Light Low Country
Kardea is having two special guests over for dinner -- her mom and grandma! Since her grandma is watching what she eats, Kardea prepares a meal that's deliciously Southern without breaking the calorie counter. She makes Grilled Pork Chops with a homemade Apple and Mango Compote, along with flavorful Cauliflower Rice. For dessert, there are Mini Sweet Potato Pies topped with Toasted Pecans.
Fishing and Dishing
Kardea is meeting her brother, Kedrick, at his favorite fishing hole to hopefully catch their dinner. She plans to make Crispy Fried Whitefish with a Cornmeal Crust, Southern Brussels Sprouts Salad with Homemade Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing and Kardea's Fresh Baked Cornbread. For something a little sweet, she whips up a quick and easy Creamy Orange Trifle.
Fancy for Less
Kardea invites her notoriously frugal Aunt TC over for a dinner that looks like a million bucks but won't break the bank! For their fancy meal at home, Kardea makes Molasses Salmon, Mushroom and Pea Risotto, and Wilted Bok Choy. Dessert is a restaurant classic -- Vanilla Creme Brulee with Raspberry Coulis.
Miss Brown's Little Helpers
It's Aunt Kardea's day to hang out with some of her nieces and nephew, and she makes their favorite things along with a couple of sweet treats. She serves up Stovetop Mac 'n' Cheese and kid-approved Baked Potato-Chip Chicken Strips. Then, after a little hide and seek in the yard, the kids join Aunty K in the kitchen for Homemade Benne Wafers and Charleston Milkshakes with all the toppings.
Big Game Bites
Kardea is having her football-loving family over to watch the big game, and they all love to eat! Kardea is going deep into her delicious playbook to make Fried Chicken Wings with a variety of dipping sauces, Southern Deviled Eggs and Chips 'n' Crab Dip. For those with a sweet tooth, she makes Red Velvet Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting.
For the Love of Chocolate ...
Love is in the air when Kardea and her boyfriend Nassir have a double date dinner with their friends, Yolanda and Eugene. Kardea kicks off the night with a savory Peppered Skirt Steak Salad with Crumbled Blue. Then it's time to get sweet with Chocolate-Covered Bacon and Chocolate Cheesecake with a Chocolate Cookie Crust topped with Homemade Chocolate Pretzel Bark.
"Too Cute" Brunch
Kardea invites her Aunt TC over for a big low-country brunch. The perfectly Southern meal includes Charleston-Style Shrimp and Grits, Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits topped with Fresh Apricot Jam, along with a Creamy Hazelnut Frappe.
There's a chill in the air, and Kardea gathers friends around the fire pit for a cozy meal. Dinner includes some of her favorite rib-sticking staples -- Beef and Okra Stew served with Sweet Potatoes topped with Roasted Marshmallows. For dessert, it's the perfect time of year for Caramel Apple Cake and Warm Spiced Apple Cider.
Kardea hosts a birthday dinner for her good friend Ashley. The celebratory meal starts with Pepper Jelly Meatballs to nibble on and Low Country Crab Cakes topped with Southern Succotash as the main attraction. To finish off, there's Ashley's favorite Toasted Coconut Cake.
Back in her school days, Kardea would spend her weekends planning a trip to Mexico with her besties. In honor of that trip that never happened, Kardea creates a Mexican-themed meal with a big dash of low country. The menu includes Catfish Tacos with Red Cabbage Slaw along with Mexican Street Corn Salad, Pina Colada Pie and Lemonade Margaritas.
A few of Kardea's brothers and sisters are getting together at her place to catch up and share a meal. She's making a Slow-Roasted Onion Dip as an appetizer along with Grilled Garlic Bread. For the main course, there's a Southern Veggie Lasagna and a Kale Caesar Salad. What a delicious way to get the siblings together!
Traveling Supper Club
Kardea hosts an intimate traveling supper club in her hometown of Charleston, S.C. She creates a Southern-inspired menu of Low Country Spatchcocked Chicken served with traditional Gullah Red Rice and a Warm Asparagus Salad. For a sweet end to a beautiful dinner, there's Grandma's Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding.
