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Cooking and Recipes


3 batched cocktails to serve at your summer party (with recipes)

36 ounces brewed black tea (she suggests Earl Grey) 18 ounces of Pimm’s No. 1 1.5 ounces fresh lemon juice 3 ounces honey 16 strawberries, hulled 32 ounces chilled rosé 8 ounces Aperol 4 ounces fresh lemon juice (equal to 4 lemons) 1 bottle (750 ml) dry, floral white wine (Odell suggests Muscat) 1 ½ cups cubed cantaloupe or firm melon 1 peach, cut into ½-inch cubes ¾...


Preserving Place closing its doors in West Midtown

Preserving Place closing its doors in West Midtown

Martha McMillin is closing the Preserving Place at the end of April. / AJC file photo A popular West Midtown business that offered canning and preserving classes is closing its doors at the end of the month.
Turn food garbage into gold with this new cookbook

Turn food garbage into gold with this new cookbook

Mads Refslund grew up in Denmark, where prolonged, bleak winters inspire clever habits of preserving, saving and recycling food. “It is normal to eat all parts and scrapes, wasting little,” the Danish chef writes in his new book. “So maybe it’s more about a way of life that makes people feel rich, turning garbage into gold.” Such a background makes Refslund, a co-founder...
6 recipes for a rainy day

6 recipes for a rainy day

The weather is miserable in Atlanta today. Storms rolling through the area may have put a dent in your plans, but don’t let it wreck your day. Turn on some tunes, get the oven warming, don the apron and start cooking. Here are six recipes for a rainy day. Beef barley soup – New York Times food writer Melissa Clark is helping home cooks everywhere change their dinner game with her...
Love your Instant Pot? Find out how to win the ultimate cookbook

Love your Instant Pot? Find out how to win the ultimate cookbook

The cult of the Instant Pot can be traced back to Black Friday 2016, when the kitchen gadget went on sale for $70 (it’s normally $100) on Amazon. Home cooks clamored to get it, and the obsession around the all-in-one tool has shown no signs of slowing down. AJC food and beer writer Bob Townsend got some locals on the Atlanta food scene to share their Instant Pot recipes, including Melt-off-the-Bone...
Make spicy, aromatic Malaysian food with this new cookbook

Make spicy, aromatic Malaysian food with this new cookbook

 Christina Arokiasamy grew up in Malaysia with a mother who was a spice merchant. Her friends called her “the girl with yellow hands” — I’m guessing it was all the turmeric she handled  -– and when she walked home from school, she could smell her house before she could see it. She went on to work as a professional chef at Four Seasons resorts around Southeast...
Buy This: Three appliances and kitchen tools you do not want to be without

Buy This: Three appliances and kitchen tools you do not want to be without

Spring has officially arrived! Time to clean out the kitchen cupboards and update your kitchen appliances and tools. We love the upgrades to these particular kitchen tools. And the introduction of a new must-have appliance for our kitchen arsenal. Sous vide is more than a trend. It’s a very real cooking method moving from restaurant kitchens to home kitchens at lightning speed. Seal your food...
Buy This: Two appliances and one kitchen tool you do not want to be without

Buy This: Two appliances and one kitchen tool you do not want to be without

Spring has officially arrived! Time to take stock of your kitchen cupboards and update your kitchen appliances and tools. We love the upgrades to these particular kitchen tools. And the introduction of a new must-have appliance for our kitchen arsenal. Sous Vide Your Dinner Tonight Sous vide is more than a trend. It’s a very real cooking method moving from restaurant kitchens to home kitchens...
UPDATED: Here are 76 women-owned metro Atlanta restaurants, food businesses

UPDATED: Here are 76 women-owned metro Atlanta restaurants, food businesses

Here, we list some of the women-owned restaurants, culinary and beverage businesses throughout metro Atlanta, in honor of International Women’s Day. As a bonus way to contribute, all locations of Farm Burger — including Dunwoody, Buckhead and Decatur — will donate a portion of their profits on March 8 to the James Beard Foundation Women in Culinary Leadership Foundation. In addition...
UPDATED: Here are 67 women-owned metro Atlanta restaurants, food businesses

