From Elle’s Kitchen – Meat Loaf Muffins

Blue Cheese, Spinach Meat Loaf Muffins

Using a large muffin pan allows the mini meat loaves to cook faster and makes portion sizing easier, plus your kids won’t know you hid some veggies in there too!

1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs

1/2 cup chopped fresh spinach
2 eggs
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce


  1. Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a large muffin pan with cooking spray.
  2. Combine ground beef, blue cheese, onion, bread crumbs, spinach, eggs, and Worcestershire sauce in a large bowl until well blended. Divide meat mixture evenly into the prepared muffin pan.

Upcoming Events in Charleston

There’s never a dull moment in Charleston. Here are some exciting events to keep you busy:

The Gulf Coast states are home to hundreds of Mardi Gras krewes and put on elaborate galas. We are proud to say there are very few Mardi Gras events that surpass the Charleston Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball.

The costumes are meticulously designed and crafted by the country’s best! Amazing show of stones, feathers, rare fabrics and brilliant colors.

Come eat, drink and be merry! Dance the night away to Rockin’ Dopsie and the Zydeco Twisters! Eat delectable Cajun fare. And of course, meet and greet the King & Queen of Charleston!
The gala is open to the public. Krewe of Charleston members enjoy priority seating and other benefits and perks.

Date: Saturday, February 8th

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Charleston Area Convention Center

Lined with locally owned shops, King Street has been hailed as one of the best shopping spots in America according to U.S. News and World Report. For one Sunday afternoon of every month, cars are re-routed so the street may become a lively pedestrian fair with outdoor dining, live music and special deals offered by the merchants.

Date: Sunday, February 9th

Time: 1-5 pm

Location: King Street

Inspired by the iconic Studio 54 club scene in New York City, this party celebrates the launch of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Enjoy music by DJ Jeff ET and DJ Mateo, a bar featuring beer from Westbrook Brewing Co. and cocktails from Cathead Vodka, and delicious treats from Cru Catering and Fuel at Society 1858′s legendary winter party!

Date: Friday, February 7th

Time: 8-11 pm

Location: Gibbes Museum of Art

It’s a shuckin’ good time at the Third Annual Cork Shuckin’ Festival at Irvin-House Vineyards on Saturday, February 8 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the vineyard. Admission is free but patrons are encouraged to bring their cash and credit for oysters, wine and Firefly spirits tastings and local food vendors. Oysters are $20 all you can eat or $10 by the bucket.

Oysters from Holy City Seafood will be available and other food vendors will be on site including Coastal Crust, Stono Cafe and Dulce Truck. Guests are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the music of the One Kool Blow. Tastings in the Firefly Vodka distillery and Irvin~House Vineyards winery are only $6.00 to taste 6 Firefly spirits and $5.00 to taste 5 wines. Patrons will receive complimentary glasses during both tastings.

Date: Saturday, February 8th

Time: 1-5 pm

Location: Irvin-House Vineyards

Just Listed In Charleston National

4177 Victory Pointe Drive is a splendid waterfront retreat positioned within the quiet seclusion of the Victory Pointe subsection of Charleston National. Only 28 home sites are situated behind the private gate and each home offers access to Porchers Creek and the Charleston National Golf Course.

From the back of the home, lush landscaping with mature oak trees surround the shared boardwalk that leads to a private floating dock equipped with a 5 ton boat lift. The dock is also outfitted with lighting, water, and provides easy access to the Intracoastal Waterway and Dewee’s Inlet.

This exquisite elevated colonial encompasses 3,256 square feet of open living space with 19-foot great room ceilings and oversized windows to compliment the creek views. The great room flows into an oversized kitchen and dining room which both offer breath-taking views of the creek.

The large screened porch perfectly frames the scenic landscape and waterscapes. Additionally the main level provides a guest bedroom, full bath, study, and an elevator that accesses all levels. Upstairs, the spacious master suite overlooks the dock and provides uninterrupted views of the Copahee Sound from the balcony. Two guest bedrooms and a full bath complete this level.