Kardea invites her mom, grandma and cousin to take a day trip to Wadmalaw Island, where she spent much of her childhood. For their picnic, she creates a menu of Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Wadmalaw BBQ Sauce, Pan-Fried Collard Greens with Bacon and a Boozy Sea Island Punch. For dessert, it's Nana's Banana Pudding!
Grilling Out with the Girls
Kardea Brown has planned the perfect menu to celebrate the end of summer with her girlfriends. She's grilling up Jerk Chicken and Pineapple Skewers with Sweet and Savory Grilled Corn, and she serves Sweet Heat Baked Beans on the side. To help everyone cool off, she freezes Spiked Mojito Pops.
Kardea Brown invites a friend over to sit by the creek, share a great meal and watch the world go by. Her menu includes a Seafood Salad Roll with Charleston Shrimp and Blue Crab, Homemade Seasoned Chips and a Fresh Melon Salad topped with fresh mint and spicy dressing. For dessert, Kardea makes Creekside Custard Cups with crushed graham crackers and orange Curacao custard.
Berry Delicious Brunch
Kardea Brown and her nieces are out on the farm to pick blueberries and prepare a fresh brunch the kids and their parents will love. Kardea whips up fluffy Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes topped with a blueberry-honey sauce. She also serves up Cheesy Baked Eggs with Potatoes and Mustard Greens, Homemade Breakfast Sausage and refreshing Honey Orangeade.
Grillin' and Chillin'
Kardea Brown invites friends over for an afternoon Lowcountry cookout and fires up the grill. On the menu are Grilled Mahi Sandwiches, Grilled Shrimp Macaroni Salad and Grilled Potatoes tossed with EVOO and Chives. For something sweet, Kardea whips up a Berry Dump Cake.
Kardea Brown is cooking up the perfect Lowcountry meal for her new Southern table: Fried Chicken with hot honey sauce, Hoppin' John and Sauteed Green Beans with Garlic and Pepper. For dessert, she puts a Southern twist on a sweet Apple Raspberry Cobbler with a Biscuit Top.
Big Apple Down South
Start spreadin' the news! Kardea Brown's friend from New York City is visiting, so Kardea's whipping up a meal that combines Big Apple favorites and the best of the South. She starts by making Seafood Pizza with Local Shrimp, plus a Salami and Tomato Salad with Buffalo Mozzarella. She mixes up a refreshing Charleston Tea, which is bourbon iced tea with mint and sparkling lemonade. For dessert, it's Kardea's spin on a New York classic, Big Apple Crumb Cheesecake.
Kardea Brown invites her sweetest friends over for a dessert party! The star of the dessert table is a beautiful Dressed-Up Carrot Cake made extra special with apples, raisins, pineapple and a caramel drizzle. Kardea adds her Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies, Chocolate-Topped Pralines and Homemade Buttery Fingers to make it the sweetest party of all time.
Social media maven Kardea Brown is taking food pictures worth a thousand bites! To start off, she makes a Steakhouse Burger with frizzled onion, thick-cut bacon and blue cheese dressing, and she serves it with Crispy Home Fries topped with a pimiento aioli. Then she arranges Roasted Fennel with Apple Cider Reduction and saves the best for last, Bananas Foster Upside-Down Cake.
Comfort Cooking with Ma
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 and a Roasted Broccoli Salad. Last but certainly not least, she puts a comfy twist on a Southern classic with her Sweet Potato Cheesecake.
All About the Sides
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. She hopes Grandma approves of her Candied Yams, and no Lowcountry Thanksgiving is complete without Oyster Stuffing. Kardea adds Sauteed Turnip Greens and Cranberry Custard Pie for a holiday menu to be thankful for!
Dishes That Keep Giving
Kardea Brown makes the most of a free day by preparing dishes that make perfect leftovers. First up is Chicken Pot Pie, which is good at first bite and even better the next day. She also makes plenty of Cheesy Country Ham Grit Balls with Spicy Mayo and some Pan-Roasted Sage and Butternut Squash. Finally, Kardea bakes a Pumpkin Chai Loaf that she'll enjoy today, tomorrow and days after!
