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March 2020

“Dining Delights”

Contents Volume 19, Issue 3

About the Cover: L’belle Rose, by Karina Chavin Karina Chavin was born and lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1995 she graduated from the National School of Fine Arts, and the same year, she opened Atelier Gallery to the public. The gallery is located in the Historic District of San Telmo, and is where Karina works, receives visitors and exhibits her work. Karina’s work has been displayed in Italy, and in the City Bank of Buenos Aires.

To learn more about Karina, visit www.karinachavin.com.ar or contact her at info@karinachavin.com.ar.

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Sasee March Calendar

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Being Party to a Surprise, by Jeffery Cohen

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Chocolate Covered Zen, by Rose Ann Sinay

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Read It! Reviews by Nicole McManus

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Confessions of a Secret Midnight Ritual, by Liz Pardue-Schultz

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Immersed in Light: One Artist’s Vision: Bruce Munro, by Leslie Moore

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Living in Market Common - aka The Bubble, by Kelly Fentress

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A Typical Mom – With a Not So Typical Life: Summer Karst by Leslie Moore

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Culinary Decree, by Diane DeVaughn Stokes

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Cooking for One, by Betsy Haase

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Brunch – A Dining Delight!

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BFFs, by Erika Hoffman


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Publisher Delores Blount Sales & Marketing Director Susan Bryant Editor Leslie Moore Account Executives Stacy Danosky Erica Schneider Gay Stackhouse Many of us dread the colder months at the beach, and even though we’ve had very little cold weather this year, it does get dark early and stays dark until well past my alarm clock’s morning salute. March’s arrival is always welcome – spring is in sight, and the days are beginning to lengthen. My only regret about the end of winter is no more oysters! I attended two oyster roasts in February, and these parties are the stars of the season. Traditionally held outside, there is always a roaring fire to help everyone warm up between steaming pots of oysters shucked on a communal table. Laughter, the warmth of friendship and a shared love of our delicious local bivalves help us remember to celebrate the joy in every season. Our writers did a wonderful job this month bringing us their favorite memories of food and fellowship. I know you’ll enjoy reading about everything from the love of peanut butter and jelly to the perfect surprise party. I was able to interview a couple of really interesting people as well. And, as always, please let us know what you think! Happy Spring!

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Being Party to a Surprise by Jeffery Cohen

As I approached my 40th birthday, my wife asked if I wanted a party to celebrate such a milestone. I explained that this birthday was no different than any other, so there was no reason to make a big deal of it. She shrugged her shoulders and said, “Okay.” Three weeks before my birthday, I’m reading the paper and my wife says, “If someone is having, say, 18 people over, how much wine do you think you’d need?” Though the question was coming from left field, it was more than obvious to me where she was going with it. Instead of questioning her motives, without even looking up from my paper, I simply said, “Six bottles of red, six bottles of white,” and that’s where we left it. Two weeks before my birthday we go grocery shopping, and my wife fills a shopping cart with bags of chips, pretzels and crackers. “What’s all this?” I say, trying to hide a knowing smile. “You can never have too many snacks around,” she says casually... and I let it go. A couple of days before my birthday, my wife says the next door neighbor, who is half my age, and who I’ve never said more than hello to when we’ve crossed paths, wants to take me out for a drink for my birthday on Saturday night – not exactly hard to put two and two together. The neighbor will take me out for a drink, my wife ushers in the 18 wine-drinking snack-eaters, and I come home and...Surprise! So I 10 :: Sasee.com :: March 2020

agree to go out for the drink. Saturday evening and there’s a knock at the door. I figure it’s the neighbor coming to get me a little bit early, but it turns out to be my father, dressed to the nines. “Hey Dad, what are you doing here?” I ask. “Oh, I just thought I’d drop over and see how you’re doing.” My father never drops over. He expects me to drop over to see him regularly, but not the other way around. “I’m just about to go out for a drink with a neighbor,” I explain. He sits down on the couch. “No problem,” he says. “I’ll just...hang around.” My wife nervously jumps in. “Maybe your dad can drive me over to the mall. I have some shopping to do.” I don’t ask any questions. So the neighbor shows up, takes me to a local bar and orders us a couple of beers. We sit there talking sports, politics, life. He orders more beers, and the conversation continues. I glance at my watch now and then, wondering when he’s going to deliver me to the party, but he seems in no hurry. Now I’m starting to wonder if there really is a party. Maybe there is, and he’s forgotten? We’ve been sitting at the bar for over two hours, and he orders more beers. So I look at my watch and say, “Geez, it’s after nine already.” His eyes bug out, his jaw drops, and he says, “Nine? It’s after nine? We gotta go!”

“But what about the beers you just ordered?” I ask. “Drink up! Drink up! We gotta go. Now!” he says, as he guzzles down his beer. I don’t ask any questions. The ride back was like sitting next to a driver at the Indy 500. He drove fast enough to break the sound barrier. At home, the lights are all out. I picture people waiting in the dark for who knows how long, just ready to spring. I go over my best surprised reaction in my head: Wow! What a surprise. I would never have guessed. You guys really got me this time! I reach for the door handle. The storm door is locked. Now I’m confused and unsure of just what to do. I’m imagining a house full of people hiding inside, somebody mistakenly locked the door, and now no one can unlock it without giving away the surprise. I knock anyway. Nothing. I’m a bit shaken. I nervously pound on the door. Nothing. So I do the only thing I can think of doing. I put my hand through the screen, reach in, unlock the screen door, and then open the front door. I slowly step in. I’m standing in the dark waiting for the crowd to jump out and... nothing. I switch on the light and look around the empty living room. No people, no streamers, no balloons. No “Happy Birthday”  banner. No

Now I’m starting to wonder if there really is a party. Maybe there is, and he’s forgotten?


wine. No snacks. No party – just me and my disappointment. I shake my head and wonder where I went wrong as I shuffle into the kitchen, going over in my mind all of what I thought were clues. The wine, the snacks, my Dad in his Sunday best, the neighbor, the locked door: I must be crazy to think there would be a party just waiting for me, I think to myself. Then I turn on the kitchen light and ...SURPRISE! I’m surrounded by familiar faces that pour out from behind furniture, around corners, out of closets, out from the pantry. My wife greets me with a big grin. “So, were you surprised?” I shake my head. Barely able to speak, I utter, “Wow! What a surprise. I would never have guessed. You guys really got me this time!” and I meant every word.

