Cooking and Recipes


Not the same old Bloody Mary: Atlanta drinks tomatoes with a twist

If you think the tomato-cocktail repertoire is limited to the classic Bloody Mary, check out Atlanta restaurateur Ford Fry’s Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival sometime. At the July celebration of this favorite summer fruit, the city’s mixologists got a little crazy. Better Half mixed tomato marmalade with lemon and Old Forester Bourbon — rather simple in comparison to Atlas&rsquo...


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: 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 is more than a trend. It’s a very real cooking method moving from restaurant kitchens to home kitchens at lightning speed. Seal your...
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...
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

It’s time to laissez les bon temps roulez, and nothing says “Let the good times roll” like some freshly-made beignets. Chef Nick Melvin of Venkman’s shared his recipe — based on his mother’s — with us in advance of Mardi Gras. The best part? You can make this dough ahead of time and refrigerate it for up to three hours before cooking.  
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...
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

There aren’t many better ways to surprise your sweetie for Valentine’s Day than with a homemade dessert. If you can find one that uses an aphrodisiac to put you both in the mood, all the better. The Banana Bomb from Muss & Turner’s in Smyrna fits the bill on both counts. Learn how to make the dish from the restaurant’s pastry chef Charlie Zaremba below, and read more about...

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

Looking for love? There are a few herbs and spices that can kick things up a notch for Valentine’s fun. Anna Russ, a former biotech/oncology researcher and now proprietor of Anna Apotheca, an Atlanta-based lifestyle company that specializes in Ayurvedic medicine and education, recommends a “his and hers” chocolate bark of bittersweet chocolate, cacao nibs, organic coconut flakes...
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? Hug a tree. Here, three products for improving your body, mind and soul: When you’re feeling under the weather, there’s nothing better than a cup of hot chicken broth. If you’re not into making your own broth or stock, fill your freezer with the next best thing: beef and...
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...
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...
5 French toast recipes to help you use that milk, bread and eggs during the Atlanta snow

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. What better way to use your stockpile (minus the toilet paper) and indulge in some cold weather comfort food than by making French toast? Here are five recipes from our archives that will help...
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...
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...

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...
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...
Squirl chef got start in Atlanta, back in town Saturday

Squirl 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...
We want your favorite family recipe

We want your favorite family recipe

The holidays are upon us, and what better time to dust off grandma’s pot roast recipe or your dad’s technique for making the perfect pecan pie. Are you willing to share your recipe? We’re putting together our favorite reader family recipes for a future story and want to include yours. Send recipes — along with photos of the completed dish if you have them — to yzusel@ajc...
3 stocking stuffers from Atlanta’s best kitchen supply store

3 stocking stuffers from Atlanta’s best kitchen supply store

Most of us approach The Cook’s Warehouse the way a child goes to a pet store. We stroke all the candy-colored Le Creusets and Staubs and just yearn. Yes, this local chain is full of posh kitchen gear but there are inexpensive goodies to be found—and stuffed into your loved ones’ stockings. Try one of these Georgia-produced jars of deliciousness or a gadget that will make your giftee&rsquo...
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