Entertaining Tip: DIY Dip Bowls

Entertaining Tip: DIY Dip Bowls - Charleston Crafted

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Summertime means lots of cookouts and pool parties. While the star of the party might traditionally be the burgers or the ‘que, the appetizers are important, too! Tiny bites that you make in advance keep your guests happy and can cut down on the amount of meat that you need to buy.

Entertaining Tip: DIY Dip Bowls - Charleston Crafted

We love serving dips. Sometimes we make dips, but we have found that many store bought dips are just as delicious as our homemade versions. We recently discovered Chobani Mezé™ Dips and were really impressed by the taste and the fact that they are made with greek yogurt. These dips combine delicious Chobani Greek Yogurt and real vegetables, are made with only natural and non-GMO ingredients, and don’t sacrifice taste for a nutritious option to serve your guests (and yourself). Not only are they tasty, but Chobani Mezé™ Dips have better nutritionals than the leading hummus: 80% less fat and 65% fewer calories. CHOBANI MEZE™ Greek Yogurt Dip: 1g fat, 25 calories; leading hummus: 5g fat, 72 calories per 2 Tbsp serving

Entertaining Tip: DIY Dip Bowls - Charleston Crafted

Chobani Mezé Dips comes in 4 globally inspired flavors in 10oz sizes:

  1. Roasted Red Pepper – a sweet and slightly hot, mix of roasted peppers
  2. Three Pepper Salsa – a light blend of green peppers, chili peppers & jalapeno peppers with herbs
  3. Smoked Onion Parmesan – rich mix that combines bold onion flavor with nutty parmesan
  4. Chili Lime – a tangy blend of lime and light spice, with ranch-style herbs

Entertaining Tip: DIY Dip Bowls - Charleston Crafted

Entertaining Tip: DIY Dip Bowls - Charleston Crafted

Entertaining Tip: DIY Dip Bowls - Charleston Crafted

The trick to making a store-bought dip party worthy is to serve it in fun DIY dip bowls. Fiesta ware is great, but today we are talking fresh fruit and veggie bowls! We recently picked up a small seedless watermelon, a pineapple, and some bell peppers that we hollowed out to create our own DIY dip bowls. They are festive and beautiful, and look at lot fancier than they are. The best part is that you can still eat the fruit – nothing goes to waste. The bell peppers actually rinse out very well and can be sliced up and dipped into more dip! Watermelons are a natural bowl if you cut them in half and scoop out the melon. Pineapples make for the fanciest looking bowl, but are the most complicated. Use a big knife to saw straight through the leaves at the top and then straight through the fruit. Then, I found it easiest to score the pineapple into chunks and then use a fork to pop the pieces out. With both the watermelon and the pineapple, use a paper towel to pat dry the inside before putting your dip inside.

Entertaining Tip: DIY Dip Bowls - Charleston Crafted

Entertaining Tip: DIY Dip Bowls - Charleston Crafted

Entertaining Tip: DIY Dip Bowls - Charleston Crafted

We picked up the Chobani Mezé Dips at our local Walmart on Folly road (and it’s not even a Super Walmart – just a regular store with a grocery section). The dips are not kept with the dairy – they are actually in the deli section cooler, near the pre-prepared potato salad.

Entertaining Tip: DIY Dip Bowls

For your next summer party, consider Chobani Mezé Dips and homemade fruit bowls!

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Yellow Squash Bread

Yellow Squash Bread Recipe - Charleston Crafted

In the springtime, we get so many yellow squash in our CSA produce box! We usually sauté them with onions and garlic, but lately we have had more than we could possibly eat that way.

Yellow Squash Bread Recipe - Charleston Crafted

So, I decided to try to make squash bread! We love zucchini bread and so I decided to adjust my recipe for squash. I shredded 3 large yellow summer squash with my grater trying to avoid seeds if possible but not picking them all out.

Yellow Squash Bread Recipe - Charleston Crafted

This bread is super moist and flavorful as well as easy to bake. And, if you’re wondering, it doesn’t taste squash-y or like vegetables at all. The overwhelming taste is cinnamon. Yum!

Yellow Squash Bread Recipe - Charleston Crafted

Yellow Squash Bread Recipe - Charleston Crafted
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  1. Add eggs to mixer and beat 2 minutes. Add the sugar and vanilla extract to combine. Add remaining ingredients except flour and combine. Add flour cup by cup until fully combined.
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  3. Bake at 325 degrees for about 45 minutes, or until a toothpick stuck into the center comes out clean.
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New Food at the Riverdogs 2016

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We love Riverdogs baseball games for a lot of reasons, but one of the top ones will always be the food. They don’t just serve ballpark basics – they go over the top! We’ve shared our favorite foods in the past as well as Sean’s favorite homewrecker hot dog combinations, but today we are back to share our favorite new items to their 2016 menu.

The Grilled Cheese Station

The Scoops ice cream station has been expanded to include 4 types of grilled cheese (one of them a rotating special). Since I don’t eat much meat, I love this hearty veggie option. They’re all only $4 which is a great price for a ballpark meal! I really suggest that you try the brie and blueberry – it’s made with fresh berries and ooey gooey delicious cheese
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Chelsea’s Cantina

There are several bowls featured at the Cantina this year. They offer a hearty option, basically a burrito without the shell. We were really impressed with the flavor packed into the bowl, and that they were way more food than we thought they would be! The spicy chicken option comes with rice, beans, corn, lettuce and sauce drizzled over the spicy chicken. For $6, they really do give you quite a bit of food.

