There’s something special about summer in Lowcountry. The warm, sunny days are perfect for walking by the ocean, paddling on the river, or a long patio lunch in Beaufort

The mild, breezy evenings make dinner outside so appealing, especially if you’re in a quiet little neighborhood like Celadon. It’s the perfect time to invite your friends over to share a meal and some quiet conversation.

We checked out Southern Living’s recipe box and found 7 recipes sure to make your guests feel at home.

Mama’s Fried Chicken

A lowcountry classic, the secret to great Southern fried chicken is buttermilk – make sure to soak your chicken for at least two hours to get that rich, savoury flavor that will remind you of family dinners as a kid.

Green Bean Casserole From Scratch

What better time to make a veggie casserole from scratch than when those veggies are in season. It’ll only take 25 minutes to pull together and makes a great sidekick for fried chicken.

pot roast

Company Pot Roast with Creamy Mushroom Grits

Southern comfort food at its finest. Serve it hot from the slow cooker, or cook it ahead of time and serve it chilled on french bread. Chuck roast can be flavourful and tender with the right combination of bacon, garlic, red wine and time…and Southern living is all about taking your time…

Roast Spatchcock Chicken

Going for a more traditional Sunday-style dinner? This roasted chicken with lemon and thyme is a sure fire favorite. It’ll take a little longer to prepare, but it’ll be worth it. And you can dress up the meal with a variety of roasted veggies – brussels sprouts, carrots, baby potatoes…whatever you find at the local market.

30-Minute Chili

Perfect for that spontaneous dinner – the one you “planned” when you bumped into your neighbors at Celadon Square – this chili comes together quickly. Feeding a bunch of families? Not a problem, this six-ingredient chili is easy to adapt so all your guests leave the table well fed.

strawberry shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake

Nothing says Southern food like a buttery homemade biscuit, and nothing says summer like fresh strawberries. End your evening with this rich, delicious strawberry shortcake, served up with a dollop of whipped cream. 

Homemade Fresh Peach Ice Cream

A hot summer day calls for a cool evening treat. Surprisingly easy to make – all you need is a food processor and a bit of time. And having ripe, sweet peaches helps, too!  

If you’re living in a planned community like Celadon, you know that any time is a good time to slow down and enjoy the good life, and that includes taking the time to cook a good meal to share with great friends. 

Your beautiful home is a welcoming place – sharing your Southern hospitality around the dinner table is the perfect way to embrace it. And who knows, an after-dinner stroll on one of the beautiful woodland trails might lead to plans for the next friendly gathering.

Why don’t you come for a visit, take your own Discovery Tour, and find out if you’re “home”.

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