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Chocolate Covered Zen by Rose Ann Sinay

I made a promise this year to avoid cold-turkey resolutions I couldn’t keep. So, I decided to take a natural Zen approach to tweaking the 60-plus years of a couple of undesirable habits: my chocolate obsession and my constant procrastination. I have allowed myself leeway with the definition of change, trusting my intuition through meditation. For example, I didn’t berate myself when I realized it was the second week in January and my Christmas decorations still made me smile when I woke up in the morning. When I finally decided it was time to de-glitz the house, I focused on my project, wrapping each ornament and boxing them properly. Each string of lights was wound around separate pieces of cardboard instead of throwing them into a box to become magically tangled. I stacked the containers in the attic to await their next annual outing and felt the satisfaction of a job well done. Addressing my organizational skill was a good start to my self-improvement path, but taming my sweet tooth was going to be the real challenge. I didn’t stress right away. I simply meditated when I thought about eating a spoonful of fudge topping right out of the jar... which made me want it all the more. It’s been over a month now, and I’m not feeling the Zen. Not that I had intended 16 :: Sasee.com :: March 2020

to forego chocolate altogether, but I had hoped to be satisfied with a square or two of a Hershey Bar – not a meal consisting of a pound bag of peanut M&Ms. The immediate problem is sitting in the corner of my kitchen. Two extra large gift bags embellished with a laughing Santa (his hands holding his rotund belly) and tagged with my name (how appropriate), waiting to be emptied. I’ve avoided the presents for thirty-three days. I am terrified to open Pandora’s Box. Nevertheless, today’s the day. A large kitchen drawer has been cleared of its contents to store these new goodies. Maybe, I should get a lock; I seriously consider the thought, but then, well – I have the key. I could throw away the contents of the gift bags. No! Not an option. Oh, for goodness’ sake! I’m a grown woman. I can muster at least a modicum of restraint. I begin to hum and call upon the self-control buried inside me under layers of fat. (Not totally unattractive!) Before I tackle the contents of the bag, I take a few eggs from the refrigerator, put them in a pan of cold water and turn on the burner as an insurance policy of sorts. You know, never go shopping on an empty stomach. Six minutes and I can peel the eggs, slather them with mustard and a touch of mayonnaise, and maybe a little sweet relish on top. I slice a piece of roasted chicken and decorate my plate with cut cucumbers and carrots. A thin drizzle of tangy raspberry vinaigrette finishes off my healthy lunch. Who am I kidding? I know what’s in those bags, and there’s no one but me tortured by the CHOCOLATE

overload. I can smell it over the aroma of the coffee perking in the coffee pot, the savory rotisserie chicken and pungent salad dressing. I can see the confections in their luxury packaging and clear cellophane wrap, though I haven’t laid eyes on the sinful stash since Christmas. Super-sized pretzels covered in white chocolate streaked with fudge stripes and tied with a red ribbon – a perfect bundle of edible birch logs. Santa and Christmas soldier pops glow under a burnished gold glaze, two five-inch squares of specialty chocolates: one salted and crunchy, one spicy with crushed pepper, two onepound bags of decadent truffles and a huge tin of assorted brownies. A “Night at the Movies” themed popcorn bucket in the other bag contains theatersized boxes of Junior Mints, peanut M&Ms, Malted Whoppers and cherry licorice waiting for date night with my husband – if they last that long. I try not to think about the comment my doctor made about my weight at my last physical. She would not be pleased by the number today, never mind after the chocolate binge I see in my future. Then, I remember reading a recent report extolling the benefits of chocolate on the internet from a very competent source (ahem). I open my computer and attempt to locate a report with no investment in cacao beans. I read several articles proclaiming my addiction to be a superfood! I want to believe it, but not even I could swallow that. An article, “Health by Chocolate,” on WebMD catches my eye. Researchers from Harvard University School of Public Health claim studies have shown health benefits of eating dark (70 to 85 percent cocoa) chocolate attributing its antioxidant rich flavonoids. The study


suggests a decrease in cardiovascular disease by those who consumed chocolate on a daily basis.

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I close my computer feeling calmer and more in control. I can do this. I begin to stock the drawer with the confections. Finally, all that’s left to be put away are the Christmas pops. I admire the molded soldier with its gilt finish before I tear the cellophane wrap from his body and bite off his head. My body becomes weightless as my endorphins surge and the lines in my face begin to fade.

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Nope, just kidding. I eat my eggs and chicken and finish off the body of my little soldier while I hum my mantra – a little tune from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

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–Read It!– Saving Meghan, by D. J. Palmer Meghan is fifteen years old, and she is tired of being sick. She used to love playing soccer and was hoping for a possible scholarship, but now, she doesn’t even want to get out of bed. She feels the switches being turned off inside her, even if the doctors can’t find anything. Becky will do whatever it takes to find an answer for her daughter. A little flirting here or there never hurt, and it does help to keep specialists’ numbers in her phone. Has Becky’s determination helped rule illnesses out, or has her need for a cure perpetuated an endless cycle? The author did an incredible job sharing the inner psyche of each character. The narrator brilliantly changed tones and sounds just like a put out fifteen year old. Saving Meghan brings up the horrific illness of Munchausen by proxy, but it also dives further into what a patient feels like when they know something is wrong, but tests don’t prove anything. The twists and turns in this book will have readers second-

guessing themselves, as they try and figure out who is telling the truth. D. J. Palmer’s debut is dark, twisty, and oh so good. I love a good psychological thriller, and I love a good medical-themed book. As someone with a very rare, very difficult autoimmune disease, Meghan’s inner thoughts truly resonated with me. I have felt that same frustration. I, also, consider myself a Clue/ Nancy Drew expert. I have been reading mysteries for as long as I can remember. There were several times when I thought I had it figured out, only to scratch out my mental notes, and go back to the other “resolution.” I was convinced that I had scenario “a” (or “b”) completely figured out. I must admit; however, that the author threw in one more final twist that still has me scratching my head. I look forward to reading it again once some friends read it, because, trust me; this is a book you will want to discuss for a very long time.

Promises of the Heart, by Nan Rossiter Macey and Ben have the ideal marriage and home life on Tybee Island. Yet they long for a baby. Soon, a three-legged dog finds his way into their home. Then, Harper, a nine year old with a heart condition and a bad attitude that keeps getting her kicked out of foster homes enters the picture. When Macey meets Harper, she begins to realize that there are numerous children in need of a loving family. As she and Ben discuss the possibilities, Harper goes missing. Will they be able to find Harper, before it is too late? This book has a little bit of everything for everyone. First the undeniably cute dog on the cover, then the adorable nine year who has had a very hard life, and finally

a woman with a big heart. The small town vibe is reminiscent of most island life, and the characters feel like they could be readers’ real life best friends. This is a must read for anyone looking to renew their faith in humanity. I am a firm believer in a well-balanced reading diet. After a serious or dark book, I need something heartwarming… Nan Rossiter did not disappoint. The exciting part is that this is the first book in a series, and I anxiously want to read more. While I wait for the next in the series to be written, I shall be catching up on the several other promising books written by this talented author.

