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LAST BITE: Cooking Fresh with Arugula

STORY AND PHOTO BY MEGAN MCCARTHY

Summer has its way of luring you to the wonderful side of freshness that seems to make it very easy to create quick and healthy dishes for your dining pleasure. While trying to keep superfoods on the table every night, you will be sure to please with the juicy red flesh of watermelon and the spicy elegance of fresh arugula. The balsamic vinaigrette is lightly sweetened with pineapple juice and everything tastes better with goat cheese on it.

Arugula adds a peppery kick along with loads of healthy antioxidants that really deliver on the nutritional front. These bitter greens are helpful in the digestive process as well as providing vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and fiber. When you pair it with the sweeter fruit elements, it brings a fine blend of flavors that only a fruit can naturally deliver. The watermelon has a nice dose of lycopene and betacarotene as well as vitamin C. It also helps nudge the body’s pH toward alkaline, another health benefit. It’s low in calories, so feel free to indulge in this very pretty and vibrant colored fruit.

RECIPE

ARUGULA AND WATERMELON SALAD
WITH SWEET BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE

Megan McCarthy … Read More

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A Place at the Table for Everyone


Chef Linton Hopkins’s cooking demonstration at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market

BY LORAYNE BRYAN
PHOTOS BY SARA CRAIG-GOODELL & DEREK TUBBS

Increasingly, in most of Atlanta’s finest restaurants diners enjoy cuisine that chefs create using the freshest, most flavorful ingredients: locally harvested fruits and vegetables, fresh-baked breads and locally raised meats. At award-winning Restaurant Eugene on Peachtree Road in Atlanta, these goods are provided by farmers, artisans and purveyors who are on a first-name basis with owner and executive chef Linton Hopkins. This James Beard Award–winning chef has forged relationships with the people who work the land and raise the beautiful livestock, and the respect that he has for the delicious ingredients they provide is a cornerstone of his culinary expertise.

His creative use of seasonal fare melded with his sophisticated nod to local tradition transports diners from a contemporary urban setting to the lush farm tables of a bygone era that were spread with made-fromscratch, delectable delights. His fried chicken based on an authentic circa-1824 recipe garnered him much national recognition.


Left to right: Linton Hopkins, Chef Linton Hopkins and
Lauren Carey at the opening day of the Peachtree Road Farmers Market

“Better ingredients make you a better chef,” … Read More

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Walking to the Trough: A New Way to Eat in Atlanta

BY MARY WARNER
ILLUSTRATION BY NATHAN WARNER

The idea of springtime in Paris is so culturally pervasive that not only are there films and songs that get their title from the season, but airfare prices jump at the first sight of a bud opening up. Much can be said of the effect the natural world has on our health, so much so that urban planners have taken note and integrated extensive paths and parks into cities. Atlanta is one of them. While most of the buzz surrounding the development of green spaces targets the obvious— better health and longevity—less is touted about the effect they have on the way we eat. Considering most of us eat three times a day, and others more frequently, it’s something to consider. With the completion of the city’s BeltLine Eastside Trail, a 2.25-mile stretch of brightly landscaped, paved pathway, we have a new reason to get out and move— so we can eat.

Atlanta’s BeltLine is an ambitious project that aims to connect more than 21 intown neighborhoods via 22.5 miles of trails. There are numerous access points throughout the BeltLine, usually conveniently located near or on one of the city’s major thoroughfares, or … Read More

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Edible Outdoors: Creativity, Planning Make Life a Picnic

BY VIRGINIA WILLIS PHOTOS BY JENNA MOBLEY

The official start of summer may be the solstice on June 21, but summer really starts with Memorial Day weekend. It’s the kickoff of afternoons spent tending burgers and ribs on the grill, enjoying lazy picnics in the park—before it gets too hot—and supper under the stars at Chastain Park Amphitheatre. Food just tastes better when served outdoors on a beautiful evening. Our senses are enlivened and we are more engaged. On my deck I have the very same picnic table my mother used as a child. It essentially serves as our dining room table in the spring and early summer. Dining alfresco is one of the true joys of the season.

Dining on the deck certainly presents fewer demands than carting coolers to the park or negotiating supper on the tiny tables at Chastain. The menu is key to the venue in regards to outdoor dining. Grilling out presents opportunities for not only burgers and hot dogs, but also steaks, chicken, pork chops and ribs. Picnicking in the park need not simply be fried chicken picked up at a drive-through, but also chicken salad, chilled soups such as gazpacho, and fruit salad. … Read More

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The Giving Kitchen


Left to right: Jen & Ryan Hidinger, Future location of Staplehouse & The Giving Kitchen, Interior of Staplehouse.

BY TEAM HIDI COMMITTEE
PHOTOS BY ANDREW THOMAS LEE

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”—Margaret Mead

Saplehouse started in 2009 as an underground supper club led by Chef Ryan Hidinger and his wife Jen out of their quaint bungalow home in the Grant Park neighborhood of Atlanta. Hosting 10 guests for dinner every Sunday allowed Ryan and Jen to talk with guests and hear their thoughts on food, the city and all the possibilities for both. Over the last four years, many strong and lasting relationships formed. This was the prelude to Staplehouse.

