Apples of North Georgia

Apples of North Georgia

Apples are available in grocery stores at any time of the year, but have you ever had apples fresh picked from the tree during the height of their season? The taste is so bright and flavorful! The texture is very crisp and juicy. For these seasonal beauties I like to head to Ellijay, GA, which is considered the heart of Georgia’s apple country and is only about a hour and a half trip from Atlanta. Dozens of varieties of apples are available from late summer to early winter. You can find roadside stands, buy direct from the growers, or venture out into the farms to pick-your-own. 

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Colder Weather is Perfect for Roasted Vegetables

Colder Weather is Perfect for Roasted Vegetables

Roasting is one of my favorite ways to cook vegetables especially during cold fall and winter months. The warmth of the oven heats up the kitchen and it's a perfect cooking technique for many of the vegetables that are available in abundance right now - butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, onions, parsnips, turnips, rutabega, beets... just to name a few! The picture above is roasted sweet potatoes cut to represent "fries".

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Spotlight on: Okra

Spotlight on: Okra

I spoke a lot about okra last weekend at my cooking demonstrations at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, where I highlighted a dish called, "Smoky Okra with Rustic Tomato Coulis". Okra is a fascinating vegetable. I’m most fascinated by its absolutely stunning flower, super slimy interior and the idea that some people dry extra-large pods and transform them into Christmas ornaments painted like Santa.

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