Miss Brown's Birthday!
On her birthday, Kardea Brown wants nothing more than to cook a decadent meal for two of her favorite ladies, Momma Pat and Aunt TC. The celebratory dinner starts with Carolina She-Crab Soup followed by delectable Red Wine-Braised Beef Short Ribs sitting atop Creamy Sweet Potato Polenta. And for a truly Southern birthday, Kardea bakes a traditional Hummingbird Cake and enjoys a spiced banana and pineapple piece of heaven.
A Sea Island Christmas
Kardea Brown is celebrating the holiday season with her closest family and a traditional Sea Island menu. The stars of the table are Maple-Glazed Cornish Hens, and for sides, she makes the Lowcountry staple Limpin' Susan with Shrimp and her Grandma's Green Beans with Potatoes and Smoked Turkey. For dessert, Kardea turns to a Gullah classic, Sweet Potato Pone.
Kardea Brown is whipping up a tasty brunch with a spicy twist! Her mom Pat is coming over for her favorite meal inspired by her top bucket list destination: New Orleans. First up, Kardea makes a Cheesy Creole Breakfast Skillet with andouille sausage and shrimp covered in a creamy Creole sauce with a colorful Mardi Gras Salad on the side. Then, she fries up scrumptious New Orleans Beignets with Raspberry Syrup. To top of the perfect NOLA brunch, Kardea puts her twist on a Louisiana classic with a kick -- the Pimm's Cup!
Kardea Brown invites her fast-food loving friend Kaitie over for homemade versions with a lighter touch! Kardea makes a Double Patty Veggie Burger with a special sauce that goes perfectly with Oven-Baked Onion Rings, a healthy spin on the side order. Plus, for dessert, there's Baked Apple Hand Pies along with a Chocolate Fro-Yo Shake.
Kardea Brown gets her sisters together for a super Southern and special dinner. The scrumptious menu includes Fried Pork Chops with Homemade Table Gravy, Sauteed Yellow Squash and Zucchini, and Rainbow Rice Pilaf. For dessert, Kardea bakes up a treat that all the sisters love -- Red Velvet Sheet Cake!
Double as Nice for Half the Price
Kardea Bown's cousin Ashley is saving for a house and learning to spend less on eating out. So, Kardea is making Ashley her favorite restaurant meal, all for under $30! On the menu is a starter of Sea Island Beer Steamed Mussels and, for the main course, Kardea cooks up Penne with Sausage and Greens with a Grilled Romaine Caeser Salad on the side. For a sweet ending, it's a homemade version of Ashley's go-to restaurant dessert -- Molten Chocolate Cakes.
Kardea Brown is celebrating her momma Pat's big day with her mom's favorite Tex-Mex meal, and Aunt TC joins her in the kitchen to help! The stars of this birthday menu are Carne Asada Chimichangas, deep-fried burritos stuffed with braised short ribs and cheese sauce. On the side, Kardea has Spicy Rice, and the birthday girl is getting an extra special cake to celebrate -- Brown Butter Cake with Spiced Chocolate Ganache.
Ladies Who Lunch
Kardea Brown plans a fancy Southern-style light lunch for her good friend and colleague Nancy Fuller. First, Kardea creates an assortment of Southern Tea Sandwiches filled with Smoked Salmon, Homemade Egg Salad and Ham. She pairs those with a Lowcountry Charcuterie Board featuring Buffalo Blue Pimento Cheese and Candied Pecans. For dessert, she makes mini versions of Nancy's favorite, Key Lime Pie Tartlets. Of course, no lunch with Nancy would be complete without a little Gigi juice, so Kardea mixes up a Spiked Peach Tea.
Big Game, Big Flavors
Kardea Brown invites her brothers, Quan and Kedrick, and their kids over for the big game. While her brothers set up the tailgate, Kardea scores in the kitchen with a low-country twist on a Philly gameday classic, Surf and Turf Cheesesteaks. Then, she grills Bratwursts with Caramelized Onions on Pretzel Buns and whips up a Smoked Red Pepper Dip with veggies for dipping. Finally, Kardea has something extra special for dessert -- a Grilled S'mores Skillet!
