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Gullah Traditions of the South Carolina Coast
 
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Discover the remarkable history and heritage of the Gullah people, a storied civilization and culture prevailing on the Sea Islands of South Carolina’s Lowcountry. The Gullah people have sustained their treasured West African traditions and ways of life for generations, and their cultural impact on the Lowcountry is undeniable.
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How It's Done South Carolina Peach Cobbler
 
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Fresh, local peaches and a homemade cobbler. What could be better? Find out how to make South Carolina Peach Cobbler. COBBLER: 1 stick butter 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar ½ teaspoon salt 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 cup milk FRUIT: 3 cups South Carolina peaches, peeled and sliced 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 1 tablespoon cinnamon (to sprinkle on top before baking) METHOD: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Melt butter in a large, shallow casserole dish. Mix together flour, salt, baking powder and sugar until well blended. Add milk and stir until blended. Pour the mixture over the melted butter. Do not stir. Combine peaches, sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Spoon the peaches on top of the batter and pour the liquid on top. Do not stir. Sprinkle cinnamon on top. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes. Let cool and enjoy the freshest Peach Cobbler you've ever had. For more South Carolina recipes, visit DiscoverSouthCarolina.com/Recipes.
Fly Fishing South Carolina's Salt Flats
 
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Explore the shallow waters of the salt flats along the coast of South Carolina’s Lowcountry for the ultimate outdoor challenge: fly fishing for redfish. Plan your coastal fishing getaway any time of year, and discover why South Carolina’s coast is the perfect place for your next saltwater adventure.
South Carolina Hoppin' John with Chef BJ Dennis
 
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Learn how to make Hoppin’ John – a classic Gullah dish – with Chef BJ Dennis of Charleston, South Carolina. INGREDIENTS: 1 ham hock ½ onion, diced ½ green bell pepper, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 - 1 ½ cups red peas (or substitute with black-eyed peas) 2 cups Carolina Gold rice (or substitute with long-grain white rice) 2 teaspoons of pepper vinegar Pinch of: - Salt - Onion powder - Garlic powder - Paprika - Cayenne Pepper - Seasoning Salt - Garlic Salt METHOD: Let ham hock boil for 30-40 minutes or until tender. Dice onion, bell pepper and garlic–set aside. Add red peas once ham hock is tender. Stir occasionally. Next, add onion, bell pepper, garlic and pepper vinegar. Mix ingredients. Add dry spices (salt, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, seasoning salt and garlic salt). Add water as needed for peas (enough to cover ingredients in dish) and cover dish with lid. Rinse rice until water runs clear. Add rice to dish and cover in water. Mix ingredients and let cook for 30 minutes. For more South Carolina recipes, visit DiscoverSouthCarolina.com/Recipes.
Celebrating the South Carolina Shag
 
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Since the dance originated in the 1930s, South Carolina’s Shag dance has a timeless appeal to each new generation.
Discover the Swamp Rabbit Trail
 
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See for yourself why the Swamp Rabbit Trail has become a hotspot for both locals and visitors – covering everything from beautiful downtown Greenville to the forests and foothills of the mountainous Upstate.
South Carolina Frogmore Stew
 
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Find out how to make this classic Lowcountry dish. Made with fresh and locally sourced ingredients, you can't go wrong with South Carolina's Frogmore Stew.
Butch Harmon Bunker Play - Golf Digest South Carolina Golf Tip
 
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Golf Instructor Butch Harmon shows you how to handle a 30-40 yard bunker shot to an elevated green on location at Palmetto Dunes in Hilton Head Island, SC. (Video courtesy of Golf Digest)
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Discover the Flavors of the South Carolina Coast
 
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Enjoy a small-town state of mind along South Carolina’s coast. Explore quaint shops, bike ride beneath breathtaking live oaks draped in Spanish moss and savor a taste of our appetizing seafood. Plan a visit and discover why small-town South Carolina is the perfect place to create lasting memories.
How It's Done: South Carolina Chicken Bog
 
