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Warm No-Alcohol Drinks Perfect for Fall

As the weather changes, maybe it’s time to get out the old cookbooks, talk to friends, or take a look online to find some interesting non-alcoholic warm drinks to brighten spirits and warm the soul. Why not try a hot Horchata? This Mexican drink is made with rice milk, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Typically served over ice, it makes a very satisfying warm drink, too. Latin cultures also make a special drink for holidays with milk, fine cornmeal, unrefined sugar and cinnamon. Try green tea, which has a lighter flavor and less caffeine than black tea, or the even milder …

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It’s Peach Season

There is nothing like a sweet, juicy home-grown peach on a hot summer day. Peaches were first introduced from China, but have grown extremely well in the southern US. Southern Georgia has been the peach capital of the world for years. Yet there are some farms relatively near to Atlanta that open to visitors during peach season. Pick-your-own is a simple task for ground-growing strawberries and blueberries, but peaches grow on trees, so not many farms will allow visitors into their orchards for safety reasons. However, there are other ways to enjoy the fragrant summer peach experience. Most of these …

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Hunting For Home-Grown Wild Honey

As early as the original settlers, there have been beekeepers in Georgia. Honey has long been prized, not only for its sweet flavor, but for its medicinal and cosmetic properties. By 2019, the annual output of Georgia honey was an astounding 3 million-plus pounds per year, according to beeswiki.com. This enormous amount of honey is not coming from corporate farms, but from many quiet caretakers of small bee colonies in local backyards. Honey flavors are influenced by the nectars that bees drink. The four main types of Georgia honey are lightly flavored Sourwood from trees in the north Georgia mountains, …

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Spring Seasonal Produce

There is nothing like fresh fruits and vegetables in season. Georgia has a fantastic spring harvest, so finding the perfect produce is a great way to eat healthy and delicious food.  If you want to know what’s in season this spring, take a look at our spring produce guide below, along with some safe ways to buy fresh fruits and vegetables in Atlanta and the surrounding cities.  Asparagus Asparagus doesn’t always get the love it deserves, but this veggie is intensely versatile. You can roast them, blanch them, sauté them, or slice them thin and eat them raw in a salad. …

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Strawberry Recipes for Spring

It’s spring and in Atlanta, the world is turning green, flowers are blooming, and strawberries are here. Now is the perfect time to use the bounty of strawberries in all your recipes at home. Fresh local strawberries will be gone again before you know it, so get on board with these fun ideas today.  Cinnamon Strawberry Sundaes 1 tablespoon butter 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 tablespoon lime juice ¼ tablespoon ground cinnamon 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries  2 cups vanilla ice cream  1 teaspoon grated lime zest  In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the …

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Hot Drinks

The holidays may be over, but winter sure isn’t. While it never gets chilled-to-the-bone cold here in Atlanta, we’re still feeling the weather and wishing for spring. But what if you could have a little sunshine in a cup to warm you up from the inside out? Hot drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, can give you the boost you need to ride out the rest of the season. Let’s take a closer look.  Hot Cocktails Adding spirits to a hot beverage can take any drink up a few notches, but there are a couple of tried-and-true recipes that are worth …

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