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Thanksgiving is next week, what are you making for your feast? We’ve listed to top 5 Georgian dishes that would go perfectly on any table. Whether you are on St. Simons Island this Thanksgiving or at home with family and friends these dishes will be sure to please everyone at your table.

Thanksgiving Dinner

You can never go wrong with some good old fashion fried chicken! Barbara Jean’s in the Village has delicious fried chicken and will be open so you don’t even have to worry about cooking the fried chicken yourself! They are taking pre-orders now, be sure to give them a call.

Brunswick Stew is a Georgia favorite, it originated in Brunswick Georgia just over the bridge from St. Simons island!

Chicken and Dumplings another southern favorite, everyone will be sure to love this creamy bowl of deliciousness.

Shrimp and grits, need I say more? Here in the golden isles we have a whole festival dedicated to shrimp and grits!

Peach Cobbler- last but not least.. how can you have a Thanksgiving feast in Georgia without peach cobbler. Georgia, the peach state produces some of the best peaches you will ever find so there isn’t a better way to use them than in a delicious thanksgiving dessert.

Have a happy Thanksgiving and we hope your belly and heart is full!

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/