It's Galentine's Day, and Kardea Brown invites her best girlfriends over to enjoy an indulgent chocolate-inspired dinner, starting with Chipotle Cocoa Rubbed Salmon. Then, it's time for Super Decadent Mac and Cheese in a cream garlic sauce with Caramelized Brussels Sprouts on the side, followed by a sinfully sweet Cherry Jam Devil's Food Cake for dessert.
Gal's Night In
Kardea Brown won't let a little rain put a damper on a fun day with friends as she moves the party inside for some comfort classics -- Maple BBQ Chicken and Sweet Potato Waffles with Fried Green Tomatoes and a Spicy Remoulade. For dessert, she bakes the girls Espresso Brownies with a Mocha Ganache that will keep the party warm and cozy.
There's Nothing Like Home Cooking
Kardea Brown treats her friend Trevor to some Southern home cooking after months of being on the road for work. The star of the table is Lemon and Garlic Baked Chicken, and, for the sides, there's Country Wild Rice with Sausage and Collard Greens with Tomatoes. For dessert, Kardea has something extra Southern -- Upside Down Peach Cornbread Cake!
Hutchinson House Dinner
Kardea Brown hosts a fundraising dinner to benefit the Hutchinson House -- the last and only standing house built and owned by freedmen on Edisto Island, S.C. The event kicks off with a performance by Gullah-inspired music group Ranky Tanky. The dinner is a traditional Southern fish fry featuring Fried Cornmeal Crusted Catfish with a Baby Spinach Berry Salad and Candied Walnuts and Loaded Baked Potato Salad. For dessert, Kardea bakes an Old-Fashioned Lemon Buttermilk Pie.
Kardea Brown sets up carnival games and delicious fair food in the backyard for the kids in her life -- big and small! She makes Lowcountry Seafood Nachos served in baskets, Mini Corn Dog Muffins, Funnel Cake Bites topped with Strawberry Sauce and Chocolate Dipped Frozen Bananas on a Stick.
A Garden Grows
Kardea Brown invites Aunt TC over to help plant a container garden in the backyard while Kardea cooks up a fresh veggie and herb-inspired meal. First up, Veggie Soul Rolls are stuffed with collard greens, carrots, cabbage and rice. Then, Kardea grills Lamb Chops with a Mint Pesto and prepares a Fresh Tomato and Feta Salad. To finish off a beautiful day, nothing sounds better than keeping the oven off, so Kardea makes a no-bake Carolina Mud Pie.
Kardea Brown is celebrating the end of summer in style by inviting her family over for a seafood cookout. Her mouthwatering menu includes Charcoal Grilled Oysters topped with herb butter, Charleston Crab Crack with all the sauces, Smoked Fish Dip with crudite and crackers, Cornbread Panzanella and a light, refreshing Fun in the Sun Cocktail. When the cookout is over, it's time to light up the sky with fireworks!
If You Can't Stand the Heat ...
Kardea Brown shares her favorite dishes to make when it's just too hot to stay in the kitchen! She makes Easy Shrimp Kabobs with Garlic Sauce and Pasta Salad with Squash, Feta and Sundried Tomato Vinaigrette. Her Watermelon Salad is cool and crisp, and Creamy Orange Push Pops are a light, refreshing dessert. This menu is a quick and easy way to beat the heat and enjoy the sunshine!
Just like most people, Kardea Brown's refrigerator fills up random veggies, fruits and other bits of recipes she has made. So before anything spoils, Kardea gets creative and makes a cheesy Lasagna Dip with leftover meats and cheeses, Grilled Eggplant Bruschetta with a lonely eggplant, Grilled Veggies with Collard Green Pesto and a refreshing Red Wine Mixed-Berry Granita made with leftover red wine and berries.
Kardea Brown hits the road to surprise her mom in Atlanta with a visit. On her way, she stops at a seafood stand to pick up some sweet Charleston shrimp for the grill -- a little taste of home for Ma! In Ma's kitchen, they make New Orleans-Style BBQ Shrimp and Grilled Rubbed Chicken with an Alabama White Sauce. Kardea makes a light and crisp Rainbow Carrot and Fennel Salad with Apricots, and they top off their reunion meal with a delicious Unwind Sangria.
