What is Frogmore Stew?

There are many stories about the origin of this summertime tradition that includes shrimp, sausage, corn, and potatoes. One story says that a shrimper in Frogmore was running low on food and threw everything he had into one, then realizing how great it tasted, started passing out the recipe around local seafood restaurants. Another alleges National Guardsman, Richard Gay, owner of the Gay Seafood Company on St. Helena Island, SC made the stew in an effort to serve over 100 fellow guardsmen. Regardless of its origin, Frogmore Stew became far more well known after is was featured on the cover of Gourmet Magazine in the 1980’s. The star ingredients in Frogmore Stew are the shrimp and our suggestion is to make the party-friendly dish with Wanchese shrimp from the near century old Wanchese Fish Company in North Carolina. These wildRead More

It’s Not A Pan, It’s An Heirloom

Charleston based Isaac Morton started Smithey Ironware Company because he noticed the same thing, the extra smooth surfaces and timeless logos of vintage ironware were missing in modern day cast iron pans. After years of studying collector’s books and bird-dogging rusty old pieces to restore to their 1890’s glory, the prospect of creating something new piqued his curiosity. Creating and sharing a cast iron cookware line that honored the classic style of vintage pieces, but also harnessed modern technology and processes, just felt like a good idea. And personally speaking, I am so glad he did, because these pans are the best cast iron pan I have ever cooked with. For starters the finish on the pan is nearly as smooth as glass, on their website, Issac refers to the surface as a, “natural non-stick surface out-of-the-box.” This makes itRead More

Half Shell, Full Flavor

First a run down on all the oysters. From Cherrystone Farms, a 5th generation family business, in Virginia where the waters of the Atlantic Ocean meets the Chesapeake Bay. – Chincoteague Salt Oyster: don’t let the rough outside fool you their beauty is on the inside. With a concentrated, unapologetic salt flavor. Plain and simple. Have emergency pilsner on hand. Little Wicomico is a family owned and operated oyster farm, located on the Little Wicomico River off the Chesapeake Bay supplying us with 4 different oysters. – Wicomico’s Finest: The oyster is large, meaty with slight hint of saltiness, these oysters are ray raised in the Wicomico estuary. – Blackberry: Clean and sweet with mid-range salt and a deep cup perfect for a mignonette sauce. Raised in the Black Berry Hang Oyster Reef. – Rock Hole: Sweet with mild salinityRead More

Bacon: No pork? No problem!

Whether your diet doesn’t include pork, or you’re just looking for new bacon tastes, we have the alternatives you’re looking for: duck, wild boar, beef, and turkey. Here are a few featured products that will bring you the amazingness of bacon — without the pork:

Build A Better BLT

Bacon. Lettuce. Tomato. Pile them together and you get one of the world's greatest sandwiches: the BLT. It is a classic. An icon. A combination certainly worth celebrating. So join us today through March 21 as we bring out the bacon, put on our sandwich architect hats, and craft towering BLT masterpieces