Food & Drink

Mark your calendars, next week Taigan is taking the traveling pop up shop roadshow to Charleston, SC, curated and co-hosted by The SoGood and Leapfrog PR! Just in time for Valentine’s Day goodies, spring fashion and more. Meet several of our amazingly talented designers and learn all about their unique and interesting products.

Spread the word and don’t be afraid to bring a group with you… The more the merrier!

Brackish Bow Ties, from Charleston themselves, presents handcrafted, gorgeous ties 100% made of feathers – perfect for this upcoming wedding and gala season or not to mention, the one off fashion statement. They are truly stunning and will certainly make your guy the talk of the town (in a good way)!

Brooke Seraphine, designer and founder of Seraphine Designs, is innately inspired by the raw stone and its beauty. “I’ve always been so impressed by what Mother Nature can do on her own. I love to find a rock or mineral that’s a true natural beauty- that doesn’t need any help to look exquisite,” says Brooke. She melds raw stone and wire into elegant pieces that are at once strikingly modern and classic.

JL The Brand is a new addition to Taigan – straight off the press! They are made in Greenville, SC, and bring pep to any guy’s step. Made of 100% pima cotton with fun designs, these are the perfect Valentine’s Day “happy” for your son, brother, boyfriend, husband or dad.

Christophe Chocolatier makes gorgeous, hand painted chocolates that any and everyone will enjoy. Particularly in February, his truffle boxes are to die for and during Halloween, Easter and Christmas time, his oversized chocolate sculptures that are also hand painted make the perfect hostess gift, table accessory or stocking stuffer.

Sarah and Sally Hovis, designers and owners of S. Carter Designs, have an eye for making nature and organic lines stunning with their jewelry creations. This mother-daughter duo can turn snake vertebrae into a fabulous accessory by simply adding gold and diamonds. You won’t want to miss these Atlanta natives and their highly collectible product.

These cookies are simply to die for.  Grey Ghost is named after the famous spirit that lives on Pawleys Island, SC, but these bite sized goodies will certainly not leave you scared. Once you eat one, you won’t be able to stop.

Lexie Armstrong from Franklin, TN, is a wonderful watercolorist. We can’t wait to share her whimsical pieces depicting painted plants and sweet animals in so many forms – original works of art as well as holiday themed place cards. Lexie’s works are simply fantastic.

Anatomie, traveling from Miami, is one of the absolute best women’s active and travel wear lines. They use all French and Italian fabrics and craft their pieces into sophisticated and flattering lines. The next time you have to run out of the house without getting all dolled up, you can certainly throw their pieces on and still be stylish.

NYC based jewelry designer, Bounkit, creates the best cocktail jewelry you could ever imagine. Made from genuine stones, these colorful creations are a cult favorite of the most sophisticated shoppers. We wouldn’t be steering you wrong if you suggested your boyfriend or husband swing by to pick out your Valentine’s Day gift…

The staple of Charleston, Callie’s Biscuits, simply must be served at a party! Mouth watering biscuits, fiery pimento cheese and southern charm are all on the menu here. Enjoy a quick nibble and stock up on hostess gifts.

The tremendously talented Jonathan Savage of Savage Interior Design is our go-to resource for cult favorites like Christian Tortu candles,  Antica Farmacista soaps and his own private label of linens. He will be presenting a plethora of fine home goods that will add that extra bit of charm to your kitchen and powder rooms.

Armstrong & Wilson is known for their adorable, colorful tweed bow ties, neck ties and of course pocket squares. They are the first ever to include a cute button accent on their pocket squares and they add that perfect touch of style to your dapper, Charleston guy.

From Austin, TX, August Morgan designs clever, witty cocktail napkins that will always start a conversation at your parties. From grasshoppers to elephants, she will certainly carry your favorite animals. These are a great item to keep on hand for party favors!

From Hawaii, Letarte resort wear presents a bohemian island aesthetic with signature prints, intricate adornments and lavish details. These are the stylish pieces all ages can enjoy during a quick trip to the islands or the local pool.

Also a local from Charleston, wedding designer Tara Guerard’s fantastic party accessory and stationery line will be available at the show. If anyone knows great taste, it’s Tara Guerard, so any of her designs are a must!

