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Buy This: 3 kitchen tools you’ll want in your arsenal this fall

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

A well-designed mandoline 

A mandoline is a terrific kitchen tool. Used safely it makes perfect and even slices faster than most of us could ever do it with a knife. Recently we tested UrbanTrend’s Mistral Mini Mandoline Slicer. The thing we liked the most is that it slices on both the forward and backward motion, so you cut your fruits and vegetables in half the time. Another nice feature is that choosing the thickness of your slices is made with an easy built-in adjuster. Just slide it in and out, nothing to unscrew or move. You’re never near the blade. ...

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Learn how to make the perfect apple fritters

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Reducing the cider is the key to making these Apple Cider Fritters pop with cider flavor. / (Chris Hunt/Special)

Adapted from sugarhero.com, these fritters are a time-consuming task for even the most dedicated cooks, but the apple-filled treats are worth the effort (and calorie count!). Using a spiced cider reduction amps up apple flavor to the max. Sweet-tart apples with medium starch, like a Mutsu or Winesap, are a good choice for the apple filling. For frying, be sure to have an accurate deep frying/candy thermometer on hand for best results.

Get the recipes for more apple cider dishes that ...

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A good meal is only a tweet away with these 140-character recipes

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Cauliflwr Chorizo Hash from the “Recipe Shorts” cookbook. / Photo by Anja Schmidt

We get it — you’re busy. But that doesn’t mean you can’t eat well, as the book “Recipe Shorts: Delicious Dishes in 140 Characters” by Andrea Stewart proves (though she might have more room to play with for a future book — the social media platform is testing new 280-character limit for tweets).

Check out some of our favorite recipes from the book below, and tweet us at @ajcdining with your go-to recipe reduced to 140 characters or less.

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Savannah is getting its own rum distillery

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Savannah Spirits amber rum. Courtesy of Savannah Spirits Group

A rum distillery in the heart of historic Savannah is set to open next spring.

Savannah Spirits Group announced last week it will be opening a 12,000-square-foot distillery in the city’s historic district. Production is anticipated to begin in March 2018.

Initially, the company will produce silver and amber rum. Vodka, gin and, eventually, whiskey are planned for the future.

The distillery will also include an “upscale” chophouse next door with a private event space. Both the distillery and restaurant will be located along Whitaker Street in several renovated buildings that ...

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Athens named among the South’s most underrated food cities

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

USA Today named Athens, Ga., one of the South’s most underrated food cities. Athens-based Creature Comforts was one of a handful of destinations cited in the article.

By Caleigh Derreberry

As home to the University of Georgia, Athens is mainly known as a college town. But it got a national nod for its dining scene.

USA Today called Athens one of the South’s most underrated food destinations. The article put a spotlight on smaller locales with notable cuisine. Baton Rouge, La., Birmingham, Ala., Lexington, Ky., and Greenville, S.C. also made the list.

The article gave props to chef-restaurateur Hugh Acheson’s ...

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We tried four different kinds of tuna — find out which we liked best

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

 

We were ready to deploy our toothbrushes after this week’s Snapchat Taste Test, which saw us trying five different kinds of tuna. Check out what we thouigh

 

 

More taste tests

Explore where to eat in Atlanta with the AJC’s Spring Dining Guide

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We tried four different kinds of tuna — find out which we liked best

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Musician Zac Brown partners with Dahlonega distillery

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Zac Brown / AJC file photo

The nearly year-old Stillhouse Creek Distillery in Dahlonega has rebranded to Z. Brown Distillery in what they are calling a “strategic alliance” with the Grammy award-winning Zac Brown of the Zac Brown Band. The distillery, located in Brown’s hometown, is slated to re-open sometime this fall. 

According to the distillery’s social media feeds, Stillhouse Creek which opened its doors to the public last November, quietly entered a partnership with the musician earlier this year. The distillery rebrand (announced last Friday) is generating among Brown’s large fan base on social media.

Musician Zac Brown partners with Dahlonega distillery

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The Giving Kitchen starts fund to assist Hurricane Irma victims in Georgia

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Sam Wohlfeil removes sandbags from the front of the Fannies Your Aunt store on River Street in Savannah on Sept. 12. / Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

Hurricane Irma has come and gone, causing serious damage to much of Florida and many parts of Georgia.

Atlanta-based non-profit The Giving Kitchen — the charitable arm of much-lauded Edgewood restaurant Staplehouse — has started the Hurricane Irma Emergency Assistance Fund to assist those in the restaurant industry impacted by the storm.

The fund was created in addition to the organization’s normal crisis grant coverage area, which spans 40 counties, to include those in the entire ...

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Here are some meals you can make if you lose power during Hurricane Irma

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Make Summer Corn and Buttermilk Soup, Cantaloupe with Feta, Honey and Herbs and Pan Bagnat. / Photo by Chris Hunt

Hurricane Irma is on its way to metro Atlanta, and while there’s no telling for sure what the impact will be, all signs point to the area losing power.