UPDATED: Here are 67 women-owned metro Atlanta restaurants, food businesses

Here, we list some of the women-owned restaurants, culinary and beverage businesses throughout metro Atlanta, in honor of International Women’s Day. As a bonus way to contribute, all locations of Farm Burger — including Dunwoody, Buckhead and Decatur — will donate a portion of their profits on March 8 to the James Beard Foundation Women in Culinary Leadership Foundation. ​...
Here are 60 women-owned metro Atlanta restaurants, food businesses for International Women’s Day

Here are 60 women-owned metro Atlanta restaurants, food businesses for International Women’s Day

Here, we list some of the women-owned restaurants, culinary and beverage businesses throughout metro Atlanta, in honor of International Women’s Day.   Cafe Sunflower 2140 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta. 404-352-8859, cafesunflower.com. 5975 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404-256-1675 Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft 1745 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 678-539-6181, tuktukatl.com. Nan Thai 1350 Spring St. NW #1,...
Learn to make beignets with Venkman’s chef Nick Melvin

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.
This cookbook offers 100 ways to make dessert for two

This cookbook offers 100 ways to make dessert for two

  Yeah, we know Valentine’s Day was last week. We also think making dessert for someone you love is as timeless as the sonnets of Shakespeare. Whispering sweet nothings into your lover’s ear is fine and dandy. But wouldn’t you rather have a sweet something spooned into your mouth? Le doh. Dallas blogger Christina Lane has made her mark by developing desserts for two, though...
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

The 500-year wait is over. White Oak Pastures in Bluffton is partnering with Spanish private investment firm Cobacha to form Iberian Pastures, formed to import Iberian hogs from Spain into the U.S. for raising, breeding and slaughtering. Prior to 2013, both the Spanish and U.S. governments forbade any exportation of the live animals. With a change in policy, father and son Jaime and Kurt Oriol of...
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.     Yields...
Atlanta chefs suggest ways to turn packaged ramen into satisfying bowls

Atlanta chefs suggest ways to turn packaged ramen into satisfying bowls

If you ever hear anyone say that, I want you to tell them how wrong they are, how snobby they sound, how much money they are wasting. I know plenty of smart people with impeccable palates — including talented chefs and persnickety food writers — who are not too proud to eat packaged ramen. Indeed, it is an astonishingly cheap, time-efficient and foolproof way to fill the belly. Especially...
Learn to make whole wheat double chocolate chip cookies and other sweet treats from 8Arm pastry chef Sarah Dodge

Learn to make whole wheat double chocolate chip cookies and other sweet treats from 8Arm pastry chef Sarah Dodge

Atlanta baker Sarah Dodge has worked as a caterer, photographer, food stylist and pastry chef, with stints at Octopus Bar, Little Tart Bakeshop, Ladybird Grove and Mess Hall and the Preserving Place. But she’s probably best known and beloved for making simple cookies, cakes and other goodies that combine technique with rich flavors and rustic homemade appeal. Nowadays, Dodge can be found at...
Get your Super Bowl 2017 party popping with these popcorn recipes

Get your Super Bowl 2017 party popping with these popcorn recipes

Pop, pop, Atlanta. It’s almost time for Super Bowl Sunday, and while we hope the game will be poppin’ in our favor, if nothing else, at least the snacks should be. Check out these recipes from popcorn company Doc Popcorn to make popcorn — 3.8 million pounds of which is consumed on game day alone — for your Super Bowl party that should please just about everyone.:   Combine...
Get your Super Bowl 2017 party popping with these popcorn recipes

