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The Perfect Piece An introduction to shopping for antiques and vintage goods.
The Circle of Life
One card forever changes a Rome family and leads to the creation of the third largest annual geocaching event in North America. Take your game cooking to new heights with preparation advice and recipes from a hunter and professional chef.
Shrimp Scampi recipe from Get Cookin’
Picker, Junker, Vintage Hunter.
This fall and winter, enjoy these new movies based on books.
A look at how and when to take Social Security benefits.
Getting to know Hal Richards, founder of the menswear store The Lodge.
Make your way to Memphis for music, history, and so much more.
Five fast and easy dinners for busy weeknights.
Letter From the Publisher
Dollars & Sense
Calendar for Living Happenings in our ’hood.
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Picker, Junker, Vintage Hunter
y love of vintage shopping began around 16 years ago. During my career in the radio broadcast field, I was given a 1940s radio by a friend who had the most impressive collection of retro radios I’d ever seen. I was thrilled! This charming batteryless AM radio has to warm up after being turned on, and the first time I used it, I could hear WRGA loud and clear. From that point on, I was hooked. I found my second radio on eBay. It was called Mr. and Mrs. Portable Patio. That’s when my budding collection began, and the search was on. Soon, I was browsing antique malls in any town I visited. I hit the jackpot at one in Atlanta. A man brought in a bunch of mostly transistor radios, and they were priced right, so I bought them all! Nowadays, old radios are harder to find and can be pricey. I’ve amassed about 50 antique radios, including tabletop woodcased ones, some from the ’40s with wood-like Bakelite and others from the plastic era starting in the ’50s. My curio cabinet is packed, but it’s still a joy to find one and add to my collection. When Jerry and I plan a trip, we always search for antique malls to visit along the way. Jerry’s brother, Tony, has turned his antiquing hobby into a side business, finding treasures that are a deal and selling them online. My husband and I aspire to be like the guys on American Pickers, one of our favorite TV shows. We’re not in their league, but we’ve found some cool stuff. When unsure if something is worth buying, we frequently take a picture of the item and text it to “Uncle Tony.” We spent a day in Madison, Georgia, recently, and for a small, historic town, it had lots of antique malls. We almost bought a decorative English fireplace stoker, but Tony texted back that it was worth $5, not $25. Antique shopping is like hunting, one day is a bust, and the next is a field day. On a weekend trip to Dahlonega, we found a small figure-eight mantel clock for a steal. We did well that day, as it turned out to be circa the 1880s. After some repairs from Rome Clock Service, it was ready to come home. Affectionately named Shortie, this clock was louder than our grandfather clock, striking the hour. He’s back in the shop after our rambunctious puppy, Bandit, knocked him down. It’s not as if this was a family heirloom, but we are sentimental and hope Shortie will be restored! Although we enjoy scouring the booths of antique stores, there is one problem. We’re running out of room. Jerry found a cabinet of old post office boxes in the past, and he loves barbershop chairs and barber poles. Throw in a few old farming tools, and he’s in heaven. I have to remind him that although it would be fun to have a barber pole in our den, we don’t have space. Thank goodness! Our home is filled with beautiful finds: a Danish crank phone, a ’30s Remington typewriter, an old icebox converted into a cabinet, nickel slot machines also from the ’30s, a European handcarved prayer bench, and other interesting antiques. It’s an assortment of unique items that blend well with our other furnishings and make our house a cozy home. Vintage pieces, antiques, and family heirlooms are making a big comeback. Surprisingly, millennials are hitting the malls, antique malls, that is! It’s all about the thrill of the hunt and finding that unique piece. Shop on!