Reviews by Nicole McManus Nicole loves to read, to the point that she is sure she was born with a book in her hands. She writes book reviews in the hopes of helping others find the magic found through reading. Contact her at ARIESGRLREVIEW.COM. 18 :: Sasee.com :: March 2020


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Confessions of a Secret Midnight Ritual by Liz Pardue-Schultz

Some nights there are no memories that come with this tradition; only the complete feeling of safety and serenity that comes with such an underrated treat. In the deep, blue dark of early morning, my eyes jerk open with a rush of anxiety and a familiar wave of heat emanating from just below my chest, engulfing me where I slept. Taking dramatically deep breaths, I fling off my covers and stare at the ceiling until my heart slows its frenzy. I glance at my clock, knowing before I look that it will read within moments of 3 o’clock. The Witching Hour. “Wonderful,” I think with a smile. “Time for my secret ritual. To the potions!” Carefully, as to not wake my slumbering partner, I curl my knees toward my chest, pivot my torso and plant my feet on the ground next to where the moonlight has created a puddle. I tuck my bed sheets back in place, hoping they will preserve the hot flash I just imprinted into the memory foam until I return, and back out of the room, closing the door silently behind me. I am careful to walk on the softest pads of my feet as I move throughout my home, each step a practiced dance, a spell to keep sleeping children and felines from waking. 20 :: Sasee.com :: March 2020

Seeing by way of moonbeams, I creep into my kitchen, tugging on the refrigerator door so that only the tiniest bit of light splashes onto the floor tiles. From its hiding place at the back of the top shelf, I pull an unlabeled glass jar and tuck it under my arm to warm, my mother’s handwriting peering back at me from the lid, as if conspiratorially.

I lift the sandwich, setting my elbows on either side of the plate like a small child at a lunch table, and sink my teeth in, resisting the urge to moan in rapture. The complementary salty-andsweet of the peanut butter and jam are, at once, both stimulating and soothing – brilliant with flavor and medicinal in their familiarity.

“Three Berry Jam,” it whispers. “Summer 2017.” My heartbeat perks with excitement.

Immediately, I am transported through space and time, to summer picnics at day camps, bag lunch comparisons on field trips, quick oceanside snacks between swims, lunch breaks in the middle of “yard work days.” The memory of my mother thrusting into my hands a folded-over version of this masterpiece, wrapped in a paper towel as I rushed from school to sports practice, feels like a warm hug to my soul.

As smoothly as waving a magic wand, I assemble the rest of my tools for my midnight rite. A plate that belonged to my grandmother supports two slices of artisan bread, and I dip a butter knife into freshly-ground peanut butter, sourced from a farm nearby. I’ve stifled myself from humming aloud, but I do smile broadly as I spread crushed peanuts across one slice, followed by my mother’s homemade berry preserves on the other. Fraught with anticipation, I lick the dull edges of the knife, savoring every drop while I bring the two bread pieces together. I pour whole milk into a glass and set myself a place at the breakfast table, where I can watch the wild nocturnal visitors roam through the moonlight in our backyard.

This communion could last ten minutes or an hour; I can’t be sure, as I savor the memories and their attached sentiments as carefully as I do each bite. Some nights there are no memories that come with this tradition; only the complete feeling of safety and serenity that comes with such an underrated


treat. Ridiculous as it sounds, in all my practicing of disciplined meditation, I can never achieve the mental peace that I can while eating a homemade pb&j in the middle of the night. All my fears and worries fall away, and I am left observing the moment, becoming enmeshed in the quiet around me and focusing intently on the joy moving from my hands across my tongue. Perhaps this can be classified as “eating my feelings.” That’s fine; they’re delicious. By the time I have washed down the last crust with milk, I am completely satiated. I sit and breathe deeply, enjoying these last few moments of absolute contentment in the still suspension of nighttime. Then, I clear the evidence of my solo ceremony and quietly begin the journey back to my bed. Once back, enveloped in quilts, I only need to close my eyes for a few breaths before I topple back into the blissful oblivion of slumber.

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Immersed in Light:

One Artist’s Vision: Bruce Munro by Leslie Moore

Photographer Serena Munro. © 2019 Bruce Munro Ltd.


I met artist Bruce Munro via Skype from his studio in England and, even though we were many miles apart, I was struck by his warmth and good humor, as well as his excitement about his upcoming exhibition in Brookgreen Gardens. Talking to this brilliant, world renowned artist had me a bit star struck, but Bruce immediately put me at ease with a laugh, saying, “If you do something long enough, people take notice, I’m just incredibly fortunate to be doing this work.” British artist, Bruce Munro is best known for immersive large-scale light-based installations inspired largely by his interest in shared human experience. For 40 years, he’s recorded his ideas and images in sketchbooks, and his delight in the world around him provides continuous inspiration. Brookgreen Gardens will host an exhibition of his work beginning next month. Versions of the mixed-media installation have popped up around the world since its debut at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2004, everywhere from Uluru, Australia, South Korea, Denmark, and the United Kingdom, to Houston, Nashville, and Columbus, Ohio. “Brookgreen Gardens got in touch with us,” Bruce began when I asked him why Brookgreen was chosen as the only East Coast exhibition of his work. “It was a great honor to be asked. I love gardens, and when I first visited Brookgreen, I was struck by the way the art is presented. It’s a good place that puts people at ease – I particularly like it when people can enjoy art without being scrutinized.” I was curious about the process of creating the installation, and Bruce explained, saying, “I’m very responsive to space, and every space is unique – with a different climate, different flora

Photographer Mark Pickthall. © 2019 Bruce Munro Ltd. and fauna, etc. It’s always very easy for me to find inspiration.” As someone who loves Brookgreen Gardens and spends a fair amount of time there, I felt this artist really captured the feeling of the space as he continued, saying, “In Brookgreen I feel like I am in a series of outdoor rooms – not all gardens have this feeling. It’s rather like going to a museum.” Most readers will recognize the artist’s Field of Light installation, and I asked Bruce to talk a bit about this spectacular artwork. “It’s a very important piece of work for me; it was the start of me working as an adult. I was living with my girlfriend (now wife) in Australia when the idea first landed in my sketch book – it was something I felt I needed to do, and it took me 12 years to complete.” Visitors to Brookgreen will experience Field of Light as 11,700 stems of light in softly moving colors covering the Arboretum. “After the experience of creating Field of Light, it kept nagging at me that I needed to do other things,” Bruce

continued, talking about the evolution of his work, and his incredible catalogue of light creations. “My work is very instinctive. The older I get the more I look at the world like I did as a child – not that my work is childish, but I am more in touch with the feeling behind the art. It is about shared human experience and connection.” I asked Bruce to talk a bit about the Okonjima Choral Society installation, consisting of 2,000 “frogs” singing in unison behind the garden wall at the Rosen Carolina Terrace, accented by the pulses and rhythms of their illuminated “eyes.” “When I was walking around Brookgreen, I came to this wall – beyond it was wild territory – I liked the feeling of this area and the beautiful trees hanging with moss. There was a feeling of being on the edge of the wild.” He continued, telling me the story behind the piece. “My family and I took a holiday in Namibia, Africa, and I heard these frogs singing near a waterhole. The sound was mesmerizing. At first I thought I should maybe write a choral Sasee.com :: March 2020 :: 23


and happy when they left than when they came in.” “The joy for me in the Brookgreen installation is being able to come over and meet the people who helped put it together,” Bruce said as we finished our chat. “The volunteers, the staff – they are all brilliant. I wish I could stay longer, but I do love being in my studio. The joy of work is in the creating.”