The exterior of this home is virtually maintenance-free with Hardie Plank siding, Polydeck porch, and storm shutters for additional protection from the elements when needed. The views and ocean breezes are a true plus for this home, and provide the owner with a truly Charleston water front experience. It is close to excellent shopping, award winning public schools and the new Roper St Francis Hospital and has easy access to I-526.

Exclusively listed by Will Dammeyer (843) 670-6747


List Price: $975,000
Beds: 4
Baths: 3 Full/1 Half
SqFt: 3,256
Year Built: 2004
MLS#: 1400731

Just Listed South of Broad

77 Gibbes Street has a beautiful living space downstairs with a wide wrap around porch to catch the breezes off the harbor, this 1920′s home is a true Charleston gem.

Fully equipped gourmet kitchen with marble counters, two Fisher Paykel dish drawers, a six burner Darcor range, a built in ice maker and a sub-zero refrigerator.

Gorgeous chandeliers, and glowing hard wood floors create just the right backdrop for the wood burning fireplaces.

Small but luxurious master bath with custom plaster design hand painted by a local artist as well as custom cabinets with marble counters and marble floors. Master bedroom opens to a private cozy porch overlooking the garden area and pool.

Two other bedrooms and an office complete the second floor. The third floor could be transformed into another bedroom suite, office or studio.

Exclusively listed by Elle Haynes (843) 557-6727


List Price: $1,395,000
Beds: 3
Baths: 2 Full/1 Half
SqFt: 2,604
Year Built: 1920
MLS#: 1400524

Luxury on the High Battery

The Nathaniel Ingraham house at 2 Water Street represents a rare opportunity to own one of the few remaining single family homes on High Battery. Owned by many notable figures over its 200 year history including current owner and renowned contemporary artist John Dunnan this magnificent modified Federal property has undergone an exhaustive restoration and renovation, with attention to detail and an eye for historic integrity evident throughout.

Upon entering this circa 1810 residence, your eyes are drawn to the grand living room facing Charleston Harbor. Tall windows take full advantage of the natural light and water views. Restored moldings in the Federal style frame the room and windows, with original Heart pine floors, an Adamesque fireplace mantel and a Venetian chandelier adding to the historic ambiance. The room transitions easily into the formal dining room, creating a seamless flow for entertaining. A turn-of-the-century tin ceiling graces the dining room, as do a fireplace and a Federal “wave” chair rail. French doors open onto the Piazza, further extending the living and entertaining space. An adjoining kitchen is part of a new wing added in 2007, with a Caesar Stone island, stunning 17th century marble sink and five sets of French doors opening onto the Piazza. The master suite can be found on the second floor, with windows overlooking the harbor, His and Her walk-in closets, a gas fireplace and luxurious bath with two antique vanities. A sitting room with the original cedar ceiling and an attached full bath is also found on this floor, perfect as an office, den or nursery. The third floor offers three bedrooms and two full baths, creating a private area for guests.

Additional guest quarters can be found on the ground level, with a living area, bedroom, full bath, kitchen and separate entrance creating an apartment if desired. A portion of this level was added during the 2007 renovation and features a dry sauna, steam shower, laundry room and garage. Bluestone flooring and decorative ceiling beams were added to mimic the details of the original structure. The gated driveway, courtyard and garden feature custom ironwork and are overflowing with Confederate Jasmine, Camphor trees and Palmettos. Guests will linger by the inviting pool, surrounded by fountains and bluestone pavers that lead to a “secret garden” at the rear of the property. This important home has been featured in over 20 publications and is truly a work of art.

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Is price per square foot a good way to be sure I’m obtaining a deal?

“Using price per square foot can be helpful in judging a property’s value, but you have to be careful because there are several factors that can cause the price per square foot of one property to be much higher or lower than a similar house of equal size.  For example, price per square foot for a home located in a neighborhood with historic value may be higher than the price per square foot for a similar home in another less desirable neighborhood.  Historical value can even change street by street.  Other factors that could affect price per square foot are age, overall condition of the house, neighborhood, and specific lot location, such as beachfront, waterfront, or a corner lot.

