The Perfect Old Fashioned Cocktail

The Old Fashioned cocktail is my favorite. I have tried it in many forms, in many bars and in many restaurants. The basic recipe is simple. Bourbon or rye whiskey, muddled sugar, bitters, a cherry (I don’t use those nasty fake red ones) and orange or lemon peel. There are lots of variables and most…

Monkey Wrench Smokehouse in Travelers Rest, SC

Since it opened, Monkey Wrench Smokehouse in Travelers Rest, SC has been one of our favorite date nights. The food is great. The atmosphere is great. The drinks are great and it is right on the Swamp Rabbit Trail. In the warm months they open the back completely up with ample outdoor seating. Below is…

Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas

These enchiladas are super easy to make and very satisfying. This is made much faster by using a rotisserie chicken and canned enchilada sauce.

Roasted Pork Loin, Succotash, Johnny Cakes with Hunter Sauce

First time I ever had Johnny Cakes was at Husk in Charleston, SC (one of my favorite restaurants). They are like savory pancakes but made with cornmeal. Very yummy and a great side when served with a sauce or gravy. I don’t know what inspired me to make them at home, or to combine them…