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32nd Annual Running Water Powwow
September 3-4 Ridge Ferry Park, Rome Learn more about Native American culture and participate in activities at this festival presented by the Native American Preservation Association of Georgia, Inc. Crafts, art, and food will also be available. facebook.com/ romegarunning waterpowwow
Polk County Fair September 7-11 Cedartown polkgafair.com
Little Shop of Horrors
September 9-11, 16-18 530 Broad St., Rome Also a 1986 film with Steve Martin, this quirky musical tells the tale of Seymour Krelborn and his discovery of a blood-thirsty plant with an evil agenda. romelittletheatre.com
Northwest Georgia Regional Fair
Rome Shakespeare Festival presents [Title of Show]
September 1-4, 8-11 Check website for times and locations Snag tickets for [Title of Show], a one-act musical that chronicles its creation as an entry in the New York Musical Theatre Festival and follows the struggles of the author and composer/lyricist, plus their two actress friends. romeshakespearefestival.com
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Rome Untapped - A Celebration of Beer
September 10, 1-6pm (VIP early access starts at noon) Heritage Park, Rome More than 100 brews, including intriguing seasonal options, will be available at the first installment of this soon-to-be-annual beer event. romeuntapped.com
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Lorrie Morgan Live
September 16, 8pm Cedartown Performing Arts Center Hear your favorite songs by the Country Music Association Awards winner and Academy of Country Music Awards nominee. cedartownshows.com
Festival Tacos y Jarritos Fiestas Patrias
September 18, noon–7pm Downtown Cartersville Celebrate National Hispanic American Heritage Month with the Intercultural Fest at this family-friendly gathering with authentic food, live music, and Brazilian dancers. facebook.com/ interculturalfest
15th Annual Cave Spring Pig-Out BBQ Cookoff & Car Show
September 24, 10am-3pm Rolater Park, Cave Spring At this fun event, teams compete in a barbecue cookoff for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and People’s Choice. Attendees can taste and vote for their favorite barbecue team and enjoy music, vendors, pony rides, and more. cavespringga.com
411 Yard Sale
September 28 – October 1 US-411 To shop locally, head to where highway 411 goes through northwest Georgia and see what’s on offer from sellers. Or you can set out on the open road to shop along the entire route from Leeds, Alabama, to Knoxville, Tennessee. facebook.com/411yardsale
Going Caching 2022
September 28 – October 2 Rome Themed Ancient Egypt — The Reign of Geopatra, this year’s geocaching mega-event will include a passport challenge, parade, stage play, costume party, and other activities. goingcaching.com
Exhibit Opening: A River Runs Through It — The History of The Etowah River and Allatoona Dam
September 29, 7pm Bartow History Museum, Cartersville See Allatoona Dam artifacts at this exhibit honoring the structure and launching just in time for the 70th anniversary of the dam’s opening. bartowhistorymuseum.org/events
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September 30 - October 2 Historic Public Square, Adairsville From carnival rides and fireworks to live music and a pageant, this weekend festival celebrating the town’s history has something for everyone. adairsvillega.net
A. Dam Bluegrass & Roots Music Festival October 8, 11am-7:30pm A. Dam Food Truck Park & Beer Garden, Cartersville This music shindig promises a foot-tappin’ good time with a lineup that includes Eddie 9V as headliner, proceeded by The Jeff Sipe Trio, the Thomas Cassell Band, The Clydes, and The Old Mill Road Band. adamfoodtruckpark.com
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Fiddlin’ Fest Between the Rivers
October 8, noon-6pm Downtown Rome See bluegrass music performances on two stages, catch the car show, and support local shops and eateries at this dogfriendly street festival. downtownromega.us/ events/fiddlin-fest
October 15, 7pm, 8:30pm Rome Area History Center Get in the Halloween spirit with the help of local storytellers at this spooky event featuring an all-ages version earlier in the evening
October 15-16 Richard B. Russell Airport, Rome See spectacular performances by military servicepeople, such as the A-10C Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team, and civilians at the 10th anniversary of this air show. wingsovernorthgeorgia.com
BooFest at the Y
October 21, 6-9pm Grizzard Park, Rome Let the kiddos show off their costumes and snag some candy at the trickor-treat village before grabbing a bite to eat and exploring other fun fall activities. ymcarome.org
Haunted on Broad
October 21-22, 28-29
Rome-Floyd County Library What was that? It may have been one of the ghosts you’ll hear about during this downtown Rome walking tour. romegeorgia.org/visit-rome/ calendar
Chiaha Harvest Fair October 22-23 Rome chiaha.org
October 27–30 Harris Arts Center, Calhoun Things start to go hilariously awry for Charles Condomine and his second wife after a séance in their home leads to unwelcome intrusions from the ghost of his first wife. harrisartscenter.com
Cave Spring Ghost Tours
October 28-29 Rolater Park, Cave Spring Explore downtown on foot while learning about the city’s past and things that go bump in the night. cavespringga.com nwgeorgialiving.com | 7
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Coming Soon to a Screen Near You Watch for debuts of these movies and consider adding the titles they’re adapted from to your reading list. BY ELIN WOODS
ow, I’m not suggesting that you read all these books before watching the movies because I’m not one of those librarians who always prefer the book over the movie. Additionally, if a film is outstanding and gets you to read the book, all the better. We all have to start somewhere when we begin new reading journeys. The fall usually brings out some fantastic movies, and many have scripts based on books. While there are plenty more coming out than my brief offerings here, these are a sampling of films I’m looking forward to seeing, maybe even in a theater!
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (September 2022) I’m going to cheat a little bit with this first one because I’m so excited about it and tell you about a TV series rather than an upcoming movie. I’m a huge Lord of the Rings fan, and I’ve been “patiently” waiting for this to come out. Based on The Lord of the Rings and its appendices, this series is set thousands of years before any of the events we saw in either The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings trilogies. In this series, we witness the forging of the rings and the rise of Sauron, among other events. The trailer alone excites me; it might have been the whole reason I watched the Super Bowl, and I’ve been counting the days ever since. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
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Blonde (September 2022) Fans of old Hollywood and Marilyn Monroe should be on the lookout for this one based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates. Loosely based on the life and times of Monroe, the book is a bit of a commitment, coming in at over 700 pages. I’ll probably be watching before re-reading this one, but it can prove to be an escape from what we know or think we know about her life. I’ll be looking forward to seeing how Monroe is portrayed, as I really enjoyed an earlier film, My Week with Marilyn, which I also recommend. Streaming on Netflix.
