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You’re Going To Want To Steal These From The Kids | Mom Thyme

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In last week’s blog post, I talked about the top things parents can do to help their children become more adventurous eaters. One of my all-time favorite tricks (which falls under the Two Bite Rule) is to place a muffin tin full of fun dipping sauces on the table at mealtimes (I learned this from the Moms on Call Toddler Book www.momsoncall.com, a.k.a. my go-to “Mommy Guide” for any and all toddler related questions!). If you have a picky eater in the family and haven’t tried this yet, DO IT TONIGHT – you’ll be amazed at what your little one will try when there are fun sauces on the table to dip their food in! 

A while back, I shared with you my favorite Ranch Dressing recipe that’s a muffin tin staple for my little boy, and today I’m sharing the recipes for two of our other favorite dipping sauces, Honey Mustard Sauce and Copycat Zaxby’s Sauce. Besides being ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS, these sauces are fantastic because they can both be made in under 5 minutes, are kid AND parent friendly, and, consist of just a few simple ingredients you most likely already have in your pantry (no last minute dash to the grocery store for some obscure little item that you’ll never use again)!

Whether used as a dipping sauce for kids, a salad dressing for Mom, or, as a spread on Dad’s favorite sandwich, the recipes below for Honey Mustard Sauce and Copycat Zaxby’s Sauce are sure to be a huge hit with the entire family! Enjoy!

Honey Mustard Sauce

Makes 6 Servings

½ cup mayonnaise (I use Duke’s Light Mayonnaise)

2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard

2 tablespoons honey

Juice of 1 lemon (about 1 tablespoon)

In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, honey, and lemon juice. Store covered in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

**Great as a salad dressing or as a dipping sauce for grilled or fried chicken, seafood, pork, burgers, hotdogs, and vegetables.

Copycat Zaxby’s Sauce

Makes 6 Servings

½ cup mayonnaise (I use Duke’s Light Mayonnaise)

¼ cup tomato ketchup

½ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

½ to 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Whisk mayonnaise, ketchup, and garlic powder together in a bowl; add Worcestershire sauce to the mayonnaise mixture and whisk until smooth.

Sprinkle enough black pepper over the surface of the mayonnaise mixture to cover it; stir to incorporate. Repeat sprinkling and stirring of black pepper. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the seasonings have blended into the sauce, at least 2 hours.

**Not just for fried chicken fingers, this sauce is FANTASTIC with grilled chicken, seafood, pork, burgers, hotdogs, BBQ, potatoes, and vegetables.

Recipes and photos courtesy of www.allrecipes.com

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Preview – Episode 501

This week on our season 5 premiere of Atlanta Eats we take a journey down Buford Highway! Steak and Mara hop in the car for a drive down one of the most famous roads in the country. They get a taste of everything from Cuban sandwiches to Vietnamese pho to Malaysian sweets. With stops to Crawfish Shack, Lee’s Bakery, Gu’s Bistro and many more, this is an episode you can’t miss.

If you’re not hungry, you’re not paying attention!

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Brookhaven Chili Cook Off

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The Brookhaven Chili Cookoff  is an annual food and music festival focusing on great chili! This family-friendly event is now in it’s 3rd year and will be held in the heart of Brookhaven. You can expect heaping bowls of chili and, 

    • FREE family friendly festival in heart of Brookhaven.
    • Live Music
    • Arts & Crafts, Kid Zone & Cornhole.
    • Lots of food offerings for the whole family plus cold beverages for the adults.
    • Portion of proceeds benefit local charities.

The event goes down on Saturday, October 11 from Noon – 6PM. For more info go here.


Shake Shack Opens Now Open in Buckhead

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Danny Meyer’s acclaimed burger spot is finally heading down South! The first Atlanta location of Shake Shack will open it’s doors on Tuesday, September 30th at the new luxury development, Buckhead Atlanta. The Buckhead Shack will be two stories and will incorporate local ingredients from H&F Bread Company and Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Company.

For the last 10 years, Shake Shack has developed a cult-like following by serving up griddled burgers, crinkle cut fries and  frozen custard. Check out some of the menu items that will be showing up in Buckhead below.  Shake Shack is located at 3035 Peachtree Road NE, Suite A146, 3035 Peachtree Rd and opens 7 days/week at 11 AM. 

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Tuesday’s Great Call | One Midtown Kitchen

 

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Deciding on where to eat can be tough in a city as full of great spots as ours. That’s why, every Tuesday we’re making the call, and giving you the inside scoop. This is Tuesday’s Great Call. 

