Get Cookin’ in Style with the Some Kinda Good Apron

Get Cookin’ in Style with the Some Kinda Good Apron

Get cookin’ in style with the Some Kinda Good apron! Not only will it keep you clean while you’re cooking, but lookin’ good while you’re doing it. Purchase yours today by visiting SomeKindaGood.org. Good food and good company, that’s what it’s all about! Produced by Rebekah Faulk Lingenfelser, Some Kinda Good is a Southern, coastal food blog featuring East coast restaurant reviews and home cooked recipes. Continue reading

Your Go-To Guacamole Recipe

Your Go-To Guacamole Recipe

Full disclosure: The first time I set out to make guacamole, I had no idea my avocados needed to be ripe. So, you can imagine my disappointment when I got home from the grocery store with all my ingredients, and … Continue reading

Best of Charleston: Top Eight Most Memorable Plates

Best of Charleston: Top Eight Most Memorable Plates

In a culinary destination like Charleston, South Carolina, finding a place to eat can be really overwhelming. With so many popular, highly acclaimed places to choose from and a lot of healthy competition, I can understand why I am often asked … Continue reading

When My Job Quit Me

When My Job Quit Me

I posted this tweet expressing my excitement last year on moving day bound for the Lowcountry. Life is full of curveballs. One year ago on this very week, I was packing my bags for Charleston, so excited to begin my … Continue reading

The Waffle Iron Movement

The Waffle Iron Movement

Ideal for college students in a dorm room, or apartment dwellers with galley kitchens, this trick is super fun. Plus, using an appliance to create something it wasn’t designed for makes me feel like a true rebel. I’m living on the edge these days. Continue reading

How To Create Garlic-Herb Flavored Butter

How To Create Garlic-Herb Flavored Butter

I love quick cooking tips that pack big flavor punch! Today, we’re talking butter…that little stick of happiness that literally makes everything better. Julia Child said it herself: “With enough butter, anything is good.” For a cook, room temperature butter is like … Continue reading

Cookbooks, a Cutting Board & Coffee Mug, Oh My!

Cookbooks, a Cutting Board & Coffee Mug, Oh My!

Finally, for those days when life gets me down, a simple reminder. The coffee mug reads, “Darling, you are fabulous.” It makes me smile every time I pick it up. Continue reading

On the Menu: Luck, Prosperity & A Little Hoppin’ John

On the Menu: Luck, Prosperity & A Little Hoppin’ John

Whether you’re on board with the belief that eating pork, collard greens, black-eyed peas and corn bread can increase your wealth in the New Year, the way I figure it, eating good never hurt a soul. And why leave fortune to chance? Luck be a black-eyed pea, tonight. Continue reading

Savannah Highway Bright Spot: Angel Oak Restaurant Unique, Delightful

Savannah Highway Bright Spot: Angel Oak Restaurant Unique, Delightful

One of the most popular Sunday Brunch dishes has to be the House Made Beignets, a plate piled high with powdered sugar-dusted doughnuts, served with chocolate sauce. The $10 bottomless mimosas make the restaurant a motivating choice. Continue reading

Three Thanksgiving Side Dishes For Your Family Table

Three Thanksgiving Side Dishes For Your Family Table

Isn’t it funny how your taste buds change as you get older? If you had told me that I would one day salivate over Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Smoked Bacon and Fresh Parmesan Cheese, I would have told you, you were crazy. Continue reading

“Nacho” Ordinary Appetizer

“Nacho” Ordinary Appetizer

Leave it to an Irish Pub to re-purpose a potato dish. A recent visit to St. James Gate Irish Pub on Folly Beach introduced us to Tater Tot “Nachos.” What a concept! Continue reading

Mastering the Art of the Fried Chicken Sandwich

Mastering the Art of the Fried Chicken Sandwich

With a big bite of my sandwich, I happily bobbed my head to the beat of Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” as the lyrics perfectly echoed my emotions toward the sandwich. Continue reading

Pumpkin Spice Pie with Buttermilk Whipped Cream, anyone?

Pumpkin Spice Pie with Buttermilk Whipped Cream, anyone?