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Pie House

The Pie House is now where you get pizza and beer shakes for $7. This year, there’s a new beer shake called the Palmetto Biscotti. It features Palmetto Espresso Porter and a cookie dough biscotti blended with vanilla ice cream and caramel syrup. It’s delicious and tastes like liquid cookie dough with a very slight coffee finish. The RiverDogs are also featuring a new beer shake with each home stand and on the last time we went, they were featuring a Peppermint Porter, which mixed peppermint ice cream with Palmetto Espresso Porter and was so good. There was a big peppermint flavor when you first took a sip and then left you with a delightful coffee taste.

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Smokin’ Joe’s

Smokin’ Joe’s is where the RiverDogs are smoking meats like brisket and BBQ to pair them with interesting flavors. The new Sween-n-Sour Duck Wing Bowl ($9) features two duck wings served on top of their ramen and sautéed vegetables. We weren’t really into this concoction as the duck wings were overdone and are served on the bone, which means you have to pick the meat off if you want to eat it with your ramen. Plus, it didn’t have the spicy teriyaki sauce that the regular ramen bowl has, so we didn’t really like it.

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We’ve also sampled the Burnt End Sandwich ($8), which is slow-cooked brisket chopped up and served on a thick roll that has a pepperoni baked into the bun. It was tasty, but there were A LOT of pure fat chunks in there that kind of made me not really dig it, but the pepperoni roll was awesome and they serve a bratwurst on that same roll with beer cheese in one of the other stations, so we’ll have to try that later.

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State Fair

New to the front of the stadium this year are a couple of smaller booths, including the State Fair. There are a few new foods being sold here, but they are cash only at this stand. We sampled the Rolled Up RiverDog, which is a hot dog with coleslaw and pickled okra, wrapped in an egg roll wrapper, deep fried and drizzled with BBQ sauce. Needless to say, it was pretty delicious and only $5.

New Food at the Riverdogs 2016 - Charleston Crafted

New Food at the Riverdogs 2016 - Charleston Crafted

There are a lot more new options at the RiverDogs this season, but these are some of the ones we’ve gotten to so far. You definitely need to head out to The Joe soon and try some of these awesome new flavor explosions!

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Woody’s Pizza on Folly Beach

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We love Folly Beach and love to spend a day there at pretty much any time during the summer. It’s also a great place to go in the evenings when you want to take a nice walk on the beach and grab some dinner. Well, whether you’re looking for beach dinner dining or somewhere to grab lunch when you’re coming off Folly Beach, Woody’s Pizza is one of our favorite places to go.

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Woody’s serves awesome pizza and cheap beer and is our favorite place in town for pizza by the slice. You can get lots of combinations, from fruits and veggies like pineapple and onion, to meats like sausage, steak or bacon, to different cheeses like gorgonzola or feta. Their possibilities are nearly endless and it’s cheap. $2.50 for a slice and $0.50 a topping. Oh, and did I mention that their pizza slices are as big as my face?

Woody's Pizza Folly Beach - Charleston Crafted

Woody's Pizza Folly Beach - Charleston Crafted

The restaurant vibe is really cool too. We never eat inside and have barely even crossed the threshold. Most of their seating is outside at picnic tables underneath a porch. The vibe is totally beachy and rustic and is a lot of fun. Sitting outside on a hot day in the shade with the breeze rolling by is perfect for a summer day.

Woody's Pizza Folly Beach - Charleston Crafted

Woody's Pizza Folly Beach - Charleston Crafted

The last thing about Woody’s is that they have a little container of honey on each table. “Honey?” you might ask. Yeah, this is where things get epic. When you get to the end of your slice, cover your crust in honey and it’s fantastic. There’s two methods really. The simple “dip” is Morgan’s way to go, but I prefer the “canoe.” Hollow out your crust with your finger and pour half the container of honey into the crust boat and paddle it straight into your mouth hole. It’s glorious. Morgan claims that we went to Woody’s on one of our first dates and I “groped” her crust and did the canoe and it weirded her out, but hey, I was just trying to spread the knowledge.

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The “Dip”

Woody's Pizza Folly Beach - Charleston Crafted

The “Canoe”

Woody's Pizza Folly Beach - Charleston Crafted

The “Canoe” finish

So stop on by to Woody’s Pizza on Folly Beach if you want our favorite place to grab an easy, yummy meal. Try my favorite combo, steak and gorgonzola, or Morgan’s favorite, pineapple and onion. You’ll be glad you did!

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Book Review: The Expatriates

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The term “expatriates” refers to Americans who have moved to other countries to live, whether temporarily or permanently. I always thought the term should be spelled “expatriots,” but I must be the only one to think that. When we read about a new book called “The Expatriates” by Janice Y.K. Lee on The Skimm a couple of months ago, I was intrigued to see what type of tale of an expatriate the author would give us.

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The Expatriates follows several women who are expatriates and have followed someone over to Hong Kong. The book talks about how many wives follow their husbands there who have been offered lucrative promotions in their companies in order to move to Hong Kong for a few years. When they move, the wives in this book don’t get jobs and spend a lot of time hosting parties and working on their tennis game. One girl that is out of college moved there for a new opportunity, but hasn’t found that opportunity yet. She thinks she has found an opportunity in working for one of the wives, but then something unspeakable happens that rocks everyone’s world. This event knocks everyone’s lives off course and forces them to change entirely. This would be difficult anywhere, let alone in a country where you don’t speak the language or know hardly anyone. What happens in The Expatriates shows how different women cope with the different problems they have and how they can support each other.

The Expatriates is a good tale of different women and weaves several storylines in to each other very well. It’s not immediately understood how all of these plots will intertwine, but the author does a good job making it happen. To me though, there was no point to the book. I liked how the book was written, but the story itself didn’t really do anything for me. I rated it a 2 out of 5 on Goodreads while Morgan rated it a 4 out of 5. Even though I didn’t love it, it’s an interesting read and I would recommend it.

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