Dear SOS: Recently, my husband and I visited Simpsonville, S.C. While there, we went to a restaurant called Stella’s Southern Bistro. I decided to try the Shrimp and Grits, which I had seen on the menu at many Southern restaurants. It was so delicious that I ordered the same dish at every subsequent restaurant where it was offered. Nowhere else came close. Do you think you can get Stella’s to share its recipe?
Dear Paddy: Comfort food doesn’t get much better than a hearty meal of shrimp and grits. Plump shrimp are simmered in a rich ragout of applewood smoked bacon, chopped tomatoes, Creole seasoning, fresh bell peppers and green onion, butter and homemade shrimp stock — you could use store-bought fish stock, but don’t ruin this dish with shortcuts. Spooned over a creamy mound of grits, it’s heaven in a bowl. Stella’s was happy to share its recipe, so you can have a taste of South Carolina at home.