White Bird: A Wonder Story (October 2022) If you don’t know about R. J. Palacio’s excellent work, Wonder, do yourself a favor and read that; it’s so lovely, and then move on to White Bird, what’s been called a continuation of the story. (There’s also a film version of Wonder starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.) Julian, whom we met in
Fall in Love with
the first book, is visited by his grandmother, and we learn about her childhood in France during WWII. Helen Mirren will play his grandmother, and that’s honestly enough for me to want to check it out.
Available in theaters.
My Policeman (November 2022) Confession time: I’ve not read the book this movie is based on — yet. It’s been borrowed from the library quite a few times, and I totally judged this one by its cover. In doing some research for this article, I discovered that my most unexpected crush ever, Harry Styles, was going to be in this one, and then actually read what it was all about, and I changed my mind. Set in 1950s England, this story is about a police officer, Tom, who is married to Marion, and having an affair with a man, Patrick, in a time when that was illegal. It’s a story about change and love, and I’m looking forward to it.
Available in limited theaters in October, streaming on Amazon Prime Video in November.
A Man Called Otto (December 2022) I nearly missed this one because they changed the movie title from the original book, A Man Called Ove. But now it’s on my radar, and I get to talk about a delightful book that should be equally wonderful on screen in its second film adaptation since Tom Hanks will play the lead role. Otto leads a lonely life after his wife’s death, so he sets out to end his own but is regularly interrupted by new neighbors. The book is set in Sweden, and if you read it and likely fall in love with it, be sure to check out other works by the author Fredrik Backman. This is likely to be the heartwarming film of the holidays. Available in theaters.
Elin Woods is a librarian from the mountains of western Pennsylvania. When she’s not reading, she enjoys spending her time baking, being the coolest of the cool aunts, and exploring all corners of the East Coast. Her favorite books include Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf and Animal Farm by George Orwell plus too many cookbooks to name.
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Social Security Benefit Basics We look at how and when to take them and what to know about taxation.
BY ANDE FRAZIER
etirement comes with a lot of big decisions, including how to generate enough income to live a comfortable life throughout those later years. With Social Security promising a lifetime of inflation-adjusted income, this can be one of the largest sources of income in retirement. As an example, the present value of this income stream might compare to what many people have saved in their retirement plans. As you think about your benefits, you may have questions. To help give you some basics to consider, let’s break down some of the most common questions as to when to take benefits, how to take them to maximize income, and when benefits are taxable.
When to Take Benefits There are many schools of thought on when and how to take Social Security. Do you take early benefits at age 62? Start benefits at full retirement age (FRA), typically around age 65 to 67 or wait and take benefits at age 70? What’s the best option for you? Many people aren’t aware that if you wait until age 70 to collect benefits, you’ll receive an 8% increase in income each year between age 62 and 70. Unfortunately, that isn’t always an option. Health issues, forced retirement, and caregiving can prevent waiting until age 70. To make the best decision, consider the following: • If you plan on continuing to work well into your 60s, then you may want to wait until FRA to take benefits. Otherwise, some of your benefits will be withheld if you earn more than the annual threshold. Once you reach FRA, then you can work all you want without it impacting the amount of benefits you receive. • If health issues are the reason for considering early benefits, keep in mind that Medicare doesn’t start until age 65. The only exception to this is if you’re disabled. If that’s the case, it may be wiser to apply for Social Security disability benefits instead. If you do take benefits at age 62, you’ll want to secure health care until you reach age 65 and can start Medicare. You could do this by being on a spouse’s health plan or acquiring it on your own through the marketplace.
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• If you’re part of a married couple, there are additional factors to consider. Who is the higher income earner? Are both of you continuing to work? Are you both around the same age? This is an important decision because the age at which you decide to take benefits can have an impact for the surviving spouse after one dies. The general rule is that the higher income earner should wait as long as possible to take benefits to maximize income. To determine when to take benefits, many people will consider doing a break-even analysis to see how long they would have to live to warrant delaying taking benefits versus taking benefits early. On the surface, these break-even analyses can appear simple, but a customized, detailed strategy is essential to make sure you account for age, life expectancy, lifestyle goals, risk tolerance, family situations, and other retirement assets. Social Security administrative staff can only give you guidance as to what your benefits are, they can’t provide you with advice on when to take benefits, and they won’t be able to properly evaluate your financial situation to incorporate those other assets into a plan. Working with a financial professional who is an expert in this area can be extremely valuable.
