitors alike.  Plus, you get the chance to win fun and exciting prizes! Bingo is held only on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings, doors open at 5:30 and the games begin at 6:00. Bingo takes place at the Lions Club at 2907 Myrtle Street on Edisto Beach. Be sure to come early, bring along Lady Luck and we will see you tomorrow!

 

 

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