Photographer Serena Munro. © 2019 Bruce Munro Ltd. piece around the song of the frogs [laughter].” Bruce also drew inspiration from the beloved children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak. “There will be 2000 ‘frogs’ made from repurposed road markers. You may not have them here, but they light up for safety, keeping you in your driving lane, and they look like small animals. I illuminated them and synchronized the illumination with the frogs’ singing. My newer works have a gentle humor like this one. It’s something wild that’s also safe.” “When I saw the old bell tower in the gardens, surrounded by the old filigreed brickwork, I thought it looked like an enormous hive,” the artist said when I asked him to talk about some of the other works in this installation. “This one also has a soundtrack.” Hive is composed of 1,448 beeinspired hexagonal elements and gives the impression of a giant manmade beehive.

“If people have a good time, if the pieces warm their hearts and bring a smile, if they are inspired to come back to Brookgreen Gardens, then we’ve done what we set out to achieve,” Bruce told me thoughtfully. His father’s death 20 years ago was a huge watershed in Bruce’s life, and this great loss occurred before the artist was doing large scale light installations. “I treat all of my exhibitions as a very great honor. My father always encouraged me to follow my dreams. I feel very privileged to bring my ideas across the pond.” Visit Bruce Munro at Brookgreen: Southern Lights beginning April 8th. The exhibition will be open Wednesday-Saturday, 7-10pm, through September 12th. The Premiere Celebration Event is Saturday, April 4th. For tickets and more information, visit www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.

“I want to draw people in and stimulate their imagination,” this visionary artist began. “I love the fact that people walk around together in gardens – I want people to visit gardens – people have the perception gardens are boring, but they are truly the museums of tomorrow. I love the relationship between gardens and art; they go together spiritually and physically. I feel it’s important for all of us to rediscover our physical roots and connect to the physical world. That’s what I hope to do with my art.” Bruce’s love for gardens is deeply entwined with his art. “Once, when we were in a garden in Philadelphia, I watched people walking around – they weren’t there for me, they were just visiting the garden. They looked so much more relaxed 24 :: Sasee.com :: March 2020

Photographer Mark Pickthall. © 2019 Bruce Munro Ltd.


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Living in Market Common – aka The Bubble by Kelly Fentress

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Welcome to the bubble! Well, technically Sweetgrass West in Market Common. You know, those colorful Charlestonian homes across Farrow Parkway from the shops and restaurants? That’s my neighborhood, my forever home. My happy place. A place many of us who live here jokingly refer to as The Bubble. Why? Because we are spoiled with the beach, delicious restaurants, shops, boutiques, biking groups, movies, gyms, the beautiful lake for walking our pups or running, and, for those with littles, Savannah’s Playground (Miss Savannah herself actually lives in our neighborhood), all within walking, biking or golf cart distance. We could go months and never leave our little bubble because many of us live and work here too.

I moved to Market Common three years ago this month. (Happy “Houseaversary” to me!) I moved from an area of the beach that is very busy, extremely overcrowded and, let’s just say, not my happy place. Upon looking into the Sweetgrass West neighborhood, I immediately discovered how positive and welcoming folks are. There is a sense of community here unlike I have experienced on the beach, and I’ve lived in Myrtle Beach for 22 years. Knowing my neighbors, and loving them, is such a blessing! We have quite a diverse group of folks of all ages, backgrounds and interests, yet we come together to celebrate, well, pretty much anything. Even a typical

Thursday night could be cause for jumping on golf carts or our electric bikes, and meeting for dinner, drinks or both. Everyone knows about “Salt Life.” Well, here in the bubble we have “Porch Life.” We just need the t-shirts and stickers! It’s a given that on any night you can fill a glass, walk your dog and wind up on a friend’s porch or sitting around a fire pit chatting and laughing. Our neighborhood is close, and it’s a way of life that we love. From oyster roasts, New Year’s Eve ball drops, girls’ nights, Valor Park events, to full-on neighborhood get togethers in the park, or, again, just living that porch life…we love our bubble. I have a local friend who told me, “When I grow Sasee.com :: March 2020 :: 27


up I want to live in your sorority where you just go from porch to porch socializing with a glass of wine.” It sounds silly but that’s a pretty accurate description. Not everyone is a permanent resident here, but we are all close. I can count more people that know how to enter my home in case of emergency than do not in our hood. Ellen Byrd and Sabrina Bundy live in Rock Hill, but have a home they plan to retire to eventually. Sabrina explained to me that she “grew up going to Spring Maid Beach,” and continued, saying, “I love the walking environment, Pedego biking groups, and look forward to coming as often as possible to see my friends and socialize.” Ellen added that she “loves the people – both visitors and residents in Market Common – as everyone always seems to have a smile.” Wearing her own smile, she continued, saying, “I love the laid-back atmosphere, and if I didn’t venture away from Market Common, I would never know I was in one of South Carolina’s top tourist destinations.” That is so very true. Not only do we have, what we think, is “it all” right here in our neighborhood, but we don’t have to fight the Bypass or Kings Hwy to get to any of it. We don’t have the noise, the neon or the nonsense you think of when you’re living in a tourist town. Don’t misunderstand me. We do venture out of the bubble and even do so with our friends from the neighborhood. Many times you will find us at the Marsh Walk in the Inlet, or at our favorite hot spots such as Dunes Bistro, Strong Water, RipTydz or maybe even Rustic Table in Pawleys. We get out. Many of us have even traveled together…we just love what we come home to even more. I can grocery shop, boutique hop, fill up my gas tank or my tummy, get my hair and nails done, take in a movie, listen to a live band, attend a dance class, hit the gym, dip my toes in the ocean, see a doctor or dentist if needed, rent an electric bike (Most locals here own one and go on frequent outings together!), go bowl a few rounds, go fishing for a bit, take my furry babies to the vet or dog park, stock the liquor cabinet and even get a massage – all without leaving my neighborhood. Now that’s a well-rounded bubble! Michelle Robert, a local artist, mom and entrepreneur who has even worked with the Washington Redskins, told me, “…there is no other community like it in this area.” She loves the fact that she is within walking distance to all she