Sallie’s Greatest jams are the specialty jams everyone wants at any event. Her interesting marriage of flavors and creativity are satisfying and fun for gifting at any time. Try these on a cracker with cream cheese or mix in a blender for a yummy cocktail.

VGS Chateau Potelle is one of our very favorites. We will be serving this delicious wine from St. Helena, CA, at our Thursday night cocktail party so be sure not to miss it. We will provide a red and white option along with all the information you would ever need in order to go out and visit the winery yourself.

Jack Rudy came up with the very best tonic and we’ll be serving it on Thursday night of our show. There’s nothing like a great vodka/tonic in preparation for spring weather!

Charleston Bloody Mary Mix also will be at the show and if you haven’t tasted it already, you need to! It certainly gives Zing Zang a run for it’s money.

We are thrilled to have flower magazine joining us for this show. Founder and Editor in Chief, Margot Shaw, will be coming along to introduce you to her stunning magazine and for those of you who are unfamiliar with the publication, be sure to check them out online. Come visit us next week to learn more and maybe even subscribe!

We hope to see you all there!

We’re thrilled to introduce Grey Ghost Bakery on Taigan! 

Like the tales of the Carolina Lowcountry, Grey Ghost Bakery’s legendary recipes have been passed down for generations. Pawleys Island, SC legend has it that the Grey Ghost, a friendly spirit, appears to alert residents of impending storms and protects those who heed his warning. Inspired by her lazy summer days spent baking and sharing Lowcountry lore with friends and family on the porch of her Pawleys Island beach house, owner Katherine Frankstone named the company for the beloved legend.

Why we chose Grey Ghost Bakery:

When Katherine Frankstone was the tender age of five, all she wanted was an Easy Bake oven, but her parents steered her from the toy shop back home to the warmth of their family’s kitchen where she climbed a stool alongside her father and learned to bake in the real thing. For decades, she has been satisfying the sweet teeth of her husband, sons, and flocks of friends with her perfectly balanced crisp yet chewy cookies.

With Grey Ghost Bakery, Katherine is serving up a taste of her childhood with a good old‐fashioned dose of Lowcountry  lore. With features in Garden & Gun, Food & Wine, Martha Stewart Weddings and more, we’d say people have taken notice!


Just add jam…

Food & Drink, Food & Drink June 16th, 2014 — by:

We’ve turned to the experts at Sallie’s Greatest Jams for a couple easy, refreshing ideas for summertime bites and drinks. Try one of these simple and delicious recipes for a night with friends.

Cocktail time.
Start off with a Peach + Mint Sweet Tea Martini

1 ½ oz. Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka
1 ½ oz. Orange juice

1 oz. sparkling water
1 heaping tsp. Sallie’s Greatest Peach + Mint Jam
Thin peach slice
Fresh mint leaf

Put it all in a shaker with ice. Shake to blend then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a peach slice and fresh mint leaf.

Pair up your cocktail with a starter.
Baked Brie with Blackberry Spice + Sage

17 oz. round of Brie cheese

3 tablespoons of Sallie’s Greatest Blackberry Spice + Sage Jam
Fresh or Frozen blackberries

Slice the top rind off cheese leaving the side round in tack. Place Brie in the center of a Brie baker or pie plate. Put the Blackberry Spice + Sage Jam in the center of the brie. Top with blackberries. Bake at 400 degrees until cheese melts (about 10-15 mins). Serve with crackers and sliced apples.

Main Dish.
Scallop & Roasted Pepper Salad with Peach Pepper + Ginger Dressing

1 lb. scallops
2 large green or red peppers (or buy roasted peppers and skip this preparation)
2 tomatoes cut into wedges
1 cucumber sliced
1 small sweet red onion chopped (can use white sweet onion or 2 green onions)
½ cup crumbled goat cheese
Mixed salad greens or arugula
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup Sallie’s Greatest Peach Pepper + Ginger Jam
Salt & Pepper to taste

Preheat broiler. Place washed peppers on rack in broiler pan. Broil about 15 minutes close to heat until charred. Put peppers in plastic wrap or a brown bag and let stand 10 to 15 minutes until skin wrinkles and can be pulled away. Remove loose skin. Cut peppers in half and remove seeds, then cut into I inch pieces. Arrange salad greens on plates (or in a bowl) top with peppers, onion, tomatoes, cucumbers and goat cheese. Pan sauté 1lb scallops or shrimp in 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 teaspoon butter. After browning on both sides, put 1 teaspoon of Peach, Pepper + Ginger in pan with 2 tablespoons water. Toss to glaze. Mix olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and Peach, Pepper + Ginger jam together. Toss salad with dressing and top with scallops or shrimp. Serves 6.

