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Is Georgia the worst state in the U.S. for craft brewing?

Is Georgia the worst state in the U.S. for craft brewing?

After a two-way tie for last, it looks like Georgia will soon become the undisputed worst state in the U.
Expose scallops to the dark side

Expose scallops to the dark side

We?셶e been taught never to expose a sea scallop in the skillet to very high heat, lest its tender meat turn rubbery and dry-looking cracks creep up from the bottom edges.
If a meat alternative lacks protein, just add beans

If a meat alternative lacks protein, just add beans

From the first time I heard of it, something nagged at me about jackfruit. I?셫 not talking about the ripe version, those huge specimens that offer up sweet fruit, once you know how to cut them down to size.
Batch cooking makes healthy eating easier

Batch cooking makes healthy eating easier

I am going to fill you in on a major secret of good nutrition: Healthier eating often has nothing to do with superfoods, metabolism or the perfect balance of nutrients, but rather with being prepared.
Iced coffee takes back seat to cold brew

Iced coffee takes back seat to cold brew

Every day that a Starbucks runs out of cold brew is a day that is ruined somewhere in America. We know, because every day a plaintive soul cries out into the wilderness on Twitter:?쏷he Starbucks is out of cold brew excuse me while the basic white girl in me dies.
So many ways to make a great gazpacho

So many ways to make a great gazpacho

In Spain, there are as many gazpachos as there are Spaniards. Every family here has its own recipe with its own little changes.
In season: canola oil

In season: canola oil

Canola oil. It’s that tasteless, colorless, odorless oil you find next to the corn oil, vegetable oil and olive oil at the grocery store.
Seven-day menu planner

Seven-day menu planner

9/ 11Family SundayPrepare a large (5- to 6-pound) Baked Chicken for the family and serve with garlic pepper mashed potatoes.
What goes into pairing wine and food?

What goes into pairing wine and food?

A couple of weeks ago in this column, I offered up a behind-the-scenes peek of what goes into a wine dinner for a sommelier and explained the madness in my method of pairing food and wine.
Make the perfect side dish with in-season sweet peppers

Make the perfect side dish with in-season sweet peppers

Josh Plymale and Jessica Legendre are the farmers of Elm Street Gardens in Sparta. They came to the farm with experience at other farms in metro Atlanta, Texas and North Carolina, and that shapes what they grow and how they grow it.
What goes into pairing wine and food?

What goes into pairing wine and food?

A couple of weeks ago in this column, I offered up a behind-the-scenes peek of what goes into a wine dinner for a sommelier and explained the madness in my method of pairing food and wine.
Make the perfect side dish with in-season sweet peppers

Make the perfect side dish with in-season sweet peppers

Josh Plymale and Jessica Legendre are the farmers of Elm Street Gardens in Sparta. They came to the farm with experience at other farms in metro Atlanta, Texas and North Carolina, and that shapes what they grow and how they grow it.
Seven-Day Menu Planner

Seven-Day Menu Planner

9/ 4Family SundayEasy Layered Salad (see recipe) is pretty and simple for a family meal. Serve it with your own cool gazpacho and whole-grain rolls.
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

8/ 28Family SundayCelebrate family day with your own recipe for Leg of Lamb. Serve it with a Southern favorite, cheese and garlic grits.
Budwine legend lives on among Georgia soft drink lovers

Budwine legend lives on among Georgia soft drink lovers

What is it about the South and our soft drinks? As anyone who’s ever witnessed a Coke vs. Pepsi discussion can attest, Southerners are known to exhibit the ultimate brand loyalty for those carbonated drinks that first emerged from this region back around the turn of the 20th century as the temperance movement was sweeping the nation.
Blueberries add big flavor to Baby Dutch Babies

Blueberries add big flavor to Baby Dutch Babies

When we?셶e barely had our coffee, we can?셳 take too much drama.But we still want a great breakfast.We love those puffed pancakes, whether you call them Dutch Babies or German Puffs or Pannekoeken or Those Really Good Things That Collapse.
In season: cantaloupe

In season: cantaloupe

Ricky Brown of Back River Farm in Loganville has a field full of Athena cantaloupe. It?셲 a variety he?셲 been growing for several years after hearing it highly recommended by his county extension agent, as well as other farmers.
Scofflaw is Atlanta?셲 newest craft brewery

Scofflaw is Atlanta?셲 newest craft brewery

Matt Shirah, owner of Atlanta?셲 new Scofflaw Brewing Co., graduated from Emory University?셲 Goizueta Business School and spent most of his career as a corporate turnaround executive before deciding to get into the beer business.
Chutneys, relishes honor Indian roots