I recommend talking with a local real estate agent to help determine a property’s value, so you can be sure you’re getting the deal you’re looking for.”

Contact Bryan now: [email protected]

Bryan Pack

TripAdvisor 2010 Travelers’ Choice Awards

Charleston is known for its great food and Southern hospitality, so it’s no wonder we were ranked in several categories of the TripAdvisor 2010 Travelers’ Choice Awards.  Charleston was mentioned in the following categories:

Top 10 Food and Wine Destinations in the World, ranked #3 with Napa, California and Western Cape, South Africa.

Top 10 Culture and Sight Seeing Destinations in the United States, ranked #4 with Washington D.C., New York City, and Chicago.

Top 25 Destinations in the United States, ranked #20.

Visit TripAdvisor and plan your vacation to our beautiful city!

Southwest Airlines Coming to Charleston

Charleston has a new low-cost carrier!  Southwest Airlines announced on May 11th that they intend to fly out of Charleston International Airport and Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport starting next year.

“We look forward to serving the Palmetto State with Southwest Airlines’ unique brand of genuine hospitality, great value, a robust and reliable flight network, and our terrific employees who deliver excellent customer service,” said Dave Ridley, Southwest’s senior vice president of marketing and revenue management.

Read the full story about Southwest coming to Charleston on the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s website.

April Home Sales Surge

Home sales surged over 50% last month according to the new figures from the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors.  In Charleston County alone, 404 residential properties changed hands – a 62% jump from last April.  One-fourth of those sales were home buyers taking advantage of the expiring tax credit on April 30th.  In fact, during the last 72 hours of the tax credit 207 local buyers purchased a home.

Although 27,000 South Carolinian’s took advantage of the credit, most agents admit that tax-credit related transactions only made up for less than half their business.  But, the credit did inspire a large number of buyers to get out into the market and look around leading to some positive real estate statistics for the area.  Year-to-date, residential real estate sales are about 25% higher than the first four months of 2009.

New Record For Any Work Of Art Sold…

New Record For Any Work Of Art Sold At Auction Established At Christie’s New York

The Brody Picasso Breaks All Records Selling for US$106.5 Million

Art market history was made at Christie’s this evening when the Brody Picasso, Nude Green Leaves, and Bust sold for $106,482,500 (₤70,278,450 €81,991,525) to an unidentified telephone bidder, setting a new world record for any work of art sold at auction.

Silence fell over the packed saleroom as Christopher Burge conducted nine minutes of bidding that involved eight clients. Christie’s lead auctioneer took bids from a client in the saleroom as well as those on the phone before the competition settled down to two bidders at the $88 million mark and a one-on-one battle ensued.  The final bid was hammered down at 7.32 p.m. at $95 million. Buyers premium takes the price of the painting to a record breaking $106.5 million.

Nude, Green Leaves and Bust is the star lot of the Collection of Mrs. Sidney Brody, a stellar assemblage of Modern Art purchased primarily in the 1940′s and 50′s and kept in the family home since. Known among experts as the “lost” 1932 masterpiece because it had never before been published in color, Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust is a sensuous depiction of Picasso’s muse and mistress Marie-Therese Walter. In previous years, Christie’s has successfully sold six paintings from Picasso’s celebrated 1932 series. As befitting its importance within the canon of Picasso’s work, the $70-90 million pre-sale estimate was the highest placed yet on an artwork offered at Christie’s New York.

The previous highest price for a work at auction was $104,327,006 paid for L’homme qui marche I, bronze, 1960, by Alberto Giacometti on February 3, 2010.

The previous highest price for a work of art by Pablo Picasso was $104,168,000 paid for Garçon à la pipe, 1905 on 5 May 2004.

Stop by the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston and see an original Picasso,  Femme dans un fauteuil, as part of the Modern Masters from the Ferguson Collection.