Celebrate Labor Day surrounded by friends, family, good food and good fun!  Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals is looking forward to hosting several guests for the long weekend in honor of Labor Day next week.  We invite you to share in the fun with us by testing out some ideas to make your Labor Day BBQ a huge hit!Labor Day St. Simons Island

Hodnett Cooper would love to host you, your friends and family at the Beach Club, which offers a pool, ocean front views, and grills! Grill it up for Labor Day poolside with Hodnett Cooper!  If you are local to the Golden Isles, and just need a grill to enhance your Labor Day experience, check out Massengale Park which offers public grills, beach access and a playground for the little ones.

If you are having a cookout or BBQ of any kind on the island, Southern Soul BBQ can make your cookout an event to remember!  Their pulled pork and side dishes are exactly what you would expect from bbq in the south…. mouth-wateringly delicious and as good as grandma used to make!  Southern Soul has been featured many times on many television shows for their delicious food; I also can attest to how delicious everything is there! You can call your order in and pick it up on the way, where ever you may be headed.

If you would rather make a dish yourself, I would highly recommend Serious Eats, Grilled Oysters Recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 dozen oysters
  • 4 to 5 ounces compound butter, such as garlic-parsley butter, kimchi butter, or Parmesan-basil butter
  • Seaweed or kosher salt, for serving

Directions

Line a rimmed baking sheet with heavy-duty aluminum foil, crinkling it up to create deep creases. Shuck oysters, discard top shells, and place them on foil-lined baking sheet, using foil to keep them upright so that juices do not spill out.

Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and arrange coals on one side of charcoal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill, and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Alternatively, set half the burners on a gas grill to the highest heat setting, cover, and preheat for 10 minutes. Clean and oil grilling grate.

Place oysters directly over hot side of grill. Using 2 spoons, place 2 teaspoons (10ml) of compound butter inside each. Cover and cook until butter is melted and liquid is bubbling, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter lined with seaweed or moistened kosher salt (to keep oysters level; see note above) and serve immediately.

 

 

pool with grills

The Beach Club Pool Side

Celebrate Labor Day surrounded by friends, family, good food and good fun!  Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals is looking forward to hosting several guests for the long weekend in honor of Labor Day next week.  We invite you to share in the fun with us by testing out some ideas to make your Labor Day BBQ a huge hit!

Hodnett Cooper would love to host you, your friends and family at the Beach Club, which offers a pool, ocean front views, and grills! Grill it up for Labor Day poolside with Hodnett Cooper!  If you are local to the Golden Isles, and just need a grill to enhance your Labor Day experience, check out Massengale Park which offers public grills, beach access and a playground for the little ones.

If you are having a cookout or BBQ of any kind on the island, Southern Soul BBQ can make your cookout an event to remember!  Their pulled pork and side dishes are exactly what you would expect from bbq in the south…. mouth-wateringly delicious and as good as grandma used to make!  Southern Soul has been featured many times on many television shows for their delicious food; I also can attest to how delicious everything is there! You can call your order in and pick it up on the way, where ever you may be headed.

If you would rather make a dish yourself, I would highly recommend Food Network Kitchen’s 7-Layer Pasta Salad

7-Layer Pasta Salad

Ingredients
Kosher salt
8 ounces farfalle (about 4 cups)
2 stalks broccoli, cut into florets
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Juice of 1 lime
Freshly ground pepper
2 avocados, diced
1 12 -ounce piece deli ham, diced (about 2 cups)
8 ounces yellow cheddar cheese, shredded
1 small head romaine lettuce, sliced
2 tomatoes, diced

Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente (about 2 minutes less than the label directs), adding the broccoli during the last 4 minutes of cooking. Drain the pasta and broccoli and rinse under cool water; shake off the excess. Remove the broccoli and pat dry.
Whisk the mayonnaise, buttermilk, 1/4 cup chives, the parsley, half of the lime juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste. Toss the pasta and a few tablespoons of the dressing in a medium bowl.
Assemble the salad: Toss the avocados with the remaining lime juice in a large glass serving bowl and season with salt; arrange in an even layer. Top with layers of the ham, broccoli, pasta, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes. Drizzle some of the remaining dressing on top and sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon chives, or cover and refrigerate the salad and dressing separately up to 6 hours. (Bring to room temperature before serving.)