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wants and needs. Continuing, Michelle says “it is not just a community, but a lifestyle, and my neighbors are more like extended family.” Having a daughter in college who lives at home, Michelle added, “My daughter is able to come home between classes at HGTC and her job at 810 Billiards and Bowling. What more could we ask for?” Aaron Maynard retired from the Air Force in 2014, and he and his wife, Michele, chose Market Common not only as their home but also as the home of Pedego Electric Bikes, Aaron’s business here. Michele is quick to tell you that, “there is always something going on and our community is a friendly mix from all over.” Having been in the Air Force and lived all over the world, both Aaron and Michele say that the work/live atmosphere reminds them of their time in Europe. Aaron pointed out that they’ve lived in Market Common for five years, the longest they have ever lived in one place and plan on staying for many years to come! He also says that Market Common “checked off all of the boxes for a wonderful place to call home. We love how it’s growing, offering something for almost anyone – young, not so young, single, couples and families. I wouldn’t live, work or play anywhere else!” Cal Harrelson, our neighbor, friend, artist and real estate agent, as well as knower and lover of all things Lowcountry, says that he loves friends stopping by his front porch to chat and even have a glass of wine. Cal continued, saying, “this is exactly where my Dad grew up hunting squirrels, deer and turkey with his little dog Blackie. My grandfather, the first Mayor of Myrtle Beach, and his Council, built our first airport called Harrelson Municipal Airport, now of course called Myrtle Beach International Airport.” Cal is our famous artist with his “Calmetto” paintings gracing the homes of Ambassador Nikki Haley, President and Mrs. Trump, The South Carolina State Museum and the South Carolina Governor’s Mansion. Those of us who call him friend and neighbor have been gifted holiday ornaments, t-shirts, and even pumpkins with his artwork. Our bubble is the best! Another neighbor, friend and world traveler, Joanne Gianndrea also loves calling the bubble her home. She relocated to the area to simplify her life and says it’s been wonderful. When looking at homes and neighborhoods, she found Market Common, in particular Sweetgrass West, appealing because she wanted to live in a “porch” community providing social interaction on a daily basis. She also says

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that she wanted accessibility to restaurants, shopping, and, as one who travels often; the airport location was a bonus! “Market Common has become ‘home’ for me. Family is only a flight away!” says Joanne. Other bonuses that come with living in this beautiful place? We are on the very end of Myrtle Beach. Barely in the city, but we have all of the benefits of being a Myrtle Beach city resident. Cal touched on the historical aspect for his family, and I have to say I love the rich history of the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. The city did an outstanding job with Market Common, keeping the history alive. There are standing plaques throughout the parks, shopping district and even our neighborhoods. These plaques highlight various Air Force members, as well as buildings that used to occupy specific areas of Market Common. The church just a block from my home, for instance, is the original church from the Air Force Base. I walk my dogs past it at night and wonder about the stories those brick walls could tell. I remember driving into the “backgate” (when there was an actual gate) down the long winding tree-lined road, now Farrow Parkway, to a haunted house (this was 22 years ago). That haunted house (which was terrifying!) is now home to the Red Cross on Pampass Drive. Previously, that same building was the Air Force Base’s hospital. I can see this building from my home, and again, I wonder what stories could be told from those walls. I love our history being a part of my today and my future. I’m sure the folks of the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base never imagined that their home would eventually be the home of Market Common – the shopping, restaurant and festival mecca of Myrtle Beach. To those of us lucky enough to live here it is the gem of the beach, and we are so fortunate to call it home. We love our bubble! Kelly Renee Fentress owner and photographer at Moments Captured by Kelly Renee in Myrtle Beach, is also a graphic designer, freelance writer and travel blogger. She has called Myrtle Beach home for over 22 years, has a daughter who just graduated collage and three furry babies. In her spare time you will find Kelly either traveling or planning her next trip. 30 :: Sasee.com :: March 2020


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A Typical Mom – With a Not So Typical Life: Summer Karst by Leslie Moore

“Somehow, it happens,” laughed Summer Karst when I asked her how she manages to do everything packed into her busy life. Summer is the coowner of Random, a clothing boutique in Market Common, the mother of two girls, Vivi, 8, and Isla, 10, and is married to Timothy a history teacher and football coach at Carolina Forest High School. This sounds fairy typical, but Isla was born with special needs. Diagnosed with PCH2 and epilepsy, she is in a wheelchair, has daily seizures and requires extensive daily care. “Two weeks ago, my week started with an MUSC hospital stay with Isla, and ended with Isla, my mom and I in Atlanta on a buying trip for Random,” Summer told me as we chatted about her life. “We didn’t know anything was wrong until after Isla was born,” Summer began, explaining PCH2 as a rare genetic disorder that affects the brain. The defect required Isla to undergo major surgery at only a year old, and since then she’s had full spinal fusion to fix scoliosis and kyphosis. Isla also has epilepsy that can’t be controlled with medication. 32 :: Sasee.com :: March 2020

There is no “typical” day in Summer’s life. Isla and Vivi both attend Carolina Forest Elementary School, but Summer may be called away from her boutique at any time. “A lot of times schedules don’t work out,” this busy mom said with a laugh. “I don’t have it all together, and sometimes you can find the kids at the boutique working with me.”

girls are very typical in many ways – Isla loves lights, and her room is filled with Christmas lights and a disco ball. She also loves blankets and has a huge collection. “Isla can be a stinker,” Summer laughed. “She’s been known to fake a seizure to get out of doing her schoolwork.” Vivi loves unicorns, barbies, dinosaurs, dragons and her three legged cat named Milton.

“I fail a lot,” Summer said, but anyone who knows her would disagree – as does Summer’s sister-in-law, Myndi Hillman, who recently wrote a tribute on Facebook, saying Summer, “doesn’t complain that life doesn’t always go her way…Just when she thinks the day before her will allow some down time it’s off to work to cover for an employee, or to school to pick up a sick child, or a child who’s had seizures. Some days it’s off to the hospital, for maybe a few hours or days. She would never in a million years say, ‘Why me God?’ only ‘Thank you Lord for my incredible imperfect, perfect life!’”

“From day one, we knew life would be different for us,” Summer told me thoughtfully. “We decided not to let Isla’s disability disable our family.” Because she owns a family business, Summer was able to step back for the first few years of Isla’s life. “I have been blessed by the support of the community and our customers. And I could not do it without our wonderful staff.”