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Embrace a Palmetto State tradition as you master the art of preparing South Carolina chicken bog! This tasty South Carolina secret is easy to make and perfect for large gatherings with friends and family. CHICKEN BOG Start to finish: 80-90 minutes Stock 1 (3-4 pound) whole chicken 2 onions 4 whole carrots 4 celery stalks 4 cloves of garlic 1 tablespoon of fresh cut basil 2 tablespoons of fresh oregano 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme 2 tablespoons of salt 1 tablespoon of ground black pepper Bog 6-8 cups of water 2 cups of long-grain white rice 1 pound of smoked sausage of choice 2 tablespoons of dry Italian-style seasoning Pulled or chopped chicken pieces from the whole cooked chicken MAKE THE STOCK Remove gizzards and rinse the whole chicken inside and out. Peel and slice two onions. When slicing the onions, cut a grid into the onion from the top but stop short of the bottom so the onion remains whole. Slice carrots and celery on an angle into large pieces. Peel and crush garlic cloves. Chop fresh herbs. Prepare 2 tablespoons of salt and 1 tablespoon of pepper, season to taste. Place all the ingredients, starting with the chicken, in a large pot (we used a 13 ¼ quart pot, a Dutch oven from Le Creuset). Pour in enough water to cover the entire chicken. Bring to a boil; cook until chicken is tender, usually about one hour. Remove the chicken and set it aside to cool. Remove all large pieces of carrot, celery, onion and garlic. You can save these and use otherwise or discard. FINISH THE BOG Remove the skin and bones from the chicken. Chop or pull chicken into bite-size pieces. Place chicken pieces, rice (we used Carolina Gold), sliced sausage and dried Italian-style seasoning in the pot full of chicken stock. Cook together and let come to a boil, reduce heat and cover. Cook for 20-30 minutes until the rice is tender. Stir often while cooking. If you prefer less bog in your chicken bog, cook uncovered on medium-low heat until it reaches the desired consistency. For more South Carolina recipes, visit DiscoverSouthCarolina.com/Recipes.
South Carolina Shrimp and Grits
 
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From the freshly caught shrimp to the locally sourced grits, South Carolina’s shrimp and grits are a notch above the rest. Discover the secret to this tasty dish from chef Frank Lee. RECIPE Grits 3½ cups water ½ teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons butter 1 cup stone-ground grits ¼ cup cream Shrimp Stock Tools needed: 2-gallon pot, fine chinois Yield: 4 cups 4 cups shrimp shells (2 pounds shrimp) ½ cup olive oil 1 cup onion, medium diced 1 cup carrot, medium diced ½ cup celery, medium diced 1 teaspoon fennel seed 1 cup fresh tomato, medium diced 2 tablespoons garlic 4½ cups water Remaining Ingredients 4 ounces country ham, julienned 4 ounces kielbasa sausage 2 tablespoons butter 20 shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 teaspoon garlic, minced 2 teaspoons Cajun spice 1 cup fresh tomato, peeled, seeded and medium diced 1 cup green onion 2-3 ounces shrimp stock MAKE THE GRITS Bring water, salt and 1 tablespoon butter to a boil. Stir in grits. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, stirring occasionally until grits are thick and creamy. After about 40 minutes, remove from heat and finish by stirring in cream and the remaining butter. Keep warm until ready to serve. MAKE THE STOCK Toast the shrimp shells in olive oil in the 2-gallon pot until pink and fragrant. Add the onion, carrot, celery and fennel seed and cook without burning until the vegetables relax, giving up some of their rigidity. Add the tomato and garlic and cook for 5 minutes. Add the water, bring to a boil, skim and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain through a fine chinois. If you can get local shrimp with the heads on, use them! The heads are where most of the flavor is. ADD THE REMAINING INGREDIENTS Brown the ham and sausage with 1 tablespoon of butter. Add the shrimp, garlic and Cajun spice, and saute without burning the spice (2 minutes). Add the tomatoes and green onion, continuing to saute until the tomato renders some juice. Moisten with the shrimp stock and bring to a bubble (not a boil), and finish with butter. Serve over the creamy grits. For more delicious recipes courtesy of chef Frank Lee, be sure to pick up a copy of his book The S.N.O.B. Experience: Slightly North of Broad.
Dabo and Kathleen Swinney on What Makes the State of South Carolina Special
 
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South Carolina is famous for world-class golf courses and breathtaking beaches, but it's also the birthplace of barbecue and home to 47 incredible state parks full of mountains, waterfalls and more—perfect for unforgettable, off-the-beaten-path experiences. We sat down with Dabo Swinney, head football coach of the Clemson Tigers, and his wife, Kathleen, to learn what they believe makes the state of South Carolina so special.
A Carolina do Sul tem praias, montanhas e cidades históricas para conhecer.
 
