Queens of the Kitchen: Queen Susan Seningen

By Leslie Moore

Queens of the Kitchen: Queen Susan Seningen

Model gorgeous Susan Seningen lives in a lovely Wachesaw Plantation home with her husband, Ken. Empty nesters, the couple have three children and three grandchildren – one child lives in Charleston, one in Columbia and the youngest is in college at Clemson. Her love of style and innate fashion sense led her to start a home-based clothing business as an independent consultant for W by Worth, a fashion company out of New York City. Susan also devotes her time to several community-based volunteer organizations.

Would anyone call you a Queen of the Kitchen?

[laughing] Probably not! I do like to have people over and have fun. And, I’ve always loved to cook, but it’s not as much fun since the children left home – our lives are very different now than when I had to make sure dinner was on the table for the children every day.

What is your favorite tool/appliance in the kitchen?

Definitely my spice rack – the right spice can change any recipe into something wonderful.

Do you use cookbooks? Which one is your favorite?

I have a lot of cookbooks and use them occasionally. The one I use the most is from the Biltmore House in Asheville – I’ve bookmarked all my favorite recipes.

Do you like to entertain? What is your favorite dish to prepare for company?

Ken and I both enjoy entertaining. My favorite dish to make is chicken cordon bleu with cognac sauce along with mushroom strudel. I serve it with a green salad and bread. Everyone loves it. We always have wine with dinner – my favorite is Cakebread Chardonnay.

What are your Thanksgiving plans? What’s on the menu?

I absolutely love Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday, there’s no pressure; everyone comes, sits down and enjoys being together. I cook a traditional Thanksgiving meal every year for the entire family.

What were your Thanksgiving celebrations like growing up?

I grew up in New Jersey, one of seven children. Every year we each had a pilgrim candle holder at our places, and I still have them. Our meal was very traditional, and we all looked forward to getting together, especially after everyone went off to school.

Besides cooking, of course, what are your other favorite activities?

I enjoy running, Pilates and yoga.

Current passion?

My volunteer work is my passion. I want to help make a difference in people’s lives, especially children. Our youngest son, who is now in college, had leukemia as a child, relapsed and had to have radiation and chemo. I’ve never forgotten how hard it was just to survive during that time.

I’m on the board of directors of Good Friends of Georgetown. Our annual luncheon is next month, on December 12th in DeBordieu. All of the money raised goes to help Georgetown County citizens in need through the Department of Social Services. It’s such a great cause and helps people who have no other option. We never know the people we are able to help, but we do hear the stories. One family we helped, a mother and father, with two children, was about to have their electricity cut off. The father had been hit by a car and was on medical leave from his TWO jobs. All of the stories are similar. The luncheon is how we raise the money to help. This nonprofit has helped 5,228 people in our twelve years of operation.

My other passion is St. Christopher Children – I’m also on their board of directors.. This organization helps children with basic needs. School nurses let us know what is needed, like clothes or a warm coat, and we provide it through the schools. Again, we never know the ones we help. We also have children who are in desperate need of orthodontic work, but are unable to pay for it. Our big gala is in February, and all of the money raised goes to help local children.

What are you most grateful for during this season of thanksgiving?

My happy, healthy family. We are so lucky to have a wonderful life. I never take that for granted.

For more information about the Good Friends Luncheon on December 12, or to learn more about St. Christopher’s Children, contact Susan at 843-424-9961.

Photo courtesy of Wayne’s View Photography

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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