Have a safe and fun Labor Day weekend!  Let us know if Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rentals can assist with planning a fun Labor Day getaway!

In need of a kid friendly dinner spot, check out the list below to see some of our favorites!

  1. Tramici

Tramici is an Italian restaurant located in the heart of St. Simons wine a splendid wine list for mom and dad while also having plenty of choices for the kids! You will find kid friendly Italian favorites like mozzarella sticks, spaghetti, fettuccine alfredo and cheese raviolis on the menu. The past part is everything on the kid’s menu is under $10!

Address75 Cinema Ln, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Phone(912) 634-2202

Reservations: opentable.com

Menu: tramicirestaurant.com

 

  1. Sal’s Neighborhood Pizzeria

Sal’s Neighborhood Pizzeria offers a family friends atmosphere with American Italian cuisine with recipes that have been passed down from many generations. Kids can enjoy pizza, spaghetti, raviolis or some good old fashion chicken tenders. All for under $10

Address3415 Frederica Rd, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Phone(912) 268-2328

Menu: http://salsneighborhoodpizzeria.com/

 

  1. Southern Soul

You can’t come to the deep south without enjoying some South Georgia bbq. Southern Soul offers family style meals that will surely be kid approved! Let the kids get a little messy with a slab of ribs or maybe share some chicken wings instead. Is you have a craving for soul food, this is the place you will want to go!

Address2020 Demere Rd, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Phone(912) 638-7685

Menu: southernsoulbbq.com

 

  1. The Half Shell

The Half Shell is a local seafood restaurant (obviously its seafood given the name!) They offer a wide variety of salads, sandwiches, and entrees for mom and dad and they offer fried shrimp, chicken fingers, and hamburgers for the kids!

Address504 Beach view Dr, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Phone(912) 268-4241

http://thehalfshellssi.com/

 

  1. Iguanas Seafood

Iguana’s is easily an island favorite! Their seafood is some on the best on the island. Kids can enjoy shrimp, fish bites, clam strips, or American classics like chicken fingers, or a grilled cheese. The best part about Iguanas though is their complimentary soft serve ice cream!

Address303 Mallery St, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Phone(912) 638-9650

http://www.iguanasseafood.com/menu/

If you are wondering where to go for live music on St. Simons Island, we’ve got you covered. There are so many options but below you will find a nice variety of restaurant styles all offering live music on the weekends.

  1. Gnats Landing

Address: 310 Redfern Village, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Phone:(912) 638-7378

Located on St. Simons Island in Redfern Village, Gnats has been around for over 15 years and is known for their laid back atmosphere, great American food and of course, live music!  Locals and visitors alike can agree it doesn’t get much better than this down home local restaurant with good food and great people

  1. Mullet Bay

Address: 512 Ocean Blvd, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Phone:(912) 634-9977

Right in the heart of St. Simons, Mullet Bay offers seafood, salads, sandwiches, and more. They have a great patio area perfect for listening to music while having a refreshing cocktail. They have Happy Hour daily at the bar with $1 bottle beer, $2 drafts, $3 wells, and $4 wines as well as $5 appetizers.

  1. Catch 228

Address: 228 Redfern Village #100, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Phone:(912) 634-6228

If you are on a quest to find some delicious oysters, you have found the place at Catch 228! Along with many other seafood options they also offer sandwiches, salads, and wraps. They boast that although they are not located on the water all of their seafood is fresh, and we can attest to that!