Sweet Finish.
Blueberry Lemon + Thyme Lemon Squares
2 cups plain flour
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter
4 eggs
1 ½ cups sugar
1/3 cup lemon juice
¼ cup plain flour
½ tsp. baking powder
Sallie’s Greatest Blueberry Lemon + Thyme Jam
Sift together flour and powdered sugar. Cut in margarine to form crumbly mixture. Press in a 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Beat eggs: add sugar and lemon juice: blend well. Sift flour and baking powder and mix well with egg mixture. Pour over crust. Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes or until top is light brown. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut into bars and top each with a teaspoon of Blueberry Lemon + Thyme Jam.
Note: You can cut the bars into triangles and top with smaller amount of jam for a beautiful tray to serve at a cocktail party.

The best way to thank mom this Sunday is with a homemade meal — it’s simple, but more importantly, made with love. With many recipes to choose from, we have put together an easy lunch menu that keeps cooking in the kitchen to a mere minimum. Serve around the family table or take it outside on a blanket, picnic-style – whatever makes her happy. Bon Appetit!

Start off with this effortless Pepper-Jelly and Cream Cheese Recipe from CHOW Nashville. Owner Megan Casey says, “Like most good dishes, this recipe is all about the ingredients. And while this appetizer may be an old stand by, it’s worth remembering.” Pair with a crisp glass of wine and good conversation.

Vela Farms Jelly (Habanero , Cranberry Japaleno or Pineapple Mango Serrano)
1 block of cream cheese
Pita crackers

Simply unwrap the cream cheese and set on a plate. Pour the pepper jelly over the cream cheese and garnish the plate with crackers and fresh herbs. Chill or serve promptly.

For lunch, we choose this Crusted Chicken Salad Recipe adapted from Sallie’s Greatest. It’s delicious and a mixture of comfort and health.

½ cup bread crumbs
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh basil
¼ cup honey mustard1 cup toasted pecans. Or try these roasted and salted pecans from Schermer’s Pecans
4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts
1/3 cup Sallie’s Greatest Peach + Mint Jam
1/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1/3 cup Olive Oil – We prefer Extra Virgin Olive Oil from the Riboli family in Napa Valley. It has a smooth, peppery finish.
1 bag of mixed greens
½ cup whole pecans
½ cup sliced sweet onions
Sliced peaches
Salt & pepper

Season chicken with salt and pepper. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grind the toasted pecans in a food processor into fine crumbs. Put in a bowl and stir in bread crumbs and basil. Rub each chicken breast with honey mustard then coat with the pecan mixture. Place on a nonstick baking dish or line dish with tinfoil. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes depending on size of the chicken. Mix Sallie’s Greatest Peach + Mint Jam, Apple Cider vinegar and olive oil in a mason jar. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Shake vigorously to combine. Place the mixed greens on a plate, add onions, pecans, peaches then place the baked chicken breast on top. Drizzle with the Peach + Mint Vinaigrette.

And for dessert, try one of these delicious cakes from Caroline’s Cakes. The seven layer caramel cake is heavenly and a sweet way to end a wonderful lunch with mom.

To make your Mother’s Day even more special, check out these favorite finds from Nashville Lifestyles Magazine just in time to make your mom feel loved!



We’ve turned to the experts at St. Helena Olive Oil for this tasty– and easy– salad. Simple and delicious… What more could you want?


1 1/2 Cups Organic Apples-1/2 inch cubes
3/4 Cup Aged White Cheddar Cheese-1/2 inch cubes
2 Cups Organic Baby Arugula
1/4 Cup Methode Tradizionale Balsamic Vinegar
1 pinch Organic Gray Sea Salt

Toss the apples, cheese & baby arugula in a bowl then garnish by drizzling with the balsamic vinegar and adding a pinch of sea salt over the top.

Tip: Serve this early in the fall when apples are still are little bit tart. This allows for a wonderful balance with our aged balsamic vinegar. Enjoy!