Ligaya Figueras

Senior Editor, Food and Dining

Ligaya Figueras joined the AJC as its food and dining editor in 2015. The Midwest transplant digs biscuits, collards and peanuts — roasted, please. She also writes for the AJC Atlanta Restaurants blog

Latest from Ligaya Figueras

$10 stocking stuffers for food lovers
 Shopping for the holidays? You don’t have to break the bank. Whether you need a Secret Santa present for a co-worker, a stocking stuffer for a family member or a tasty hostess gift, these ideas fit the bill. Here, five products, each for $10 or less.  The microwave is a pain to clean. Enter: Angry Mama, a steam cleaning device...

Posted: 5 days ago

Shopping for the holidays? You don’t have to break the bank. Whether you need a Secret Santa present for a co-worker, a stocking stuffer for a family member or a tasty hostess gift, these ideas fit the bill. Here, five products, each for $10 or less.  The microwave is a pain to clean. Enter: Angry Mama, a steam cleaning device...
Atlanta chefs muse about backlash against modernism
 About a decade ago, when chef Zeb Stevenson was spreading his wings at the Livingston at the Georgian Terrace Hotel in Midtown, he cooked up the idea for foie gras hot dogs and offered them as a special. Genius? He sold not a one. While Stevenson still will go on record about the deliciousness of this dish, the chef who once held a reputation...

Posted: 5 days ago

About a decade ago, when chef Zeb Stevenson was spreading his wings at the Livingston at the Georgian Terrace Hotel in Midtown, he cooked up the idea for foie gras hot dogs and offered them as a special. Genius? He sold not a one. While Stevenson still will go on record about the deliciousness of this dish, the chef who once held a reputation...
Atlanta chefs dish up holiday gift ideas for the home cook
 How’s the holiday shopping going for you? If you’re trying to cross off the names on your ‘nice’ list and are stuck on what to buy for the cook in your life, some of Atlanta’s best chefs have a few ideas for you.  We asked top toques around town to tell us the cooking implement that can’t live without...

Posted: 6 days ago

How’s the holiday shopping going for you? If you’re trying to cross off the names on your ‘nice’ list and are stuck on what to buy for the cook in your life, some of Atlanta’s best chefs have a few ideas for you.  We asked top toques around town to tell us the cooking implement that can’t live without...
Kitchen Curious: Tortillas are secret weapon for simple, savory pie
 When I developed a recipe called Veggie Tortilla Pie a decade ago, I thought I was the smartest home cook on the block. At the time, my husband would have lunch weekly with work buddies at a Mexican restaurant. He always ordered the tortilla soup, but never ate the accompanying flour tortillas. He’d wrap them up and bring them home...

Posted: 7 days ago

When I developed a recipe called Veggie Tortilla Pie a decade ago, I thought I was the smartest home cook on the block. At the time, my husband would have lunch weekly with work buddies at a Mexican restaurant. He always ordered the tortilla soup, but never ate the accompanying flour tortillas. He’d wrap them up and bring them home...
Atlanta United fans pour into businesses near MLS Cup parade route
 Businesses located near the Atlanta United’s MLS Cup parade route reported booming sales and few inconveniences caused by the revelry. Hello Atlanta, a souvenir shop stocked with United apparel, was inundated as people waited for the procession to pass its doors. Abdul Karim, who has been working at the store for about 10 years...

Posted: 7 days ago

Businesses located near the Atlanta United’s MLS Cup parade route reported booming sales and few inconveniences caused by the revelry. Hello Atlanta, a souvenir shop stocked with United apparel, was inundated as people waited for the procession to pass its doors. Abdul Karim, who has been working at the store for about 10 years...
Holiday gifts for kids who love to cook
 Is your kiddo curious about cooking? Then give her a gift that will help her learn in the kitchen. From cookbooks to classes to cooking clubs, these holiday gifts are sure to encourage your child’s affinity for culinary creativity.  Mukitchen Kids Chef in Training 3-Piece Apron Set   Cooks of all ages deserve a decent...

