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Learn to make beignets with Venkman’s chef Nick Melvin

Chef Nick Melvin It’s time to laissez les bon temps roulez, and nothing says “Let the good times roll” like some freshly-made beignets.
Is this Atlanta brewery one of the best new breweries in the U.S.?

Is this Atlanta brewery one of the best new breweries in the U.S.?

Scofflaw Brewing Co. selections. / Photo credit: Heidi Geldhauser. There are tons of great breweries in metro Atlanta — and plenty more to come — but only one is in the running for Best New Brewery in the U.
4 places to party for Mardi Gras in metro Atlanta

4 places to party for Mardi Gras in metro Atlanta

Get ready to celebrate Mardi Gras with a masquerade party at Cypress Pint & Plate. HANDOUT / Caren West PR.
More poké is coming to Atlanta, this time in West Midtown

More poké is coming to Atlanta, this time in West Midtown

Poke bowls from Poke Perfect, which is entering the Atlanta market. / Photo from the Poke Perfect Facebook page Less than a month after releasing news that it was opening a store in Decatur, a poké restaurant has announced its second Atlanta location.
How your martini turns out says a lot about night at the Colonnade

How your martini turns out says a lot about night at the Colonnade

I hadn’t been to the Colonnade in four years.  Hoping to right this wrong, I emailed two friends and asked them to go with me for martinis and fried chicken on a Wednesday night. My last visit to the iconic Atlanta restaurant located on Cheshire Bridge Road was a year before they rocked the city with big news — the Colonnade would begin accepting credit cards.  An ATM had held...
5 soups to cure what ails you

5 soups to cure what ails you

There are many reasons why soup so often hits the spot. Certainly, it’s got salubrious effects — with chicken soup topping the cure-all list. And on days when nothing is going your way or dreary weather’s got you down, a simple bowl of hot fill-in-the-blank soup feels like a conciliatory hug. Then there’s the routine side of things, like the requisite coupling of tomato soup...
Review: A spin on Szechuan at Jia at Ponce City Market

Review: A spin on Szechuan at Jia at Ponce City Market

We were a party of six, so we were seated at the largest table in Jia — a round one made of warm, golden wood. In the table’s center was a circular insert. A Lazy Susan! Looking forward to spinning hot pots and rice bowls and pepper-laden platters this way and that, I put my fingertips on the disc and gave it a gleeful push. (Has anybody in the history of Chinese restaurants ever failed...
A new Alpharetta juicery is celebrating its grand opening next week

A new Alpharetta juicery is celebrating its grand opening next week

3:8 Juice & Eatery is now open in Alpharetta. / Photo from the 3:8 Facebook page A new Alpharetta juicery is celebrating a month of business with a grand opening and ribbon cutting next week.
6 places to celebrate National Margarita Day in metro Atlanta

6 places to celebrate National Margarita Day in metro Atlanta

This eponymous double barrel margarita will be $10.99 at all PURE locations. HANDOUT / Birds of a Feather Creative.
Treats that keep Mardi Gras sweet

Treats that keep Mardi Gras sweet

You can celebrate Mardi Gras in a lot of places, including right here in the ATL, but for many of us, when we think “Mardi Gras” we think “New Orleans.” (Sorry, Mobile, home of the first North American Mardi Gras celebration in 1703.) And since Mardi Gras offers us the the last night to indulge before the fasting of Lent, when we think “Mardi Gras,” we think &ldquo...
Creations roasts cauliflower for satisfying couscous substitute

Creations roasts cauliflower for satisfying couscous substitute

Cauliflower is truly having its day as people look for carb-free substitutes for some of their favorite dishes. Chef John Oechsner shared the recipe for this dish where the cauliflower is roasted and then finely chopped to resemble couscous. You’ll find it’s quick to prepare and very satisfying. To make quick work of mincing the carrots, he suggests you can cut a carrot coarsely and then...
4 things to know about a Georgia farm bringing Iberian pork back to America

