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Local Produce Delivered RIGHT to Your Neighborhood!!

So, most of you know by now that I LOVE food.  I label myself as a foodie and enjoy pretty much anything that falls under that broad category! Living in Charleston, there are great restaurants and local shops to keep me satisfied but sometimes I run my pocketbook into the ground trying to keep up with all of the amazing, organic options that are around me!! So, when a friend of mine told me about the CSA Program at Pinckney’s Produce, I got super excited! The boxes are HUGE so my husband and I are starting with a single share but, whatever the size, you get an entire box of fresh, local fruits and veggies delivered every single week…really inexpensively! There are locations all over the Charleston are so just click on the website and find the one near you! So to all my fellow foodies, here you go…you’ll definitely thank me for it! Below is a copy of the email that they just sent out with even more information…

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We have just completed our Spring/Summer season for 2010, and what a fantastic harvest it was!  The boxes were just overflowing with produce each and every week, and we couldn’t be happier with the quality and taste of each variety.  Our Fall season begins in just over a month and a half!  We are busy preparing the fields and planting our Fall crops, so all will be ready to go during our first week of delivery. We hope you’ll join us!

The Fall season runs 11 weeks from September 7th to November 22nd.  We are anticipating the same great variety for the Fall that we had for Spring.  Crops will include: Butter beans, Field Peas, Winter Squash (Acorn, Spaghetti, Butternut), Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkins, String Beans, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Lettuces, Spinach, Swiss Card, Kale, Mustards, Collards, Rutabaga, Turnips, Green Peanuts, Carrots, Beets, Watermelon, Sweet Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Peppers (Banana, Green, Yellow, Red), Tomatoes (Cherry, Slicers, and Roma), Squash, Zucchini, and many other surprises.

We are now accepting new members on our website for the Fall season.  We anticipate that several drop sites will fill up quickly (especially Forest Lake Gardens and Rosewood Market in Columbia), so please reserve your spot today! We are very excited about a few new drop sites in the Charleston area:  Earth Fare in West Ashley, Ted’s Butcherblock Downtown, and, Crowfield Baptist in Goose Creek.  We think that this Fall will be our best season yet, and we hope that you will join us!  To become a part of our Farm Family this Fall, please click on this link to take you to our sign up page on the website.  A list of drop sites is available there, so you should be able to find one convenient to your home or workplace. Please email (admin@pinckneysproduce.com) or call us (803-492-3521) should you have any questions about our farm and/or the Fall program!

Thanks so much for your interest in our farm and your support of our efforts.  We hope to see you this Fall!

Regards,

Jody

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Posted by on July 22, 2010 in For Foodies, Local Info

 

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Chocolate-Espresso Snowcaps…Everyone Asks Me For The Recipe!

I found this recipe last year and made them for my family when I went home for Christmas.  To say it was a success is an understatement!!  They were gone before Santa even left the North Pole!  So this year, I am making them for numerous festive occasions and people keep asking me for the recipe.  And as much as I would love to take credit for creating this masterpiece, I must pass it along to our lovely Martha Stewart and share her culinary wisdom below!  Enjoy!!!

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Chocolate-Espresso Snowcaps

Prep: 45 minutes Total: 1 hour 45 minutes

These cookies look like little snow-covered mountains. They will keep for up to a week stored in an airtight container at room temperature. Roll each ball in confectioners’ sugar twice to make sure it’s thoroughly coated and no dark dough is visible.

Ingredients

Makes 18.

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 teaspoons instant espresso
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for coating

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, espresso, baking powder, and salt. With an electric mixer, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg until well combined; mix in cooled chocolate. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture; beat in milk until just combined. Flatten dough into a disk; wrap in plastic. Freeze until firm, about 45 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Pour confectioners’ sugar (about 1/2 cup) into a medium bowl; working in batches, roll balls in sugar two times, letting them sit in sugar between coatings.
  3. Place on prepared baking sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake until cookies have spread and coating is cracked, 12 to 14 minutes; cookies will still be soft to the touch. Cool cookies on a wire rack.
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Posted by on December 15, 2009 in For Foodies, Recipes

 

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Christmas with a Cause- December 11

When leaders at Seacoast Church in Mount Pleasant, SC read the statistic that North Charleston was the 7th most dangerous city in America, they quickly agreed that something had to be done. No reason exists why we should comfortably and lavishly live within 20 miles of this obviously distressed city. Within a few months, pastors and community volunteers joined together to launch what is now known as the North Charleston Dream Center. This center presently operates a medical clinic, a food pantry, and a clothes closet on top of its weekly services and outreach ministries. They are feeding, tutoring, and mentoring children so we can begin the process of breaking the cycle of poverty and violence. And the response from the North Charleston community has been incredible. Through a monthly “Adopt-a-Block” outreach ministry, volunteers are venturing into some of the most discouraged communities and offering hope. Most of these families are not unlike millions around the country–they have been beaten down by our economy and are struggling to provide for their families. Either unemployed or underemployed, these families know what it is to be in need and The North Charleston Dream Center is doing everything they can to help satisfy some of those needs. This Christmas, as you think back to your past year, you may find more understanding and empathy than in years past. This has been a difficult year for a lot of families and it is the perfect time to come together for such a worthy cause.
(www.seacoast.org- North Charleston Campus)

And so, with that end in mind, I invite you to come to Christmas With A Cause! On December 11th, from 8:00 pm- 11:00 pm, Granville’s Restaurant will be Partnering with the North Charleston Dream Center to raise money for families in need. For $10 at the door, you will enjoy a night of Trae Wilson’s culinary masterpieces and music with ALL of the proceeds going to families in our community. You will be able to connect with the individual stories of the families and with the vision of the Dream Center, write letters, and give more if you feel led. You will leave knowing that you have been a part of something truly magical. And, if that’s not enough, there will also be incredible door prizes that range from restaurant gift certificates to overnight stays at some of our city’s top hotels…perfect for Holiday gifts! So be sure to RSVP and reserve your spot now! The official invitation is on Facebook.

