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K-Rae’s closing; Flapjack’s in Garden City opens up

▪ Bright and early on Sept. 15, Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin celebrated its grand opening down in Garden City, across from the old Murphy’s Law South. Renovations have made the building into the likeness of a charming log cabin, complete with an impressive stone fireplace. Originated in the mountains around Knoxville, this Grand Strand location is the business’s first venture outside Tennessee.

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‘175 instant pot’ cookbook a must-have for instant pot owners

This book by Marilyn Haugen is a “must own” for anyone who purchases one of these appliances. A professional recipe developer and veteran cookbook author, Haugen has done all of that work for you. She opens the book with an explanation of how she began to experiment with the Instant Pot. She says, “The result (of her experiments)is this book which offers creative recipes for every meal of the day using the Instant Pot features that work best for you. In this book, it is the HOW that dominates—which setting you should choose to make the dinner you want. In the manner of all good writers, she starts at the “beginning”, in this case explaining the basics of how this appliance works and what you can expect from it in its various configurations—slow cooker, pressure cooker, etc.

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Oktopi encompasses popular cuisines, friendly atmosphere

Fusion restaurants are nothing new, but it can take a large menu and even larger kitchen to handle the variety. A young eatery has taken up the challenge of being Pawleys Island’s latest take on fusion cuisine. Serving up sushi, tacos, and pizza, Oktopi is small and ambitious with its tentacles firmly latched onto deliciousness.

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The art of latte art

Longtime Mockingbird Cafe barista Laura Hurt demonstrates how to make latte art, which is a manipulation of the steamed milk to create pictures on the top of a latte.

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Air Fryer cookbook provides healthier alternative

So, you like fried food but the guilt eats at you? (Pun intended!) This is a book promising that with an air fryer, you can enjoy that wonderful crunch and flavor without the guilt. Air frying relies on a small appliance of that same name. The air fryer cooks with superheated hot air and can be used to astonish your family with an array of edible delights that range from appetizers to desserts.

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Cool Dinner Options for Hot Summer Nights

Noodle is a food category that takes in my beloved pasta, and panoply of other edible “strings” including the delicious Japanese soba noodle, the Chinese egg noodle, ramen, gluten free options like rice noodles, and others. Recently, I saw an article on a New York Times (NYT) recipe blog talking about cold rice and soba noodles. Inspired, I began to research cooking noodles and serving them cold or at room temperature. Cold means room temperature for me rather than fresh from the refrigerator. I tried out truly cold and found it acceptable, but enjoyed the flavors much more when the bowl (see my recipe below) that I had preserved from the day before, reached room temperature.

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‘French Desserts’ offers delicious challenge to ocasional bakers

My meal planning often starts with a consideration of what to serve for dessert. So, a cookbook that offers a range of French desserts by region, type of dessert (cake, cookie, etc) and by ease of making in the home kitchen seemed like a dream come true. The photographs by Steven Rothfeld are evocative of food, enjoying food with family and the scenery of France. Some of the pictures are almost edible themselves.

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Buying Fresh and Local For a Party from the Farmer’s Market

Thinking about having a summer party that makes good use of the abundant local fresh fruits and vegetables? How about a small plate party? Immerse yourself in some recipes for small plates, tapas, mezze, pinchos, pizziche so that you will have a general idea of some things you might want to make or pick up on the way home from the farmer’s market. No matter what you call them, they are all small plates and are a fun way to sample many things at one sitting without overeating.

Videos

The art of latte art

Longtime Mockingbird Cafe barista Laura Hurt demonstrates how to make latte art, which is a manipulation of the steamed milk to create pictures on the top of a latte.
Amanda McCoy The Sun Herald
The art of latte art 0:50

The art of latte art

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Here's an easier way to peel tomatoes

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Sub Zero Ice Cream in Myrtle Beach gives new meaning to the word "cool"

Simple cantaloupe recipes by food blogger Christina Patricio 1:20

Simple cantaloupe recipes by food blogger Christina Patricio