While we hope the electricity stays on, here are some recipes that don’t require a stove or oven (and in most cases, no electricity at all). Yknow, just in case.

7 no-bake desserts you can make in 20 minutes or less

Roll your way through the storm with this no-bake recipe

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Have we reached peak pumpkin spice?

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Holiday creep is for real. You know, the trend of stores foisting holiday items on us earlier and earlier, so we start seeing Christmas ornaments on shelves in September or Valentine’s Day chocolates put out as soon as the Christmas items are stored in the back until the following summer.

The latest victim of the creep? Pumpkin spice products. Love them or hate them, they’re everywhere, and they’re making their debut earlier and earlier (it’s only early September, after all, and we’re already a little pumpkin spiced-out). Scroll down to check out the good, the #basic and the truly ridiculous ...

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Have we reached peak pumpkin spice?

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Holiday creep is for real. You know, the trend of stores foisting holiday items on us earlier and earlier, so we start seeing Christmas ornaments on shelves in September or Valentine’s Day chocolates put out as soon as the Christmas items are stored in the back until the following summer.

The latest victim of the creep? Pumpkin spice products. Love them or hate them, they’re everywhere, and they’re making their debut earlier and earlier (it’s only early September, after all, and we’re already a little pumpkin spiced-out). Scroll down to check out the good, the #basic and the truly ridiculous ...

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We tried the new Hardee’s Hawaiian Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

The Hardee’s Hawaiian Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Aloha! Fast-food chain Hardee’s has debuted its Hawaiian Grilled Chicken Sandwich, and we had a chance to try it. Find out is we thought it was worth doing the hula over:

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We previewed the Arby’s smoked turkey leg

We tried the new Chick-fil-A breakfast bowl and Reese’s peanut butter Kripsy Kreme doughnut

We tried root beer floats

 

Explore where to eat in Atlanta with the AJC’s Spring Dining Guide

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We tried the new Hardee’s Hawaiian Grilled Chicken Sandwich

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These eating and cooking videos might just make you feel tingly inside

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Would you watch a video of a person eating a bowl of noodles?
/ PHOTO CREDIT: Kellie Hynes

Do you ASMR?

Standing for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, ASMR is a term used to describe pleasing, tingling sensations experienced through stimuli such as whispering, soft talking, light touches and methodical sounds.

ASMR videos — of people doing things like making mozzarella sticks, eating sandwiches and baking cakes — are racking up millions of pageviews on YouTube, and for some, helps improve their focus and reduces pain.

Read AJC food editor Ligaya Figueras’ column on ASMR videos, and scroll down to ...

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Celebrate Georgia’s new beer law with brewery events this weekend

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

SweetWater Brewing will celebrate the Beer Bill this weekend. / CONTRIBUTED BY SWEETWATER BREWING CO.

The wait is (almost) over.

Georgia’s new beer law, which will allow craft beer and liquor manufacturers to sell directly to consumers, was passed earlier this year, but won’t actually go into effect Sept. 1.

Breweries around the state are celebrating with special events starting Thursday and running through the weekend:

 

Intown Atlanta and South Fulton

Arches Brewing’s End of Prohibition Party will feature specialty limited release beers, food, Civil War-era portrait-taking and live music from 4-8 p.m. Friday.
3361 Dogwood Drive, Hapeville. ...

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We previewed the new Arby’s smoked turkey legs in time for the ‘Game of Thrones’ finale

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Turkey is coming.

Atlanta-based fast food chain Arby’s is serving up Medieval-style smoked turkey legs, just in time for the season finale of “Game of Thrones.” Available in nine regions in the U.S., the product is seasoned with salt and brown sugar, smoked and then roasted. The legs, which sell for $5.99 each, weigh in at about a pound.

We were able to preview the legs before they become available to the public this Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Arby’s location at 4415 Roswell Road in Atlanta. Find out what we thought in the video below, and if you ...

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Celebrate National Sweet Tea Day with these recipes, locally-made teas

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Celebrate National Sweet Tea Day. / AJC file photo

Sweet tea isn’t officially the drink of the South, but it might as well be — Georgia State Rep. John Noel even went so far as to introduce a bill in 2003 that would have made it a misdemeanor not to include sweet tea on a restaurant menu.

OK, it was an April Fool’s prank, but it doesn’t sound so far-fetched, does it? People in these parts love their sweet tea (these teens loved it so much they were willing to get arrested for it)

In honor of today’s ...

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Buy This: 3 products that will make dinner quicker and easier but still delicious

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Yes, we’re all busy and we welcome a little help in the kitchen but only when that help means we’re making delicious meals. No shortcuts that compromise on quality or flavor. We’ve got three suggestions we think you’ll enjoy using in your kitchen.

Good, Really Good Broth from Zoup!

Family recipes are almost always the best. Ginger Butts of Back to the Basics 101 says her strawberry and peach crisp mix was inspired by family. “It was my grandma’s recipe. She was from Michigan. I think a crisp in the North is what a cobbler is in the South. But ...