Where You’re Sitting

When the weather is gorgeous, head straight for the covered patio in the back. Overlooking an out of the way portion of Piedmont Park, you’ll get the sense you’ve left Atlanta and can enjoy a meal on bright patio without the noise that in-town dining generally brings.

What’s in Your Glass

With a ‘Classic American’ menu that ranges in ethnicity and goes from classic to adventurous, there is no real pegging One Midtown Kitchen down. Our suggestion is to let the food guide your drinking. With a deep wine list and a knowledgeable staff, you’ll leave without any regrets.

What’s On Your Plate

When a restaurant has been around for 12 years, there will definitely be some favorites one the menu. At One Midtown Kitchen, there are 2 such dishes that you must try if you’re here. The first is the griddled goat cheese; a piece of brioche stuffed with goat cheese and sautéed in butter, the second is the Kit Kat Bar; an homage to the classic candy bar that has praline crust, a chocolate cream, and a scoop of malted chocolate ice-cream. Oh yeah…bring the stretchy pants.

 

Want an inside look at One Midtown Kitchen? Check them out on Atlanta Eats!

Bavarian Beer, Strolling With Wine and a Whole Mess of Hawg | Here’s What We’re Getting Into This Weekend

weekendcollage0926It’s the weekend y’all! And what a delicious one it will be. Here are our top picks for food events for the weekend of September 26th-28th.

Inman Park Restaurant Week: Through Sunday, September 28th enjoy $15, $25, and $35 menus from some of the best that Inman PArk has to offer. Participating restaurants include Rathbun’s Steak, Barcelona, Fritti, Sotto Sotto and more.

Oktoberfest at Der Biergarten: Through October 30th, Der Biergarten will be celebrating it’s annual Oktoberfest celebration. Expect German food, a whole mess of beer and maybe a dirndl or 3. And you can order a special commemorative stein for $20, which includes your first beer. And all year long bring that baby in for an $8 refill. Prost!

BeltLine Wine Stroll: On Saturday, from 1-5 PM, take a wine filled stroll down the BeltLine. 18 different venues along the east side portion of the train will offer sips and snacks. This year’s line up includes: Two Urban Licks, Authentique, King of Pops, City Issue, The Albert, Savi Urban Market, Pure Taqueria, Fritti, Star Salon, Barcelona Wine Bar, Nandina, Parish, Little Organic Market, Beltline Bicycle, Lady Bird Grove and Mess Hall, Irwin Street Market, The Luminary, The Collective, Serpas and Kevin Rathbun Steak.

Whole Hawg Happenin: BBQ, beer and Bluegrass will invade Marietta Square on Saturday, September 28th. Enjoy a day of family fun and a whole mess of pork. Admission and parking is free. Tasty BBQ and a variety of other foods will be available. Tastes of BBQ will range from $.50 – $5.00

Saltyard Calm Bake: On Sunday, September 28th, Saltyard will be celebrating the coming of the new season with a clambake. Tickets include all you can eat clams, shrimp, linguica, potatoes, corn, carrots and rolls. Various sides served as well.  Sip on $3 Sweetwater beer and $5 wine while listening to local favorites Mudcat. Tickets available here.

All Chef’s Dinner: Can’t figure out where to go for dinner? Why not choose all of them?! On Sunday, September 28, the Castellucci Hospitality Group will host its third annual All Chefs Dinner at Double Zero Napoletana. The evening will feature 10 courses created by chefs from The Iberian Pig, Double Zero, Sugo and Cooks & Soldiers. Reservations are required and you can call 404.991.3666 to secure your spot.

Cocktails for The Giving Kitchen

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The Giving Kitchen is a cause very close to our hearts at Atlanta Eats. So, we have teamed up with New Amsterdam and restaurants all over Atlanta to develop cocktails in support of this amazing cause.

Through the end of October, when you order one of the cocktails listed, they will be met with a $1 donation to The Giving Kitchen.

Each restaurant will be participating in Atlanta Eats Live, and proceeds will also be going to The Giving Kitchen to protect those in the service industry against hardship. Tickets are available now.

