Cajun Red Beans and Rice with Pepper-jack Cornbread

I love red beans and rice. Strangely enough, what got me hooked on this wasn’t some fancy restaurant in Louisiana. It was Bojangles Chicken and Biscuits, a fast food restaurant. I don’t eat fast food anymore but if I did it would be at Bojangles. Their spicy fried chicken and their biscuits are awesome but…

Quick Shrimp and Andouille Gumbo with Brown Rice

We love gumbo, who doesn’t? This one is easy enough to make on a week night. I’ve made so many versions of this, some take hours, but I’ll be honest this one is my favorite. Super-fast, rich, spicy and very satisfying, I recommend this one folks. I use San Marzano tomatoes, the smoked paprika and…

Local SC Shrimp and Scallops with Udon Noodles

So easy and so fresh, this is a winner in my book. When you can get local, fresh seafood I feel I must. These South Carolina shrimp and scallops were outstanding and could have been served with just about anything. The udon cook in no time at all and you can add whatever vegetables you…

Squid Ink Pasta and Fettuccini Frutti di Mare

We love seafood and we love pasta. If you’re like us, then you’ll love this dish. Inspiration #1. My wife has a thing for bread and pasta. She craves carbs. One of our favorite local Italian restaurants, Giovanni’s (in Greenville, SC) serves this outstanding Frutti di Mare (fruit from the sea or seafood). I wanted…

South Carolina Shrimp and Grits

A southern tradition, shrimp and grits is perfect any time of year. This is my version and a little non-traditional but delicious all the same. Definetly low-country based, my version uses Poblano and Serrano peppers instead of bell pepper (more traditional). Bacon (a food group and complete sentence on its own). More traditional recipes call…

Chicken, Shrimp and Udon Noodle Soup

My take on chicken noodle soup. This was an unbelievable throw together meal. The weather was chilly and we wanted something soothing and comforting. What’s more comforting than chicken noodle soup? I had some leftover rotisserie chicken, frozen shrimp, and box of udon noodles that had been in the cabinet for a while (I’ve been…

Seafood a la Wando

One of my favorite dishes in Charleston, SC is the Seafood a la Wando at Hank’s Seafood. I have had it many times and it never ceases to amaze. It is very rich, put the acidity of the sherry and the freshness of the seafood somehow balance the cream and butter. The crunch from the…