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Entre o mar e as montanhas da Carolina do Sul, cada lugar tem uma identidade própria, mas igualmente acolhedora.
Zip Line Canopy Tour at Columbia's Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
 
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Zip the Zoo, the zip line canopy tour atRiverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, SC, allows visitors to soar through the trees and take flight over the beautiful Saluda River. All you need to do is strap on a harness, climb into the trees and choose between two totally different zip line experiences.
Discover Kayaking on the Saluda River
 
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Paddle through the unspoiled riverbanks of the Saluda River and experience the calm of being alone in the great outdoors. Whether you're fly fishing, going in for a dip or just enjoying the native wildlife and scenery, kayaking the Saluda is the perfect way to get away.
Waterfalls in Upstate South Carolina
 
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The Upstate of South Carolina offers a tremendous variety of waterfalls in the three county area of Pickens, Oconee and Greenville counties. Several of the prime waterfalls are just a short walk from the trailhead. From the splendor of Lower Whitewater Falls to the quiet beauty of Spoonauger Falls, you won't be disappointed. Come along with SC Outdoor Insider Marie McAden as she explores some of South Carolina's Upstate waterfalls. Read more about Marie and her waterfall adventure at: www.DiscoverSouthCarolina.com.
'Cue, Competition and Camaraderie
 
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There's no denying the South Carolina barbecue cook-off circuit is fiercely competitive, but the only thing that might be more savory than the food is the camaraderie that develops amongst the pit masters.
How It's Done: South Carolina Boiled Peanuts
 
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Boiled peanuts are a tasty tradition found throughout the Palmetto State. Learn this simple recipe and enjoy the Official Snack of South Carolina whenever you like! INGREDIENTS: 2-3 pounds of raw peanuts About ¾ cup of salt Water METHOD: Wash the peanuts and place them in a large pot. Cover with enough water to allow the peanuts to float. Add the salt. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat and let simmer for 1-2 hours. For more South Carolina recipes, visit DiscoverSouthCarolina.com/Recipes.
How it's Done: South Carolina Pimento Cheese
 
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Savor the delicious taste of South Carolina Pimento Cheese, and discover what makes this dish so unique. Ingredients: 16 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely grated One 4-ounce jar of diced pimentos (add juice if you like) 1 to 1 ½ cups of Duke's mayonnaise, depending on desired thickness Method: Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Fold in whatever seasonings or additions you like. Chill for an hour or more to let the flavors blend. Dig in. For more South Carolina recipes, visit DiscoverSouthCarolina.com/Recipes.
The ACE Basin
 
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South Carolina's ACE Basin is one of the largest wetland ecosystems on the Atlantic coast. Located along US 17 or Interstate 95 between Hilton Head Island and Charleston, the ACE Basin is a hidden gem worth exploring.
Gullah Home Cooking the Daufuskie Way
 
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Sally Ann Robinson grew up on Daufuskie Island, one of the South Carolina Sea Islands well known for its West African-influenced Gullah culture. She shares what it was like to live on the island. Robinson shares many Gullah recipes in several of her cookbooks.
South Carolina She-Crab Soup with Chef Michelle Weaver
 
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From the freshly harvested roe to the dash of sherry, she-crab soup is an iconic Southern dish. Get the recipe here: https://discoversouthcarolina.com/articles/south-carolina-she-crab-soup-with-chef-michelle-weaver INGREDIENTS: 2 tablespoons butter, divided 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 cup milk 1 ½ cups half and half cream 4 teaspoons finely-grated onion ¾ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce Salt and white pepper to taste ¼ teaspoon ground mace ¼ teaspoon red (cayenne) pepper ¼ teaspoon grated lemon zest (rind) 1 ½ pounds flaked blue crab meat* ¼ cup crab roe** 3 tablespoons dry sherry 1 tablespoon finely-chopped, fresh parsley leaves *If you live in parts of the country where blue crab is not available, other types of crabmeat, such as Dungeness, snow, king or rock crab may be substituted. **Crab roe are the eggs harvested from the female blue crab. The addition of crab roe tints the soup orange and enriches its crabby flavor. Two crumbled, hard-cooked egg yolks may be substituted for the crab roe. METHOD: In a large, heavy pot over low heat, melt butter, then add flour and blend until smooth. Slowly add milk and half and half cream, stirring constantly with a whisk. Cook until thickened. Add onion, Worcestershire sauce, salt, white pepper, mace, cayenne pepper and lemon zest. Bring just to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low, add crabmeat and crab roe (or crumbled hard­-cooked egg yolks) and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes (if the soup appears about to boil, remove the pan from the heat for a minute or so, then return). Remove from heat and add sherry, stirring to mix. Let sit for 3 to 4 minutes before serving. To serve, pour the soup into individual heated soup bowls, dividing the crabmeat and roe equally into each bowl. Sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately.
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
 
