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Shrimp and Cheese Grits

Charleston was a delight and the food was absolutely wonderful and shrimp and grits is one of my favorites.

Shut my mouth! I declare! Butter my biscuit! I feel like I should be saying all these things about these Shrimp and Cheese Grits.

My daughter and I just returned from Charleston. This was our 4th  mother/daughter trip and this year and we shared it with my twin sister and her son.

Born and raised in southeast Missouri which is right on the Arkansas and Tennessee borders and the Mississippi river I always thought of myself as a southerner. We ate southern food like black eyed peas, hog jowl, fried green tomatoes, fried pork chops, fried chicken (everything good and fried) but I never had grits growing up.

In fact, I didn’t have grits until I lived in Kansas City and a neighbor from Atlanta brought me over a bowl of buttered grits one morning. They were so smooth and creamy I fell in love with them. And what I remember about shrimp was it came from a box, butterflied and breaded and we sometimes ate it after church on Sunday. Now, we can get all the fresh seafood we want here in Texas and I can’t think of a better thing to do with the the two than to make Shrimp and Cheese grits.

Upon arriving in Charleston we had a late lunch at Fleet Landing down by the water. I had a wonderful fried green tomato stacked with crab salad, which I plan to try to make soon. We got into the laid back pace of Charleston pretty quickly. Sailing, champagne, wine, oysters, shrimp, fried green tomatoes— ahhhh!

Our first night we all took a low country cooking class at Charleston Cooks. There were 11 of us in the class and we all pitched in and by the end of the class we had before us a beautiful plate of Lime, Tomato and Grilled Corn Salad, Pulled Pork BBQ with Sweet Mustard Sauce, Carolina Red Rice, Blue Cheese Slaw and the yummiest Fried Peach Pies with vanilla ice cream. We ate it all!.

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