Posted: 12 days ago

Is your kiddo curious about cooking? Then give her a gift that will help her learn in the kitchen. From cookbooks to classes to cooking clubs, these holiday gifts are sure to encourage your child’s affinity for culinary creativity.  Mukitchen Kids Chef in Training 3-Piece Apron Set   Cooks of all ages deserve a decent...
Make-ahead recipes for easy holiday entertaining
 It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Well, at least that’s what we hear piping through the sound system of every mall in America right now. The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s can be wonderful. They can also be the most stressful. There’s the gift-giving conundrum, the headache of holiday travel and...

Posted: 13 days ago

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Well, at least that’s what we hear piping through the sound system of every mall in America right now. The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s can be wonderful. They can also be the most stressful. There’s the gift-giving conundrum, the headache of holiday travel and...
Old recipe collection inspires modern-day kitchen creativity
 Who was she? She had a taste for cake. She really got into the Pillsbury Bake-Off. And, she deemed Heloise a sound adviser for keeping the domestic ship afloat. I’m staring at a 6-inch-thick collection of newspaper and magazine clippings, mainly from the 1950s and ’60s. They are stuffed inside a worn, black binder that I happened...

Posted: 20 days ago

Who was she? She had a taste for cake. She really got into the Pillsbury Bake-Off. And, she deemed Heloise a sound adviser for keeping the domestic ship afloat. I’m staring at a 6-inch-thick collection of newspaper and magazine clippings, mainly from the 1950s and ’60s. They are stuffed inside a worn, black binder that I happened...
Kitchen Curious: Gingersnaps 2 ways
 When late fall arrives and everyone else seems to be baking something sweet with pumpkin, I want to whip up a zesty batch of gingersnaps. They are the ultimate pre-season holiday cookie. You feel the same way? Then stir up My Favorite Gingersnaps. The recipe happens to be gluten-free and vegan, but it may require some flours that you don&rsquo...

Posted: 21 days ago

When late fall arrives and everyone else seems to be baking something sweet with pumpkin, I want to whip up a zesty batch of gingersnaps. They are the ultimate pre-season holiday cookie. You feel the same way? Then stir up My Favorite Gingersnaps. The recipe happens to be gluten-free and vegan, but it may require some flours that you don&rsquo...
Exploring Jewish food traditions for Hanukkah
 As a Catholic who grew up in St. Louis’ most Jewish neighborhood, I’m embarrassed to admit that I never really have gotten a grip on Jewish cuisine. I recall walking my mom’s solidified chicken fat to the trio of unmarried Jewish sisters who lived across the street. But, I never could stomach the smells from the Lerner sisters&rsquo...

Posted: 25 days ago

As a Catholic who grew up in St. Louis’ most Jewish neighborhood, I’m embarrassed to admit that I never really have gotten a grip on Jewish cuisine. I recall walking my mom’s solidified chicken fat to the trio of unmarried Jewish sisters who lived across the street. But, I never could stomach the smells from the Lerner sisters&rsquo...
Cookbook tour prompts gathering of LGBTQ women in food
 On Dec. 4, folks will gather at the Atlanta History Center to hear cookbook author Julia Turshen talk about her newest work, “Now & Again: Go-To Recipes, Inspired Menus and Endless Ideas for Reinventing Leftovers” (Chronicle Books, $35). The audience may hear how Turshen, the best-selling author of cookbooks “Feed the Resistance&rdquo...

Posted: 27 days ago

On Dec. 4, folks will gather at the Atlanta History Center to hear cookbook author Julia Turshen talk about her newest work, “Now & Again: Go-To Recipes, Inspired Menus and Endless Ideas for Reinventing Leftovers” (Chronicle Books, $35). The audience may hear how Turshen, the best-selling author of cookbooks “Feed the Resistance&rdquo...