Ladies Who Lunch…

I am definitely one of those ladies! One of the many things I love about Charleston is its cuisine. There is never a shortage of new places to try. Minero and The Artisan Meat Share  are the latest finds…both absolutely delicious!

IMG_4626IMG_4629The Artisan Meat Share on Spring Street is the ultimate sandwich shop. I noshed on the hot Tuna Nicoise sandwich.
~oil cured tuna, garlic aioli, herbs, black olives, chopped egg, tomato, greens with a red wine vinaigrette on ciabatta~

IMG_4628~Red Velvet Whoopie Pie~  Really??!

If you are going for lunch during the week, go early…it gets packed!
Artisan Meat Share
33 Spring Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29403

Ans and I took it to Minero this past Saturday for leisurely catch up sesh.  Super cute, super small on East Bay Street Minero is the latest offering from the Neighborhood Group.  It is a fresh take on authentic Mexican-soooooo delish!

Minero 2Minero 3Minero 4Minero 1We started the meal with a very low-cal Queso Fundito with roasted poblano and chorizo served hot with mini homemade tortillas.  I had a Hotdog Comfit (yes, hotdog) and Deli Ham torta with avocado, tomato and poblano chipolte mayo.  Ans went for the veggie burrito and we had grilled Carolina Gold Corm with arroz rojo!  YUM!

The drink list was fantastic…my sangria was cool and crisp and I can’t wait to try the Dragon Rojo-tequilla, watermelon, jamaica tea syrup and kombucha.  Heaven!

Minero Restaurant
155 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Our next Ladies lunch is going to be at 167 Raw-also on East Bay Street.  I can’t wait!  I hope everyone is having a great Monday!  XOXO,  Catherine

Sunday Supper…

My fridge/freezer/pantry needed a serious clean out. What better way to make use of those groceries than for a come one, come all Sunday Supper!!
Sunday Supper has been a tradition in my family since long before I came along.

Back in the day when my family seat was in the Upstate of SC, my Great-Grandmother (who I was blessed to have until I was 10 years old) had one rule.  Weekly. Sunday. Supper.  Attendance was mandatory-no exceptions.  Those dinners were amazing…everyone in the family took turns hosting and everyone contributed.  The menu was always southern traditional-comfort food, good for the soul but NOT the waste-line.

I digress…looking in my freezer there were pork-chops ready to go…and I had a ton of veggies.  A quick look on my favorite recipe site provided me with a pork-chop marinade.  YUM, and easy!

Pork Chops 1Pork Chops

Easy Pork-Chops

~Defrost and pat pork-chops dry.
~Salt and Pepper both sides to taste.
~Add one tablespoon of olive oil to a medium hot pan, wait until oil ripples in pan.
~Brown pork-chops on both sides for 4 minutes each.
~Add one half of a thinly sliced onion (or shallot) to the pan.
~Add 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup of chicken broth to the pan and cover for 15 minutes.
~ Remove top and cook for 5 more minutes or until cooked through.

Veggie Salad

Veggies Galore Salad

**This is a total no-brainer.  I took all the veggies out of my crisper&pantry and put them in a big bowl.  In this case the ingredients were:

~Hearts of Romaine
~Heart of palm
~Artichoke hearts (in water) quatered
~Cherry tomatoes
Toss with your favorite dressing, and serve!  My go-to dressings are always Hidden Valley Zesty Italian (I throw a packet dry of this seasoning in my homemade pimento cheese) and Ken’s Steakhouse Greek dressing.  Delish!

Done Dinner

What are your dinner traditions??!  I am hosting my family next weekend…any suggestions??!  Have a great Monday-enjoy every thing you can from every minute of it!

XOXO,  Catherine

Sunday Dinner…

After a weekend of eating nothing remotely healthy… I  needed a fresh, home-cooked Sunday dinner.  I spent the day at my favorite spot on Sullivan’s Island reading and getting some much need sun.

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Dolphin Cove is my spot on Sullivan’s.  I usually swing by The CO-OP for my favorite beachy drinks and snacks.  They always have freshly boiled peanuts, the best tuna fish salad with dill, Stacy’s pita chips and every single cold drink you could every want.

Looking at recipes on I decided to try seared tuna in a lime-soy-ginger marinade.  YUM!  Unfortunately, the Harris Teeter did not have tuna steaks!  In a pinch I decided to improvise and go with tilapia filets.  Big risk as I am still a novice in the kitchen!!

Lime Soy Ginger Marinade:

~2 limes, juiced

~2 TBS olive oil

~2 TBS soy sauce (I used low sodium)

~1 tbs ginger, shredded

~1 clove of garlic, diced **I love the Christopher Ranch fresh garlic cloves-in the refrigerated part of the produce section.  You don’t have to peel it!!

~sea salt & pepper to taste

tilapia ingredients

Combine the above into a mixing bowl and add tilapia filets.  **Refrigerate for 45 minutes. 

tilapia maranating

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a saute pan, once the pan is hot add tilapia filets.  Pour 1/2 of the remaining marinade into the saute pan.  Heat on each side for 4 minutes adding other half of marinade as needed.  Once filets break apart easily with a fork, done!  I served it with my favorite summer salad…bibb lettuce, cherry tomatoes, hard boiled egg & heart of palm.

Tilapia final

Wine of choice…chardonnay for fish/all seafood is pretty standard.  I had Chateau St. Michelle 2012 on hand.  Delish!  Perfect way to end the weekend!

Happy Monday friends!  Have a great week!


XOXO,  Catherine