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Cooking and Recipes


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.
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?
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...
Buy This: 3 products for improving your body, mind and soul

Buy This: 3 products for improving your body, mind and soul

Feeling sick? Drink broth. Feeling like the world is too complicated? Make butter. Need to get close to nature?
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:...
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?
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.
Your ultimate guide to Atlanta Falcons tailgating

Your ultimate guide to Atlanta Falcons tailgating

Pork green chile Frito pie, dirty bird upside down cake, grilled fundido and Fox Bros. barbecue ribs and wings.
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.

5 French toast recipes to help you use that milk, bread and eggs during the Atlanta snow

During winter in Atlanta, you know there’s always one thing you can can’t on — if there’s even a whiff of snow, there will almost certainly be a run on bread, milk eggs and toilet paper.
Cook’s Warehouse, Sherlock’s Wine joint Decatur store to close

Cook’s Warehouse, Sherlock’s Wine joint Decatur store to close

A Decatur spot for cooking supplies and wine will close early this year after more than a decade in business. The Cook’s Warehouse and Sherlock’s Wine Merchant announced they will not resign their lease 180 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. when it expires on Feb. 28. The store was open since 2005. Cook’s Warehouse founder Mary S. Moore addressed the closure in a press release: “This location...
Just what is caviar and how many kinds are there?

Just what is caviar and how many kinds are there?

Black sturgeon caviar. / (Evan S. Benn/Miami Herald/TNS) The term “caviar” refers to the salted eggs of a sturgeon.
The 2016 Golden Whisk Awards: The best recipes of the year

The 2016 Golden Whisk Awards: The best recipes of the year

The Grandma Pie is a chewy, crispy, saucy, cheesy study in delicious simplicity. Photo Credit- Mia Yakel. Styling Credit- Anthony Spina.At the end of each year, we ask Atlanta Journal-Constitution food writers Wendell Brock, C.W. Cameron and Bob Townsend to tell us their favorite recipes from the stories they’ve written during the last 12 months. That’s tough, considering all the delicious...
Readers share their favorite family recipes for the holidays

Readers share their favorite family recipes for the holidays

AJC food editor Ligaya Figueras’ recent column on preserving family recipes inspired us to ask for your favorite family recipes. Read our two favorites below, and read more about preserving your family recipes here. Lynn Ford sent us this recipe and said: “I grew up in South Georgia, the Pecan Belt, and although I have lived in Atlanta 35 years, Waycross had the best cooks and teachers...
Readers share their favorite family recipes for the holidays

Readers share their favorite family recipes for the holidays

AJC food editor Ligaya Figueras’ recent column on preserving family recipes inspired us to ask for your favorite family recipes. Read our two favorites below, and read more about preserving your family recipes here. Emma Lee’s Pecan Chiffon Pie from Waycross Lynn Ford sent us this recipe and said: “I grew up in South Georgia, the Pecan Belt, and although I have lived in Atlanta 35...

Heat up your Hanukkah with this recipe for the perfect latkes from The General Muir’s Todd Ginsberg

We love fried potatoes any time of the year, but we especially want them on our plates during Hanukkah, which starts on Christmas this year. Known as latkes, fried potato pancakes are as part of the Hanukkah traditional as lighting candles and playing dreidel. So when we wanted to get a recipe for the perfect latkes, we turned to Todd Ginsberg, the executive chef and co-owner of The General Muir,...
Create the perfect holiday feast with recipes from metro Atlanta restaurants

Create the perfect holiday feast with recipes from metro Atlanta restaurants

Christmas is nearly upon us, which means gifts, quality time with family — and food. Lots of it. If you’re putting together the menu for your Christmas feast, look to recipes from some of your favorite Atlanta restaurants to help you out for the holidays (and beyond).                
Six things Atlanta foodies will want to do in January

Six things Atlanta foodies will want to do in January

Need ideas to start the new year off on the right foot? Thinking about doing a little more traveling in the new year? Want to check out local cheese? Thinking your system just might need a little more good bacteria? Hoping for better skills in the kitchen? Or want to make some new friends who love barbecue as much as you do? We’ve got you covered. Cooks & Soldiers is celebrating La Tamborrada...
Read this cookbook: Raleigh chef shares secrets of her comfort-food success

Read this cookbook: Raleigh chef shares secrets of her comfort-food success

I have never met Ashley Christensen, nor eaten at Poole’s Diner, the Raleigh, N.C., restaurant where she made her name as a chef. But I’ll be darned if I didn’t feel an emotional tug simply from reading the introduction to her first cookbook. Christensen’s story, the way she reinvented the 71-year-old diner and the way it reinvented her, is a tale of love, risk, hard work,...
Holiday entertaining tips from Atlantans who cook for celebrities

Holiday entertaining tips from Atlantans who cook for celebrities

Before Dec. 23, Tony Conway’s Atlanta-based catering company, Legendary Events, has 161 parties to execute. But Conway, a veteran of the hospitality business for 40 years who’s known for making the impossible happen for clients such as Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, doesn’t sound the least bit anxious about it over the phone. He sounds positively sedate, the epitome of grace and...
Buy This: 3 kitchen products for ‘Star Wars’ fans

Buy This: 3 kitchen products for ‘Star Wars’ fans

  “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is now playing on big screens everywhere, stirring memories of our favorite iconic characters, battle scenes, snarky one-liners and musical scores. There is no end to the Star Wars merchandise on the market, including kitchen accessories. Here are three fun, affordable Star Wars products to help culinary-minded fans of the epic film saga summon The...
Buy This: 3 kitchen products for ‘Star Wars’ fans

Buy This: 3 kitchen products for ‘Star Wars’ fans

Star Wars Rogue One Death Star Hot Air Popcorn Maker / Photo: Universal Screen Arts Inc.   “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is now playing on big screens everywhere, stirring memories of our favorite iconic characters, battle scenes, snarky one-liners and musical scores.
Sqirl chef got start in Atlanta, back in town Saturday

Sqirl chef got start in Atlanta, back in town Saturday

  It may be premature to call Jessica Koslow the most exciting California chef since Alice Waters. Then again, it might not be. Inspired by the bountiful fruit of California, Koslow opened Los Angeles’ uber-hip Sqirl as a jam joint in 2011. Today, the breakfast-and-lunch spot that turned humble toast into a “Thing” is where the beautiful people flock to much on Koslow&rsquo...
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