Whatever you do, resist the urge to eat this pie with standard Cool Whip. Take the extra 5-minute step to make Buttermilk Whipped Cream. You won’t regret it! Continue reading

Some Kinda Good Goes Shrimpin’ on the Lady Jane

Some Kinda Good Goes Shrimpin’ on the Lady Jane

I’ve read so many novels about shrimpin’ and have long dreamt of climbing aboard a real shrimp boat and casting my net. On a rainy August day, thanks to Credle’s Adventures, that dream became a reality. Continue reading

Whiskey Fit For A King

Whiskey Fit For A King

At one point, this guy asks if anyone in the room is a fan of country music. Are you kidding!? Without hesitation I raised my glass and in my sweetest Southern accent, said with fervor, “You can’t be a whiskey fan and not love country music!” He later asked how we enjoyed whiskey best, and I told him “To the tune of George Jones.” Is there any other way? Maybe a Jack Daniels audience would understand this better. ;) Continue reading

Seafood Marshside with Local Beer to Boot

Seafood Marshside with Local Beer to Boot

Unlike a large percentage of Charleston dining establishments, there won’t be an item on this menu you can’t pronounce or an ingredient you have to question. Hush-puppies, french fries and coleslaw come with just about everything. The “Big Ol’ Seafood Platter” is the most expensive thing on the menu, coming in at $19. Simple, and Some Kinda Good! Continue reading

Springtime Brunch Fare Because HE is Risen

Springtime Brunch Fare Because HE is Risen

In my family, Easter Sunday has always been a special time to gather around the kitchen table after celebrating the resurrection of Jesus at church. I can’t think of a better way to give praise than with a bounty of beautiful food. Whether … Continue reading

That Awkward Moment When Someone Labels Me a “Food Critic”

That Awkward Moment When Someone Labels Me a “Food Critic”

Who am I to criticize the creation of someone else’s dish, when Lord knows I’ve butchered too many a meal to count. Furthermore, I can’t conceive of a more arrogant attitude than to think I would go out to eat with the intention of judging every morsel of a dining experience. I actually enjoy eating, and don’t get my kicks by broadcasting negative opinions about other folks who’re just trying to make an honest living. That’s simply Some Kinda Bad. Continue reading

Table for Two at Home

Table for Two at Home

Valentine’s Day is well on its way, and if you find yourself without a restaurant reservation, or simply prefer to have a romantic night at home, I’ve got a three course restaurant-quality meal that’s Some Kinda Good and easy to prepare. Continue reading

Chef Patrick White Impresses at Emma’s Restaurant and Lounge

Chef Patrick White Impresses at Emma’s Restaurant and Lounge

Thank you Chef White for an exquisite meal and for your undeniable attention to detail and eye-catching presentation with each plate you served. But mostly, thank you for serving us a meal with passion from your heart. You made a lasting impression, and your food was only the beginning. Continue reading

Pearls of Wisdom and My First Oyster Roast

Pearls of Wisdom and My First Oyster Roast

With my Holiday Cheese Ball in tow, I attended my first oyster roast in Savannah recently and ate my fill of the slippery, salty mollusks. Continue reading

A Christmastime Family Tradition at The Old Home Place

At the end of a long dirt driveway lined by 23-year-old pine trees in Middle Georgia, sits The Old Home Place, where my family has celebrated “The Cookin’” each Christmas for more than 30 years. Since the mid 1950s, the … Continue reading

Timeless Food that Tastes Like Home

Timeless Food that Tastes Like Home

Here you won’t find a soft drink machine or even a vegan or vegetarian-friendly menu offering tofu and gluten-free options. What you see is what you get, and what you get is pure, Southern gold. Continue reading

Join Me at “Cook and Care” For a Good Cause

Join Me at “Cook and Care” For a Good Cause

Come watch as local chefs and mixologists review their mystery baskets and compete in a friendly rivalry to create the best 3-course meal and two cocktails for a panel of judges. You’ll enjoy a specially-designed menu provided by Jessie’s Eat & Treats and live music. You can also bid on items up for auction. Continue reading