Chutneys, relishes honor Indian roots

One of the best things about coming home after school in southern India was the array of amazing snacks my mother made for me on different days: green chutney and tomato chutney tea sandwiches; crudit챕s of seasonal vegetables with a tangy yogurt dip; a crunchy salad with fried goodies, potatoes and onions, dressed with a lovely cilantro chutney; chapati flatbreads rolled in cheese and a sweet and tangy relish.
In season: okra

In season: okra

A lot of folks say they don?셳 like okra, but the deer at New Moon Farms just south of Loganville love it.
Union Hill Grill?셲 Miso Vinaigrette elevates house salad

Union Hill Grill?셲 Miso Vinaigrette elevates house salad

Q: Many times, I have eaten at Union Hill Grill in Canton. This restaurant was previously owned and operated by the owners of Silos Grill in Alpharetta, and fortunately, the new owners of Union Hill Grill continue to serve the same delicious food.
4 places for beer lovers to go for summer vacation

4 places for beer lovers to go for summer vacation

Beer travel has been a big thing among beer geeks for a long time. Summer sojourns in Belgium, Germany, Great Britain and the Czech Republic are the stuff of beery legend and lore.
Linton's in the Garden chef shares edible flower recipes

Linton's in the Garden chef shares edible flower recipes

In April, when I first visited Linton’s, the new restaurant nestled among the lush landscapes of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, I was quickly taken by the beauty of the dishes executive chef Jason Paolini was creating there.
Recipes made with in-season corn

Recipes made with in-season corn

Eating locally grown produce isn’t something to practice just while you’re at home. With a little research, you can eat local just about anywhere – even while you’re on vacation.
Make tomato jam with in-season tomatoes

Make tomato jam with in-season tomatoes

There?셲 a lot of growing going on in Sparta these days. Robert Currey has started Sparta Mushrooms and Elm Street Gardens, but he?셲 a relative newcomer to the world of market crops in that area.
Recipes made with in-season corn

Recipes made with in-season corn

Eating locally grown produce isn’t something to practice just while you’re at home. With a little research, you can eat local just about anywhere – even while you’re on vacation.
Seven-Day Menu Planner

Seven-Day Menu Planner

7/ 31Family SundayGrilling days are here, so put your own grilled chicken on the menu. For the perfect accompaniment, try Horseradish Potato Salad (see recipe) and pickled beets (from a jar).
Make tomato jam with in-season tomatoes

Make tomato jam with in-season tomatoes

There?셲 a lot of growing going on in Sparta these days. Robert Currey has started Sparta Mushrooms and Elm Street Gardens, but he?셲 a relative newcomer to the world of market crops in that area.

Why so many men are cooking

Today?셲 at-home chefs are more likely to cook with an iPhone instead of a recipe book. They?셱e more likely to draw their inspirations from a Facebook video.
In praise of pale ale

In praise of pale ale

Sierra Nevada describes its famous pale ale as a beer that ?쐀egan as a home brewer?셲 dream, grew into an icon, and inspired countless brewers to follow a passion of their own.
Pass the Atlanta-made, gourmet salt

Pass the Atlanta-made, gourmet salt

At Christmas, I got a little tin full of pinkish-orange gourmet salt as a gift. It was aromatic with celery seed, rosemary, garlic and smoked paprika.
From the menu of: JCT Kitchen & Bar

From the menu of: JCT Kitchen & Bar

Q: I was fortunate to dine at JCT Kitchen. I ordered the vegetable plate and they were the best veggies I have ever put in my mouth.
From the menu of: JCT Kitchen & Bar

From the menu of: JCT Kitchen & Bar

Q: I was fortunate to dine at JCT Kitchen. I ordered the vegetable plate and they were the best veggies I have ever put in my mouth.
Seven-Day Menu Planner

Seven-Day Menu Planner

7/ 3Family SundayFire up the grill for your Grilled Chicken. Add this light and summery Bacon and Basil Pasta Salad (see recipe), a Boston lettuce salad and crusty rolls.
In season: onions

In season: onions

Mark Capps and Lynn Teddlie of Straight from the Backyard Farm in Loganville have 6 acres in production.
The best beers for grilled and smoked meats

The best beers for grilled and smoked meats

First we must stipulate that barbecue is a noun that refers to a specific kind of Southern food, and the proper way to prepare that food is with fire and wood smoke in some variation of a pit.
Ready, set, grill!