How to Take Benefits The easiest way to apply for benefits is to do it online at ssa.gov. If you haven’t done so already, registering with the Social Security Administration on their site can let you see your full retirement age and the expected benefits you’ll
receive at ages 62, FRA, and 70. There are also detailed instructions on how to apply for benefits, whether online or physically, with a Social Security office. If you want to go into an office rather than apply online, make an appointment. The wait can be extensive for some communities. Remember that Medicare and Social Security require two separate filings. For instructions on filing for Medicare, go to medicare.gov. Don’t forget to acquire Medicare supplement insurance, as Medicare alone will not cover all health care services. A Medicare supplement insurance policy will help pay for some of these costs, such as copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles.
taxed. For an individual, the threshold is $34,000. Ouch! Let’s not forget that income coming in also affects your Medicare premiums. This is another reason to work with a financial professional on when and how to take benefits. Make sure they also have some tax expertise, so they can properly provide you with tax strategies in addition to your retirement income planning. Social Security is one of the most confusing and challenging parts of retirement planning. This isn’t the time to rely on friends and family for information. Do your research, work with a professional, and start planning as early as you can so you have time to thoughtfully consider the impact of these decisions.
Taxation of Social Security Benefits When thinking about your planning, you should also look at the tax implications of these benefits. Most people are not fully aware that Social Security benefits can be taxable. Individual taxpayers who have an income of more than $25,000 or married couples filing jointly with an income over $32,000 will have some of their benefits taxed. This applies to Social Security Disability Insurance as well as retirement, spousal, and survivor benefits. The amount that’s subject to taxation can vary from 50% to 85%, depending on your income. For example, a married filing jointly couple making a combined income of over $44,000 can have up to 85% of benefits
Ande Frazier, CFP®, CLU, ChFC, RICP, BFA™, ChSNC, CDFA®, is an expert in behavioral finance and the author of Fin(anci)ally Free: 11 Conversations To Have With Yourself About Life, Money, and Worth. In addition to being a recognized thought leader, author, and speaker, she also serves as a partner at Clocktower Wealth Management, LLC. To learn more, visit andefrazier.com. nwgeorgialiving.com | 11
Getting to Know… Hal Richards Owner | The Lodge
BY ALEXANDRA McCRAY
s everyday fashion becomes increasingly casual, an occasion that requires donning something other than chic athleisure or jeans can result in a clothing conundrum. “There can be a lot of uncertainty and angst when you say, ‘I’ve got to go to this job interview, and what should I look like? It says business casual. Well, what does business casual mean?’” explains Hal Richards, founder of The Lodge, a menswear store on East 2nd Avenue in Rome. He says, “I try to put customers at ease and figure out what they need. It’s very gratifying when you can provide that positive experience.” Today, when making recommendations for a client or selecting something for himself, Hal can draw on his vast knowledge of menswear and recall details from his travels, like the attention he saw Italian men pay to the cut and construction, as well as the fit, of pieces. But when he opened his first shop, a bohemian boutique in downtown Rome, in 1973 with his wife, Mimi, it’s likely he would have had similar feelings to some of his present-day customers when pondering what to wear to a special event. Hal explains that it wasn’t until Ralph Lauren and prep school attire took over in the 1980s that he settled into his signature classic look. He says, “I started wearing oxford button-downs with my Wallabees and jeans, and we started moving a little more into traditional clothing.” Now, the guitarist, amateur chef, and gardener is truly a man-about-town. His adventures with Mimi, whether they’re voyaging to the five-star Ballyfin Demesne country house in Ireland or staying stateside and admiring abundant courtyard gardens in Charleston, South Carolina, inspire his many passions. “We’ve traveled all over the world, and that’s how you develop your taste and appreciation for art, architecture, food, wine, everything,” Hal says. One of my favorite recent impulse buys was a … cabbage the size of a basketball. I told Mimi; I’m not planning to eat it. I’m going to put it in the middle of the table, and it’s going to be a beautiful table arrangement, and it was. It was striking. I’ve always wanted to try … going to a European cooking school and getting immersed in classes and delving deeper into the science, the molecular makeup, heat, protein, starch, acids, and those kinds of things and learn what to tweak and how to make myself a better cook.
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Above: The couple today. Left: Mimi and Hal Richards in the 1970s at Hiney Binders, where Hal worked before opening a store of his own.