Get your Super Bowl 2017 party popping with these popcorn recipes

Take your popcorn game to the next level. / Photo courtesy of Doc Popcorn Pop, pop, Atlanta. It’s almost time for Super Bowl Sunday, and while we hope the game will be poppin’ in our favor, if nothing else, at least the snacks should be.
Your Super Bowl 2017 party will take flight with these ‘Dirty Bird’ chicken recipes

Your Super Bowl 2017 party will take flight with these ‘Dirty Bird’ chicken recipes

The Atlanta Falcons are ready to take on the New England Patriots this weekend — will you have the stamina to make it through the game? Cook up one of these “dirty bird” chicken recipes for your Super Bowl party, and you’ll be sure to have enough energy to do the Dirty Bird dance and keep the party going well past the last field goal.   Hands on: 5 minutes Total time:...
Kevin Rathbun is Atlanta’s chef at Taste of the NFL on Super Bowl Eve

Kevin Rathbun is Atlanta’s chef at Taste of the NFL on Super Bowl Eve

Chef Kevin Rathbun . AF&WF/Raftermen Photography You think the Super Bowl is just a sports smack down? Think again. On Super Bowl Eve, Atlanta chef Kevin Rathbun will try to one-up Boston chef Steve DiFillippo at Taste of the NFL festivities in Houston. The two chefs are among the nearly three dozen chefs from around the country cooking for players, celebrities and fans at Party With a Purpose, the...
Pastry wizard combines flavor and color to fabulous effect in new cookbook

Pastry wizard combines flavor and color to fabulous effect in new cookbook

I confess: When I heard about this book, I saw lots of pedestrian Bundt cakes cakes with swirly patterns in the middle. Boy, was I wrong. Irvin Lin, a San Francisco-based blogger, photographer and former graphic designer, is a rigorous, self-taught baker who has clearly spent many years perfecting his craft. This you can discern from his essays on how he approaches baking and how he chooses ingredients...
Happy National Pie Day, Atlanta!

Happy National Pie Day, Atlanta!

When it comes to things to celebrate, we dare say there are few things more deserving than a piece of pie. To honor the sweet (and sometimes savory) treat on its national day of recognition, we’ve compiled a list of links celebrating all things pie in Atlanta. Grab a fork and dig in.                
With this cookbook, you’ll never have to wonder about what to cook with potatoes again

With this cookbook, you’ll never have to wonder about what to cook with potatoes again

Raghavan Iyer is a self-professed potato addict. As he explains in his new cookbook, his obsession started as a tot, the moment he was weaned off milk. His Indian mother fed him a smash of buttery spuds perked up with herbs, spices and roasted lentils. Or she fried chips in salted oil and served them as a snack. Lucky kid. Perhaps it was just a matter of time before the Mumbai-born, Minneapolis-based...
Food & Wine editor shares his time-saving tips in new cookbook

Food & Wine editor shares his time-saving tips in new cookbook

Did you know you can cut corn off the cob using a Bundt pan? (Sure can! Just balance an ear on the inner pillar of the tube; then slice down with a sharp knife.) How about pitting cherries with a wine bottle? (Easy peasy! Place a cherry stem side up on the top of an empty vessel; then push the seed into the bottle with a chopstick.) What’s a good method for shaping hamburger patties that cook...
Your ultimate guide to Atlanta Falcons tailgating

Your ultimate guide to Atlanta Falcons tailgating

Sure, the main event — Atlanta Falcons vs. Seattle Seahawks — will be the primary focus this weekend, but pre-game tailgating is almost as important. Check out these recipes and tips to plan a tailgating event sure to score a touchdown.
5 soup recipes to keep you warm during the Atlanta storm

5 soup recipes to keep you warm during the Atlanta storm

Ready to hunker down and eat some soup, Atlanta? These five recipes from the AJC archives should get you through even the roughest of storms. Jessica Bruner of Ellijay restaurant Cantaberry’ssupplied this recipe, which required a little tweaking to go from restaurant version to home cook-friendly. Read more here   4 cups hot water 1 (5-ounce) package Uncle Ben’s Country Inn Chicken...
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