Finger Lickin' Finger Foods
One thing Kardea Brown absolutely loves about game day is the food! She invites a few of her friends over for a pregame with Oven Roasted Carolina BBQ Chicken Wings, Turkey Sliders with Onion Jam, Mini 8-Layer Dip and Chips and, for a sweet finish, Crunchy Peanut and Pistachio Caramel Popcorn. Kardea's finger-licking menu always wins!
Lunch with My Biggest Lil' Fan
Kardea Brown invites her biggest little fan -- 5-year-old Braylen and her mom -- over for lunch. Braylen reached out to Kardea on social media and has even recorded herself making one of her recipes! Miss Brown makes Sheet Pan Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Homemade 'Tato Bites, Fruit Kabobs with Strawberry Cream Cheese Yogurt Dip and very special PB&J Stuffed Cupcakes.
Party Food Everyone Loves!
Kardea Brown invites her family over to celebrate her baby nephew's first birthday, but just because it's a kid's party doesn't mean the adults can't love the food, too! Kardea cooks up a perfect party menu that all her guests -- young and old -- will love. She serves a variety of Sheet Pan Pizzas, Buffalo Chicken Meatballs, Homemade Chef's Salad and a Vanilla Celebration Cake with a mini version for her nephew to smash!
Aunt TC's Sammich Shop
Kardea Brown's Aunt TC is opening a sandwich shop (or "sammich," as she says), and she wants Kardea to help her develop the menu. Kardea has some delicious ideas for them to cook and taste test, like Grilled Shrimp Po' Boys, Fried Peanut-Crusted Chicken Sandwiches, Twice Fried Sweet Potatoes Fries with a variety of sauces and, for dessert, Lemon Sugar Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches.
Sea Island Classics
Kardea Brown celebrates her Gullah culture and heritage with her friend, Gullah folk singer Quiana Parler from the award-winning band Ranky Tanky. They share a meal inspired by the Sea Islands and their Gullah tradition. Kardea makes Gullah Gumbo with Shrimp and Tomatoes, Traditional Crab Rice and Grilled Okra with Bacon. For something sweet, she puts a spin on a Lowcountry classic with her Charleston Chewy Cheesecake.
Inspired by Charleston's Best
Kardea Brown and her friend KJ Kearney like to explore Charleston's food scene together, and KJ has even developed a social media presence based on his outings. Kardea invites KJ over to treat him with her versions of Charleston's best, taking inspiration from the great meals they've shared together. She makes a Panko Fried Pork Chop Sandwich on Grilled Texas Toast, Shaved Green Cabbage Slaw with Shallots and Dijon Vinaigrette, Lima Bean Salad and a special Homemade Banana Pudding.
Kardea Brown invites her lifelong besties over to show them how thankful she is for their friendship in the best way she knows how -- by feeding them! For this Friendsgiving, Kardea is in charge of the all-important turkey and side dishes, and her girlfriends bring dessert and drinks. To start, Kardea serves Deviled Crabs in the shell. Then she makes a Cajun Butter Spatchcock Turkey along with Fried Cabbage with carrots and peppers and Sweet Potato Stuffed Cornbread.
Bridge Run Brunch
Kardea Brown and her friends are meeting up with their trainer for a bridge run workout. After burning some calories, it's time to put a few back, so Kardea invites them all back to her house for brunch. She makes a Seafood Omelet Bar with all the fixings, Candied Bacon, Peaches and Cream Scones and refreshing Sparkling Mimosas.
A Delicious Christmas
It's that special time of year again, and Kardea Brown is making a holiday dinner for her mom, grandma and cousin. On the Christmas table this year is a beautiful Brown Sugar Glazed Ham with Cloves, Red Rice Perloo (a Gullah staple), Green Bean Casserole and Apple Cider Cobbler for dessert.