4 things to know about a Georgia farm bringing Iberian pork back to America

White Oak Pastures is now selling Iberian pork. / Photo by Backlight Photography The 500-year wait is over.
Make Marcus Samuelsson’s Double-Dragon Rice with Grilled Shrimp

Make Marcus Samuelsson’s Double-Dragon Rice with Grilled Shrimp

Ever wish a world-class chef would teach you how to cook? You can get at least one dish under your belt from Chef Marcus Samuelsson, who taught us how to make Double-Dragon Rice with Grilled Shrimp, a recipe from his new “Red Rooster Cookbook,” live during an appearance in Atlanta last week. Check out the demo here, and keep scrolling down for the complete recipe. [facebook url="...
Sweet Hut coming to Buckhead, Marietta and more top Atlanta dining news from the week

Sweet Hut coming to Buckhead, Marietta and more top Atlanta dining news from the week

Here’s what to eat, drink, buy, cook and more from the past week in metro Atlanta. Red bean moon cake from Sweet Hut.
See the first three episodes of Chai Pani’s ‘culinary documentary’

See the first three episodes of Chai Pani’s ‘culinary documentary’

Meherwan Irani, chef-owner of Botiwalla and Chai Pani. Credit: Courtesy of Chai Pani. Looking to get a taste of India without leaving your couch?
Your favorite Atlanta chefs are cooking hot dogs on the Beltline for a good cause

Your favorite Atlanta chefs are cooking hot dogs on the Beltline for a good cause

Joshua Hopkins of Empire State South shows off his hot dog from last year’s Helpful Hotdog initiative.
Check out the menu for One Rooster Mongolian Bar, now open in West Midtown

Check out the menu for One Rooster Mongolian Bar, now open in West Midtown

The interior of One Rooster. / Photo by Jennifer Brett One Rooster Mongolian Bar has opened its doors in West Midtown.
You could get free wings for a year at the Atlanta opening of this restaurant

You could get free wings for a year at the Atlanta opening of this restaurant

Boneless wings at East Coast Wings & Grill. / Photo courtesy of East Coast Wings & Grill Want wings?
These Atlanta restaurants are participating in ‘A Day Without Immigrants’

These Atlanta restaurants are participating in ‘A Day Without Immigrants’

Georgia protestors come out during ‘A Day Without Immigrants’. / Photo courtesy of Mundo Hispanico Several metro Atlanta restaurants are set to participate in ‘A Day Without Immigrants,’ a Feb.
Review: Smoky whole-hog ‘cue at B’s Cracklin’ BBQ

Review: Smoky whole-hog ‘cue at B’s Cracklin’ BBQ

My favorite moment in a barbecue joint tends to be the first one. The doors open and you take your first breath of that bewitching aroma of meat and smoke. It is pure and simple, the unadulterated magic from which barbecue is made. That smell whets the appetite just as well as an amuse-bouche at a four-star restaurant. Everything to love about barbecue is in the smoke. It is such a mysterious substance...
Review: Amara fuses Indian flavors with modern, chef-y creations

Review: Amara fuses Indian flavors with modern, chef-y creations

When I think of Indian cuisine, a particular dish is not what comes to mind. Rather, it is the spice rack. It is cumin, coriander, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, black pepper, fenugreek, mustard seeds, tamarind, turmeric, saffron. It is whole, dry spices, pan-toasted or wet-fried to draw out their complexity, with the added bonus that they fill the kitchen with a heady fragrance. The first thing I noticed...
Kevin Rathbun opening a new steakhouse

Kevin Rathbun opening a new steakhouse

Chefs Peter Kaiser and Kevin Rathbun. Credit: Kaiser’s Chop House. Kaiser’s Chop House, a collaboration from chefs Peter Kaiser and Kevin Rathbun, will open at 5975 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs in spring 2017.
North Fulton Mexican restaurant closes after 18 months

North Fulton Mexican restaurant closes after 18 months

The skirt steak fajitas at Ray’s Rio Bravo. / AJC file photo A Mexican favorite has closed its doors in Sandy Springs after less than two years.
Watch an Atlanta chef try to take the top spot on Food Network tonight

