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Famous Toastery plans expansion into south Strand

Carolina Forest’s popular Famous Toastery has been so well received that the family intends to expand their reach in the Grand Strand. Though plans have yet to be finalized, they are looking at the Murrells Inlet area, having heard many locals in the southern end would enjoy their own Famous Toastery.

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‘Corn’ cookbook brings taste of the heartland to your kitchen

This is one of cookbooks in the University of North Carolina's Savor the South series. Although corn is an ingredient that is all-American in scope, there is no doubt that the South has a special relationship with this gift from the indigenous people. On the cob, off the cob, in puddings, bread, ground into meal or grits—corn literally forms a base and/or acts as the zippy sidekick for much of the South's best-known meals.

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The Eating of the Green

Although St Patrick's day has long been associated with green, the color is really more for shamrocks, clothing, and the green lush beauty of the Emerald isle itself. Traditional Irish cooking does not include much that is green. Cabbage and a few scallions in the colcannon are about the extent of it. My obsession with adding green to the plate on this most festive day

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Matthew’s Pancake House is a great staple on the North Strand

Breakfast remains the most important meal of the day, and it has long been a profitable part of the day in the Grand Strand. Pancake houses line the roads of our coast, each one gaining its own amount of traction. This is especially so for Matthew’s Pancake House in Little River, which is reputed to have some of the best shrimp and grits around.

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Eclairs cookbook is perfect for pastry lovers

If you love pastry, this is a book you will want to add to your bookshelf. Éclairs are one of my favorite pastries—what's not to love? Light, delicate choux (an egg-based pastry also used in cream puffs) baked in tubular form and filled with an array of fabulous creams and various types of other wonderful flavored insides.

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Sticky Fingers Ribhouse Celebrates 25th Anniversary with a Return to its Roots

Charleston, S.C. Sticky Fingers Ribhouse, with 12 barbecue restaurants in the Southeast, is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year. While the past 25 years have brought many ups and downs for the company, Sticky Fingers’ focus this year is to return to its roots with one of the founders, Chad Walldorf back at the helm. By reintroducing the original emphasis, legendary service and incredible barbecue, and by bringing back some of the old Sticky culture, Walldorf hopes to return the restaurants to their glory days.

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‘Greens’ cookbook will prompt cooks to head straight to the produce aisle

Thomas Head is a native of Louisiana who lives in Washington DC. Among his achievements, Head counts working as a restaurant reviewer and co-authoring The Happy Table of Eugene Walter: Southern Spirits in Food and Drink. One of the most important factors in his resume is his personal background as a southerner, growing up eating greens as often as his family could put them on the table.

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Popeyes opens location in Conway

The taste of Louisiana has reached another part of the Grand Strand, with the Conway location of Popeyes opening up recently. This is now the area’s second Popeyes, with the first being close to Surfside Beach.

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Yokos Hibachi will re-open soon in Conway

The Bread Express in Conway, known for their European pastries, closed toward the end of last year. Every day the team of Hungarian bakers would prepare fresh breads and treats, like the very popular nut rolls. Though they have closed their doors, their social media site is still up under facebook.com/breadexpresssc.

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Pacino’s is the hidden gem of Murrells Inlet

Pacino’s Mediterranean Grille in Murrells Inlet may be small but it packs a sizable punch. For years now the restaurant has been a staple for locals, gathering business even in the depths of winter. During the on season, this little eatery overflows with guests, more often than not making reservations a necessity.

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Recipes in Skinny Liver are ‘good, healthy and innovative’

The subtitle for Skinny Liver is “A Proven Program to Prevent and Reverse the New Silent Epidemic—Fatty Liver Disease.” Those of you who read my reviews know that I always place a big caveat on any of cookbooks that cross over into the medical arena—before you follow the advice in the front section of the book, check with your own doctor. Do not self-diagnose. Do not make radical changes in your diet without consulting your own physician not matter how practical and sensible the changes may seem. In addition, in the case of this book, no matter how thoroughly they are vetted by health professionals who do not know YOU. Part One is worth a read, though. It outlines the conditions of one’s lifestyle that can contribute to liver damage and how to avoid them. There is no doubt that there is a connection between health and diet, but before making drastic changes, consult with your physician.

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S.C. chef pens second cookbook for busy parents

Erin K. Courtney, a pastry chef in Lexington, S.C., has been hard at work putting together recipes for the everyday person. Her first book, Party Time, gave busy Moms and others simple but delicious choices for parties. In this volume, she tackles the daily challenge of dinner for a family—dinners that are healthy, balanced and easy to make.