Kardea Brown shares down-home, Southern recipes from her South Carolina kitchen. The cook and caterer was born and raised on the sea islands of Charleston, the heart of all Southern cooking, and learned to cook in her grandmother's kitchen.
On her birthday, Kardea Brown cooks for two of her favorite ladies, Momma Pat and Aunt TC. She makes Carolina she-crab soup; red wine-braised beef short ribs atop creamy sweet potato polenta and a Southern tradition, hummingbird cake.
Kardea Brown makes the most of a free day by preparing dishes that make perfect leftovers. First up is chicken pot pie, and she makes plenty of cheesy country ham grit balls with spicy mayo, and some pan-roasted sage and butternut squash.
Kardea Brown is keeping her favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, intimate with a special meal for Ma and Grandma. Grandma always brings the turkey, so Kardea is taking on the sides, with candied yams; oyster stuffing; and cranberry custard pie for dessert.
Ma's coming by for dinner, so Kardea Brown is cooking up some of her favorite comfort food classics, including Carolina smothered chicken with creamy mustard sauce; wild rice with mushrooms; roasted broccoli salad; and sweet potato cheesecake.
Kardea Brown prepares the ultimate dessert feast for her friends. The heavenly spread includes her Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies and Homemade Buttery Fingers, and highlighted by a luscious Carrot Cake adorned with apples, pineapples, and raisins, and drizzled with caramel sauce.
Kardea Brown's friend from New York City is visiting, so Kardea's whipping up a meal that combines Big Apple classics and the best of the South. Her menu includes seafood pizza with local shrimp; Charleston tea; and apple crumb cheesecake.
Kardea Brown plans the perfect menu to celebrate the end of summer with her girlfriends. She grills jerk chicken and pineapple skewers along with sweet and savory grilled corn, and makes sweet heat baked beans and frozen spiked mojito pops.