“She’s the funniest kid, we adore her,” Summer said when I asked about Isla’s personality. Isla can communicate with a high tech device that uses lasers to monitor her eye movements, but even without it Isla can make her wishes known – as she did on a recent visit to her pediatrician, when she responded with a loud “harrumph,” when the nurse asked her how she was doing – Isla did not want to be in the doctor’s office! Isla and her sister Vivi are very close – Summer told me Isla is the typical big sister and thinks it’s hilarious when Vivi gets in trouble. Vivi, a protective little sister, can’t wait to bring her friends to meet Isla at school. The

Because their lives are so busy, Summer and Tim are careful to carve out the occasional dinner out or just a quiet hour at home to talk. “Parents of special needs children have high divorce rates, not surprisingly, so it’s important for us to schedule time to connect.” “I’m not saying it wasn’t hard at first, but we are so grateful for the life we have – Isla has changed so many lives for the better.” For Summer, a big part of this journey is helping others. “Tim and I are always open to any questions about our life. If anyone needs to reach out, we would love to help in any way we can.” Stop by Random Boutique and meet Summer – and maybe Isla! Random is located at 3315 Reed Street in Market Common or contact her on Instagram or Facebook, @randomboutiques.


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Culinary “Decree” by Diane DeVaughn Stokes My love of cooking came from my maternal grandmother, who seasoned the meat, whipped the potatoes, and kneaded the dough with the precision of an Olympic athlete and the love of Mother Goose for her gander. Yet some of my very favorite tricks of the trade came from my own local TV show, where I have featured chefs who mesmerized the viewers, and me, with magical helpful hints, and quick and easy meals over the past 47 years. After all, they had only sixteen minutes on the air, so advance organization was most important. And I am proud to say I was cooking up a storm on TV long before the Food Network was even born. Now doesn’t that make me sound old? One of the tips I treasure, and use often, is using vinegar dribbled into milk to replace buttermilk. I mean, really, how many of us have buttermilk hanging around in our refrigerator waiting to feel needed? I used to think that lard or canola oil was best for sautéing or stir-frying, but found out that grape seed oil or coconut oil is best for cooking fast on high heat. And did you know that storing herbs in a freezer bag in the freezer will keep them fresh and make them easier to chop? And, adding a paper towel in the container when storing lettuce, mushrooms, or other veggies will keep them fresher longer. Leaving bananas in the bunch, rather 34 :: Sasee.com :: March 2020

than separating them, prevents them from browning as quickly, and to keep brown sugar from hardening just add an apple to the bag or a slice of bread. And one more amazing tip is to store cottage cheese and sour cream upside down in their containers to help it last longer. I could go on all day. I even learned things like using rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball will help to remove stains on my stainless steel pots and pans, while ketchup can be rubbed on my copper pots to reinstate the shine. Or using an ice cream scoop makes decent and bigger watermelon balls. However my favorite lessons from the chefs were about making tastier meals. Chicken and beef base are so much better to use for flavor than bullion cubes. Before I was a TV host, I did not even know such a product existed. Look for it in the soup section as it is simply amazing, especially in soups, gravy and chicken bog. Speaking of chicken bog, I don’t want to brag, but I have perfected this dish, and it just may be my husband Chuck’s favorite, as he begs me to make it at least once a month. TV chefs all made it differently, but I have just the right formula. I used to spend hours boiling the chicken, waiting for it to cool, skimming the fat and cutting it up. Now I use rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, boxes of chicken broth, chicken base, hot sausage, smoked sausage, pepper and rice. No salt is needed as the chicken base makes up for it. I’d put it up against any of the winners at the Loris Bog-off! The most popular item prepared on

my TV programs has been shrimp and grits, perhaps because it is easy to whip up in sixteen minutes, especially if the chef brought the grits to the studio already made. But since every single chef made grits differently, I tweaked them to make the creamiest and most delicious grits ever, always using locally-made and award-winning Palmetto Grits, sold and shipped all over the world. My secret is using half and half and lots of butter. But, recently David Dorman, owner of Palmetto Grits in Gallivants Ferry, shared his secret to creamier grits with me during a TV appearance. He uses an eight ounce log of cream cheese, rather than butter. Try it. Even my husband, who does not like cheese, loves these grits for breakfast or dinner! Of course there were chefs who made dishes on the show that I chose not to taste, like a visiting chef from India. Just the smell stopped me in my tracks. And then there were some I wish I had not tasted, like the Pawleys Island chef who hurriedly prepared a fish stew, but the fish was still frozen, almost gagging me. There was also a chef who cut himself during a live interview and was bleeding all over the place, but he wrapped his hand in one of his white dish towels which was red by the time the interview was over. Not very appetizing! And, how about the chef who was frying up maple-glazed pork tenderloins and caused the fire alarms to go off, sending the fire department directly to us? I invited them to sit down and eat with us while they were at the studio for the false alarm – I’m sure the viewers got a kick out of it. And I’ll never forget a friend from the Greek Orthodox Church who came to demonstrate how to make baklava, but


the phyllo dough melted so quickly under the strong studio lighting that it turned out to be one sticky mess. So we just giggled through the entire interview, and ate the baklava she prepared in advance, not the batch she tried to make on TV. My very favorite chef, one I wrote about in a previous Sasee article several years ago, was Psaito the Japanese chef who accidently set my panty hose on fire with a spark from his Hibachi. And my second favorite was little Mamma Lucia, of Villa Romana Restaurant, who was in her eighties making homemade pasta, but not speaking a word of English, only Italian, so I did my best to translate as we went along. And just in case you are wondering what the weirdest of all recipes has been during my very rewarding TV career, it was Peach Enchiladas made by Donna Bundrick with the South Carolina Department of Agriculture. The crazy ingredient is Mountain Dew! This has turned out to be one of my favorite and easiest desserts to make. First you grease a 13" x 9" pan, wrap fresh peach slices with sections of crescent rolls, mix one and half cups of sugar with one cup melted butter, and a teaspoon of cinnamon, and pour this mixture over rolls. Finally, top it all off with one 12 ounce can of Mountain Dew. I don’t even like Mountain Dew, but this is fabulous. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Yummy! I’ve surely had a great culinary education, thanks to these local chefs who braved the airwaves with me. I may not have earned a culinary degree but should be “decreed” a culinary associate of some sort!

Diane DeVaughn Stokes Diane is the host and producer for “Inside Out” as seen on HTC TV Channel 4, and serves as a commercial spokesperson for several local businesses. She and her husband Chuck own Stages Video productions in Myrtle Beach and share passions for food, theater, travel and scuba diving. They own three four legged kids that they adore!

