There are plenty of solid reasons to visit Charleston, S.C. Tourists flock to the oldest city in the state to stroll its quaint streets and gardens, take in its elegant historic homes, and relax on its nearby beaches—all served with a side of Southern hospitality.
Alex Guarnaschelli is an Iron Chef, Food Network celebrity chef, author of Old-School Comfort Food and the executive chef at New York City’s Butter restaurants. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Tuesday to get her professional cooking tips, family-favorite recipes and personal stories of working in front of the camera and behind the kitchen doors. Follow her on Twitter at @guarnaschelli.
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Baking addict Sally McKenney Quinn is the author of the popular blog and cookbook Sally’s Baking Addiction as well as PEOPLE.com‘s newest blogger. Check back each month for her latest easy-to-follow recipes! Warning: Don’t read when hungry.
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Matt Bomer is a man true to his word. After promising to eat fried chicken “in a mean, mean, way” once the Magic Mike XXL stripper scenes were over, the star and his castmates feasted at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room in Savannah, Georgia, where they’ve been filming.
You can feel a little sorry for the actors playing strippers in Magic Mike XXL, which is currently shooting in Savannah, Georgia.: They might be surrounded by some of the finest Southern food in the country, but in order to maintain their dollar-bill–ready bodies, they aren’t supposed to be eating any of it.
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Welcome back to our new column at PEOPLE.com: the Tiny Test Kitchen. Here, we test recipes from the latest and greatest cookbooks and let you know how it went. Why Tiny Test Kitchen? Because we whip up these dishes in our very own (very tiny) New York City kitchens to show you just how easy or difficult, tasty or terrible the food turns out to be.