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Road trip to Atlanta, Savannah, Charleston and Asheville

For Lunch: The Sweet Auburn Curb Market in Atlanta-a good spot to sample Southern/ethnic fare & people watch.
The Rookery/Dovetail in Macon-emphasis on local ingredients.
The Starland Cafe in Savannah. Tasty inventive salads.

Jun 02, 2015
Pietime in Southeast

Monthly grocery bill in metro Atlanta

We are a family of 3 (teenage boy)and we spend just under $100/week for groceries. We cook most meals from scratch & rarely eat out. Worth the drive: Forest Park, Dekalb, & Buford Hwy FM. Sprouts, Super H Mart & Tres Hermanos have nice produce for less than Publix or TJ.

Mar 22, 2015
Pietime in Atlanta

Recommendations for Jewish, Polish, Greek and Lebanese

Jerusalem bakery in Alpharetta has the best pita bread (they supply many restaurants) and zaatar pie. For Polish meats, try Pataks meats in Douglasville.

Feb 20, 2015
Pietime in Atlanta

Best Male Food Bloggers

He hasn't posted in a few years, but Francois-Xavier of FXcuisine is one of my favorites.

Sep 24, 2014
Pietime in Food Media & News

Older/Vintage Kitchenaid Mixer Users - Get a Solid State Version or Not?

Hi Sosdogs, Great score!! I'm pretty sure the k5SS is the only solid-state bowl-lift model from the Hobart/Kitchenaid era. Replacement attachments & bowls (KitchenAid K5ASBP) are available on Amazon-the K5ss whips & beaters are longer and narrower than those for tilt-head models.I have both an Artisan tilt-head model and a K5ss, and even though the K5ss is 30+ yrs older than the Artisan, it is definitely more powerful. The Artisan strains with some doughs and the grain mill, whereas the K5ss runs smooth and cool. In addition to baked goods, I use it for meatloaf, chicken salad, enchilada filling, shredded meat... Enjoy your mixer!

Sep 10, 2014
Pietime in Cookware

Help! KitchenAid mixer: the hook hits the bowl

Hi, It sounds like the beater-bowl clearance needs adjustment. I have a 5 qt bowl lift mixer, and the adjustment screw is on the back, visible when the bowl is lowered. Turn it counter-clockwise by quarter-turns to raise the beater. It may have shifted during shipping.

ISO life-changing food in Atlanta. BBQ & chicken & umami especially.

2nd that! Their buttermilk fried chicken is some of the best.

For more traditional Southern/Soul, Thelma's Kitchen/Rib Shack on Auburn Ave is one of the best cafeteria/meat n 2. Ribs are smoky/sweet, and the fried chicken is light and crispy. Sides are seasoned well, not too salty or greasy. Lunch is the best time to go-late afternoon the food sells out or dries out. The building looks shabby-it's a nod to the building's earlier occupant and landmark, The Auburn Ave. Rib Shack. It's close to downtown which is a plus, Atlanta traffic is legendary.

Aug 07, 2013
Pietime in Atlanta

Good burrito in Roswell?

Mr. Taco in Roswell and Alpharetta has authentic Mexican fare. In Sandy Springs there is a lunch counter in the Tres Hermanos grocery store. Both of these are popular with my Mexican friends and the food is not only fresh and delicious, but very reasonable.

Jul 19, 2013
Pietime in Atlanta

Georgia - Fargo to Donalsonville

The Pond House steak house near Bainbridge. It's in a house on a dirt road, everything on the menu is good, but the smoked pork chops are a must. IMO the best restaurant in the area.
The Georgia Olive Farm is south of Valdosta-olives are a new crop in N. FLA / S. GA. Their olive oil is surprisingly good. We did a comparison of GA Farms, Greek, and Chilean olive oils and GA Farms won. They don't have a restaurant, but their oil and a fresh baguette make a meal.

Feb 02, 2013
Pietime in Southeast

Before snowstorm, I must have ________

White goods = milk, bread, diapers. Stocking up is mandatory for any possibility of snow in Atlanta. The stores were even wiped out for Hurricane Sandy & we weren't even in the path of the storm-it was hysterical. For some reason it's popular to wear cargo shorts for these trips to the store, like a fear the weather will never warm up.

Jan 26, 2013
Pietime in General Topics

Best takeout in Atlanta?

Tres Hermanos Carniceria on Roswell Rd in Sandy Springs has very good Mexican-tacos,enchiladas,tortas, etc.

Jan 25, 2013
Pietime in Atlanta

A southbound New Englander

Old Clinton BBQ on the Gray Hwy just east of Macon. Some of the best bbq & brunswick stew in GA.
A few minutes away is the Rose Hill Cemetary, where Duane Allman & Berry Oakley of the Allman Bros. rest.

Jan 25, 2013
Pietime in Atlanta

Small Dutch Oven and copper Salvation Army scores

I use a 2qt DO almost every day-it's good for rice, oatmeal, beans, bread pudding, and baked grits. I haven't tried it yet, but It would probably make a nice small loaf of NYT DO bread.
Congratulations on your score!

Jan 24, 2013
Pietime in Cookware

Warranty Experience With Cuisinart, Calphalon or All-Clad

I bought most of my cookware in the 80’s, and 25 years later it was showing its age. Le Creuset and Calphalon honored their lifetime warranties. I had a set of Calphalon anodized. The interior finish was destroyed-pitted bare aluminum (my other half likes to stir with metal forks). The customer service rep told me they would consider any damage other than loss of finish from a dishwasher. Sent my pans in and a couple of weeks later they sent me a new set from a comparable line. A friend had a broken teapot which was discontinued; they allowed her to choose a pan from their current line-she got a sauté pan.
I called customer service at Le Creuset about my baking pan. One of the wire-type handles was missing and the interior was scratched. The person on the phone asked me questions about the age and condition of the pan & where and when it was purchased. They gave me a service/ticket number, I sent them the pan, and a few weeks later they sent me a new comparable model. In my situation, both companies were fair and easy to work with.