Watch an Atlanta chef try to take the top spot on Food Network tonight

TJ Reddick An Atlanta chef is trying to cook up a win on Food Network tonight — and you can help cheer him on.
Find out how to meet a Food Network star in Marietta and Buford

Find out how to meet a Food Network star in Marietta and Buford

Mario Rizzotti will be in town next week. Want to rub elbows — and eat food with — a Food Network celebrity?
A burger and beer is $9.95 at this popular metro Atlanta chain restaurant

A burger and beer is $9.95 at this popular metro Atlanta chain restaurant

Head to Taco Mac for an original burger and beer for $9.95 or upgrade to this bacon burger for a buck.
What is kalette and how do you cook it?

What is kalette and how do you cook it?

It’s still possible to find new vegetables at the market, created the old-fashioned way by cross-breeding one vegetable with another to come up with something a little bit different and utterly delicious. Kalette is the latest “new” vegetable, a cross between Brussels sprouts and kale. The little florets grow up the stalk just like Brussels sprouts, but instead of being tight little...
Krystal offering ‘Surf & Turf’ menu for Valentine’s Day

Krystal offering ‘Surf & Turf’ menu for Valentine’s Day

If you’re looking for a meal that sounds fancy without all the trappings of fine dining — including the price tag — you’ll want to pull into a Krystal parking lot today. The Atlanta-based chain is offering a Surf & Turf menu for two today from 11 a.m. until close featuring eight classic Krystal sandwiches, a dozen fried shrimp, an order of chili cheese or Junkyard fries and...
VOTE: What’s the most dog-friendly restaurant in metro Atlanta?

VOTE: What’s the most dog-friendly restaurant in metro Atlanta?

After getting a first look at Fetch, the restaurant and dog park bar coming to Old Fourth Ward this year, we started thinking about the other dog friendly bars and restaurants in metro Atlanta. Our pooches are our best friends, and we love places that welcome them with special treats, menus and general puppy love, especially now that the weather is starting to warm up. What’s your favorite dog...
6 restaurants for singles to celebrate Valentine’s Day in metro Atlanta

6 restaurants for singles to celebrate Valentine’s Day in metro Atlanta

Dive into a basket of tacos and Valentine’s Day themed drinks at The Original El Taco. HANDOUT / Phase:3 Marketing and Communications.
Linton Hopkins talks Cobb steakhouse and more top Atlanta dining news

Linton Hopkins talks Cobb steakhouse and more top Atlanta dining news

Here’s what to eat, drink, buy, cook and more from the past week in metro Atlanta. Linton Hopkins Restaurant news and events Chef Linton Hopkins — of Restaurant Eugene and Holeman & Finch — is gearing up for the opening of his new dining concept at The Battery next to Suntrust Park, the new home of the Atlanta Braves.
Celeb chef Marcus Samuelsson will be in Atlanta next week — here’s how you can see him

Celeb chef Marcus Samuelsson will be in Atlanta next week — here’s how you can see him

Marcus Samuelsson / Photo courtesy of Macy’s Famed restaurateur, cookbook author, frequent “Chopped” judge — and arguably the most prominent black chef in the U.
Beer Pick: Samuel Adams Rebel IPA

Beer Pick: Samuel Adams Rebel IPA

Rebel IPA. Credit: Boston Beer Co. Given the Super Bowl back-and-forth between Boston Beer Co. and SweetWater, it seemed like a good time to be a good loser and feature this new version of Rebel IPA.
We taste tested pasta chips — here’s what we thought

We taste tested pasta chips — here’s what we thought

We love pasta as much as the next carb lover — but in chips? Pasta chips — a baked alternative to potato chips made with semolina flour — strive to be your go-to snack with an Italian twist, with flavors including marinara, alfredo and garlic and garlic olive oil. We tried three flavors to determine if they would replace our greasy but beloved potato chips. The verdict? Check it...
We taste tested pasta chips — here’s what we thought