For exercise, I … go to the gym every morning at 6 o’clock and try not to hurt myself. Sunday is for the honey-do list. I call it cross-training. My go-to gift for a host is … a bottle of wine. Usually, I take a red, a bottle of Château de Parenchère Bordeaux Supérieur. It’s not going to hurt anyone’s feelings, and it doesn’t break the bank. My fashion pet peeve is … surgical scrubs. Nothing is less flattering, and the medical community is inclined to wear them outside the hospital. Let’s dress to impress. I’m proud of … being an entrepreneur and opening my first store when I was 19 years old. I called it Antares because Antares is the bright red star in the Scorpius constellation, and I’m a Scorpio. The Lodge, lodge210rome.com
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More to Love in Memphis A long weekend in this Tennessee town includes a rockin’ music scene, historical and cultural attractions, award-winning barbecue, plentiful parkland, and, yes, Elvis. BY JILL BECKER
emphis, a city of more than half a million on the banks of the Mississippi River, was named for its Egyptian sister on the Nile. But you may know it best as the home of Graceland, where Elvis lived from 1957 until his death in 1977. The second most-visited private home in the U.S. next to the White House, Graceland is one of Memphis’ top attractions, garnering some 600,000-plus visitors a year. Another one of Elvis’ local hangouts was The Arcade, the city’s oldest café. Back in the day, The King would take his place in the booth by the back door (which he supposedly favored so he could make a quick getaway if needed) and munch on their fried peanut butter and banana sandwich. Less than 10 minutes away is Sun Studio, where in 1953, 18-year-old Elvis Aaron Presley recorded his first song and changed the world of rock ‘n’ roll forever. On a studio tour, you’ll see vintage recording equipment and memorabilia relating to everyone from Jerry Lee Lewis to Johnny Cash. If all that Elvis talk has you feeling nostalgic, you might want to sign up for a trip on an old-fashioned riverboat cruise. One of the most popular operators is Memphis Riverboats, which offers both a 90-minute sightseeing tour and a two-hour dinner and music cruise. Speaking of dinner, you can’t go to Memphis and not try its world-famous barbecue. There are plenty of options to choose from, but you’ll never miss with a visit to Cozy Corner, a no-frills spot where they’ve been serving up finger-lickin’-good barbecued ribs, chicken, and Cornish hen since 1977. Or, at one of its multiple locations, snag a place in the queue for some of Central BBQ’s delicious meats and other eats. Once you’ve made the hard decision of what to order, grab a beer and enjoy your grub. Of course, there’s more to the Memphis food scene than barbecue. You can go high-end at spots like the Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar, known as a go-to for important business dinners, romantic date nights, and the like, or you can go low-end at places like Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, once described in a magazine review as serving at its restaurants “spicy, crispy, piping-hot bird that provides diners with what may be the single most perfect bite in the flavorverse.” Or you can go somewhere in between. Shelby Farms Park is where you need to be if you need
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Central BBQ in east Memphis
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Elvis tribute artist at The Arcade diner
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someplace to work off all those calories you just consumed. Five times larger than Central Park in New York City, its 4,500 acres boast a lake for kayaking and canoeing, a ropes course, paintball, a zipline, horseback riding, walking and biking trails, and more. It even has its own herd of bison. If you want to soak up a little culture, there’s the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, which houses everything from pre-Columbian artifacts to 20th-century pop art. For history buffs, there’s the National Civil Rights Museum. Located at the site of the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed in 1968, it explores the civil rights movement from 17th-century slavery to present-day human rights issues. Nearby Beale Street is a mecca for music lovers. The blockslong entertainment district is second only in popularity to New Orleans’ Bourbon Street, with spots like B.B. King’s Blues Club, Club 152, and the Rum Boogie Cafe that allow you to take in some live tunes seven days a week. Also located on Beale Street is a great place to rest your head at night, the Hyatt Centric Beale Street Memphis.
Just a year old, the hotel sits on the bank of the Mississippi River, and its lively rooftop bar and Latin-infused restaurant offer views of the Hernando de Soto Bridge connecting Tennessee and Arkansas. The city’s most storied hotel is The Peabody Memphis, a grand downtown property dating back to 1869. Even if you don’t stay there, you should check out its famed Peabody Duck Marches, in which the hotel’s brood of North American mallards waddle to and from their rooftop penthouse to the massive marble fountain in the lobby, where they swim around from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. So, can you see now why everyone is singing Memphis’ praises? Memphis Tourism, memphistravel.com Jill Becker’s travel writing has appeared in dozens of magazines and websites, including more than 25 stories for CNN.com.
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Found It! Geocaching forever changed how one Rome family looks for fun.
BY JIM WILLIAMSON AND ANDI BEYER
missing sock, a quarter that rolls out of sight, a misplaced cellphone — regardless of relative importance, there’s nothing quite like the thrill (and relief) of finding what you’re looking for. If needles and haystacks sound like the ingredients of a fun day, we have good news. All over the world, there are millions of geocaches waiting to be found. There’s probably one close to you right now. Geocaching is a game of hide-and-seek that started in May 2000 when the U.S. government made accurate Global Positioning System (GPS) signals available to the public. The next day, a GPS enthusiast in Oregon hid a 5-gallon bucket in the woods and posted the coordinates on an internet newsgroup. A few days later, using no other directions or clues, two
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different GPS users found the hidden container, signed the logbook, and shared their experiences online. Soon, others began hiding containers and posting coordinates online. Seeing the need for a central location to list geocaches, Jeremy Irish created the geocaching.com website later that year. Today, you can simply download the Geocaching app on your phone, set up a free account on geocaching.com, and you’re ready to begin your adventure.