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Cooking for One by Betsy Haase

I remember the sad face, a tear plopping – almost off the glossy page of my oversized book. Because he was lame, the squirrel could only forage his dinner from what the other creatures in his neighborhood forest left behind. He was struggling with a rotten acorn on a mostly empty plate when the tale began. For those of us who have cooked, or are presently cooking, dinners for one, meals can be like that of my storybook squirrel. I’ve asked myself, “Do I want to make a meatloaf and eat it all week?” An entire crock pot of stew meat and vegetables for one seems downright ridiculous. That’s how it begins. First comes take-out. Burgers wrapped in paper, chicken parmesan sliding around in styrofoam, lo mein oozing out from cardboard containers are all expensive and full of calories. Take-out is a treat – the celebratory Friday pizza or a stop gap in a hectic schedule. I get it, but as daily fare, too indulgent and wasteful for me. Cans of prepared soup; a simple sandwich; both seem like good choices. They are until one day you find yourself standing at the kitchen sink, gazing out the window, spooning soup directly from the saucepan or mindlessly eating a sandwich out of hand. There is no dinnerware involved. You are not a time management expert who has streamlined their routines. I, at least, 36 :: Sasee.com :: March 2020

metamorphosed into the lame squirrel – a divorcee whose children have left the nest. The realization overwhelmed me. After years and years of planning menus and shopping for ingredients, my skills atrophied. Cooking for one was not the same as cooking for a family of four. Eggs saved me. Breakfast for dinner provided just the right portion. Scrambling or frying an egg or two with a slice of toast was an easy do. Adding cheese and mushrooms produced a tasty omelet on the stovetop. Soon, I was creating frittatas in the oven with very little effort. Roasted or sautéed veggies and little bits of protein, whether some canned beans or strips of deli ham, went into my creations. I slowly understood that, for the most part, I no longer wanted to eat the kinds of dinners I had cooked for my children and ex-husband. I had not been the greatest of cooks and now I knew the reason. I was not a meat and potato gal. A bowl of homemade soup, a crust of bread, fruit and a wedge of cheese was what I wanted to eat to close my day. I started buying vintage plates and bowls. I was drawn to the pretty florals of the 1930s. I was excited to plate my food on their cheery faces. How adorable! My blah white plates from my old life, which had held pork chops and chicken legs, were now enjoying a second act after I donated them to the local thrift shop. Meatloaf and crock pot stew eventually returned to my repertoire. After all,

they are comforting and hearty meals, but I notice when my grown children come for a dinner of pasta fagioli, they purr contentedly as they refill their bowls. The lame squirrel enjoyed a happy ending to his lonely meal. His neighbors remembered his plight and each stopped by with contributions of grains and corn. I didn’t have a limp or a crutch. I simply chose a new path to explore. ***** Create your own frittata: To a bowl of beaten eggs, add roasted, sautéed, chopped or frozen veggies. Add protein like cooked meats, smoked fish, or beans. Add grated or crumbled cheese. Think about sour cream or ricotta! Add salt, pepper, and herbs to taste. Boost flavor with hot sauce, pesto, mustard or tapenade. Heat butter or olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add egg mixture and cook until eggs are set. Frittatas may also be baked in an ovenproof dish in a preheated, 350 degree oven until top is just set.

Betsy L. Haase’s essays have appeared in Victoria, Tea Time, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Edible Communities, and Sasee. Her favorite frittata is made with Ore-Ida’s Potatoes O’Brien.


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“How will I know when I’m ready to make the move?” At The Florence Presbyterian Community, we hear this question a lot. So we developed a simple checklist to determine if they’re ready to make the move to a retirement community. Check off as many as apply for you or a loved one:

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I want to maintain my wellness and stay active as long as possible. I want to meet new friends and enjoy social activities. I want to continue learning, enjoying hobbies and traveling as long as I can. It’s a struggle to get frequent home and yard maintenance done. I don’t want to be a burden to my children/family. I would like to have help with housekeeping, linens, etc. I worry about falling or I have fallen in my home. I would love to have delicious meals prepared for me. I prefer not to drive a lot, particularly in bad weather.

If you answered YES to ANY of these questions, we invite you to schedule a tour of our community. To discover the benefits of a maintenance-free retirement lifetyle at a Life Plan Community, contact Beth Shealy:

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Brunch - A Dining Delight Everyone loves brunch – and if you aren’t sure about that, visit Instagram, where over 25 million people have used the hashtag #brunch. Call the girls, and make this weekend special with brunch at one of these fun restaurants! This delicious combo of breakfast and lunch can be found from North Myrtle Beach to Conway to Pawleys Island and beyond – and don’t forget the mimosas! Shine Café 707 Main Street, Conway Brunch Saturday and Sunday 10am-2pm Menu Highlights: Garden of Eden Potatoes, Crab Benedict, Shrimp & Grits, Homemade Challah Bread The Famous Toastery 2005 Oakheart Rd, Carolina Forest, 7am-3pm breakfast, lunch and brunch all day Menu Highlights: Sunrise Burrito, Breakfast Pizza, Flapjacks, Specialty Omelets Blueberry’s Grill 7931 N. Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach (opens 6am) 4856 Hwy 17, North Myrtle Beach (opens 7am) Menu Highlights: Wild Smoked Salmon Croissant, Blueberry’s Monte Cristo, French Beignets, Melting Pot Omelet, Specialty Bloody Marys Top Golf 2850 Robert Grissom Pkwy, Myrtle Beach Weekend Brunch 9am-2pm Menu Highlights: Acai Superfood Bowl, Ahi Tuna Avocado Toast, Build Your Own Mimosas Croissants 3751 Robert Grissom Pkwy, Myrtle Beach Breakfast until 4pm on Sat. and 2pm on Sun. 8014 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach Counter service only on Sunday Menu Highlights: Mascarpone Berry Crepes, Huevos Rancheros, Croque Madame, and Bananas Foster French Toast Lulu’s Café 1903 Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach Breakfast all day Menu Highlights: Specialty Omelets, Crab Cakes, BLTs, Bloody Marys, Mimosas

Crepe Creations 4012 Deville St, Market Common Breakfast until 2pm daily Menu Highlights: Belgian waffles, Eggs Victoria, Santa Fe Crepe, Tropical Sangria Deck 383 1950 Wachesaw Road, Murrells Inlet Sunday Brunch, 11am-2pm Menu Highlights: Seafood Omelet, Crab Benedict, French Toast, Fried Catfish Dead Dog Saloon 4079 US-17 Business, Murrells Inlet Breakfast 8am to 11am; 11:30am on Sun Menu Highlights: Breakfast Tacos, Bagels and Lox, Breakfast Shrimp, Lobster Home Fries Gulfstream Café 1536 S. Waccamaw Drive, Garden City Sunday Brunch Buffet beginning at 10am Menu Highlights: Made-to-Order Omelets, Seafood Specialties each week Rustic Table 10683 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island Saturday and Sunday Brunch, 10am-3pm Menu Highlights: Pawleys Omelet, Chicken & Waffles, Waffle Sandwich, Mimosas Applewood House of Pancakes 14361 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island 6:30am-2:30pm daily Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Menu Highlights: Awesome Amy’s Shrimp Omelet, Applewood Pancakes, Loaded Chicken

