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The Cottage’s Cinnamon Bun Swirl and Peppermint Bark Christmas Cookie Recipes

While chestnuts roasting on an open fire sounds nice, we would much rather have Christmas cookies baking in the oven – especially if they’re our Cinnamon Bun Swirl or Peppermint Bark cookies. We highly recommend doubling these recipes to save some for yourself since they’re bound to be the first to disappear at your next …

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Six Foods That Belong on Every Southern Thanksgiving Table

When it comes to food, the South just gets it right – and that absolutely applies to Thanksgiving. While roast turkey and mashed potatoes are also mainstays on our Thanksgiving tables, you’ll likely find some Southern comfort food-inspired sides amongst the spread. Here are six essential foods that belong on every Southern Thanksgiving table.  Cornbread …

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Five Spices That Belong in Every Southern Pantry

Without spices, Southern cooking wouldn’t have the same bold flavor profile it’s known for. The smokey, spicy, and savory spice blends mixed with otherwise simple sauces and rubs are what make your favorite Southern comfort dishes as unmistakable as they are unforgettable. Here are five spices that belong in every Southern pantry.   Cajun Spice …

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The Art of Cast Iron Cooking: Why it’s a Southern Tradition

As a restaurant, we know well that what you cook with can be just as important as how you cook a recipe – and we don’t just mean ingredients. Tools, cookware, and appliances can make or break a recipe, which is why you might see a difference between how your pork chops turned out and …

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Southern Charm on a Plate: Creating Beautiful Food Presentations

There’s a reason why the classic grilled cheese you ordered at a popular restaurant seems far better than the one you made at home, even if both sandwiches are made with the same ingredients. Let’s assume that the restaurant uses the same bread and cheese you do to make your homemade grilled cheese. The restaurant …

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Your Guide to Packing and Planning the Quintessential Southern Picnic

With lush landscapes, waterfront views, and delicious lunch options to choose from, there’s no better way to savor a Southern summer than by planning a picnic. We’ll guide you through the essentials of packing and planning your picnic so all you have to do is choose the guest list.   Finding the Perfect SpotWhile the …

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The Ultimate Lowcountry Foodie Bucket List

Foodies know that the best part of traveling is eating like a local. If you love comfort cooking, farm-to-table fare, and fresh seafood, then the Lowcountry is the summer vacation destination for you. Deciding to eat your way around the Lowcountry is easy, but choosing where – and what – to eat can be tricky. …

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Why You Should Consider Having Your Destination Wedding in the Lowcountry

Love is in the air…or is that just the smell of wedding cake? Either way, there’s no denying that Lowcountry wedding season is back in full swing. Every year, the Lowcountry hosts hundreds of weddings on its sprawling estates and pristine beaches. While there are few things more romantic than tying the knot under a …

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Why Small-Batch Coffee Is Simply Better

Fresh bread. Ice-cold microbrews. Tomatoes picked straight from the garden. Most small-batch foods prove that bigger isn’t always better – and the same goes for coffee. Coffee connoisseurs know that a great cup o’ joe isn’t just about how you make it, it’s also about where you get it from. The way coffee beans are …

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Five Unspoken Rules of Southern Etiquette

We’re all family here at The Cottage, but it’s well-known that in the South, manners are everything. From strangers waving hello as they walk by to new neighbors leaving cookies at your door, we locals never miss a chance to show off our famous hospitality. Southern etiquette doesn’t begin and end with saying please and …