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Peppers to make sambal


Chef Dean Neff uses a surplus of peppers to make sambal sauce that gets used to enhance the flavor of dressings and cocktail sauce.

FIG Jason Stanhope squeezes lemon on top of okra

FIG Fire Roasted Okra | Video

FIG executive chef, Jason Stanhope, shares his recipe for summer fire-grilled okra with a gorgonzola dressing, benne seeds, and fresh dill.

Creole White Bean Cassoulet with Braised Pork Belly

Creole White Bean Cassoulet

Discover New Orleans chef Darren Porretto's secret ingredient to the creamiest white bean cassoulet, a customer favorite at Saint John.

Emily Meggett's benne cookies

Benne Cookies

Emily Meggett's recipe for benne cookies comes from her mother. The thin wafers use benne seeds for their deep, toasty flavor.

A bowl of red rice with shrimp and sausage from Gullah Geechee Home Cooking: Stories and Recipes from the Matriarch of Edisto Island

Red Rice

Gullah Geechee red rice, with well-seasoned vegetables, slices of sausage, and perfectly cooked rice, is a meal worth looking forward to.

Amethyst Ganaway lifting benne seeds out of a wooden bowl in her cupped hands

The Secret to Using Benne Seeds

Writer and chef Amethyst Ganaway shares her recipe for Charleston-inspired Southern vegetable salad with benne dressing.


Carolina Gold Rice Croquettes

Chef BJ Dennis shares a Gullah inspired recipe for shrimp and crab croquettes.


Blackberry Rye Crisp

Make the topping: Preheat oven to
 375 degrees. Butter the bottom and sides of six ramekins. In a medium bowl, whisk together oats, benne seeds, flour, sugar, and salt to combine thoroughly. Add cubed butter and, using your fingers in a snapping motion, feather butter into mixture. [...]

Sweet Potato THUMBNAIL
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Sweet Potatoes with Sorghum Fish Sauce

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and heat until browned, swirling pan occasionally for even cooking. Remove from heat and whisk in sorghum, orange zest and juice, and fish sauce.