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Have you ever tried? Guacamole Cheese? Chunky guacamole fused into a hard gouda-like, mold-hued green cheese may sound like an internet hoax, but it’s real. And it’s already at The Fresh Market. Guacamole Cheese is a creamy, Gouda-style, hard cheese that blends real avocados with lime juice, chili, tomato, onion and garlic. The cheese, on its own, is firm with some heat that lingers after each bite. Anyone who is a fan of pepper jack, may be pleasantly surprised by the flavor of this spicy guacamole cheese, that is, if they don’t mind it being a deep green color. Try melting it over nachos or into queso for a festive dip.

Dragon Fruit? Dragon fruit is the fruit of a night-blooming cactus. It is grown in Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, and South America. The fruit may be either white or pink inside, and it’s always speckled with tiny black seeds. You can enjoy dragon fruit raw, cooked or dried. The texture of dragon fruit is similar to kiwi because of the seeds, but the taste is a little like a melon. It is difficult to describe dragon fruit to those who haven’t tried it because it is so unique. If you’re looking for a fiery cocktail ingredient to add to your arsenal, Dragon fruit has you covered. Delicate in flavor but explosive in presentation, it won’t overpower other flavors in your cocktails, but it can make them soar aesthetically. Sasee.com :: March 2020 :: 41


BFFs

by Erika Hoffman In the past six years, I’ve made three new friends. Pitiful, you say? I’d have agreed once upon a time. Yet, circumstances change. I used to be hyper-social. The one office I was chronically elected to fill – social secretary. Because I possessed a motor mouth, folks automatically figured I’d make friends. Not always. Sometimes, people give wide berth to a blabber mouth. I understand why. Indiscriminate talkers can be trouble! At any rate, as I aged, I found myself unwilling to engage in social commitments. I dropped out of clubs rather than dropping in. I became reluctant to call old friends or walk the extra mile. I got comfortable being alone. Several factors contributed to my reclusiveness. I turned into an empty nester. With that comes more isolation. My four kids, who threw me into a beehive of social circles, are now gone. Simultaneously, my elderly dad needed care. I invited him to live with us. I quit my teaching career, which I had resumed only the year before. In addition, we moved from a rural town where we’d resided for 21 years to a community with spaced-out homes and retirees. The last nail in the coffin of my social isolation? I set a goal to become a published writer. Instead of scooting about on outings with folks, I’d write for hours, only stopping to ask my dad if he wanted salami on rye for lunch. Making new friends, not just mere acquaintances, took a back seat. To form friendships in my mid-fifties seemed elusive. Yet, 42 :: Sasee.com :: March 2020

there was a lady who walked her dog each day. I’d met her once at a dinner party; she seemed congenial. When she stopped with her Shitzu to visit my Golden, contained by an Invisible Fence, I’d strike up a conversation. After a while, we walked a little together. Then, I learned that she had been researching her roots looking for an ancestor who had fought in the Revolution, as had I. We compared our interest in genealogy and remarked at what fun it was sleuthing. Soon, we joined the same DAR group. Then, she asked me to accompany her to a Bible Study. This became a weekly practice. I’d found a new BFF, Sheila. While pursuing my new passion – writing, I attended writer conferences. Sometimes, I’d travel far to one, but because of care giving, this wasn’t easy. So, I’d seek ones nearby. The Florida Christian Writers of America hosted a one-day conference in Greensboro, North Carolina, only an hour away and on a Saturday, when my husband could eldersit. I went. Many attendees were ministers or like-minded, religiouslyoriented folks. Many knew each other. At lunch, I approached a table with a teen-aged girl, her mother, and one other lady. I asked if the seat was available. The lady, with a welcoming smile, said it was. Later, this gal and I talked after the meeting. We discovered we lived in the same county, and our kids had attended rival high schools. She had two boys the ages of two of my three boys. We knew the same folks. Although our cars sported bumper stickers supporting opposing views, Connie and I clicked! She wanted to chat in a few weeks at a Starbucks to discuss writing. For several years now, Connie and I have met regularly for our coffee-infused literary conversations and for lunches where we discuss our similar caregiving situations or yak about our long distance parenting

of 20 something-aged kids or our attempts at ballroom dancing. We have trekked together to out-of-state writing conferences, too. We have similar aspirations regarding writing, parenting, eldercare, marriage, travel, and life. Coincidentally, both of us were to become first-time mothers-ofthe-groom that year! A serendipitous friendship was born by stepping out of my comfort zone and going to a place without a companion, forcing me to reach out. My brother had a female friend in college. Her life paralleled mine in many ways, especially since her husband and mine have the same careers. When Barbara moved back to North Carolina, she knew few folks and remembered me from years before when we had met briefly. She emailed me and wanted to meet for lunch. Now we do this every month. We talk about our same alma mater, our similar political views, economics, eldercare, being married to country docs, her Jewish religion, bestsellers, and our kids finding their way in the world. Her zeal to go and do and find day trips inspires me because I tend to cultivate my own garden in my fenced backyard. I’ve learned so much from Barbara and anticipate our next midday get-away and wonder where it

Instead of scooting about on outings with folks, I’d write for hours, only stopping to ask my dad if he wanted salami on rye for lunch. Making new friends, not just mere acquaintances, took a back seat.


will be – the Raleigh Art Museum café, the Duke Gardens, or a swanky Asian fusion foodie-type eatery in Cary. I’ve made a new friend! When my third son entered medical school, he remarked he was surprised he’d found so many good buddies. He didn’t think guys formed those same close ties after college. I viewed friendship the same way – at his age. I was surprised at the friends I made while a young teacher; after our move to North Carolina; and as I raised our four kids. Now, entering that era where I receive discounts at Belk on Tuesday, I’m still finding genuine buddies!

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Cooking With Friends Nothing brings a community together like cooking. Whether you’re watching, preparing, or enjoying the delicious end result, cooking is something that’s done best with friends. Enjoy old and new friends in a fun, relaxed setting, learning how to create a wonderful meal hosted by Get Carried Away, Cypress Room. The best part…when you attend Cooking with Friends you are helping to support Friendship Place and programs developed to address food insecurity issues in our community. Upcoming Classes March 17 6-8pm

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"Dining Delights"

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"Dining Delights"