Bake My Glazed Double Chocolate-Pumpkin Bundt Cake This Thanksgiving

Bake My Glazed Double Chocolate-Pumpkin Bundt Cake This Thanksgiving

Black coffee adds depth of flavor and canned pumpkin gives the cake a delectably moist texture, making it a wonderful addition to any holiday celebration. Continue reading

How To Roast Perfect Pumpkin Seeds

How To Roast Perfect Pumpkin Seeds

I love the tradition of carving pumpkins in October, and roasting the pumpkin seeds afterwards is just icing on the cake. Crunchy and a great snack with a seasonal beer, using the seeds is a special little take away from the festive and fun activity. Continue reading

Bay Breeze, Take Me Away

Bay Breeze, Take Me Away

On my recent vacation to the Western Caribbean, I picked up a bottle of Coconut Rum, and I’ll be putting it to good use with this recipe. Don’t forget the garnish…much like a good outfit needs finishing touches, so too, does a good drink. Continue reading

My Cruise Vacation of Gastronomic Proportions

My Cruise Vacation of Gastronomic Proportions

During the first week of October, I forsook my fall traditions – The Luke Bryan Farm Tour, the Georgia National Fair, Homecoming at Old Richland Baptist Church and the Georgia Southern University Homecoming football game – to sail the open … Continue reading

Shop Local for Wild Georgia Shrimp & Grits

Shop Local for Wild Georgia Shrimp & Grits

Shrimp and Grits: The Lowcountry staple has been around for more than 100 years and you can hardly visit a restaurant these days without seeing it on the menu. In 2011, Shrimp & Grits was the most popular dish served … Continue reading

Join Me at Hunter Cattle Company & The Garden of the Coastal Plain This Month

Join Me at Hunter Cattle Company & The Garden of the Coastal Plain This Month

As far as I’m concerned, Statesboro is home to one of the best little food communities in the South. I have the privilege of living and working in this blessed farm town, and this month, in just a few days, … Continue reading

South and Vine Public House Burned But Not Broken

South and Vine Public House Burned But Not Broken

During the summer of 2013, just six months after an intriguing new restaurant popped up in downtown Statesboro on the corner of South Main and West Vine Streets, I ventured inside to discover a restaurant that would become the backbone … Continue reading

Wild Georgia Shrimp & Summer Corn Chowder

Wild Georgia Shrimp & Summer Corn Chowder

Wild Georgia Shrimp & Summer Corn Chowder All summer I’ve been wanting to make Shrimp and Corn Chowder, and today, I did it. Aside from peeling the potatoes and shucking the corn, the recipe requires little to no effort other than … Continue reading

Some Kinda Good Teams Up with Paula Deen LIVE!

Some Kinda Good Teams Up with Paula Deen LIVE!

EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about it! I couldn’t be more excited to announce that the Paula Deen team contacted little ol’ me this week with some GREAT news! I’ve been invited to attend Paula Deen Live! in Savannah as a … Continue reading

Rae’s Coastal Café: An Inland Island Hideaway

Rae’s Coastal Café: An Inland Island Hideaway

Rae’s Coastal Cafe Augusta, Georgia  Two of my best friends recently took me to dinner at a place more than 153 miles inland from the Georgia Coast located in my hometown of Augusta, Georgia. They promised it would be “right … Continue reading

Living the Dream Through Cupcakes and Caffeine

Living the Dream Through Cupcakes and Caffeine

CAKE  Statesboro, Georgia It’s mid-morning on a sunny Saturday, after a satisfying brunch and visit to my local farmers’ market. Dressed completely casually with nowhere to be, I stroll along East Main Street in downtown Statesboro to find an inviting … Continue reading

Roasted Root Vegetables Reinvented

Roasted Root Vegetables Reinvented

It may be springtime, but let’s face it: the weather can be crazy and unpredictable. For those not-so-springlike nights this season, I’ve got a recipe for Roasted Root Vegetable Soup with Homemade Thyme Croutons that’ll give you an excuse to transform … Continue reading