We taste tested pasta chips — here’s what we thought

We love pasta as much as the next carb lover — but in chips? Pasta chips — a baked alternative to potato chips made with semolina flour — strive to be your go-to snack with an Italian twist, with flavors including marinara, alfredo and garlic and garlic olive oil. We tried three flavors to determine if they would replace our greasy but beloved potato chips. The verdict? Check it...
Savannah Sasser leaving Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards as executive chef

Savannah Sasser leaving Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards as executive chef

Savannah Sasser. / Photo credit Matthew Wong Savannah Sasser, who has served as the executive chef at Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards in Decatur since 2012, is leaving the restaurant.
4 last-minute places to RSVP for Valentine’s Day in metro Atlanta

4 last-minute places to RSVP for Valentine’s Day in metro Atlanta

Head to Le Bilboquet for dinner on Valentine’s Day. HANDOUT / Allison PR. Have a change of heart about dining out on Valentine’s Day?
MAP: 27 metro Atlanta restaurants to eat at this month

MAP: 27 metro Atlanta restaurants to eat at this month

Deviled Egg Po Boy with fried shrimp, farm egg salad, creole remoulade, veggies and Twisted house fries at Twisted Soul.
4 decadent chocolate desserts we’re craving OTP

4 decadent chocolate desserts we’re craving OTP

Sometimes we can say no to the temptation of the dessert menu—and sometimes we just can’t help ourselves, especially if chocolate is involved.
Chill out: A rolled ice cream shop is rolling into Buckhead

Chill out: A rolled ice cream shop is rolling into Buckhead

Sweet Charlie’s rolled ice cream is coming to Atlanta. / Photo courtesy of Sweet Charlie’s Philly transplants to Atlanta will have something to line up for come spring.
Japanese barbecue restaurant coming to Atlantic Station

Japanese barbecue restaurant coming to Atlantic Station

The harami miso at Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ. / Photo from Gyu-Kaku’s Facebook page Big things are going down at Atlantic Station, food-wise, these days.
Learn how to make Muss & Turner’s Banana Bomb dessert for Valentine’s Day

Learn how to make Muss & Turner’s Banana Bomb dessert for Valentine’s Day

The Banana Bomb from Muss & Turner’s. There aren’t many better ways to surprise your sweetie for Valentine’s Day than with a homemade dessert.
Use these spices and herbs to heat up your Valentine’s Day

Use these spices and herbs to heat up your Valentine’s Day

Make chocolate bark for your love for Valentine’s Day. (Sarah Keiffer/For Food52) Looking for love?
A double IPA with more hops and malt than you can imagine

A double IPA with more hops and malt than you can imagine

India pale ales continue to dominate craft beer sales, with the Brewers Association noting in its 2016 recap that the hop-heavy style represents "roughly one-quarter of craft volume" in America. So when San Francisco's 21st Amendment Brewery began discussing names for a new double IPA, says co-founder and brewmaster Shaun O'Sullivan, talk quickly turned to the style's ubiquity: "There's...
Healthy Cooking: Treat yourself to heart-healthy avocado tostadas

Healthy Cooking: Treat yourself to heart-healthy avocado tostadas

I have never met a saturated fat I didn’t love. European butter, buttercream frosting, cream in my coffee — I revel in rich foods that taste as comforting as a hug. But unless you’re living under a rock with your triple cream Brie (no judgment, I’ve been there), you know that the American Heart Association recommends limiting saturated fats to keep our tickers happy and healthy...
Atlanta’s largest crawfish festival brings Mardi Gras style to food and music

Atlanta’s largest crawfish festival brings Mardi Gras style to food and music

Mardi Gras officially ended on Tuesday, but a piece of New Orleans is coming to Atlanta to continue the party. The New Orleans-based band Cowboy Mouth is headlining Park Tavern’s 14th annual Oyster Crawfish Festival on March 4. “To think I get to do Mardi Gras on Tuesday (Feb. 28) and just kind of keep the vibe going until Saturday (March 4). I love my life,”...
Pastry for those who prefer savory to sweet