Kardea Brown is entertaining her childhood best friend, Kimiko, for the weekend, and she decides to make them a delicious brunch inspired by the breakfasts Kimiko's grandma used to make them as kids. She starts with a Meat Lovers Quiche and dreamy Lemon Sweet Rolls for a spin on classic cinnamon rolls. Kardea also makes a Strawberry Arugula Salad in Crispy Parmesan Cups and Tropical Dragon Fruit Mimosas for a must-have cocktail.
Oh Baby, Baby!
Kardea Brown cooks up a special meal to celebrate her sister's journey to parenthood. She starts with Golden Yellow Split Pea Soup topped with a little cream and then makes Blackened Trout with Escovitch that brings all the flavor! For veggies, Kardea whips up a Ratatouille with Shrimp and Okra, and her homemade Blackberry Crunch No-Churn Ice Cream ends the dinner on a sweet note.
Easy Meals for a Busy Momma
Kardea Brown helps out her best friend -- a busy working mom -- by sharing a few quick, easy and inexpensive meals that she can throw together any night of the week using grab-and-go rotisserie chickens. They make Green Chicken Enchiladas, Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup with lots of vegetables and Chicken Puttanesca Pasta. Kardea also shares an easy dessert that only looks difficult, a Strawberry-Rhubarb Galette.
All About a Throwback!
Kardea Brown invites a group of childhood friends over for updated and kicked-up homemade versions of favorite foods they had growing up. First, she tackles a staple of her mom's freezer, Mini Golden Beef Pockets filled with spiced ground beef. She makes her favorite after-school meal, Lowcountry Ramen Noodles with Charleston shrimp and collard greens, and for something sweet, there are homemade Delicious Dunkers and Double Berry Snack Bars.
Shaking Up Soul Food
Kardea Brown loves a challenge, so she's making classic soul food dishes -- but vegan -- for her cousins. She starts with tofu for Lemon-Pepper Fried "Chicken" Tenders with dairy-free Ranch dipping sauce. She also makes Jackfruit Pulled "Pork" Sliders, Vegan Baked Mac and Cheese and Maple-Glazed Donuts with Coconut "Bacon."
Ribs and Pretzels and Tailgating!
Kardea Brown is meeting up with family and friends at the high school stadium for a proper tailgate, and her menu is a cut above the average burgers and hot dogs. She grills St. Louis-Style Ribs and sets out Beer Cheese and Soft Pretzel Bites to nibble on. She gives boring coleslaw a makeover into Collard and Red Cabbage Slaw, and she layers coconut and chocolate in a graham cracker crust for Momma Pat's Goodie Bars.
Pampered and Fed
Kardea Brown treats her mom and aunt to a spa day at a Charleston hotel followed by a decadent dinner at home. She starts them off with Crawfish Bisque and Escarole Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing. Then she makes rich Creamy Lobster and Corn Pappardelle and tops off the day with Chocolate Martinis and a Dark Chocolate Coconut Cream Tart.
Kardea Brown may be a born-and-raised Southerner, but she has a fondness for Italian food, too. She makes an Italian meal for her friend Julia and starts with Homemade Pasta crafted by hand, without a machine or attachment. She whips up a Carbonara sauce and Roasted Artichokes with Parmesan Breadcrumbs, and dessert is creamy Panna Cotta topped with fresh berries.
Ode to Rice
Rice is the foundation of Gullah cooking, and Kardea Brown's grandma always has a pot of it ready to go. Kardea is making four dishes using rice to show her grandma how many ways there are to transform the humble grain into something delicious and unexpected. She fries up Crispy Rice Cereal-Coated chicken, makes a Cheesy Rice Casserole with Turkey and amps up the flavor with Curried Rice Salad. There's even rice in one of Grandma's favorite desserts, Sticky Rice Pudding with Mango.
Mosquito Beach Dinner
Kardea Brown is cooking for an event celebrating the restoration of Mosquito Beach, a significant place in Charleston's Gullah history. She starts off with traditional West African Peanut Stew and grills Stuffed Whole Snapper with herbs, lemons and tomatoes. She also whips up her Southern riff on cilantro rice, Collard Green Rice, and prepares Sweet Bread with Pineapple Jam for dessert.
