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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.                
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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