Fall in Charleston is Packed with Delicious Things to Do

I love this time of year anywhere north of the Equator, but I especially love fall in Charleston. The reasons are many, and I’ve outlined and given information about some of them in this post on Charleston The Permanent Tourist:

http://charleston.thepermanenttourist.com/tasty-morsels-from-the-foodie-files-3/

An early fall stroll on Folly Beach is an excellent way to pass the day. Here I am with my friend, Michael - wind swept and wonderful fun!

An early fall stroll on Folly Beach is an excellent way to pass the day. Here I am with my friend, Michael. What wind swept and wonderful fun!

 

Remember to keep up with me on facebook.com/tptcharleston and twitter: @tptcharleston.

Happy fall tidings! Holly

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Soup and Stew Season Has Arrived!

Hello friends,

So sorry to have been absent most of this week. House sale pending and visiting guests deemed getting to the computer nearly impossible.

I want to clue you in on this fabulous recipe from recently released The French Cook: Soups & Stews (Gibbs Smith, September 1, 2014). It’s absolutely one of my favorites because it is so delicious and fragrant, and as stews go, relatively quick to make. Here’s the link to my recent post on charleston.thepermanenttourist.com:

http://charleston.thepermanenttourist.com/cool-weather-calls-for-cocotte-coddled-stew/

Here’s a picture:

Chicken Braised in Pinot Gris with Leeks, Mushrooms and finished with Dijon Mustard.

Chicken Braised in Pinot Gris with Leeks, Mushrooms and finished with Dijon Mustard.

 

Please come visit me at my upcoming signing at Goat.Sheep.Cow. at the corner of Broad and Church Street in Charleston on Saturday, October 4, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Soup samples, fun and books will all be available.

Until then, bon appetit!

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For the Love of Leon’s

I’ve got it BAD for this new oyster and poultry destination on Charleston’s increasingly
“upper” Upper King Street. Read about it in the link below from a recent post in Charleston The Permanent Tourist:

http://charleston.thepermanenttourist.com/quite-possible-the-worlds-best-iceberg-salad/

Here’s a picture of the fried chicken:

Leon's fried chicken comes out of the fryer smokin' hot and very spicy.

Leon’s fried chicken comes out of the fryer smokin’ hot and very spicy.

 

If you haven’t already, please consider following me on the new blog (as well as this one, if you like) and at facebook.com/tptcharleston and twitter: tptcharleston.

Please remember to pick up a copy of my latest cookbook release, The French Cook – Soups and Stews (Gibbs Smith, Sept. 1, 2014).  I’m happy to send signed book plates to anyone who asks for one to afix to their new book!

 

As always, bon appetit!

The French Cook-Soups and Stews

The French Cook – Soups & Stews

 

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Excellent New Barbecue Destination in Charleston

Somehow I slept through the opening of Swig and Swine a few months ago.  I discovered it at just the right time, however, smack dab in the middle of Charleston Restaurant Week and first-ever Charleston beer week. Here’s the link to today’s post on The Permanent Tourist Charleston:

http://charleston.thepermanenttourist.com/theres-a-new-pig-in-town/

Here’s a picture to whet your appetite so you’ll understand what I’m talking about!

A delectable plate of barbecue at Swig and Swine

A delectable plate of barbecue at Swig and Swine

Also, many thanks to Stephanie Smith at The Wandering Eye for her favorable review of The French Cook – Soups & Stews. Here’s an excerpt:

“…Classic bisques, stews and what might be the best French Onion Soup recipe I have encountered, are described in terms that will enhance your confidence when trying the recipes on your own. Beautiful photography by Chia Chong allows you to see how each dish should appear. Stylist Libbie Summers, also a photographer, styled the dishes into beautiful arrangements. The nice gloss of each page should help to repel spills, because you’re going to want to keep this book close by when you’re in the kitchen.”

My very newest book baby, The French Cook: Soups & Stews is in bookstores now.

My very newest book baby, The French Cook: Soups & Stews is in bookstores now.

As always, bon appetit and happy cooking!

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Park Cafe Delivers Big Flavor and Urban Sophistication

I decided to spend Labor Day morning exploring this pleasant restaurant’s breakfast options. The results were more than delicious, especially the Danish pastries which were served hot out of the oven with fresh blueberry jam. For more about the restaurant, click on the link below which will take you to my new blog at The Permanent Tourist Charleston.

Park Cafe's Danish delights.

Park Cafe’s Danish delights.