On the first day of this year Chef Ryan was diagnosed with Stage IV gallbladder cancer. “Our friends, family, the Atlanta community and Ryan’s cancer treatment center team have surrounded us with a tidal wave of love and support that has forever changed our perspective on life,” says Ryan. As a result, inspiration struck and their dream restaurant has been re-purposed to tell a story of hope and will give back to those … Read More

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FROM THE GOOD EARTH: Rod Pittman’s Passion for Farming Never Grows Old

STORY AND PHOTOS BY PATTIE BAKER

“How are you with hopping fences?” the slim, blue-jeaned farmer asked me, as he bounded up and over, leaving me still trudging through the mud where we left the car, cows already surrounding and licking it. He reached out his hand, always a gentleman, but he was already looking ahead, as usual—this time to the field on the other side of the fence. He wanted to show me how he had interplanted turnips there with clover to crowd out weeds, provide a “green manure” of organic matter and supply nitrogen to the next season’s crop while still getting a harvestable crop this season.

I knew this about him already, his tendency to look ahead. I hopped the fence and hustled to keep up with him, as usual. It’s easy to forget when you are with him that he is 83 years old. I first met Rod Pittman one hot, summer day shortly after he moved to Atlanta four years ago, at a grassy field that a small group of us, mostly strangers, were hoping to turn into a community garden. Since then, I’ve seen him plant cover crops every year for the next season’s … Read More

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GLUTEN FREE & DELICIOUS

STORY AND PHOTOS BY VALERIE REED & DEREK TUBBS

Eating gluten free is somewhat of a trend these days, but for the rising number of people who suffer from gluten intolerance it’s an important factor in their daily lives. Atlanta is fortunate to be home to wonderful gluten-free bakeries that specialize in amazing treats you’d never know were baked without wheat, rye or barley.

DUNWOODY BAKERY

 

As an adult, Jill Baker-Lesperance, owner of the Dunwoody Bakery, was diagnosed with Crohn’s and Celiac disease. Baking gluten free became a way of life and eventually a career.

The Dunwoody Bakery is a true “sweets” bakery, offering just about anything sweet you can dream of. They bake special orders, with custom cakes, more than 300 shapes of sugar cookies, biscotti, breakfast breads, scones, muffins, protein/fiber no-sugar bars, drop cookies and pies. Best of all, the Dunwoody Bakery always has free samples of every item. If you wonder if it tastes as good as it looks, you can try it before you buy it.

The Dunwoody Bakery is located at 2492 Mt. Vernon Rd. in Dunwoody and online at www.thedunwoodybakery.com. The Dunwoody Bakery’s creations can also be found in area Whole Foods Market … Read More

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THE ART OF FOOD: Easy Summer Entertaining

BY ALISA BARRY
PHOTOS BY DAVID ARNOLD & CAROLE TOPALIAN

Some people are born to entertain and others have to work hard at it, but who doesn’t love a good party? The cheerful clinking of glasses, boisterous laughter, the oohs and aaahhhs, mmms and yums. Those are the sounds of friends nibbling casually on an antipasti appetizer or savoring a decadent alfresco feast.

The key to entertaining is to make guests feel welcome and send them home well fed. The rule to making it easy is keeping it simple.

Here are my top 10 essential tips for easy entertaining:

1. GREET YOUR GUESTS WITH A FESTIVE COCKTAIL THEY WILL REMEMBER. If you’re having a Moroccan spice market party, serve a colorful cocktail that evokes images of the market, vibrant and exotic. Imagine a ruby red pomegranate cooler with fresh mint or a spicy herbal-tea-infused vodka drink with a hint of Ceylon cinnamon. Doesn’t that sound like much more fun than saying hello with the same old question of “red or white?”

2. CREATE A SENSE OF PLACE. Choose a theme or create an ambiance that will transport your guests from their ordinary everyday world. Throwing a good party doesn’t have … Read More

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LIQUID ASSETS: In the Mix

Three Signature Cocktails to Beat the Summer Heat

BY DENNIS MALCOLM BYRON
PHOTOS BY DENNIS MALCOLM BYRON
AND BEALL + THOMAS PHOTOGRAPHY

The art of mixology has become increasingly popular within the past few years, thanks to dedicated and talented individuals boasting their knack for creating custom concoctions using a wide array of imaginative ingredients including choice liquors, juices, exotic fruit, spices, vegetables and a number of extraordinary contents.

Certainly, Georgia’s capital has a reputation for bringing the heat during the summer months, so it’s only right for Edible Atlanta to not only thank but feature some of the city’s best who keep their bars lively with thirsty patrons yearning for their liquid ingenuity.

Representing some of the city’s top restaurants and gastropubs, we present an amazing trio of revered mixologists who will not only make us what they consider the ultimate drink to toast when the temperatures rise, but also provide their secret recipes exclusively for us to enjoy.

Cheers!

Dennis Malcolm Byron is an award-winning journalist, photographer, editor and show host who has worked with various publications and websites for the past 15 years. Dennis is also a world-renowned beer writer, blogger and show host under the alias … Read More

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