  1. The Pub at Village Inn

Address: 500 Mallery St, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Phone:(912) 634-6056

The Pub located inside the Cottage opens daily at 5 pm and welcomes locals and travelers. They have daily happy hour from 5-7, trivia on Wednesdays and live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

  1. The Public House at Sea Palms Resort

Address: 515 N Windward Dr, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Phone:(912) 638-3351

If you are looking for an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere The Public House at Sea Palms will be right up your ally. They offer a variety of craft beers as well as wine and specialty drinks. Their menu consists of an array of items such as grilled quail, and yukon fingerlings, to crab salad.

Follow the link below to get a full list of live music happening this weekend on St. Simons!

http://www.elegantislandliving.net/blogs/im-with-the-band/Live-Music-SSI-Brunswick-Golden-Isles-Thru-June8/

 

 

 

Dave Synder

Dave Synder owner of Halyards and Tramici

Have you always wanted to know the best spots in town to eat, those spots that only the locals know about? Now you can! We sat down with Chef Dave Synder, owner of Halyards and Tramici, two of St. Simons most popular dining spots! He filled us in on what brought him to St. Simons, what he loves most about the island, and what are his favorite things to eat.

His background includes a degree from New England Culinary Institute, starting Hotel Nikko now the Grand Hyatt in Atlanta, and becoming Executive Chef at Azalea, also in Atlanta. While at Azalea he decided city life wasn’t for him, he wanted to escape the fast past lifestyle Atlanta had to offer and trade it in for warm sunny days in a coastal town where he could follow both of his passions – cooking and fishing. Lucky for Dave St. Simons restaurant J Macs needed someone just like him. Dave accepted the job with J Macs and has been here ever since.

When asking Dave what he loves most about St. Simons the answer was very simple- the people. He goes on to say “we celebrate together, we mourn together, and we help each other when in need”. In addition to the people, of course he loves the fishing, so much so he started his own fishing charter business called Hook & Knife.

There are a few things Dave suggests visitors do while they are here, things he thinks people might not think of but are an absolute must for visitors! Watching the sunrise by boat is at the top of his list, followed by renting a sail boat for the day, and then ending the day with a walk through the beautiful Cannon’s Point Preserve. He also says there is much more to do on the Island than you think, it is an outdoors enthusiast dream. Aside from that he boasts that the food on the island is amazing.

Although the Island offers some great dining options, Dave saw one major gap. The island had so many Mom and Pop type places but no upscale dining experiences could be found. This led him to open Halyards and Tramici.

Dave let us in on a few of his favorite dishes at both restaurants. At Halyards he loves to eat the Tuna Tartare and his favorite dish to make is the Scallops and Foie Gras. The Scallops and Foie Gras is actually no longer on the menu but if you request it he will make it just for you! At Tramici he loves making the house made mozzarella and he loves to eat the antipasto.

In celebration of the new spring season we also asked Dave what his favorite spring recipe was to make, which is Shrimp and Spring Pea Salad. He was also kind enough to share it with us!

Shrimp and Spring Pea Salad

Poaching liquid

1 gal       water

1 c          White Wine

3 ea        Lemons, cut in half

1 ea        Yellow Onion, peeled and cut in half

1 ea        Celery Stalk

1 ea        Carrot, peeled and cut in half

3 T         Old Bay

3 T         Salt

1 ea        Bay Leaf

½ ea     Bunch Thyme

Salt and pepper to taste

1 lb         Georgia Shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • Bring to boil and lower to about 175 degrees, steep for 15 minutes.
  • Season shrimp with salt and pepper.
  • Add water to seasoned shrimp a bit at a time so water reaches 150-175 degrees. Poach for about 12 minutes depending on size of shrimp and temperature of water.
  • Pull from water before they are done and cool on a flat rack. Remember, they will continue to cook outside the water.

