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Caramel Apple Cake

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About the show

Kardea Brown shares down-home, Southern recipes from her South Carolina kitchen. The cook and caterer was born and raised on the sea islands of Charleston, the heart of all Southern cooking, and learned to cook in her grandmother's kitchen. These days, she takes generations of family recipes and makes them her own as she cooks for family and friends at her Sea Island home.

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Kardea Brown

Kardea Brown is a contemporary Southern cook born in Charleston, South Carolina. She is of Gullah/Geechee descent, a term used to describe a distinct group of African Americans living in the coastal areas of South Carolina and Georgia who have managed to preserve much of their West African language, culture and cuisine.
Season 1, Episode 5

Picnic in the Park

Kardea Brown picnics in the park with friends and her favorite one-hand wonders like Rotisserie Chicken Salad Sandwiches with Homemade Bacon Jam and Chilled Black-Eyed Pea Salad. The relaxing summer lunch finishes with delicious Blackberry Hand Pies.

Tuesday
Sep 1
9am | 8c
Season 1, Episode 2

Beach Blanket Country Boil

Kardea Brown hits the beach with friends for some fun in the sun and a summer-perfect picnic featuring a Low Country Boil, Fresh Peach Arugula Salad and Sparkling Summer Lemonade. For a sweet treat, frozen Confetti Vanilla Whoopie Pies hit the spot.

Tuesday
Sep 1
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 3, Episode 1

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.

Saturday
Sep 5
12pm | 11c
Season 2, Episode 5

Carolina Comfort

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.

Tuesday
Sep 8
8am | 7c
Season 2, Episode 6

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.

Tuesday
Sep 8
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 2, Episode 7

"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.

Tuesday
Sep 8
9am | 8c
Season 2, Episode 8

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.

Tuesday
Sep 8
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 3, Episode 4

Lowcountry Lunch

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.

Saturday
Sep 12
12pm | 11c
Season 2, Episode 9

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.

Tuesday
Sep 15
8am | 7c
Season 2, Episode 10

Birthday Dinner

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.

Tuesday
Sep 15
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 2, Episode 11

BFF Reunion

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.

Tuesday
Sep 15
9am | 8c
Season 2, Episode 2

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.

Tuesday
Sep 15
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 3, Episode 3

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.

Saturday
Sep 19
12pm | 11c
Season 3, Episode 2

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.

Saturday
Sep 26
12pm | 11c
Season 1, Episode 2

Beach Blanket Country Boil

Kardea Brown hits the beach with friends for some fun in the sun and a summer-perfect picnic featuring a Low Country Boil, Fresh Peach Arugula Salad and Sparkling Summer Lemonade. For a sweet treat, frozen Confetti Vanilla Whoopie Pies hit the spot.

Tuesday
Sep 29
8am | 7c
Season 1, Episode 5

Picnic in the Park

Kardea Brown picnics in the park with friends and her favorite one-hand wonders like Rotisserie Chicken Salad Sandwiches with Homemade Bacon Jam and Chilled Black-Eyed Pea Salad. The relaxing summer lunch finishes with delicious Blackberry Hand Pies.

Tuesday
Sep 29
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 1, Episode 6

Family Reunion

Kardea Brown’s family reunions are big, loud and legendary events. She’s hosting the party at her Charleston, S.C., home and makes all the family favorites, including No-Fuss Baby Back Ribs with Carolina Moppin' Sauce and a beautiful 4-Bean Salad. Aunt TC joins Kardea in the kitchen to make her famous Potato Salad, and for dessert, the crew digs into classic Charleston Chewies.

Tuesday
Sep 29
9am | 8c
Season 2, Episode 12

Sibling Supper

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!

Tuesday
Sep 29
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 3, Episode 8

Southern Table

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.

Saturday
Oct 3
12pm | 11c
Season 1, Episode 1

Sunday Supper

After a morning spent in church, Kardea Brown invites her family over for a scrumptiously Southern Sunday supper. She's serving up a few of her family's favorites for dinner, including Fried Chicken Po' Boys and her own twist on her grandma's Crab Mac and Cheese. For dessert, Kardea bakes her Aunt TC's famous Lemon Lime Soda Cake.

Tuesday
Oct 6
8am | 7c
Season 2, Episode 8

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.

Tuesday
Oct 6
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 2, Episode 7

"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.

Tuesday
Oct 6
9am | 8c
Season 2, Episode 6

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.

Tuesday
Oct 6
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 3, Episode 12

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.

Saturday
Oct 10
12pm | 11c
Season 2, Episode 11

BFF Reunion

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.

Tuesday
Oct 13
8am | 7c
Season 2, Episode 10

Birthday Dinner

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.

Tuesday
Oct 13
8:30am | 7:30c

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