Surprise! We discovered the amazing world of geocaching in 2006 after driving around Houston, Texas, with a road map obscuring 70% of our windshield. After returning home, we bought a GPS receiver. As we opened the box to examine our new toy, a small card fell out. It described geocaching as a high-tech treasure hunt and listed geocaching.com as a source for more information. We were immediately intrigued but had no idea how much that little card would change our lives. We chose “The Waysiders” as our geocaching nickname, then read the tutorials on geocaching.com and looked for the geocache nearest us. Strangely, the listing started by stating, “Geocache is Not at Posted Coordinates.” After some confusion, we discovered that
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this was not a regular geocache but was instead a puzzle that, once solved, revealed the true coordinates. A puzzle? Bonus! After calculating batting averages for fictitious baseball players and then using those numbers as GPS coordinates, we found an ammo can hidden in the woods near a minor league baseball stadium. Inside was a logbook, a few trinkets, and a baseball with “FTF Prize” written on it. We thought it was weird that there were no signatures in the logbook until we realized FTF meant “first to find.” Our first geocache was a puzzle, and we were the first to solve and locate it. Our cries of victory rivaled the cheers at the nearby stadium. Over time, geocaching continued to creep into daily life. Planning a trip meant checking to see which geocaches were along the way. Need to make a rest stop on the interstate? There’s a geocache at the next one. Even a trip to the grocery store necessitated a glance at geocaching.com before leaving home. You never know when a new geocache might publish.
The Whole Gang Gets Involved Geocaching is an excellent family activity as well. Our six children have always been adventurous, active, and outdoorsy; however, when they were younger, we were often challenged to
find activities that each could enjoy and participate in as equals, especially with their wide age ranges. Geocaching with family members offers the added excitement of being the first in the group to find the geocache. Millions of geocaches mean always having a quick diversion when you need one. If we were waiting for a restaurant reservation, someone in our group always checked the geocaching app to see what was nearby. “Found it!” was soon followed by, “Table for eight!” Early in our geocaching careers, we explained geocaching to our parents, and they too joined in on the fun. In a short time, they had found more geocaches than we had. Last year, we took our 10-year-old grandson geocaching for the first time. He quickly understood the game and whooped with delight when he beat us to the geocache. Aside from finding the geocache, he enjoys perusing through the container and trading trinkets. One of the few rules of geocaching is, “If you take something, leave something of equal or greater value.” Rocks, pinecones, and business cards are universally frowned upon. The variety of geocaches, in type and difficulty, offers something for everyone. Traditional geocaches list the coordinates of the geocache, and you go to them and look for the container. A multi-cache is similar, except you first find a container containing additional coordinates or clues that lead you to the final or, in some cases, further stages. Virtual geocaches are unique in that there is no physical container to find. They usually highlight a point
of interest, such as a monument or landmark. Mystery caches often have a puzzle to solve to obtain the coordinates to the container.
Evolution of the Going Caching Mega-Event Over the years, we’ve met geocachers at events who have become our closest friends. In 2010, we and a group of friends decided to see just how many geocachers we could get to attend an event. We were stunned to have over 350 geocachers from various states show up. It was so successful we decided to do it annually. The second year had so many attendees (over 500 geocachers) geocaching.com designated it a “MegaEvent,” which meant they would help promote our future events worldwide. Now known as Going Caching, our gathering has grown to be the third largest annual geocaching event in North America. The founders of geocaching.com have attended and now send representatives from their headquarters in Seattle, Washington. This year, Going Caching will take place from September 28 through October 2 and will welcome over 1,300 geocachers from all over the world to Rome, Georgia, for a week of events, new geocaches, GPS-based puzzles, and family entertainment. The City of Rome has even declared the first week in October to be Geocaching Week in Rome. Each year, Going Caching has a theme and story that is woven throughout all the geocaches, activities, and events. The theme for 2022 is Ancient Egypt — The Reign of Geopatra, so expect to see
geocachers dressed as Cleopatra, King Tut, or tomb explorers. You may even see a mummy or two. Sometimes, we think of how less rich our lives would be if we had never gotten lost in Houston or if that little card had gotten thrown away without a thought. Our adventure led us from finding that first ammo can in the woods to hosting a worldwide multi-day Mega-Event that puts our hometown on the geocaching map. Best of all, we’ve made thousands of families and friends smile for a few days.