Pastry for those who prefer savory to sweet

When I want a satisfying snack, more often than not I opt for something salty, spicy or crisp — a slice of pizza, a taco, an empanada. If I pop into a bakery, it’s the savory, cheesy items that appeal, not the sweets. I recently found myself craving a borek, remembering the delicious flaky little pies I had tasted in Istanbul. (You find similar savory pies throughout the Eastern Mediterranean...
Go crisp or rich for wines with earthy black bean and bacon soup

Go crisp or rich for wines with earthy black bean and bacon soup

Among our pantry staples, a can of black beans is pre-eminent — you can do so much with them, side dish, salads, soups, more. A little doctoring in this recipe transforms the simple legumes into a soup studded with earthy flavors of bacon and the freshness of red bell peppers. For a wine companion, you can go crisp or rich, as with these choices. Make this: Black Bean Soup Cook 4 strips bacon...
Drinks that are meant to be shared

Drinks that are meant to be shared

A punch bowl, for those who have yet to experience the massive cocktail, is a large bowl of alcohol, usually more than one kind, and various mixers in the form of fruit juice and/or cordials. By design, it’s meant for more than one person. And it’s a lot more fun than two flutes of Champagne or a bottle of wine. If you’re looking for a little inspiration, you could make the Scorpion...

Ask the Test Kitchen: All about almond paste

Q: What is and where do you find almond paste? — Dolores Stachura, Novi, Mich. A: At most grocery and specialty stores, almond paste is found in the baking aisle. It’s sold in 8-ounce cans or packages for about $5. One common brand available in most stores is from Solo, sold in 8-ounce cartons. Because the packaging and cans are small, they are easily overlooked. Look for them near the...

For delicious, affordable wines, check out Cotes du Rhone

Foodies who like to sip a glass of wine at each dinner, maybe even at lunch, are always seeking bargains. They can find them in the Cotes du Rhone wines of France’s Southern Rhone Valley. For usually under $20. France’s Rhone river runs south from the Swiss Alps 500 miles to the Mediterranean Sea, bordered for the final 150 miles by the Rhone Valley. At the southern end lies most of the...
Curry chicken a fast, savory dish

Curry chicken a fast, savory dish

Add a little curry powder to roasted chicken and vegetables for a quick, tasty dinner. For this quick meal, I used curry powder from the supermarket spice section. Strictly speaking, prepared curry powder doesn’t really exist in India. Good cooks prefer to make their own blend of spices using the freshest ingredients. The curry powder found in the markets should be used within 3 to 4 months...
Odd couples: The art of food pairing

Odd couples: The art of food pairing

Some foods go together like a wink and a smile — peanut butter and jelly, champagne and strawberries, wine and cheese — while others are somewhat more unconventional, even dubious, but just as delicious. You just need an open mind and eager palate. “Rules are meant to be broken,” said Eric Wallace, executive chef at Pittsburgh’s Monterey Bay Fish Grotto, even when it...
Super simple, really good roasted butternut-squash soup

Super simple, really good roasted butternut-squash soup

For cold, uncertain times, there is soup. Keep it simple, and making soup means one thing will, without a doubt, go right today. The calming acts of chopping, heating and stirring lead to a sustaining series of good smells, an orderly, controlled progression in a disorderly, out-of-control universe. The wafting scents, of course, lead to real sustenance of the truly tasty kind. Like our friend sleep...
Extra yolks on hand? Chocolate custard is the answer

Extra yolks on hand? Chocolate custard is the answer

The healthy eater charges through the kitchen, dropping detritus. A fine spray of protein powder, half-drowned cubes of tofu, the scorched remains of lentils. Also egg yolks, forbidden on her healthy lips. You admire the healthy eater, her devotion to protein powder, tofu and lentils. You admire her daily workouts, her fierce determination, her curious green concoctions. You do not admire detritus...
Dominican lentils

Dominican lentils

My next few stories will be sent in from the tiny island nation of Dominica, population 70,000. Dominica isn’t blessed with the blinding white sand beaches of many of its Caribbean neighbors. This has spared it from the tourist hordes and deprived it of the income they would have brought in. The narrow roads are potholed and unmarked. Old men pass their evenings playing banjo on dimly-lit street...
This Sauce Makes Everything Taste Better

