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‘WE’RE PROUD OF NEW FACILITY’ — STACK
New Piedmont Newnan opens Tuesday By ALEX MCRAE email@example.com Piedmont Newnan Hospital officially opens Tuesday at its new campus at 745 Poplar Road. But before that can happen the aging facility on Hospital Road must be officially closed. It’s not a process that happens with the flip of a switch or wave of a magic wand. Moving from the old facility to the new is actually a balancing act that requires keeping both facilities open for more than a week as people, equipment and procedures underPhoto by Jeffrey Leo go a transition that allows no for error. There was activity Friday at the new Poplar Road campus of Piedmont Newnan Hospital, set to offi- room It’s not a process anyone cially open Tuesday. On Friday, outpatient radiology procedures began at the new hospital and the outpatient lab and respiratory center opened. The Poplar Road Command Center, from which the takes lightly. But, so far, the procedure is going smoothly final move will be overseen Tuesday, opened Friday during daytime hours.
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and remarks from hospital officials make it clear they are ready to officially celebrate the opening of Georgia’s newest hospital on Tuesday at 745 Poplar Road beside Interstate 85. “We’ve waited a long time to be able to welcome patients to their new community hospital,” said Tim Stack, president and CEO of Piedmont
Hea lt hca re. “ We’re proud of the new facility and the expanded services we offer residents of Coweta County and the surroundRelated ing areas. The open- story, page of ing 5A the new Piedmont Newna n Hospita l is pa ramount to our vision of providing comprehensive, quality health care services across the Piedmont Healthcare system.” The final days of joint operation between the two facilities are scheduled down to the minute to make sure that essentia l ser vices offered at Hospital Road remain in place until those services are p
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Table of Contents
Departments 34 Coweta Cooks The Mansour family’s culinary history includes lots of cherished Lebanese dishes brought to this country by their ancestors.
40 The Thoughtful Gardener Although the offerings of the garden may seem scanty in the winter months, it does offer much that can become the essence of a welcoming meal.
52 Local Heritage
Features 14 In Mother’s Kitchen One of Newnan’s most popular restaurants offers country cooking in a spot that’s so “off the beaten path” it isn’t even on the map.
22 The Cake Ladies Every church seems to have them, and four local Cake Ladies share their famous culinary creations.
28 Sprayberry’s Barbecue It’s without a doubt the restaurant for which Coweta County is most well-known, and family members say years of consistent service are what keep bringing folks back to Sprayberry’s.
44 The Restaurant Inspectors They can’t promise all the food served in Coweta County is pretty or tasty, but they try their hardest to make sure it’s safe.
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In this new series, we take a look at the many museums in Coweta County, beginning with the Senoia Area Historical Society’s museum.
48 Remembering Newnan, one bite at a time From bygone burger joints to that nearly-famous Potato Chip Sandwich at a downtown Newnan drug store, Cowetans share some of their favorite local food memories.
56 Saddle Up Tish Kondas and Carla Schiltz’s Showtime Training Center with its string of national champions is big time in the Arabian horse show world.
66 Finding Coweta in new cookbooks Southern cookbooks are all the rage and we take a look at some of the newest ones, with a few that include Coweta County.
60 Tina’s Tips Looking for a new decorating idea for your teen’s room this year? Try a fun, fast and inexpensive new technique for creating a “statement wall.”
In Every Issue 12 Editor’s Letter 64 The Bookshelf 65 Index of Advertisers 34
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A Recipe’s Journey IN THE FALL I came across a new design book I had to have, The Collected Tabletop by Kathryn Crisp Greeley. She’s a designer in North Carolina whose approach to design is that rooms should be “collected, not decorated.” I liked that idea, and I loved the gorgeous photos in this elegant coffee-table book. Greeley clearly loves dishes and glassware as much as I do, and the book includes some tempting recipes as well. Several of the chapters feature Blue Willow and Flow Blue plates, and I happened to mention this fact to my friend and co-worker Diana Shellabarger since she loves blue tablewares so much. I let her borrow my book, and like me, Diana was attracted to the recipe for Greeley’s grandmother’s Caramel Cake. When Diana made it for the office Thanksgiving luncheon, I was sold. It was wonderful, and the icing is to-die-for. While Diana made a three-layer cake, I decided to add this to my Thanksgiving offerings and made it sheetcake style. It turned out great, and I was thrilled to discover it fed our Thanksgiving guests on both my and my husband’s sides of the family for days. Terrific! Then I let my friend and co-worker Deberah borrow my book, and she liked the Caramel Cake recipe too. Only Deberah decided to substitute the cake recipe with her own Apple Spice Cake, and she topped it with Greeley’s icing recipe, tweaked by the addition of
pecans. I got to enjoy a slice when Deberah brought this to our garden club’s Christmas party. After that, my parents informed me that while they enjoyed the Caramel Cake at Thanksgiving, they had both agreed that the cake part alone would make a great pound cake, and they would appreciate it arriving long about Valentine’s Day, when all the Christmas sweets have worn off. I plan to make that happen! That one recipe has, already, inspired quite a few spin-offs. And isn’t that just how recipes work? Since this is a time of year when many of us don’t mind spending time in the kitchen, we decided this was the perfect time to have a food-themed issue of the magazine. You’ll learn about a hidden gem of a diner, the Mansour family’s unique Lebanese cooking traditions, and a few of the famous Cake Ladies at local churches. Of course no Food Issue in Coweta County would be complete without a nod to our most-legendary restaurant, Sprayberry’s Barbecue. Several years ago my husband and I were in Apalachicola, Fla., when we spotted someone in a Sprayberry’s T-shirt. Considering how very far and wide such shirts have been spotted (see page 28), I think the real news would have been if we had not spotted a Sprayberry’s T-shirt there!
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* For a link to the Caramel Cake recipe mentioned above, go to http://tinyurl.com/akhhv3r
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In Mother’s Kitchen Written by ALEX MCRAE Photographed by BOB FRALEY
ONE OF NEWNAN’S MOST POPULAR dining establishments isn’t just off the beaten path … it’s totally off the map. The U.S. Postal Service claims that Mother’s Kitchen is located at 33 1/2 E. Broad Street, but the best way to find it is to follow the line of hungry customers making their way down an unmarked alley to a set of screen doors that open to a noisy, no-frills, no-frowns-allowed
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“When a person walks in, if you acknowledge them and let them know they are welcome, they’ll be back,” says Lucille Grady Reynolds, owner of Mother’s Kitchen in Newnan.
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Chicken, baked or fried, remains the favorite lunchtime choice at Motherâ€™s Kitchen.
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... the best way to find it is to follow the line of hungry customers making their way down an unmarked alley to a set of screen doors that open to a noisy, no-frills, no-frowns-allowed restaurant offering comfort food in a setting as comfortable as home. restaurant offering comfort food in a setting as comfortable as home. And don’t expect to sneak in unnoticed. Lucille Grady Reynolds, the owner of Mother’s Kitchen, won’t hear of it. “When a person walks in, if you acknowledge them and let them know they are welcome, they’ll be back,” Lucille says. “That’s what we do.” Byrdie Geter has enjoyed Lucille’s hospitality for almost a decade. “She tells you ‘hello’
when you come in and ‘goodbye’ and ‘I love you’ when you leave,” Geter says. “She’s not just there to make a living.” Lucille serves the kind of down-home delights that Southerners were raised on and Northern transplants embrace by the mouth-watering mouthful. Diners often have to flip a coin to decide among the fresh vegetable choices. Desserts are plentiful and scrumptious and meats ranging from salmon to pork pop up regularly.
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