Jim Williamson and Andi Beyer have been geocaching since 2006. They are beekeepers, gardeners, homebrewers, and event planners who love a good adventure. To learn more about geocaching, visit geocaching.com. To learn more about the Going Caching Mega-Event, visit goingcaching.com. nwgeorgialiving.com | 21
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ThePerfectt Piece An introduction to shopping for antiques and vintage goods. BY JULIE HIGGINS
t 16, my old soul awakened the first time I walked into a thrift store. Upon entering, I was flooded with choices: dusty, colored glassware; retro melamine bookends; straw baskets that had seen better days; and the most amazing antique rocking chair with a handpainted floral design on the wooden back. I passed up the rocker that day long ago. It’s haunted me ever since. The ones that get away always do. I caught the “junkin’ bug” that very day, and it’s the thrill of the hunt that lures people like me to this world of yesteryear. Antiquing is one of America’s favorite pastimes. Some hardcore fans will plan entire vacations around the search for the perfect treasure. AntiqueTrail.com, a popular online site, is a valuable resource showcasing antique malls across 27 states. Dozens of other specialized sites can also assist in planning a long weekend getaway of shopping. There has been a resurgence in antiquing since Covid-19 hit. Due to supply chain issues, many furniture and home décor items have been delayed resulting in empty shelves at typical brick-and-mortar stores. This shift has caused numerous consumers to pursue other avenues to meet their home décor essentials. In addition, as more people spent excessive time at home during the pandemic, they began to grow tired of their current décor. New styles emerged, and antique shops became the destination to find one-of-a-kind accessories and furniture to achieve a new look. For example, one up-and-coming home décor trend is grandmillennial design. This reminiscent style is rooted in traditional looks
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with a “twist.” Antique stores can help curate a room for this style. Imagine a collection of blue and white chinoiserie vases atop a walnut buffet adorned with brass hardware. The vintage buffet lamps on the server are paired with geometric-patterned shades purchased from the local hip interior design shop. A modern chandelier hangs boldly above the sizeable antique table anchored with claw-feet. Fortunately, antique stores cater to various décor styles from multiple eras and feature booths of furniture, accessories, and walls of collectibles. Overwhelmed? Let’s talk about where to begin. Start Small: Choose two or three local antique shops to visit and make a day of it. You may want to grab a friend seasoned in the antiquing world to join you and bounce ideas off of. Wear comfortable shoes. Bring bottled water and a measuring tape. Ensure your phone is charged so you can take pictures of the items you’re considering. It’s also helpful to take a picture of the booth name or ID code to find it in the future easily. Have a Wish List and Pictures: With a list, you can quickly scan a booth to determine if you want to linger. For example, if you’re seeking a copper teapot with layers of patina or a white ironstone platter, it’s reasonable to pass over the booth full of military collectibles. Chat with working vendors within the mall. They often have a stockpile of merchandise. Perhaps, show them the photo of what you’re seeking. The vendor may have just what you need in storage. Give It the Sniff Test: Yes, bend down and smell it! Don’t worry; the regulars and staff on duty are accustomed to this behavior.
Upholstered furniture needs to be thoroughly checked. Are there animal odors? Lingering cigarette smells? Residual mothball stench? The same testing should be completed on wood furniture. If the furniture has been in a smoker’s home, it can be nearly impossible to eliminate the odor entirely. Most antique shops don’t allow returns, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Try before you buy. Negotiate: Well, sometimes. If an item is priced at a reasonable market rate, then, by all means, support a vendor that makes a living selling their wares. You don’t negotiate prices at the big-box stores, right? However, if an item is inflated in price or damaged, question if there is any leeway in pricing. The staff will call the vendor to discuss — cash talks. Typically, bringing the green stuff allows for an even better deal. How Do I Know if It’s a Good Price? Compare with similar items within your local antique malls. Research Etsy, eBay, and other online sites. Be sure to study the sold prices vs. the asking prices. Sometimes, there’s quite a discrepancy between the two. If you’re an avid collector or frequent shopper, you may want to invest in a subscription app for your smartphone. A favorite app of mine is WorthPoint. This online database contains sales records on art, antiques, and collectibles. Act Quickly: The item you saw today and want to think about tonight will be sold later today to the people who saw it yesterday and thought about it last night. Don’t be afraid to take a chance on a piece or ask for an item to be put on hold while you run home to measure an area or obtain a fabric swatch. Be Patient: Successful shopping jaunts take perseverance, ingenuity, and a little luck. Antiquing is a personal pursuit and should be a pleasurable experience. By practicing patience, you’ll create a blend of character and depth in your home that can’t be replicated via the big-box shops. Let the eclectic mix of finds tell your story. What If I Have Antiques to Sell? There are a variety of ways to sell your antiques. Online sites are always an option, but
Tips for Opening an
Antique Booth Once you’ve chosen an antique mall with consistent hours and a steady customer base and your vendor application has been accepted, the fun can begin. Stock and Design Your Booth: The sky is the limit in choosing what to sell in your booth. It’ll depend on your town’s demographics, current trends, and the overall feel of the entire mall. You’ll also want to determine your booth design. Do you want a curated booth with a particular vibe, or will your booth be an eclectic mix of multiple styles? Typically, the items below are sought after with a high sell-through rate. 1. V intage or antique furniture, especially solid-wood items 2. Framed art or mirrors 3. Leather-bound books 4. N ostalgia items, “a walk down memory lane” 5. Vintage seasonal décor It’s important to not only buy what you love but to purchase what is of interest to your customer base. When it comes to sourcing for your booth, look far and wide. Go to auctions, estate sales, ask family and friends, and visit the occasional yard sale. Finding a piece with good bones at a great price is worth the elbow grease to bring back to life for the next generation to appreciate. Source Regularly: You’ll want to open your booth with full displays and then continually have a supply on hand to restock as items sell quickly. Research Product Prices: Study your local market and then price accordingly. Consider the rarity of each item, the condition, and the demand for the piece. Clearly mark your tags and ensure they adhere well.