Kardea Brown makes a few of her all-time favorite recipes that she would put in her own cookbook. Her Jerk Chicken Rasta Pasta is one of her most creative dishes, and she also makes Country Sloppy Joes with Fried Onions. Frozen Yogurt Bark with Strawberry-Balsamic Jam is a stunner, and Chocolate Sandwich Delights are one of her most requested desserts.
Food, Fun and Games
Kardea Brown invites her siblings over for a game night, and she makes some tasty dishes for everyone to munch on while they roll the dice. First up are Kardea's Reubens with her Sea Island Dressing and Twirly Tornado Chips made with sweet potatoes. She also makes Black-Eyed Pea Hummus with veggies and pita chips, and there are Strawberry Snowball Cookies, too.
Tangerines, Lemons and Limes Make Everything Fine
It's citrus season in the South! Kardea Brown is cooking up a meal to celebrate the fruits at their peak, and she's sharing it with her friend Germaine, who grows produce and herbs at Fresh Future Farm, an urban farm in North Charleston. Kardea makes Tequila Tangerine Chicken, Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Key lime-herb oil, a Citrus Salad with tangerines and grapefruit and, for dessert, a lip-puckering Limoncello Trifle.
Kardea Brown kicks off summer by inviting her best girls for an afternoon on the beach to enjoy the gorgeous weather and even better food! She is throwing together a Seafood Clambake over a firepit and whipping up a Bloody Mary Cocktail Sauce for dipping. Next on the menu, Kardea puts together her Cucumber Crab Boats for crunch and brightness, plus a refreshing and fruity cocktail fittingly called Yolanda's Drink, inspired by her bestie. And Kardea can't get her girls together without a dessert, so she's baked a velvety Mango Chiffon Pie.
Lunch at Sea
Kardea Brown makes some yummy goodies for an afternoon boat ride with Kardea's brother, his wife and Kardea's friends. She starts with the ultimate sandwich, a Fancy BLT with Pickled Tomatoes that take this sandwich to a whole other level. Next, a mouthwatering Grilled Watermelon and Tomato Salad and a hearty Tuna Pasta Salad rounds out their meal. Plus, Kardea bakes up something that everyone will enjoy, Kardea's Kitchen Sink Cookie, a delicious treat filled with everyone's favorites.
Kardea Brown makes a meal with her aunt TC to treat TC's fellow church volunteers to a low-country feast. First, Kardea cooks up her delicious BBQ Smoked Turkey Wings. Then, Kardea whips up her Skillet Lima Beans, pan fried with bacon and tomatoes, and a Creamed Corn Casserole. For dessert, Kardea bakes a Lemon Pudding Pound Cake that'll have everyone singing her praises!
Mom's Comfort Cooking
Kardea Brown invites her mom, Pat, to come visit for the weekend, and they cook up dishes together that Kardea craves most from growing up. They make Mom's Seafood Lasagna, a creamy and cheesy pasta bake with low-country shrimp and crab meat, and Cheesy Garlic Pull-Apart Bread. Then, Kardea mixes up Pat's Brambleberry, a delicious bourbon cocktail muddled with sweet blackberries, and whips up No-Bake Raspberry Pretzel Cups for Miss Pat's sweet tooth. There really is no place like home ... with your mom!
Jazzed Up Supper Club
Kardea Brown is hosting a soulful supper club in Charleston with award-winning chef Alexander Smalls. Kardea begins the meal with Fish Chowder, a hearty soup with flaky cod, potatoes and corn. Then, Alexander joins Kardea in the kitchen to cook her Grilled Lamb Chops with Pink Peppercorn Sauce accompanied by Fried Skillet Corn Salad with bell peppers, tomatoes and pork belly. For dessert, Kardea plates beautiful Red Wine Poached Pears with Vanilla Bean Custard. Strike up the band, it's time for supper club!
