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    AT HOME: Nick and Beth Richardson

    Since “going out” became “going outdoors”, our Forge Families have found themselves spending more time around the Kettle. We caught up with Nick & Beth who bought a Kettle as a housewarming present for themselves (smart!) It’s since become the centerpiece of time spent with their girls.

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    SIF Lifestyle, May 05, 2020

    Back to the Basics


    We hear that many of you are spending time around the fire cooking, sipping, relaxing, and sometimes just zoning out to the crackle and dance of the flames. The key to enjoyment is building the perfect fire, but have you ever struggled...

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    SIF Lifestyle, May 01, 2020

    THE HOT SEAT: David Carrier of Certified Burgers & Beverage

    Based in our hometown - The Golden Isles - Chef David Carrier of Certified Burgers and Beverage is a big guy with an even bigger heart.  Along with wife, Ryanne, Dave and several other local chefs have spearheaded...

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    SIF Lifestyle, April 09, 2020

    THE HOT SEAT: Ashley Christensen of AC Restaurants

    Ashley Christensen is that rare combo of a “people’s chef” and a “chef’s chef,” a consummate professional utilizing French and the occasional modernist technique to reinterpret the Southern classics she grew up on in North Carolina. With the opening of Poole’s Diner in 2007, she helped fuel a Raleigh,...

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    SIF Lifestyle, March 01, 2020

    THE HOT SEAT: Rob McDaniel of SpringHouse, Alexander City, AL

    If you know much of anything about Southern cuisine and restaurants, chances are, you know the name Rob McDaniel. He’s been nominated for numerous James Beard awards, and his long tenure at SpringHouse on Lake Martin outside of Birmingham, AL has allowed him to evolve as a chef respecting the...

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    SIF Lifestyle, February 12, 2020

    THE HOT SEAT: Chef Jason Stanhope of Fig

    It makes all the “best in Charleston lists,” it’s probably been suggested by two or more of your friends, but chances are, even after all the build up, a visit to FIG in Charleston, SC will live up -- or surpass -- that reputation. That’s in large part because of...

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    SIF Lifestyle, January 21, 2020

    THE HOT SEAT: Chef Brandon Carter of FARM Bluffton

    Chef Brandon Carter followed that second tide with his move to Bluffton as head of culinary operations for Palmetto Bluff, but he soon made his own name beyond the confines of the community by opening FARM Bluffton, which looks to that Lowcountry landscape...

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    SIF Lifestyle, October 16, 2019

    Andrea Griffith's South of the Border Grilled Sweet Corn

    Summer South of the Border Grilled Sweet Corn

    From Chef Andrea Griffith, Pursell Farms, Sylacauga, Ala

    Serves 6 people


    6-8 ears of fresh sweet corn with husks, washed and silks removed

    1 c. Hellman’s mayonnaise

    1 tbsp, dried dill (or 2 tbsp. fresh, finely chopped)

    1 tbsp. garlic...

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    SIF Lifestyle, September 16, 2019

    The Hot Seat: Chef Andrea Griffith of Pursell Farms

    By Stephanie Burt of The Southern Fork

    Pursell Farms in Sylacauga, Ala., is a long way from a childhood on front porch stoops in Philly, but Chef Andrea Griffith has found a home  at high end  Southern resorts, first at Greenbrier...

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    SIF Lifestyle, September 16, 2019

    Chef Chris Hastings' Whole Grilled Mingo Snapper on Pipérade with Herb Croutons

    Mingo, also known as Vermillon Snapper, is a smaller, shallow water fish. The true American Red Snapper is much larger and is a deep-water fish. While they share a similar flavor, the Mingo snapper is lighter and flakier.

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    SIF Lifestyle, July 23, 2019