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Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry, and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens.
South Carolina Bed & Breakfasts
 
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Experience Southern hospitality in the Palmetto State. From the mountains to the sea, South Carolina's bed-and-breakfasts offer a uniquely memorable experience for each of their guests.
Discover Congaree National Park
 
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Discover the vast wilderness of Congaree National Park, just an hour from the state capital of Columbia. From canoeing under the towering hardwoods to exploring the untouched wilderness, Congaree National Park is one South Carolina adventure you don’t want to miss.
Barbecue and Home Cooking
 
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South Carolina's barbecue restaurants still make barbecue the old-fashioned way, low and slow over wood coals and served with a healthy side of Carolina Hash and rice.
Discover the Upstate
 
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Experience a different side of the Palmetto State in the mountainous Upcountry. From breathtaking clifftop views to the calming streams and cascading waterfalls along the way, the Upstate is the perfect place for an outdoor adventure.
The Treehouses on Edisto River
 
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Paddle down the Edisto River for an overnight stay in one of Carolina Heritage Outfitters' three treehouses. It's a truly unforgettable experience, and as with any adventure, getting there is half the fun.
Pit Masters' Guide to Roadside Barbecue
 
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Barbecue pit masters from around the state of South Carolina share their tips for picking a good barbecue joint when you're on the road. Find out more about South Carolina barbecue at http://bbq.discoversouthcarolina.com.
Middleton Place Plantation, Home to America's Oldest Landscaped Gardens
 
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Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark and home to America's Oldest Landscaped Gardens. The Garden Club of America has called the 65 acres "the most important and most interesting garden in America". Centuries-old camellias bloom in the winter months and azaleas blaze on the hillside above the Rice Mill Pond in the spring. In summer, kalmia, magnolias, crepe myrtles and roses accent a landscape magnificent throughout the year. The Gardens have been planned so that there is something blooming at Middleton Place year-round. Visit Middleton Place on your next visit to Charleston, SC.
Carolina Barbecue Cook-off
 
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On November 15--16, 2013, twenty-two competitive barbecue teams met at the St. Nicholas BBQFest in Conway, South Carolina. This cook-off, the final stop on the South Carolina Barbeque Association (SCBA) competition circuit, would ultimately decide which team would be crowned the 2013 State Champion.
The Beacon Drive-In Restaurant in Spartanburg, South Carolina
 
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The Beacon Drive-In in Spartanburg, SC is the second largest drive-in the U.S and opened in 1946. South Carolina Food Insider Gwen Fowler stops in to sample the offerings, especially the famous iced tea! Read about Gwen's adventure at DiscoverSouthCarolina.com.
Outdoor Adventure at Devils Fork State Park
 
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At Devils Fork State Park, everything you’ve been looking for in a weekend getaway is all in one place. Fly fishing, hiking, camping and paddle boarding are just the beginning of all the possibilities this Upstate mountain retreat has to offer. Rent a pontoon and explore crystal-clear Lake Jocassee, set up camp for a weekend of outdoor fun or rent one of the park's charming cabins to see why South Carolina outdoor adventures are unlike any other.
Revolutionary War Days at Historic Camden, SC
 
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Stand on the front lines as an authentic Revolutionary War battle reenactment unfolds right before your eyes in historic Camden, South Carolina. Tour the historic Joseph Kershaw plantation house, shop on Sutlers Row or explore 117 acres of Colonial history here.
Steve Spurrier Talks About His Favorite South Carolina Vacation Spots
 
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South Carolina is famous for world-class golf courses and breathtaking beaches, but it's also the birthplace of barbecue and home to 47 incredible state parks full of mountains, waterfalls and more—perfect for unforgettable, off-the-beaten-path experiences. We sat down with Steve Spurrier, head football coach of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, to talk about his favorite places to vacation in South Carolina.
Discover Sea Kayaking in Cape Romain
 
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No matter if you’re a beginner or a pro, kayaking to the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge is one adventure you won’t want to miss. Whether you’re casting a line from your kayak or hiking the trails through the breathtaking maritime forest, a day spent at Cape Romain is one you’ll remember forever.
A History of South Carolina Moonshine
 
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A lot has changed in the Palmetto State since the first batch of South Carolina moonshine was distilled. One thing that hasn’t, however, is the tried-and-true recipe for these iconic white whiskies. Satisfy Your Thirst for adventure and get a real taste of South Carolina history at one of our many distilleries from the mountains to the sea. Share your experience using #SatisfyYourThirstSC
Follow an SC Guide: Striper Mike
 