Salad

1 c          Blanched and chilled snow peas

1 c          Blanched and chilled sweet peas

1 c          Blanched, chilled, and peeled fava beans

1 ea        Shallot, peeled and julienned

½ c        Diced Tomato

1 c          Diced Inner Celery Stalk, the very tender stalks

1T           Chopped Thyme

1 ea        Lemon, finely grated zest and strained juice

3 oz        Georgia Olive Farms Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper to taste

NewYearDay

Photo: Iain Bagwell from SouthernLiving.com

It wasn’t until I lived outside the south that I realized not everyone eats a special meal on New Years Day. The traditional New Year’s Day meal in the South is meant to start the year off right and bring good fortune in the year ahead. Are Southerners superstitious, or do we just like a good excuse to cook another special feast? We’re not sure the right answer, but we can share our traditions:

Greens – symbolizing dollar bills, cooked greens are meant to bring wealth and luck in the new year. The Southern cook typically uses collard greens with pork for flavor.

Black-eyed Peas – resembling coins, black-eyed peas are also thought to bring luck and prosperity. Eat 365 for each day of the coming year.

Cornbread – symbolizing gold, cornbread is a staple on Southern tables on New Year’s Day.

Pork – eating pork signifies abundance and brings luck. The more pork in your meal, the more luck! Also, pigs root forward into the ground, which symbolizes progress.

Hoppin’ John – this dish combines black-eyed peas with rice and some sort of pork. Leftovers the day after are known as “Skippin’ Jenny.” Eating Skippin’ Jenny shows your frugality and increases your chances of prosperity.

On St. Simons Island, there are several restaurants with menus that can cover your New Year’s Day needs. Try Southern Soul BBQ or 4th of May Cafe for your helping of good fortune and prosperity!

by Guerry Norwood

Brisket

Ingredients:

  • 4 lbs flat cut corned beef brisket
  • 1 (12 ounce) bottles Guinness draught
  • 1 medium Vidalia onion, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 bay leafs
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 head cabbage, cut into wedges, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 lb. of petite white potatoes

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Soak corned beef in warm water for an hour.
  2. In a Dutch oven, or other large pot with a cover, brown corned beef well on all sides over high heat.
  3. Pour Guinness over the meat, and add enough water to just cover the brisket.

 

by Guerry Norwood

MeatLoaf

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoon chopped fresh sage leaves chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic aioli mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 egg
  • 3 slices bread, torn into small pieces
  • 1 small onion, chopped (1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce

Cooking Instructions:

Heat oven to 350°F.
Mix all ingredients except Chile sauce.  Place mixture in ungreased loaf pan.  Flip loaf pan mixture into baking pan. Spread chile sauce over top. Bake uncovered 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes.

 

by Guerry Norwood

1FrenchBread

Ingredients:

1 Fresh Loaf of French Bread
Georgia Gold Olive Oil
Fresh Herb Butter

Cooking Instructions:

Preheat oven to broil at 425. Slice French Bread into equal slices. Drizzle Georgia Gold Olive Oil on on side of sliced French Bread. Put bread on rack olive oil side up and place in oven. Broil until bread sides start looking crispy. Remove from oven and flip over. Add a little fresh herb butter and let bread sit until butter starts to melt a little. Put bread back in oven, herb butter side up. Broil again until bread sides start looking crispy. Remove from oven and let bread rest for five minutes. Serve and enjoy.

by Guerry Norwood

1Swordfish

Ingredients:

3/4 pound swordfish steak
Georgia Gold Olive Oil
Smoked paprika
White Pepper
1 cup Helmans mayonnaise
1/4 cup hot chili paste (recommended: Sriracha Hot Chili Paste)
1 lime, juice
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish

Cooking Instructions:

Make the spicy mayo ahead of time by combining the mayonnaise, chili paste, lime juice, and chopped cilantro. Stir well and refrigerate until ready to use.
Take swordfish steak out 1 hour before cooking. Take paper towell and pat steaks dry. Drizzle with Georgia Gold Olive Oil and let steak rest. Before grilling, sprinkle with smoked paprika and white pepper on both sides. Preheat GrillGrate to 450. Cook swordfish steaks four minutes a side making quarter turn after each two minutes to create grill marks. Serve with spicy mayonnaise and fresh cilantro.