SEA ISLAND SEASONS FOR THE FAMILY CHEF

The second Sad Blister is our family chef possessing the foodie’s Midas touch.  She can take a turkey carcass or a hambone and turn them into the most delicious pots of soup you’ve ever tasted.  But don’t fill up on that soup just yet, because her desserts are phenomenal and you will definitely kick yourself later if you missed the opportunity to indulge.  So when I found a copy of Sea Island Seasons, a cookbook published by Beaufort County Open Land Trust at the White Owl in Mt Pleasant NC, and explained to it that I was going to take it to Cookbook Heaven, where it would be read from cover to cover and used time and again, it jumped into our basket.  Being in near pristine condition, it doesn’t look like this cookbook ever saw much action in anyone’s kitchen.  I doubt that Deedee will let it lay dormant for long.   

The last time we went to the White Owl, it had just moved into its new location and along with a huge crowd, we searched for treasures but when we saw the checkout line snaking in and out and down and around, we decided we would just be lookers that day.  This time, the crowd was manageable and most of the empty booths have been filled.  We found more than a few goodies.  My favorite was a MIOJ Uncle Sam figurine.   

That is, until we were checking out, when The Great One mentioned that we had seen a really pretty Art Deco night stand but the price was marked “firm” and we weren’t willing to pay the asking price as the piece had a bit of damage.  While most places won’t bother to contact the vendors regarding a below-asking-price offer when a piece is marked “firm,” the White Owl ladies are always willing to ask.  As they had given us a map when we entered, it should have been a no-brainer to make note of the location of the nightstand in question, but we won’t get into that.  Fortunately, the White Owl folks know their stock, which vendor it belongs to and the quickest path back to that booth.  We found it, they called, and a satisfactory deal was made.  Now we just need to figure out how to repair a small spot of damaged veneer. 

After all of that, we were starving and the White Owl ladies also pointed us in the right direction for lunch - Buddy’s Place.  Our timing was perfect.  The lunch crowd had come and gone and the dinner crowd had not kicked into gear yet.  He enjoyed a flounder dinner including fried okra and I had a rib eye sandwich with potato wedges.  We left barely a crumb - the Great One may have licked his plate clean.  Not only is the food delicious, but the staff is friendly and welcoming - visit them again we will. 

Their menu not only has plenty of options for lunch and dinner, but provided us with our next destination as well – Grammy’s Attic which is located not far from Buddy’s Place.  We had never heard of Grammy’s Attic so decided to check it out.  From the outside, we thought it would be a tiny little shop.  We stand corrected.  It was well worth the stop.  The Great One found a mill crate marked BE Mills, Rt 2 Campobello SC and I found Lego games that include banana trees and monkeys for our 35-year-old Lego aficionado.

Unfortunately, there were not enough hours in the day to make a stop at Ruffin’s Roost, also located in Mt Pleasant.  We’ll have to start there next time. 

If you’re looking for something to do the weekend of September 19th, check out the Huge Outdoor Yard Sale/Swap Meet at Grammy’s Attic on September 19th and Owl Fest at the White Owl September 19th & 20th from 7 AM to 7 PM.  While you’re in Mt Pleasant drop by Buddy’s Place for lunch.