This Sauce Makes Everything Taste Better

Here’s a plan of action that works for dinner any night of the week: Melt some butter; add in some minced garlic, herbs, spices and a squirt of lemon; then pour it over whatever you have your heart set on eating. With almost no effort, you’ll have a sauce that makes anything taste better. It works on chicken. It works on steak. It even works on all those beets and turnips you couldn&rsquo...
Test Kitchen recipe: Thin cut pork chops are quick dinner fare

Test Kitchen recipe: Thin cut pork chops are quick dinner fare

Thin cuts of pork chops make for a fast dinner on busy nights. Their charm and ease is that they cook quickly. It’s a good idea to have some of these tucked away in your freezer for a quick dinner. They thaw quickly in the microwave or in several hours in the refrigerator. How thin is thin? You’re looking for the pork chops to be about 1/4- to 1/3-inch thick. Most packages will have them...
When you chow down, not just on what, can affect your heart

When you chow down, not just on what, can affect your heart

It’s not just what you eat that affects the health of your heart. It’s also when you eat it. A new statement by the American Heart Association says there’s growing evidence that the timing of your meal matters when it comes to cardiovascular disease. The conclusion: Earlier is better. The statement, published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, suggests that planning...
Recipe of the Week: Baking mini pound cakes in glass jars

Recipe of the Week: Baking mini pound cakes in glass jars

Shay Baugh’s grandparents in Locust Fork, Alabama, always sent guests home with leftover pound cake, but about 20 years ago, that cake took on a different form. “Sometime in the mid-1970s my grandmother brought home the recipe for pound cake from her job at the flower shop. It was an instant staple at her house from then on. The recipe stayed the same until the late ’90s. Granny...
First Look: Find gluten-free Mediterranean at Mediterranea in Grant Park

First Look: Find gluten-free Mediterranean at Mediterranea in Grant Park

Mediterranea Pan-roasted Branzino with Mediterranean orzo. Photo credit- Mia Yakel. Reading over the menu for the first time at Mediterranea in Grant Park, you wouldn’t guess that it’s strictly gluten-free.
The real facts about weight loss

The real facts about weight loss

It seems we're all trying to drop a few pounds -- or just fit into our spring clothes, if anything. Don't misdirect your good intentions by falling for false information. True weight loss is about fewer calories eaten and more calories burned. It isn't about your blood type, the time you eat or the combination of foods you choose. Environmental Nutrition newsletter offers some solid information about...
Drinks that taste like New Orleans

Drinks that taste like New Orleans

What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in New Orleans? That comes home with you, usually in the form of extra pudge. If airlines could charge those flying out of Louis Armstrong for weight they've added to themselves rather than to their bags, we'd all be headed home with overage fees. I get a lot of exercise when I'm in New Orleans. It comes from walking from bar to restaurant...
Sonoma Coast Pinot Noirs blur the boundary lines

Sonoma Coast Pinot Noirs blur the boundary lines

It’s a question that comes up regularly: What is your favorite American region for pinot noir? I find it impossible to answer. No matter the region, so many variables shape the making of a wine that the characteristics of a particular place can often be overwhelmed by grape-growing and winemaking decisions. Generally, my answer is that I don’t have favorite places, just favorite producers...

Dutch babies 101: What they are and how to cook them, plus recipes

When it comes to pancakes, I usually go Dutch. A Dutch baby -- also known as a German pancake, David Eyre's pancake or a Bismarck -- is the preferred pancake of weekend mornings in my house, and I'm convinced it should be in everyone's home. For the uninitiated, a Dutch baby is a large baked pancake akin to a popover. Its shape varies slightly each time. Mine often looks like a swollen, edible sombrero...
Super wines for $20 or less