I Scream for Burgers
Kardea Brown loves being an auntie, so she invites her brother Quan and his kids over to help her in the kitchen. She cooks up Smash Burgers with the Works and adds a twist with Avocado Fries. Then, Kardea makes homemade strawberry ice cream and two desserts with her nieces and nephew, Strawberry Crunch Bars and Very Berry Ice Cream Floats. This is a meal everyone will love, no matter how grown up!
Grandma's Special Supper
For her grandma's birthday, Kardea Brown is throwing a beautiful dinner at one of her grandma's favorite spots, the historic Angel Oak Tree, which is estimated to be 400-500 years old. Kardea starts off with Crab Stuffed Lobster Tails and a Blender Bearnaise, a quick kitchen hack to make a sauce with shallots, wine and tarragon -- the perfect complement to the lobster. Then, she makes a cheesy Tomato Pie with Cornmeal Crust and Kardea's Easy Entremet, a layered dessert that looks fancy but is easy to whip up.
Kardea Brown is hosting a movie night for her friends in her own backyard, creating a menu inspired by some movie theater favorites. She makes a loaded Low Country Muffuletta with an easy homemade everything bread to sandwich chow-chow, deli meats, cheese and smoked sausage. Then, movie night can't have just one sandwich, so Kardea throws down her Shrimp Burgers with Avocado Tartar Sauce and a side of Fried Pickles with Chipotle Ranch. And since no movie is complete without the popcorn, Kardea makes yummy Candy Bar Popcorn Balls for dessert.
Fish Fry Day!
Kardea Brown invites her family and friends over for a good ol' fashioned fish fry, so of course there's Cajun Fried Flounder with Dijon Tartar Sauce. Next, Kardea fries up Miss Brown's Hushpuppies Two Ways, traditional and with okra, and cooks up Skillet Green Beans topped with parmesan and lemon zest. For dessert, Kardea makes beautifully creamy Mini Fruit Tarts with blueberries and raspberries.
Nothing but the Skillet
Kardea Brown shares her favorite recipes using her beloved cast-iron skillet. These satisfying and versatile recipes can be whipped up any night of the week. First up, Kardea cooks a Chicken and Veggie Skillet, a delicious chicken dinner with all the veggies, and Cheesy Skillet Taco Mac, a meal that will have 'em coming back for seconds. Then, Kardea whips up an easy side dish that is sure to impress any dinner guest, her Cheesy Skillet Potatoes, and last, but certainly not least, Kardea's Ultimate Skillet Brownie is a chocolatey dessert topped with vanilla ice cream.
Kardea's Delicious Dream Home
Kardea Brown is bringing a picnic basket filled with a delicious lunch to check on the construction of her dream home with her interior designer and friend, Elyssa. First up, Kardea is making a Chicken and Veggie Wrap with Herb Goat Cheese Spread, the perfect handheld sandwich. Next, Kardea whips up a cute and easy Salad in a Jar with baby kale, plums, smoky chickpeas and a light vinaigrette. Then, it's time to open the bubbly for Kardea's Spritz, a tart and refreshing celebratory cocktail, and Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cream Pies are a delightful treat for dessert.
Game Day Eats
Kardea Brown is cooking up fun treats for a softball game with her friends. She is kicking up her Three Lil Pig Hot Dog with some pulled pork and crushed pork rinds on top and throwing together Miss Brown's Ballpark Potato Salad, a beautiful tri-color potato salad with a tangy vinaigrette. Plus, Kardea makes an addicting French Onion and Leek Dip and, for dessert, bakes some Vanilla Snack Cakes to bring this meal to a home run!
Breakfast for Dinner
When she was a kid, breakfast for dinner was such a fun treat for Kardea Brown, so when her best friend, Yolanda, visits for the weekend, Kardea invents elevated and exciting breakfast dishes for dinner … just for the big kids! First up, Kardea grills up a bone-in rib eye with a fried egg for her Fancy Steak and Eggs and a Savory Dutch Baby, Kardea's take on a savory pancake with smoked salmon and creme fraiche. And Kardea can't have Yolanda over without a cocktail, so Kardea shakes up her refreshing Bourbon Hibiscus Tea and makes fluffy, sky-high Souffle Pancakes with Butter Pecan Sauce for dessert.