 

  • The Sylvius Double Zero: New Amsterdam Gin, fresh lemon and grapefruit juice, basil and grapefruit juice
  • All the World is Green The Iberian Pig: New Amsterdam Gin, honeydew puree, Carpano Bianco Vermouth, St. Germain, Green Chartreuse Rinse  
  • The Giving Tree Sugo: New Amsterdam, Green Chartreuse, Plum-Thyme syrup, Fee Brother Black Walnut Bitters, Lime
  • Le Grande Bellezza St. Cecilia: New Amsterdam Vodka, abricot du roussillon, aperol, grapefruit juice, Regan’s orange bitters
  • House in the Hamptons Alma Cocina: 2 oz New Amsterdam Vodka 1 oz House made Blackberry Syrup 1 oz Lemon Juice 1 oz  Orange Flower Water 2 oz of Minted Earl Grey Tea
  • New Amsterdam Spiked Lemonade Hammocks  Fresh Squeezed Lemonade with New Amsterdam Vodka. Also available in  Blueberry, Strawberry, and Mango flavors
  • Bobbing for Apples ONE Midtown Kitchen: New Amsterdam Vodka, Pommeau de Normandie, Domaine de Canton, Sorghum syrup, Baked Apple Bitters

 

More information on The Giving Kitchen, can be found here

 

Toss The Chicken Fingers! How To Raise an Adventurous Eater.

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As a proud Mama of a VERY ACTIVE toddler, I’ve had a lot of memorable firsts…those first wobbly steps, the first words “Good dog!”, and, the first time my son sat down in a restaurant and fed himself an entire appetizer sized portion of Butternut Squash Ravioli in a Sage Cream Sauce.  

Of all of these milestones, I’ll admit that I was just as excited about his eating the ravioli as I was his walking and talking! I’d always hoped that my son would be a mini foodie like me, but, you never really know if your kid’s going to be super adventurous OR super picky! Since that first bowl of Butternut Squash Ravioli, my little boy has tried (and enjoyed!) tons of new dishes. While I don’t have it all figured out just yet, this is what I’ve learned so far about encouraging children to try new foods:  

Be a Good Role-Model – Parents, are you always ordering the same meals at restaurants? Or, do you serve the same boring baked chicken dish every Tuesday night? Well, guess what, your children are watching you and there’s a good chance they’ll get stuck in a “food rut” too (e.g. only wanting chicken nuggets or mac ‘n cheese). Be a good role-model and make it a point to try new dishes together whether dining out or cooking at home.  

The Two Bite Rule – When it comes to trying new foods, insist that your child try a minimum of two bites of it. If they like it, fantastic, they can always have more. If not, no big deal! They followed your rule, tried a new food, and that’s what ultimately matters! Besides, studies have shown than it sometimes takes a child trying a food 10 to 15 times before they actually grow to like it (so, keep trying!). 

Keep Your Dislikes to Yourself – Children are experts at picking up on emotions, therefore it’s super important to keep mealtimes fun! If we act apprehensive or nervous about our children trying new foods, do you think they’ll enjoy them? NO! Just because you don’t like leg of lamb, don’t go on and on about how gamey you think it is (especially if you haven’t tried it in over twenty years!) – allow your kids to decide for themselves what their likes and dislikes are.

Remember What’s Most Important - While it can be super exciting to find out that you and your child share a love for Nicoise olives or crab cakes, making a huge production out of it can often backfire on you! It’s best to let your child know that you’re proud of them for trying the new food (whether they liked it or disliked it!) and promote mealtimes as being an opportunity for the family to sit down together and talk about their day.  

Safety First – While we want our children to have a sense of adventure when trying new foods, always use caution with any dishes that are raw (e.g. oysters or sushi) or undercooked (e.g. Hollandaise sauce, egg dishes, some meats). Be aware of any food allergies your child might have and always keep a close eye on them whenever serving shellfish or nuts for the first time. 

Mom Thyme Readers, I’d love to hear from you, what are your top tips for getting your kids to branch out and try new foods?  

Photo courtesy of Rick Audet/Wikimedia Commons

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Tuesday’s Great Call | Kimball House

 

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Deciding on where to eat can be tough in a city as full of great spots as ours. That’s why, every Tuesday we’re making the call, and giving you the inside scoop. This week’s Great Call is Kimball House.

When You’re Going

It is with sheer giddiness we can say that the South has seen an insurgence of oyster houses in the last few years. And the oyster program at Kimball House is leading the charge in the Atlanta area, if not the South.  And the best time to really explore the oyster menu is from 5pm – 7pm. This is when oyster happy hour takes over the bar and the briny little numbers are only $1-$1.50 a piece.

Where You’re Sitting

We often say that the bar is the best place to sit, and nowhere is that truer than Kimball House. Now, admittedly you may have to sit at the bar, as they do not take reservations, but you’ll be fully immersed in the beauty of the space. Plus you get a front row seat for the making of some of the most ingenious cocktails in town.