Ready, set, grill!

Every year around this time, publishers release new barbecue and grilling books in anticipation of the summer season and holidays such as Father’s Day and the Fourth of July.
In season: cucumbers

In season: cucumbers

Joe Reynolds of Love is Love Farm at Gaia Gardens near Decatur offers a market-style community-supported agriculture program.
No chopping required

No chopping required

Have you ever pulled out a cutting board and sighed? Ever wished you could skip the chopping and go straight to the cooking?
Chick-fil-A launches new mobile app

Chick-fil-A launches new mobile app

Chick-fil-A on Wednesday launched a new mobile app that allows customers to make custom orders and pay on the go.
In season: mushrooms

In season: mushrooms

Peter Burry of Snellville?셲 My Quality Mushrooms and Forest Products is all about doing things with all the parts of a tree ??firewood, milled lumber, mulch for the parts that can?셳 be used for anything else ??and turning white oak logs into a medium for growing shiitake mushrooms.
Seven-day menu planner: June 5-11

Seven-day menu planner: June 5-11

6/5FAMILY SUNDAYPrepare your own large roast chicken for the family today. Serve it with Almond, Farro and Black Bean Salad with Cilantro (see recipe) for a colorful and delicious side dish.
In season: mushrooms

In season: mushrooms

Peter Burry of Snellville?셲 My Quality Mushrooms and Forest Products is all about doing things with all the parts of a tree ??firewood, milled lumber, mulch for the parts that can?셳 be used for anything else ??and turning white oak logs into a medium for growing shiitake mushrooms.
Seven-day menu planner: June 5-11

Seven-day menu planner: June 5-11

6/5FAMILY SUNDAYPrepare your own large roast chicken for the family today. Serve it with Almond, Farro and Black Bean Salad with Cilantro (see recipe) for a colorful and delicious side dish.
In season: zucchini

In season: zucchini

Summer squash is just that, a mainstay of hot summer weather. The distinctive yellow crookneck squash, dark green cylinders of zucchini — you probably feel you’ve got summer squash figured out.
Raw tuna, bright fruit, combine for quick main-course salad

Raw tuna, bright fruit, combine for quick main-course salad

Although this is technically a tuna salad, it would be a disservice to call it that. Fresh, rosy raw tuna is briefly marinated with lime while you prep the crunchy salad ingredients and a quick coconut milk dressing.
From bland to bliss

From bland to bliss

I?셶e always held that reasonable men and women may disagree over matters of substance, such as boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
Seven-day menu planner

Seven-day menu planner

5/29MEATLESS SUNDAYBurgers are always welcome around here, and we especially liked these no-meat Black Bean Burgers with Cilantro Lime Aioli (see recipe).
The 1940s: Food in wartime and peace

The 1940s: Food in wartime and peace

At the dawn of the 1940s, much of the world was already at war. Less than two years later, the United States would be drawn into the conflict.
In season: Cornish hens

In season: Cornish hens

Shaun Terry and his wife Sabrina are the owners of Grateful Pastures, where they raise pastured poultry in Mansfield, south of I-20 in Newton County.
4 local lagers to try right now

4 local lagers to try right now

Some craft beer aficionados are declaring 2016 the year of the lager. That?셲 because, despite the current obsession with India Pale Ale, many more small and independent breweries are returning to this most popular beer style in the world.
Seven-day menu planner: May 22-28

Seven-day menu planner: May 22-28

5/22FAMILY SUNDAYImpress the family with Moroccan Lamb Stew with Carrots and Almonds (see recipe). Top couscous with the flavorful mixture.
Perfection a moving target for wines

Perfection a moving target for wines

What is a 100-point wine?There are two schools of thought.The simple answer is that, in one person?셲 opinion, a wine has met a set of criteria in full ??no deductions, a perfect score.
Find out the best way to prepare broccolini

Find out the best way to prepare broccolini

“They’re little trees.” As a young mother trying to talk her children into eating their vegetables, that’s how Lynn Pugh of Cane Creek Farm tried to sell her children on trying broccoli.
Common kitchen mistakes and how to avoid them

Common kitchen mistakes and how to avoid them

Cooking at home can be a rewarding endeavor and a lifelong pursuit. The more time and effort you invest, the more likely you are to reduce your flubs and minimize your disappointments.
Seven-day menu planner: May 15-21

Seven-day menu planner: May 15-21

5/15FAMILY SUNDAYYour roast chicken is always a favorite for family day, as are mashed potatoes and gravy.
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