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Eric Johnson (left) and Nick Purdy of Wild Heaven Craft Beers. Credit: Rank Studios. HANDOUT PHOTO - NOT FOR RESALE

Wild Heaven unveils Avondale brewery

Wild Heaven Craft Beers, which began contract brewing in 2010 and signed a lease on a building on Maple Street in Avondale Estates in 2011, finally unveiled its new brewery and tasting room last week during a series of preview events.Wild Heaven president Nick Purdy and brewer Eric Johnson had ...

Don’t try this at home! Your humble reporter suited up and waded into the field where Mtn Honey’s bees start out making their liquid gold. Visitors to the Clarkesville apiary during the Georgia Mountains Farm Tour WON’T be able to get up close and personal with the bees like this — although they will get to view a hive from a safe distance and get hands-on experience in the honey room. CONTRIBUTED BY VIRGINIA WEBB

Farmville for real: Farm tour is food for thought, bellies

People really should see firsthand where their food comes from …If I heard it once, I heard it a hundred times while visiting a number of North Georgia farms recently. At Melon Head Farm in Clarkesville, where Harold Kennedy leaned down to pick a stalk of asparagus for me to ...

The Taste of Mexico - Part II

Kroger is hosting a Taste of Mexico in our stores, where customers can sample the finest Mexican cuisine we have to offer. Mexican foods are one of the fastest growing and most popular cuisines in the US today. We are excited to offer our customers a three week immersion experience ...

Strawberries with aged balsamic, cracked pepper and vanilla gelato. JOHN KESSLER / JKESSLER@AJC.COM

It’s prime time for strawberries

About a month ago, we had our duvet dry-cleaned and shrink-wrapped for storage as we do every April. Then, a week later, I busted it out. The cold weather didn’t let up, and our drafty old house wasn’t getting any warmer. This long, cool and mostly dry spring may have ...

What is the easiest way to cut a pepper?

When cutting peppers, an easy way to get the seeds out (without all the mess) is to first cut the stem end off a quarter inch from the top. Then cut off the bottom end and stand the pepper straight up. Next, run the knife down from stem to base. ...

Grill only in appropriate places. That means outdoors in well-ventilated spaces; never in the garage or inside the house. Place the grill away from siding, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. About 27 percent of the home structure fires involving grills started on a courtyard, terrace or patio, and 29 percent started on an exterior balcony or open porch, with 6 percent starting in the kitchen, according to the NFPA. credit: H. Lorren Au Jr./Orange County Register

Grilling season: how to stay safe when cooking with propane

In December 2012, ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor Hannah Storm noticed that the flame in her propane-fueled grill had gone out. And, so, she simply did what thousands of us automatically do each year. Storm turned off the gas and promptly reignited the grill.It immediately exploded and left her in flames. Literally. ...

Blueberry Margarita. STYLING BY CONNE WARD-CAMERON; CONTRIBUTED BY RENEE BROCK / SPECIAL

In season: blueberries

What would you do if you had tons and tons of blueberries with nowhere to take them?That’s the situation Georgia’s blueberry farmers found themselves in back in 2007 and 2008, said Shawn Davis of Southern Press and Packing. Davis has been in the blueberry business since 1999, farming 500 acres ...

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Taco Bell's new ingredient explainer gets big attention

Prepare yourself for shots of cheap fast food being unwrapped. A few media outlets started the week noting at some point, Taco Bell updated the section of its website where it reassures customers of what they're eating. JILL WAGNER, CBS: "Some of the ingredients are simple, like oats or cocoa powder, while others ...

Cibo E Beve’s Funghi al Forno with lion’s mane mushrooms. STYLING BY CHEF LINDA HARRELL; PHOTO BY RENEE BROCK / SPECIAL

In season: mushrooms

There was a time when the majority of the mushrooms we ate were the mushrooms in cans. A fresh mushroom was an exotic addition to a meal, and it was almost always a button mushroom. Then came portobellos. And creminis. And it turns out those are all related. The button ...

When you make Maitake Mushrooms, Broccoli Rabe and Fresh Chiles With Roasted Chicken, you can look forward to the mushrooms soaking up drippings from the chicken as it cooks. STYLING BY CHEF DREW BELLINE; PHOTO BY RENEE BROCK / SPECIAL

With mushrooms, meals can match a season

Foraged, farmed or homegrown, many more varieties of wild, exotic and flavorful mushrooms are available around Atlanta these days, making the generic white buttons in supermarket produce sections seem as bland as white bread.Among the many examples of mycological mania, the Mushroom Club of Georgia promotes the enjoyment and study ...

