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Life Lessons: Stir up your love life

Life Lessons: Stir up your love life

Chef Cindy Wolf combines her classic French training with the low country of South Carolina in her hit restaurant Charleston.

"The history of Southern food in that particular region has a lot of French influences. And French cooking is very, very close to my heart. I love French cooking," says Wolf.

She's sharing that love with her own twist on a Southern favorite: fried green tomatoes, the perfect plate for your Valentine's date.

"By adding lobster and crab hash, a little bit of lemon cayenne mayonnaise, some upland cress, which is a very tender, sort of spicy green, and a little arugula oil to the plate, we take something that's a very traditional dish and make it really special," Wolf said.

First you'll need an onion, potato, and green tomatoes. Saute' your onion, boil your potatoes, then mix together, season, and add cooked lobster and crab meat.

"Both the lobster and the crab meat love curry," Wolf said. "As long as you don't put too much in, just a hint of it, and a little salt and pepper and that's all the seasoning you need."

Next, bread your tomatoes in a little bit of cornmeal and cayenne pepper and deep fry. Give them a minute and drain. When you're ready, layer the hash with upland cress, a little mayo, and green tomato; and voila, the perfect plate for your Valentine's date.

Chef Wolf says as an alternative you could use shrimp instead of lobster. Just saute' it in some butter first.

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