What: Christmas With A Cause: A Gala Benefiting Local Families In Need
When: December 11, 2009 8:00 pm -11:00 pm
Where: Granville’s Cafe at 730 Rutledge Ave. Charleston, SC
http://www.granvillescafeandcatering.com
How Much: $10 at the door, cash bar, and GREAT door prizes!
Why: The fantastic cause of giving Christmas to families in need!

For more information, to donate or get involved, please contact Rebecca Linenger at rebeccalinenger@gmail.com.

Door Prizes Include:
*One-night Stay at the Inn at Middleton Place
*One-night Stay at Renaissance Hotel Downtown
*$100 Gift Certificate to Style Exchange
*Lily Pulitzer Duffel Bag from Palm Avenue
*Two rounds of golf at Patriot’s Point
*Haircut ($60) and $125 in Products from Salon Couture
*Gift Certificate to Two Brunettes
* Design Consultation from Riverside Designers
*3 training sessions with Strategic Fitness, Old Village Mt. Pleasant (2 packages of 3 sessions)
*2 pair of beautiful earrings from Lil Bit Jewelry
*Several Restaurants and boutique gift certificates still flowing in!

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2009 in Events, For Foodies, Local Info

 

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Wasabi on Daniel Island–What a surprise!

Last night was one of the best nights out I have had in quite a while. First of all, I was with four of my favorite ladies but second of all, we went to a great new spot–Wasabi on Daniel Island–and were quite impressed by the experience!  Not at all like the one downtown, this Daniel Island version has an elegantly chic decor and an outdoor bar area that made the whole restaurant just usher you in.  Plus, Wednesdays are half-priced wine nights for the ladies so we were very well taken care of!  A bottle of wine for $11?  That’s less than a corkage fee would be in most places!  I ordered Edamame as an appetizer, shared the Wasabi House Salad with a girlfriend (the soy dressing was a surprising hit around the table!) and then finished off with the Daniel Island Sushi Roll.  The roll, I must say, gave my favorites at Rue du Jean a run for their money!  It was flawlessly fresh and put together!  The owner made himself available to us and our wait staff was amazing as well.  So, all in all, I am putting Wasabi on my new top ten list! Who knew?!  Definitely go check it out and tell them that you got the recommendation here!

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2009 in For Foodies

 

Fantastic Holiday Pumpkin Bread Recipe- Great for Gifting!

Right before my family came to visit a couple of weeks ago, I went on an all-out hunt to find the best Breakfast Bread recipe out there as our morning staple.  With family around, it seems that every person wants a different morning schedule.  Sometimes it’s the kids and sometimes it’s just adults on vacation, but you never know what time people will wake up and get going.  As a hostess, planning and fixing a full breakfast is my biggest challenge.  Some people need their coffee first, some don’t really eat a big breakfast, and some have eaten and are back from a run before I’m even out of the covers!!  For me, the best problem-solver seems to be to have a good breakfast bread (or two!) on hand to satisfy everyone–at whatever time they choose to partake!

On my quest, I made a yummy Ginger Pumpkin bread, a zucchini bread, and even a banana walnut bread.  My husband’s co-workers were pleased with all of the options but when I came across this recipe from http://www.allrecipes.com, I knew I had hit the jackpot.  Not only is it DELICIOUS, it was just as good on Thursday as it had been when I made it a week before! I really think it even got better on days two and three.  Amazing.  Something about the combination of all of the spices…it just grows together as it sits out.  I made two loaves and 12 muffins with this recipe and the loaves were not huge but definitely full enough to make a nice gift.  And I got rave reviews every morning until the last crumb was gone!

So try it and then comment back and let me know how it turns out!

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Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Prep Time:
15 Min
Cook Time:
50 Min
Ready In:
1 Hr 5 Min

Original Recipe Yield 3 – 7×3 inch loaf pans

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 7×3 inch loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans.
  3. Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Nutritional Information open nutritional information

Amount Per Serving Calories: 263 | Total Fat: 10.3g | Cholesterol: 35mg

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2009 in For Foodies, Recipes

 

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Mercy of the Chef

If you are a foodie that is stuck at home during the economic crisis, you are going to LOVE me after this post. I recently discovered the “Mercy of the Chef” night at Fish Restaurant and it changed my life…well, my Tuesdays at least. Chef Nico is able to get as creative as he wants as he presents three different courses of whatever is fresh and often local. The last meal I had consisted of all seafood dishes and they were fantastic. And all of it is only $25!! Yes, $25. You can add wine pairings for only $5 more and, let’s be honest, why wouldn’t you?! So, for $30 each, you can have a super posh date night or foodie-satisfying night out. It’s definitely worth it! Plus, how many opportunities do we really have these days to be surprised anymore? I think I squealed with delight every time a new plate arrived–very exciting!!

www.fishrestaurant.net

See you there tomorrow night!!

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2009 in Events, For Foodies, Local Info

 

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