Paige Witherington, former farm manager at the Serenbe Organic Farm, at the weekend farmers market. CONTRIBUTED BY SERENBE

Farmers markets mix food, feeling of community

The opening of an established seasonal farmers market is a lot like old home week. Visiting opening day for the Tucker and East Atlanta Village farmers markets this month, it was hard to get a word in edgewise as vendors and customers welcomed one another back or introduced themselves.In Tucker, ...

Marla Weinman of Temple Emanu-El makes sweet treats for Passover.

Passover to bring traditional fish recipes

The eight-day festival of Passover begins on April 14 with the first Seder taking place at sundown. It is an eight-day holiday of freedom that rejoices in the liberation of the Jews from bondage in Egypt. The first part of the meal is symbolic and includes the reading of the ...

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Strategies to save on higher priced foods

Food prices are on the rise again, according to March reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Though flat in 2013, food price inflation has returned to the historical norm with increases in the range of 2.5 to 3.5 percent. While the increases apply across the board, certain items including ...

More controversy for Deen with restaurant’s closing

How long has it been since Paula Deen was in the news amid a swirl of controversy? Five minutes? Well, she’s back. This week’s sudden closing of Deen’s brother’s Savannah restaurant, Uncle Bubba’s Seafood & Oyster House, has stoked a new firestorm. “Thank you for 10 great years. Uncle Bubba’s ...

Carla Hall’s Lemongrass-Ginger Fried Chicken is marinated in an aromatic spice rub. Her Chile, Pea and Coconut Chutney (right) adds a burst of flavor to grilled chicken, fish, meat, rice and veggie dishes. STYLING BY WENDELL BROCK; PHOTO BY RENEE BROCK / SPECIAL

For Carla Hall, comfort food is a global passion

When Carla Hall talks about her Southern grandmother, she immediately goes to the cornbread. She may have enjoyed a glamorous life as a high-fashion model in Europe and a career on TV. But the Nashville., Tenn., native, “Top Chef” finalist and co-host of ABC’s “The Chew” can still picture her ...

Charleston, S.C., chef Linda Rogers Weiss riffs on the classic coconut layer cake by adding pineapple preserves to the batter, mascarpone-based frosting and large flakes of toasted coconut. STYLING BY WENDELL BROCK; PHOTO BY RENEE BROCK / SPECIAL

Sweetly layered cakes

When I was a kid, my Aunt Margie used to make birthday cakes. Since I was a spring baby, she once presented me with a stunning confection decorated with little coconut bird’s nests and jelly-bean eggs. For a 5-year-old, it was magnificent. Today, it’s fabulous Southern layer cakes that give ...

Laura Vaughn (right) picks out a bunch of carrots at the Woodland Gardens booth during the Freedom Farmers Market at the Carter Center in Atlanta on March 1. The new market will run each Saturday through Dec. 20. JONATHAN PHILLIPS / SPECIAL

Metro Atlanta farmers markets spring up all over

If there was any question metro Atlanta is ready for the start of seasonal farmers markets, last Saturday’s grand opening of the new Freedom Farmers Market at the Carter Center provided the answer. Organizers estimate more than 3,000 people showed up to shop. “What a mass of humanity,” joked Jonathan ...

Pecan Apple Soup With Oyster Mushroom Garnish. STYLING BY CHEF E.J. HODGKINSON; PHOTO BY RENEE BROCK / SPECIAL

Praise and recipes for pecan, America’s native nut

In “The Pecan: A History of America’s Native Nut” (University of Texas Press, $20), writer and historian James McWilliams chronicles the fascinating rise of the familiar and delicious foodstuff known as the buttery main ingredient in Southern staples such as pralines and pecan pie. It turns out, pecans were an ...

Pickled Brussels Sprouts With Bacon Bits are accompanied by goat cheese and Tomato Jam crostinis. STYLING BY LYN DEARDORFF; PHOTO BY RENEE BROCK / SPECIAL

Brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts are a customer favorite, says Mark Capps of Straight From the Backyard Farm in Loganville. “They are our best-selling vegetable in the winter months. Our customers look forward to them all year,” Capps said. He planted about 1,800 plants last fall and put in 600 plants in early ...

Chef Todd Ginsberg makes chopped liver at the General Muir. RENEE BROCK / SPECIAL

King of schmaltz

Todd Ginsberg takes juicy pink chicken livers that he’s sauteed in schmaltz (aka chicken fat). He plops them on a cutting board and tops them with caramelized onions (also cooked in schmaltz). And with a large chef’s knife in each hand, he begins to chop … and chop … and ...

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