Sophisticated Flavor in a Laid Back Kind of Style

wpid-IMG_20140125_193457.jpgCoco’s Sunset Grille
Tybee Island, Georgia

During Tybee Island Restaurant Week, I had the privilege of meeting a fellow blogger–one of my longtime blog followers, and discovering a new place I had seen in the distance many times while crossing over the Lazaretto Creek Bridge, but had never taken the time to stop and explore. After a little menu research on participating restaurants, the Fried Strawberries at Coco’s Sunset Grille caught my eye and the marina filled with shrimp boats and sunset views lured me in.

wpid-PhotoGrid_1390937193152.jpgImmediately, Coco’s has the feel of a fun and festive Florida vibe with its bright, cheerful paint colors and lively bar. While my boyfriend, Kurt and I were waiting to meet our friends, Jon and Lydia, we took a walk around the docks and saw the Bait & Tackle Shop and Kayak Rentals on the marina.

wpid-PhotoGrid_1390760034387.jpgThis view never gets old.

wpid-20140125_174415.jpgOur waitress, Megan, a laid back girl in holey jeans and a Hawaiian shirt, had a great sense of humor and made sure we were always taken care of.

wpid-20140125_173057.jpgWe kicked things off with a couple of Landshark Lagers and dove right in to making our selections. For just $25, the special menu offered choices in appetizer, dinner and dessert categories. In the appetizer round, we had our choice of French Onion Soup, a Shrimp Cake, Fried Green Tomatoes or Bacon-Wrapped Scallops.

wpid-20140125_175720.jpgServed with a Thai-chili sauce, the scallops were presented atop a bed of greens alongside an inviting wedge of lemon. From the plating to the service, Coco’s had me happy at every turn.

wpid-20140125_181118.jpgFor my main course, I ordered the Shrimp Cakes with sautéed vegetables and mashed potatoes. This was something new for me. I had eaten crab cakes before, but never a shrimp cake. Cooked to perfection, the plump, wild Georgia shrimp were sweet within the seasoned breading and left me wanting more. Rustic including the red skins, the mashed potatoes sang on the plate. The house-made remoulade was mayonnaise based and one waitress commented, “I put it on everything. I even dip my fries in it.”

Other dinner selections included Sirloin Steak Marsala with scalloped potatoes and grilled asparagus, and Thai Tuna with wasabi mashed potatoes and sautéed veggies. Coco’s is the place to go for sophisticated flavors minus the fuss of fine dining.

The Fried Strawberries totally surpassed my expectations! After the delicious meal we’d eaten, this came as no surprise. Served with fresh, sweetened whipped cream and a pretty pink strawberry sauce, the fresh fruit was fried in pancake batter and rolled in cinnamon sugar. I can’t wait to recreate this experience at home. They were Some Kinda Good! 

So much of a customer’s dining experience is affected by a restaurant’s environment. From the attitude of the staff to the sound of live entertainment and the tastefully decorated, clean bathrooms, Coco’s Sunset Grille is a place I will definitely return, especially in the summertime. Their website took the words right out of my mouth–“Just add an ice-cold beer…great music, and a few of your best friends, and you’ve got a recipe for Tybee living the way it’s meant to be.”

My friend Jon (right), editor of The SOG City Oracle blog.

My friend Jon (right), editor of “The SOG City Oracle” food blog.

Special thanks to my fellow blogger and new-found friend, Jon, of “The SOG City Oracle” (SOG is abbreviated for South of Gandy). Though we’d interacted before in the blogsphere, our visit to Coco’s was the first time we’d met in person. He’d suggested a “blogger convergence” during Tybee Island Restaurant Week, and we had such a great time meeting (and eating!) together. On his Tampa, Florida blog, Jon shares his passion for food and more, with “only an occasional opinionated detour.” While reading “The SOG City Oracle,” you’ll appreciate his witty sense of humor, be enlightened by his Quote of the Day and you’ll come across several restaurants worth paying a visit.

Good food and good company, that’s what it’s all about!

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Roasted Winter Fruit Brings A Pop of Color To Your Thanksgiving Table

“Not dressing up the meal with color is like sending someone out of the house without clothes” – Japanese proverb  With Thanksgiving less than a week away, dreams of green bean casserole, sweet potato souffle and pumpkin pie have been dancing in my head. I’m always looking for an … Continue reading