Super wines for $20 or less

The party animal within most wine enthusiasts presents an eternal conflict. When serving a large gathering, do you go for quality or price? For all but those with the deepest pockets, price generally wins.  That is, unless you can do both. With a modest budget of $10 to $20 a bottle, I'm of the opinion that anybody can throw a party with world-class wines that everyone will enjoy. And I've done...
Sodium for kids

Sodium for kids

The general guideline for sodium intake among adults is to lower consumption to lower risk of hypertension and stroke, according to the American Heart Association and the 2015-2020 U.S. Dietary Guidelines. But do the same rules apply to children? Does sodium pose the same risk for children and adolescents as adults?  Although there is far less research on children than on adults, some observational...
Simply easy: Japanese food within reach

Simply easy: Japanese food within reach

A few months ago, I sneaked away from my desk to see director Hirokazu Kore-eda's Japanese film "Our Little Sister," about three women who live together in their grandmother's house in Kamakura; upon discovering they have a younger orphaned half-sibling, they take her in. More than making me long for sisters of my own, it compelled me to cook. The women constantly dine and prepare meals...
Making ricotta gnocchi is the easiest path to homemade pasta

Making ricotta gnocchi is the easiest path to homemade pasta

Usually, there comes a point at which something goes terribly wrong. Okay, maybe not terribly, but bad enough that I begin to question everything and briefly wonder why I'm not a person who eats more frozen pizzas.  That's just how it goes when you're experimenting with new recipes. Or at least it is when I, a chronic recipe skimmer, experiment with new recipes. I am learning my lesson, trying...
Where to find 2017 farmers markets around metro Atlanta

Where to find 2017 farmers markets around metro Atlanta

Early Saturday morning, March 18, Reynoldstown resident Erin Thoresen will be hard at work, setting up tents and tables, getting everything ready for the season opening of the Green Market at Piedmont Park. It’s Thoresen’s third year of volunteering there. “When I moved to Atlanta, I wanted to get involved in groups that provide access to healthy food. I found out about the Green...
A healthful risotto that doesn't cause a stir

A healthful risotto that doesn't cause a stir

I have a risotto conflict. I love the traditional dish - made with arborio, carnaroli or another short-grain white rice that swells up and combines with the cheese and butter to get so wonderfully creamy. But like so many other health-conscious cooks, I'm also trying to favor whole grains whenever possible. So I've broken with tradition and made risotto - or should I call it "risotto"? -...
5 wines for the week

5 wines for the week

This week, take a virtual trip to Australia with three outstanding wines that represent that country's new voice in wine. And fans of "natural" wines - or anyone curious about wines without sulfur added as preservative - will want to seek out two delicious examples from France. Three stars. Tasmania, Australia, $60 It's priced like a high-end white Burgundy, and it delivers. This is an amazing...
Give your oatmeal the glam treatment

Give your oatmeal the glam treatment

This sumptuous breakfast bowl is what happens when frumpy regular oatmeal gets a modern, stylish makeover. It doesn't take much effort, and the before-and-after results are astounding. First, the foundation: Using chewy, nutty steel-cut oats makes the most of the cereal's natural flavor assets; cooking them with red quinoa and stirring in a pop of chia seeds adds compelling texture, color and nutrition...
Where liquor kills and Russian life grows bleak

Where liquor kills and Russian life grows bleak

The overworked cleaning woman realized that her grown son was not just sleeping off his habitual hangover in the Siberian city of Irkutsk when she discovered — to her horror — that he had quietly gone blind.   Even as his speech slurred and his condition steadily deteriorated, the man, Renat V. Mukhamadeyev, 31, dissuaded his widowed mother from summoning an ambulance until about...
From Argentina with love: Dulce de leche

From Argentina with love: Dulce de leche

For Josephine Caminos Oria of O’Hara, Pa., the creamy caramel, dulce de leche, is a link to her heritage and preserves the memories of her grandmother. Her family moved from Argentina to Pittsburgh when she was 1, and her maternal grandparents, who visited often to help out, would do everything possible to keep the old country traditions alive. That meant Maria Dora Germain, or Grandma Dorita...

