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Preserving Family Stories Through Recipes

“A recipe is a story that ends in a good meal.”  – Pat Conroy, South Carolina author

Mary Martha Greene, author of “The Cheese Biscuit Queen Tells All,” will carry you through a journey to preserve your precious family recipes and stories to hand down for generations to come – and just maybe publish in a cookbook. This session will include how to capture family stories – the happy, the sad, the good, and the bad – and practical tips for writing and quantifying family recipes. There just might be a tasty communal meal to conclude the class. A copy of “The Cheese Biscuit Queen Tells All” is included in the course registration fee.

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Meet Your Instructor

Mary Martha Greene

Mary Martha Greene

Mary Martha Greene has been described as “a skilled and seductive Southern storyteller” by Marleen Osteen, writer and former restauranteur along with her late husband, famed Chef Louis Osteen. Mary Martha is also an award-winning cook. (Ok, so the award was in 9th grade for baking French Napoleon pastries for State Foreign Language Day, but it was first place, and she still has the trophy!) After this stunning victory, she dreamed of a culinary, or at least creative career. Her dreams were waylaid by her Family Court Judge Father her freshman year of college when she came home for Christmas break, and he informed her she’d be reporting for duty as a page at the State House in January. That led to a career in government relations and politics, including serving on the staff of Governor (later US Secretary of Education) Richard W. Riley, lobbying, political action, business development and consulting. Mary Martha regrouped and shared her love of cooking, baking, and entertaining to aid her in making friends and influencing people in the legislative, political, and fundraising arenas. She’s also used her skills to help her clients with business development, including running hospitality suites at conferences, sporting events, and a skybox on the 18th green for the PGA-Heritage Golf Tournament on Hilton Head Island. Since the publication of her first book, “The Cheese Biscuit Queen Tells All” by the University of South Carolina Press, she’s been featured in the Southern Cooking section of CKBK, an international online cookbook resource and Cookbooks with Virginia with her idol, Chef Virginia Willis. She has appeared with Chef Jacques Pepin at the Amelia Island Book Festival’s Celebrity Author Luncheon. She interviewed the late Mrs. Emily Meggett, New York Times bestselling author of Gullah Geechee Cooking, Johnathan Scott Barrett of Cook and Celebrate at the Pat Conroy Literary Center Lowcountry Book Club weekend. She’s been featured in cooking demonstrations at the Southern Legislative Conference, in addition to many in-store events and teaching cooking lessons.  Her next Book – The Cheese Biscuit Queen: I don’t believe I’d have told THAT! is due out in the Spring of 2025. She hopes the stories do not embarrass her Mother TOO much. Mary Martha divides her time between her hometown of Beaufort, South Carolina and Columbia, the state capital where she is a government relations consultant.



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