A fun birthday spent at Music to Your Mouth

info@islandpacket.comNovember 28, 2012 

  • 1 package Stouffer's frozen spinach souffle. Microwaved for 5 minutes

    15 ounces reduced fat cottage cheese

    1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

    1/4 teaspoon minced garlic

    1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

    1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper

    1 9-inch frozen deep-dish pie shell

    Put oven rack on lowest part of stove. Put a cookie sheet on rack. Preheat oven to 425.

    In a large bowl, combine souffle, cheeses and rest of ingredients until well mixed. Pour into pie shell, spread evenly. Place pie on cookie sheet and bake 30 minutes or so until puffed and brown. Slice and serve.

This year the Music to Your Mouth culinary festival at Palmetto Bluff took place on my birthday. Will joined his childhood friend, Kurt Weinberger, in the vendor tent to showcase Kurt's Kingbean Coffee. Kurt has become a "coffee mogul" in Charleston with his custom-roasted beans. His coffee is sold at such places as Whole Foods and is served in many well-known cafes and restaurants.

I am a fan of John Edge, who, besides being a fabulous writer, is director of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi. Tat and I are members of the alliance because we love food and love to read about it. Edge was the master of ceremonies in the food tent. As a surprise for my birthday Will took a copy of one of Edge's books so he could autograph it for me. Kate Hughes took a photo of him signing my book, which is about the history of apple pie. How apropos since Will and Kurt are two of the "apples of my eye."

I am thrilled with my present, which came with several pounds of delicious Kingbean Coffee. What a treat.

* We are thankful that John Kinzer is back in Bluffton with his family and friends. John and his wonderful wife were in Scotland when he became ill. Bill and Mary Herbkersman, along with Mary's mother and sister, were greeted at a small gathering at Stripes Restaurant the other evening by lots of friends, happy that John is back and recuperating. Everyone who knows the Kinzers knows how wonderful they are. John is one of the nicest people I know, and I trust he will be back in top form soon.

* The Hampton Hall Book Club and the Bluffton library are collecting new books for children through Dec. 8 as part of their third annual Angel Tree Project.

They collected 300 books last year and hope to surpass 400 this year. The books will be given to The Boys and Girls Club of the Lowcountry and Child Abuse Prevention Association.

The tree is decorated with angels and is located inside the library. Each angel has a requested book written on it. So visit the library, select an angel from the tree and give it to one of the staff so they can register the choice. How nice this is and what a simple way to make a child happy. Booksalicious and The Storybook Shoppe are offering a 10 percent discount on books purchased for the angel tree.

  • Speaking of books, if you walk around Bluffton you might have noticed a little covered box on a stand on Wharf Street, near the intersection of Lawrence Street. The box contains a small collection of books that you may borrow to read if you bring one to exchange for others to enjoy. I saw several books you might be interested in, including one by John Grisham. You never know what you miss if you don't take a few moments to look around.

  • An Old World Christmas Gala to benefit the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society will be held from 6-10 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Colcock-Teel House. Last year this proved to be a very popular event. The Colcock-Teel House will be dressed in festive fashion, and you will experience a step back in Bluffton time.

  • Tickets are $50 each. Details: 843-757-6293

  • The world, at least our Bluffton world, has been waiting with great anticipation, the arrival of Santa. He will arrive via firetruck, along with Mrs. Santa, at the Bluffton Christmas Parade on Saturday. This is an annual treat you do not want to miss. The parade starts at 11 a.m. and meanders through Old Town for about an hour.

  • So put on your Christmas hat and come celebrate the beginning of the season.

    Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.

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