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An Atlanta drinker’s guide to the solar eclipse

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Monday, Aug. 21 will mark the first total solar eclipse in the United States since 1979. Such a rare event calls for a celebration — keep reading for places to drink, drinks to make and more.

Dark Side of the Sun cocktail. / Photo from Bayou Rum

Where to drink

Bistro Niko will host a patio viewing party from 12:30 p.m. til dusk, featuring hors d’Oeuvres and “viewing glasses” Beckon Winery wine specials. The winery will make a donation to Reese’s MaGIC Fund at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to celebrate the eclipse.
3344 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404-261-6456, buckheadrestaurants.com/restaurant/bistro-niko/

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We tried root beer floats for National Root Beer Float Day. Spoiler alert: They were delicious

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

As far as taste tests go, we admit this one was fairly predictable — is it possible to make a bad-tasting root beer float?

Still, in celebration of National Root Beer Float Day this Sunday, we tried some just to be sure. Check out the results:

Want to make your own? Receive a $1 discount with the in-store purchase of one 7.5-8–ounce 6-pack or two 2-liter A&W Root Beers and one Blue Bunny 46-48-ounce ice cream starting Sunday and going through the end of August.

 

We tried root beer floats for National Root Beer Float Day. Spoiler alert: They were delicious

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Now here’s a hot summertime read: A study of peppers, and how they pep up Latin food

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Read this cookbook: “Peppers of the Americas: The Remarkable Capsicums that Forever Changed Flavor” by Maricel E. Presilla (Lorena Jones Books/Ten Speed Press, $35)

 

By Wendell Brock

Of all the foods that the Americas gave the world – from corn and quinoa to cacao and peanuts – peppers are among the most vivid, varied, prolific and peripatetic.

Maricel E. Presilla, the Cuban-born chef who has won James Beard Awards for both her cooking (at Cucharamama in Hoboken, N.J.) and her writing (the masterful “Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America”), now applies her scholarly rigor, and considerable cooking ...

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Famed cookbook editor Judith Jones dies at 93

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

In this May 8, 2006 file photo, Knopf editor Judith Jones delivers her acceptance speech after she received the lifetime achievement award during the 2006 James Beard Foundation Awards ceremony, in New York. / (AP Photo Richard Drew, File)

Editor Judith Jones, who was responsible for introducing readers to Julia Child amongst other chefs and cookbook authors, died this morning at her home in Vermont at 93.

She convinced Alfred Knopf of Knopf Publishing to publish Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” Other noted cookbook authors she championed over the years include James Beard, Edna Lewis, Marcella Hazan, ...

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This classic eatery is the most recommended Georgia restaurant on Facebook

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Double chili cheese burger and fries from The Varsity. / AJC file photo

What’ll ya have? How about a highly-recommended Atlanta restaurant?

USA Today asked Facebook to share the most recommended restaurants in each state, based on the Facebook Recommendations feature.

The iconic Varsity, located at 61 North Ave. NW, took the top spot for the restaurant the most Georgians touted on the social media platform.

Founded in 1928, the eatery — nearly always packed on Georgia Tech and Atlanta United gamedays — is famous for its burgers, hot dogs and Frosted Orange drink, in addition to the famous “What’ll ...

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Beer Town: Try a crisp, craft Mexican lager this summer

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Oskar Blues Brewery Beerito Mexican Lager.

Mexican lagers run the gamut from ultra-light quenchers like Corona, and darker, more malty iterations like Negra Modelo.

Either way, these refreshing, lower alcohol, always food-friendly beers persist as both popular favorites at Mexican restaurants and de rigueur beverage accessories for beach vacations.

And truth be told, many craft beer lovers, who wouldn’t be caught drinking a light American lager, still sometimes gravitate toward the likes of a Bohemia Pilsner or a Dos Equis Ambar.

It’s not so surprising, then, that a growing number of craft brewers have decided to take a stab at ...

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What’s the difference between a cobbler and a slump? Find out, and learn how to make them

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Deep Dish Berry Cobbler with Lattice Top. / (Photo Chris Hunt/Special)

Cobblers and pies might be the best known players in the baked fruit dessert game, but the roster doesn’t stop there. The cobbler has several cousins that make for delicious treats for the summer and beyond. Check some out below, and read about how to make the perfect cobbler and slump here.

 

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What’s the difference between a cobbler and a slump? Find out, and learn how to make them

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Buy This: Three coconut treats to get you through the rest of summer

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

You need to hydrate. You need to recover from crazy fun summer events. You need to up your servings of fruits and vegetables. We’ve got you covered in coconut.

 

With beets!

Yes, beets. In the form of beet juice. Don’t roll your eyes. It’s delicious. We tried Beetology’s new line of certified organic cold pressed juices with beets as the base. We tried all five flavors. They’ve combined the beets with lemon and ginger (refreshing!), beets plus veggies (which reminded us a little of a certain tomato-based vegetable juice), beet plus berry (yum!), beet plus cherry (which you’ll swear ...

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