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Whether you’re a first-time angler or an age-old pro, fishing in the Palmetto State is an adventure unlike any other.
Discover South Carolina's Revolutionary Rivers
 
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Explore the Revolutionary Rivers Trail and see where Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion concealed his men from the British. After paddling through these historic waters, be sure to stop by Victors Restaurant in Florence, and enjoy their unique twist on classic South Carolina cuisine.
Discover Redcliffe Plantation
 
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Learn the history of South Carolina from the people who helped make it. Redcliffe Plantation was home to the Hammond family for four generations and has become known as one of the most influential plantations in the state, housing some of South Carolina’s oldest and rarest history.
Undiscovered Gems Of South Carolina Golf
 
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Experience South Carolina golf beyond the coast at these three championship courses. From the rolling hills of the Midlands to the staggering elevation changes in the Upstate, there’s no better way to test your game.
La Caroline du Sud, un trésor pour vacanciers
 
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La Caroline du Sud est un paradis pour vacanciers qui regorgent d'endroits magnifiques à découvrir! Laissez vous ennivrer par: les montagnes, les fôrets, les parcs, les lacs, les rivières, les cascades, les plages à perte de vue, les villes historiques renfermant plus de 300 ans d'histoire, des centaines de terrains de golf, des attractions pour toute la famille plus géniales les unes que les autres. On ne sait pas où donner de la tête! La Caroline du Sud, c'est la Vie avec un V majuscule.
Visit the Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Parris Island
 
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SC Outdoor Insider Marie McAden visits Parris Island, SC - home to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. Parris Island is where all Marine recruits from east of the Mississippi as well as all female recruits go for basic training. Marie
How It's Done: South Carolina Collard Greens
 
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Try your hand at making one of South Carolina’s most cherished side dishes, collard greens! This tasty side is easy to make and perfect for large gatherings with family and friends. INGREDIENTS: 1 tbsp. olive oil 1 cup white onion, chopped 6-8 cloves of garlic, chopped 3 cups chicken broth Smoked turkey (fully cooked leg, tail or neck) 32 oz. collard greens (thoroughly washed, stems removed and cut into strips) Salt and pepper to taste METHOD: In a large, deep pot, heat olive oil on medium heat. Add onions and cook until tender. Add in chicken broth, garlic and smoked turkey. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Cover and simmer for about 20-30 minutes. Add collards to pot, pushing them down if necessary. Add salt and pepper to season if desired. When the greens begin to wilt down, cover and simmer for about an hour or until your desired tenderness/texture is reached, stirring occasionally. For more South Carolina recipes, visit DiscoverSouthCarolina.com/Recipes.
Chef Sean Brock tells his tattoo's story
 
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Charleston, SC Chef Sean Brock talks with SC Food Insider Gwen Fowler about the tattoo on his arm that features his favorite vegetables. Brock is James Beard winning chef with two restaurants in Charleston - HUSK and McCrady's. Read about Brock at DiscoverSouthCarolina.com
SC Outdoor Insider - Rafting the Chattooga River.mov
 
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South Carolina Outdoor Insider Marie McAden experiences rafting the Chattooga River. Join Marie as she tries her hand at rafting Section III of this federally designated "Wild and Scenic River" and comes face to face with the Class IV rapid called Bull Sluice.
South Carolina couple visits all 47 South Carolina State Parks
 
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South Carolina Outdoor Insider Marie McAden gets the scoop from SC residents Don and Sue Weigel about their mission to visit every one of South Carolina's 47 state parks. Read the story on the Outdoor Insider's home page on DiscoverSouthCarolina.com
South Carolina Farm to Fork
 
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Carefully cultivated from the ground up by local farmers and served up South Carolina-style by talented chefs, the Palmetto State’s homegrown flavors are second to none. From time-honored recipes to seasonal favorites, savor a taste of South Carolina’s farm-to-fork fare with a side of Southern hospitality.
WonderWorks in Myrtle Beach
 
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South Carolina Family Travel Insider Megan Sexton heads to Myrtle Beach's Broadway at the Beach to check out a new family attraction -WonderWorks. WonderWorks is an amusement park for the mind, combining education and entertainment. It features more than 100 interactive exhibits that use some of the most sophisticated graphics and audio presentation techniques available. The exhibits are designed to appeal to all ages. Read more at: http://www.discoversouthcarolina.com/Insider/Family_Travel/