Friday, July 18, 2014

Making Macarons with Chef Alon Balshan

We were so thrilled to recently tour Alon’s Bakery and Market in Dunwoody! The theme for the evening was macarons! I have never had one before (I know, hold your gasps) and I have heard tales from my baker friends about how difficult they are to perfect. I was excited to have Chef Alon Balshan walk us through his process.

We started off the night with some wine and a few appetizers: pear and radicchio bruschetta, a wild mushroom bruschetta and a cheese focaccia. Everything there is made from scratch every day and you could taste that was the truth.

Chef Alon began by describing what makes a great macaron (flaky outside, gooey inside) and the lesson began. By the end of the night, we had made black currant macarons from scratch. They were decadent. I hadn’t ever had black currant before and I jumped at an opportunity to try it before he turned it into the ganache filling. It was a perfect balance between sweet and tart all on its own, so when he mixed it with the white chocolate, it was the perfect combination.

Read more about our evening from AFBS member Jessica Pratas at Good Eats Mundial

Thursday, July 10, 2014

AFBS Members Featured in Jezebel Magazine

Congratulations to Atlanta Food Bloggers' Society members, Erica Key of Eating With Erica, Brittany Woodard of Britt's Blurbs, and Gisela Carapaica of Sprinkles & Tiaras on their full page coverage in the July issue of Jezebel Magazine. Be sure to check them out on page 84!



Tuesday, July 01, 2014

July 4th Recipe Round-Up

Every year we head outdoors to celebrate summer on Independence Day. Food, fireworks and friends, what could be better? We've put together some of our best recipes for you to make the most out of your summer entertaining. We would like to emphasize that the secret to a successful cookout is in the planning. Whether you will be grilling hamburgers or maybe steaks, smoking BBQ ribs or brisket, or even tossing some veggies on the barbie, we have the recipes to get you started.

PROTEINS:

VEGETABLES:

SWEETS:

Grilled Watermelon Steaks

Watermelon, 1” slices
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine sugar, pepper and salt in a bowl and sprinkle on the watermelon slices just before grilling. Grill watermelon for about 3 minutes per side or until the melon is warm and lightly charred. The natural sugars in the watermelon caramelize and are simply divine.
Association of Food Bloggers, Georgia Food Bloggers' Association, Southern Food Bloggers, Atlanta Food Bloggers' Alliance, Atlanta Association of Bloggers, Georgia Association of Food Bloggers, Atlanta Association of Food Bloggers, Southern Bloggers' Society, Association of Atlanta Food Bloggers, Association of Georgia Food Bloggers, Southern Association of Food Bloggers, Georgia Food Bloggers' Alliance, Food bloggers's guild, food bloggers' league, Austin food blogger alliance, atlanta food blogger alliance, atlanta food blogger association, Georgia food blogger, Atlanta food blogger

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

At Murphy's for Meatless Monday

I am all about trying something different. In a previous post, I spoke about having healthy meals that were also delicious and when I thought about the idea of a meatless meal, I said to myself, “how tasty could this really be?” I want to start eating more veggies than I do now and I thought I would take this opportunity to be inspired by what Murphy’s Restaurant had to offer.
Upon arrival I was greeted by a lovely hostess and escorted over to the wine “room”. I sat down with a few other bloggers from Crush Crave, Pretty Southern, and We Like 2 Cook to enjoy an amazing glass of Cuvee Beatrice Prosecco, while we got some pointers on how to properly uncork a bottle. The Cuvee Beatrice was very good, not to dry and not too sweet, it was perfectly balanced. And the food...

Our main course of the tempura fried squash blossoms was truly amazing! I have never tried squash blossoms and had no idea that you could even use them for cooking. The flavors meshed so well together and the mushrooms provides a “meaty” texture to the dish and the hand-rolled gnocchi melted in your mouth.

Read more from AFBS member Milla Williams from Happily Eating
Association of Food Bloggers, Georgia Food Bloggers' Association, Southern Food Bloggers, Atlanta Food Bloggers' Alliance, Atlanta Association of Bloggers, Georgia Association of Food Bloggers, Atlanta Association of Food Bloggers, Southern Bloggers' Society, Association of Atlanta Food Bloggers, Association of Georgia Food Bloggers, Southern Association of Food Bloggers, Georgia Food Bloggers' Alliance, Food bloggers's guild, food bloggers' league, Austin food blogger alliance, atlanta food blogger alliance, atlanta food blogger association

True Food Comes To Atlanta

Shortly before opening day, we had the pleasure of dining at Lenox Square’s True Food Kitchen during their pre-opening event. True Food is an interesting concept opening right next door to the recently-opened Zinburger, and a few doors down from yet another Cheesecake Factory.

Here’s what True Food has to say for itself: “At True Food Kitchen we celebrate simplicity. We practice sustainability. We believe that simple, fresh, pure ingredients create the most memorable and satisfying meals. And while our healthy menu is packed with nutritious, good-for-you vegetables, whole grain and proteins, we never sacrifice flavor. You may not notice the difference. But it’s there.”

As you can see, the interior design is very current modern american: open spaces, wood and metal, bright colors and angular shapes. There were nice big pieces of art with great quotes on them – the kind of stuff I really go for! They have a nice, deep covered patio which looks like it would be great to sit out on. This time, though, we sat indoors. Oh yeah, the chairs are made out of recycled plastic bottles.

Read more from AFBS member Emily Allred of spatialdr i f t