What’s in Your Glass

You know those ingenious cocktails we were just talking about? Yeah, get one of those. The list is constantly rotating, but recent cocktails have included Campari ice cubed cocktails and playful riffs on classic drinks. But be sure not to sleep on the draft list. While small, it is incredibly deep and has featured rare brews that would impress anybody who loves beer.

What’s On Your Plate

It would be easy, very easy, to stay on the oyster and drink menus while here. But, don’t do that. Seriously, don’t. The menu rotates often, and the best advice we can give is to trust these guys. Ask for a recommendation and you’ll be in Heaven. Everything from pate to charcuterie to a lobster and artichoke tarte has blown us away. It may seem like a cop out to say everything is good, but that is just how head over heels we are with this little Decatur spot.

For more info, check out Kimball House here.

 

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Sobban

From the husband and wife team that brought Atlanta the acclaimed Heirloom BBQ, come a diner with a taste of Korea and the Deep South. This is an ‘only in Atlanta’ kind of spot with comfort food you’ll crave for days. From beef dumplings to Korean fried chicken wings. This is Sobban.

Joy Cafe

Tucked away on Pharr road, you’ll find a little cafe that will be on your mind long after leaving. Everything from generations old meatloaf sandwiches, to a Milk & Cookies Pie and a whole menu dedicated to grilled cheese heaven. And it’s all made from scratch by Joy herself.

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse

A mall is no place for a steakhouse. Or so you might think. Buckhead, though, has two exceptions to the rule: Lenox has Prime, and Phipps has Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse.

Davios has the kind of timeless decor and ambiance you’d expect to find at a high-end steakhouse in any of America’s great dining cities. Dimmed lighting, but not too dim; friendly servers, but not overly-friendly. You’re not likely to be surprised by anything on the menu at Davio’s — it’s high quality pasta and surf and turf — but surprises aren’t why people dine at steakhouses. The food is good, consistent, and exactly what you’re hungry for when you step through the door.

1Kept

Tucked behind a row of buildings on the busiest stretch of Peachtree Street, is an oasis of southern comfort food. But, this isn’t exactly your mom’s southern food! 1Kept brings together New American cuisine with everything you remember from childhood.

The Iberian Pig

Edison bulbs, exposed brick walls, and a friendly staff. It’s everything a hip, new restaurant strives to have. The Iberian Pig, located in Decatur, offers this and much more.

The Iberian Pig’s menu practically replicates what one would find in the markets of Spain, truly transporting customers into a foreign, yet inviting environment. Cured meats, a Spanish tradition, are what make this spot worthy of your time. Prosciutto is so passé. Here, Serrano Ham, smoked chorizo, and acorn fed Iberian pig are served thinly sliced on rustic wooden boards. The fatty marbling of the meat alone is enough to mesmerize the eyes, but surely not enough to keep away from a hungry mouth.

A vast array of imported artisanal cheeses complements the charcuteria and an expertly selected list of wines help to complete any afternoon or evening at this Spanish hideaway. The restaurant’s mixologists are also happy to serve up some classic cocktails or some more creative compositions. However, our top pick: the traditional sangria with delicately muddled fruit, wine and spirits. It’s always a great evening on the patio of the Iberian Pig on a warm summer night.

The Corner Grille

Most think of College Park only when choosing a place to park their car before a flight. But this is a town that has some serious culinary chops. And Corner Grille is one of the best. A little taste of N’awlins and a whole lot of love go into the menu that satisfies no matter what time of day you’re eating.

It’s as Easy as Gravy! | Mom Thyme

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With Atlanta Eats celebrating all things breakfast this week, I thought what better time than now to share with you one of my very favorite breakfast recipes, Easy Sausage Gravy. While it tastes like an old family recipe that’s been passed down through generations of Southerners, it’s not, it’s a recipe I developed years ago and my family has loved it ever since! My favorite way to serve this Easy Sausage Gravy is over biscuits, but it’s also fantastic over grits, toast, or even last night’s leftover mashed potatoes.

Now, I’m aware that gravy has a reputation for being difficult to make, but, if you can measure flour, brown sausage in a skillet, boil milk, and whisk – trust me, you’ve got this covered! This super easy and super delicious sausage gravy is the perfect dish to whip up for family and friends on a leisurely Saturday morning (it goes great with College Gameday and a Bloody Mary or Mimosa!), or, whenever you have company in town that you just want to impress! Simply serve Easy Sausage Gravy alongside fresh baked biscuits, scrambled eggs, and fruit salad for a decadent meal your guests won’t soon forget. 