Jan 22, 2013
Pietime in Cookware

How to Use a Cast Iron Panini Press

I use a cast iron skillet as a panini press. Preheat on high for a few minutes, butter the top of the sandwich and press with some pressure. If anyone has found a use for the grill press besides sandwiches and bacon, please share.

Jan 22, 2013
Pietime in Cookware

Driving down east coast

For pretty places, I recommend a side trip through Beaufort, SC to Hunting Island State Park (about 1 hr from Yemassee on I-95) The park and surrounding area are beautiful lowcountry with marsh views, shrimp boats, and palmettos. There are nice restaurants in Beaufort, and in St Helena on the Sea Island Parkway, there is Gullah Grub, a rustic spot that serves fresh lowcountry-style soul food like she-crab soup, shrimp, and ribs with traditional Southern sides and desserts- a good spot to sample local seafood Gullah style.
Be sure to post your itinerary when you return!

Jan 07, 2013
Pietime in Southeast

Help! We are taking a roadtrip from Philly to Fl (with 3 kids) restaurant suggestions? Charleston? Savannah?

The Old School Diner is a great spot, and Jerome is a great guy. Fresh local seafood low-country style.It's between Savannah and St Mary's.

Dec 19, 2012
Pietime in Southeast

How much do you spend on groceries each month?

We're a family of 3-including a teenage boy-and spend $300/month at the grocery store. We rarely dine out, but cook a lot and eat well. It takes some planning-knowing when stores mark down meat, etc., and some time-we throw very little away-the bones from last night's chicken thighs will go for broth, and the skin will be rendered for fat (yummy). That being said, I think the main reason we get by on $300/month is that we live in the South where groceries are reasonable-whenever we travel, I'm always surprised at the higher food prices.

Dec 15, 2012
Pietime in General Topics

Good "beginner" cookware set and knives?

Chicago cutlery knives are a great value. Incredibly cheap, but surprisingly good. They are a good choice for beginners, rentals, etc. I have more expensive knives, but I love the way these feel.

Nov 23, 2012
Pietime in Cookware

in search of the best pancakes in the Boston area

I second that! Their cranberry pancakes are the best. The rest of the breakfast menu is awesome.

Nov 06, 2012
Pietime in Greater Boston Area

what are you making today?

Pasties! They're perfect for Fall. I didn't have rutabaga, so I diced some pumpkin-now it's time to carve the jack o lantern.

Oct 21, 2012
Pietime in Home Cooking

Why Cast Iron? Another reason .....

Love it. Seasoning cast iron is like BBQ in the South-everyone has their own version & they swear it is the best. Before you go shopping, try to breathe new life into your cast iron: heat the pan on the stove until it just starts to smoke, cover the bottom of the pan with coarse salt, turn off heat. Add a few tablespoons of oil, using a few paper towels or a cloth(pan is HOT), scrub the inside of the pan hard for 3-5 minutes, wipe clean. Wipe on a thin film of oil. This should make your cast iron non-stick. It is a true joy to watch eggs slide around in a cast iron pan.

Sep 10, 2012
Pietime in Cookware

What to do with goat's milk?

You can make a soft goat cheese by heating the milk to 175 f. (80 c), remove from heat, stir in
1/2 C lemon juice per qt of milk, let sit for 2-3 hrs-at this point, the whey should be rising to the top. Strain through a colander lined with cheesecloth: 1-2 hrs for a ricotta texture, overnight for a firmer cheese. This works with ultra-pasteurized too.

Sep 09, 2012
Pietime in Home Cooking

Replacement Blade for Apple Parer

I have an antique cast-iron White Mountain apple parer that cores, peels and slices. The blade that slices the apple broke-it is an open, curved shape, not the circular loop many of the new slicers have. I'm hoping someone at Chowhound has a source for parts for Goodell apple parers. Goodell made these from the late 1800's until the 1970's. This is a picture of a similar one, any information would be helpful.

Sep 08, 2012
Pietime in Cookware

Macon and Valdosta

Hi Marina,
Old Clinton BBQ on the Gray Hwy (1st exit on 16 from I75) near Macon. Some of the best BBQ in GA.

Jun 29, 2012
Pietime in Southeast

Best hole in the wall in Atlanta

Bankhead Fish & Soul. 1651 Donald Lee Hollowell Pky, ATL 30318. Big portions, tasty food.
Gets my vote for best hole in the wall.

Dec 29, 2011
Pietime in Atlanta

Using up vanilla-flavored non-dairy creamer?

Hi, You can poke holes in a cake or brownie and pour the creamer in for a tres leche effect. The different flavors make for a tasty cake.

Dec 23, 2011
Pietime in Home Cooking

Another enameled cast iron cookware topic and question

The Lodge is heavy & good quality. Kroger sells the 6 qt for $40 - holiday special.

Dec 20, 2011
Pietime in Cookware

Think Inside the Dishwasher -- new stuff to wash

When I worked in restaurants I used to wash my shirts in the dishwasher then hang dry. I lived alone & ate at work, so there were never dirty dishes. Put smaller clothing on the top rack of empty dishwasher & turn off the heat/dry, use regular detergent.

Dec 04, 2011
Pietime in Cookware

Egg Waffle Iron

That's beautiful. My son is a big aebleskiver fan-this looks like a good alternative sans knitting needle. It would be interesting to try a savory version as well.

Congratulations-Enjoy your breakfast.

Dec 04, 2011
Pietime in Cookware