 

http://charleston.thepermanenttourist.com/big-apple-meets-chucktown/

Bon appetit!

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Casual, Romantic Weekend Plans in Charleston

Beautiful Charleston is full of wonderful things to do and delicious places to eat.  Whether history, gardening, beaches, cuisine or architecture is your passion, there really is something for everyone here.

The link below looks at local places to take in romance in a casual, easy way, that I enjoyed with my boyfriend visiting from Williamsburg, VA.

http://charleston.thepermanenttourist.com/eighty-four-hours-in-charleston/

Michael and I enjoy a stroll on Folly Beach and a view of Morris Island Lighthouse.

Michael and I enjoying a stroll on Folly Beach and a view of Morris Island Lighthouse.

 

Enjoy! We surely did.

Meanwhile, remember that The French Cook – Soups & Stews (Gibbs Smith), my seventh and all time favorite cookbook (I love the recipes) officially releases on September 1.  Follow me here for updates on upcoming signings and look for it in bookstores near you and on Amazon.

The French Cook-Soups and StewsHappy cooking and bon appetit!

Holly

 

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Soup Season is Coming!

You don’t want to miss out an all of the bounty soup provides – long, slow simmering, delicious aromas, and incredible tasting food.  Here’s a beautiful recipe for shrimp bisque from today’s post and my soon-to-be-released new book:

http://charleston.thepermanenttourist.com/shrimp-bisque-beauty/

Luscious crab bisque recipe from The French Cook - Soups and Stews (Gibbs Smith, Sept. 1, 2014). Photo by Chia Chong.

Luscious crab bisque recipe from The French Cook – Soups and Stews (Gibbs Smith, Sept. 1, 2014). Photo by Chia Chong.

Bon appetit!

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Something for Everyone at Middleton Place

For all the years I’ve lived in Charleston, Middleton Place’s allure has only gotten stronger. The restaurant is better than ever and the unparalleled views lovely. The grounds are loaded with things to do and see, including the oldest landscaped gardens in this country, and visits with the heritage breeds that occupy the stable yard. Read more about this magical place in my recent post on charleston.thepermanenttourist.com:

http://charleston.thepermanenttourist.com/magical-middleton/

Leroy the Goat at Middleton Place is playful and productive with milk used to make soap and other goods sold on the plantation.

Leroy the Goat at Middleton Place is playful and productive with milk used to make soap and other goods sold on the plantation. He even jumped for joy when he heard my goat “bleet” imitation.

Food is delicious here, too.

Enjoy!

 

 

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HoM Sweet HoM and a Book GiveAway

In search of some of the best burgers in town? Look no further. Here’s the beef from yesterday’s Charleston Permanent Tourist blog:

http://charleston.thepermanenttourist.com/hom-ward-burger-bound/

HoM is the place to be – here’s why:

The Big Mac n' Cheese from HoM.

The Big Mac n’ Cheese from HoM.

Remember, The French Cook – Soups & Stews (Gibbs Smith) by yours truly officially releases in just two weeks on September 1. Read more about the book here by clicking on the chartreuse book cover on my revolving books file on the home page to this website or look for it on Amazon where it is currently available for pre-order. It’s a beautiful book and I think my favorite of my seven cookbooks so far – delicious recipes, gorgeous photography, good, concise writing and beautiful formatting.

Write me here and tell me why you would like a signed copy from me. I’ll select a winner and announce him/her on release day, September 1. Good luck and as always happy and delicious cooking.

The French Cook-Soups and StewsBon appetit!

 

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Some More Cheese Please and Sandwiches, Too

I can never get enough delicious cheese or bread, and when I know I need my fill, I head directly to goat.sheep.cow. Situated in the heart of downtown on quiet Church Street off of Broad, it’s a slice of heaven. They also make memorable sandwiches daily fresh from what’s in stock at the store. Here’s a link to a blog I posted about it a few days ago on charleston.thepermanenttourist.com .

http://charleston.thepermanenttourist.com/goat-sheep-cows-sandwich-and-cheese-stampede/

Enjoy and please do stop by. You’ll be happy you did. Just try and get there by 11 a.m. for a sandwich!

Goat Sheep Cow's sandwiches are made fresh, daily in limited quality from the store's delicious stock and EVO's fresh baguettes.

Goat Sheep Cow’s sandwiches are made fresh, daily in limited quality from the store’s delicious stock and EVO’s fresh baguettes.

Bon appetit!

 

 

 

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