It’s important to note that while my family prefers Easy Sausage Gravy with traditional pork sausage, you can also use ground turkey breakfast sausage to reduce the fat and calories of this dish (as well as 2% reduced fat milk). Oh so easy and oh so delicious, this is one great breakfast recipe that you’ve definitely got to try! Enjoy!    

Easy Sausage Gravy

Makes 4 to 6 servings

1 pound bulk pork breakfast sausage (hot or mild)

¼ cup all-purpose flour

2 cups milk (whole or 2%)

Salt and black pepper to taste

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the sausage, breaking it up into little pieces with a spatula, and cook, stirring often, until well browned and cooked through, about 6-8 minutes. 

Add the flour and cook until dissolved, about 1 minute. Stir in the milk and cook, whisking frequently, until the gravy is very thick and bubbly. Season with salt and lots of freshly ground black pepper. Serve over freshly baked biscuits.  

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Atlanta Cheese Festival

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The 2nd Annual Atlanta Cheese Festival will take place Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at the beautiful Atlanta Botanical Garden.

The festival will feature over 100 of the most recognized cheese & artisan food producers from all over the world. All of the producers will be sampling their famous cheeses & products. For those guests that have CHEESE EUPHORIA, cheese & additional products will be available for purchase.  VIP ticket holders will have access to a beer & cheese pairing or a wine &cheese pairing symposium sponsored by The Institut du Fromage.

Local chefs will create their “perfect” grilled cheese and all ticket holders will have the opportunity to taste & vote for their favorite between 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  The victor of the Grilled Cheese Meltdown contest will be announced at 9PM. In the Edible Garden, local chefs and cheese producers will be providing cooking demonstrations and favorite cheese-centered recipes. To keep the celebration going, a favorite bluegrass band will provide sound with  the beautiful Atlanta Botanical Garden as the backdrop. Event is set up “Farmers Market” style so that attendees will be able to purchase products directly from the vendors. Cheese & Food producers will discontinue sampling and sale of cheese & products at 10 pm.

Tickets are available here.

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Tuesday’s Great Call | Alma Cocina

 

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Deciding on where to eat can be tough in a city as full of great spots as ours. That’s why, every Tuesday we’re making the call, and giving you the inside scoop. This week’s Great Call is Alma Cocina.

When You’re Going

If you live or work Downtown, you have to check out the ‘five5four’ happy hour. From 4-6, choose from five different $5 drinks and nibbles. Sip on a variety of margaritas, wine and draft beer while snacking on Carnitas Taquitos or Green Chorizo Tostadas.

Where You’re Sitting

Located in the 191 building on Peachtree, Alma is situated in the stunning lobby. So, if you’re headed there for happy hour, grab a table on their ‘patio’ that looks out into the building. Sip on your margarita as you watch accountants from Deloitte scrambling about.

What’s in Your Glass

Never underestimate the power of a great ice cube. Recently Alma premiered Tequila Cubes on their drink menu. Try the Plata, which pairs 2010 Single Estate Tequila Ocho, “Los Corrales”  with seasoned coconut water and fresh pineapple ice cube or the Reposado that pairs FGR Herradura “Double Reposado” with Granny Smith apple and jalapeno ice cube.

What’s On Your Plate

It may seem like low hanging fruit to rave about the guacamole at a Mexican restaurant, and a bit strange at one that embraces upper scale and traditional Mexican cuisine. However, the guacamole at Alma Cocina has everything it needs to elevate it; freshness and innovation. Every season, the topping of the guacamole changes and this is what sets it apart. Roasted butternut squash in the Fall, and crisp corn and chipotles in the Summer, all makes an appearance. And no judging if it becomes a daily indulgence.

For more info, check out Alma Cocina here.

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Zine

The city’s most authentic Asian noodle dishes and remarkable dim sum resides on the Casino level of The Palazzo. From acclaimed chef Simon To, recipient of the prestigious blue ribbon by the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and the genius behind the exclusive Paiza Club, ZINE melds traditional dishes with the exotic, simple with the extravagant in a comfortable, contemporary ambience.

Drawing from Cantonese, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Szechuan and other Asian cooking styles, Chef Simon To has created a menu that’s equally tempting to both the casual and adventurous diner. From the Rare Filet Mignon Noodle Soup and Abalone and Chicken Congee to the Singapore-Style Pan-Fried Crab with Chili and Steamed Lobster in Garlic Sauce, every dish is a delectable transport to the most acclaimed kitchens of Asia.