Diabetes Quick Fix: Ginger Teriyaki Steamed Fish and Chinese Noodles

Ginger, teriyaki sauce and scallions flavor this one-pot Asian Steamed Fish meal. Chinese food takes only minutes to cook, but the chopping and cutting to prepare ingredients can be time-consuming. This recipe has very little preparation time and few ingredients making it a very speedy Chinese supper. Bok choy is a Chinese lettuce with white, thick stalks and dark green leaves. It’s available...
The history lesson of tasting many years at once

The history lesson of tasting many years at once

Some wine lovers revel in older vintages of rare, expensive wines. They line up the bottles from each bacchanal like trophies and post photos on Instagram, Facebook and wine collector apps such as Delectable and Vivino. There's typically a self-congratulatory note to these posts. Wine lovers do like to share, but we enjoy bragging, too. Such events can be fascinating. At a recent dinner at Ripple...
Making manti, the work-intensive-but-worth-it dumplings

Making manti, the work-intensive-but-worth-it dumplings

Dumplings from every culture are labor-intensive. There’s just no getting around that, and if someone sets a plate of dumplings before you, I hope you appreciate the work that went into them. Of all the dumplings I know, manti, the little lamb-filled, open-face dumplings, please me most. The Turks claim them most loudly, but I learned about manti from Armenian friends during my Detroit days...
Is almond milk really milk?

Is almond milk really milk?

If milk comes from a plant, can you still call it milk? Not according to the dairy industry. Facing growing competition from dairy alternatives like almond, soy and coconut milk, the nation’s dairy farmers are fighting back, with an assist from Congress. Their goal: to stop companies from calling their plant-based products yogurt, milk or cheese. Dairy farmers say the practice misleads consumers...
McDonald’s offers diners ancient road on the side

McDonald’s offers diners ancient road on the side

It’s a common enough story in Italy: An ancient ruin — in this case, a tract of Roman road — is discovered during the construction of a building — in this case, a McDonald’s — and puts a halt to the work until the site can be excavated. Rather than fret about lost time and money, McDonald’s decided to sponsor the dig, and it worked with the archaeological...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

3/ 5 Family Sunday Prepare a 2- to 3-pound fully cooked Baked Ham for family day. Place ham in a shallow dish and heat at 350 degrees, uncovered, 15 to 18 minutes per pound or until the internal temperature is 140 degrees. Serve it with mashed sweet potatoes (refrigerated), peas and carrots (frozen), a romaine salad and cornbread muffins (from a mix). Make a pineapple upside-down cake (from a mix)...
This Athens spot was named one of the best college bars in the U.S.

This Athens spot was named one of the best college bars in the U.S.

People stroll along Lumpkin Street in front of The Globe. / AJC file photo College is for learning, of course, but that also includes learning to have fun, right?

'Eating in the middle: a mostly wholesome cookbook' offers balance

When January resolutions roll over into February, it can be enough to test anyone's allegiance to eating better in the new year. In my own efforts to eat mostly wholesome meals in the past several months, one book kept showing up on my kitchen counter. Eating in the Middle: A Mostly Wholesome Cookbook is a slim book, with 80 recipes for everyday eating, including the weekend splurges and special occasions...
Equipment check: look before you cook

Equipment check: look before you cook

First of all, you need a proper steamer. I did not have one when I set out to make bao, a steamed bun popular in Asian cuisines, but I realized it too late in the game.  Using the cookbook Molly on the Range by food blogger Molly Yeh as my guide, I took on the task of making the buns from scratch. Yeh's dad is Chinese, and she grew up eating the buns. The formula didn't seem too out of my wheelhouse...
To elevate a side dish, put something on top

To elevate a side dish, put something on top

We're rethinking garnishes here at #DinnerInMinutes Central. They can provide nutrition, not just color or crunch. We have sprinkled spiced ground lamb atop a roasted red pepper soup and added meaty heft to a plate of whipped hummus. Here, a few ounces of protein elevate a smart couscous side dish to main-course status. The original recipe comes from New York chef-restaurateur Chris Santos's new cookbook...
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