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you then must deal with the shipping and impersonal email communication. Perhaps, the best way is to talk directly to your local antique mall. Often, mall vendors like to have an opportunity to see if your item interests them. Some malls will place antiques on consignment for you. Even people within your social circle may like to purchase your item, or you could consider bartering with a friend. If there’s a high-end item you wish to sell, research auction houses, and remember to place a reserve price on your item. How Do I Date an Item I Find Somewhere Other Than an Antique Mall? When shopping somewhere other than an antique mall, where vendors have already taken the time to date their items, you’ll have to do that work yourself. Examining the details and doing a little research can help you determine how old a piece is and distinguish it from a modern replica. Here’s what to consider: • Are there dovetail joints? Drawer construction will help determine if a piece is handmade or machine-made. • Look over the hardware closely. Are the nails square or round? Are the screws a little too perfect or slightly off, as if handmade? • Check out the patina of the item. Is it worn with minor nicks? Is the finish too shiny or more authentic in nature? • Investigate the manufacturer labels. Do an online search to determine the age based on the logo and font. • If you need additional information on any of the above, try the Google Lens app and use its image recognition technology to glean even more relevant information. 26 | NW GEORGIA LIVING SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022
Have Fun! Some days you enter looking for vintage Pyrex and leave with kitschy flamingo napkin rings. Enjoy the hunt, and don’t be afraid to dig. Throw the rules out the window and buy items that make your soul smile. Live with what you love, and don’t take trends too seriously. Julie Higgins, owner of River City Antiques & Interiors in Rome, Georgia, has avidly loved antiques for the past 35 years. The progression to store ownership after having been a booth vendor for over 10 years allows Julie an opportunity to utilize her entrepreneurial mind and express her creative spirit. River City Antiques & Interiors is open daily and can be found on Facebook (facebook.com/rivercityantiques).
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friend of mine kindly gifted me a black bear ham. It sits in my freezer patiently as I ponder what exactly to do with it. Knowing that properly cooked bear meat requires an internal temperature of 160°, I’m fairly set on a braise, but so many other questions remain. What flavor profile will I impart on this wonderful gift? How will I serve it? How exactly will this all come together? Not so long ago, I felt less than confident preparing game in the kitchen. The bear leg in my freezer reminds me of what that intimidation felt like. We’re all familiar with the try-it-and-see approach those first few times we’ve used new ingredients or preparation methods. Yet, after just a little experimenting, guidance, and repetition, we naturally become more confident and see increasing culinary success. I am continually learning new and better ways to cook, and I am as happy to pass this knowledge on as I am to learn even more contemporary techniques and work with yet unexplored ingredients.
packed and labeled). As with most things, there are various methods to wrapping, and you’ll likely find your preferred way over time. I like to wrap it in cellophane first and follow with an outer layer of butcher paper and a label. Include the type of meat, cut, and date on your labels.
My Go-To Piece of Equipment
A discussion on preparation wouldn’t be complete without at least mentioning equipment. Kitchen equipment is a highly personal choice and depends on many factors. With that in mind, I’ll share the piece of equipment that’s transformed the way I cook game — it’s the sous vide machine or immersion circulator. These machines were once almost exclusively found in high-end restaurants, but they’re also becoming standard in household kitchens. Luckily, several companies offer relatively inexpensive home models that work well. The immersion circulator allows for a desired time and temperature to be set. It circulates hot water around meat in vacuum-sealed or ziplocked bags. Like slow cooking, it can be done while you’re Aging Methods away from the kitchen. Although this tool will not replace Aside from butchering, aging meat the grill, oven, or stovetop, it’s worth dramatically enhances the flavor profile the investment. The kitchen is and texture. Since the weather in northwest The kitchen is undoubtedly a place to show off your greatest hits, but it’s also a Georgia is rarely below freezing for undoubtedly a place wonderful place to step out of your comfort long, hanging a deer or a pig outside or zone. I’m always looking for a new and in a garage is typically not an option. If to show off your exciting way to use the game meat that I’ve I’m aging at home, I opt for one of two been lucky enough to harvest or have been methods. The first is known as wet aging, greatest hits, but gifted, but I also enjoy returning to the and although it seems counterintuitive to it’s also a wonderful dishes I’ve worked through and mastered. the rules of caring for meat, I find it works The accompanying recipes reflect my well. When keeping the animal quartered place to step out of taste. Some are simple, while others likely in a large cooler filled with ice, the drain require more preparation and practice. plug can remain open, and the cooler can your comfort zone. They include venison backstrap tacos, be propped up on one side at an angle braised venison shanks, and wild turkey with the drain positioned down toward the ground. Ice can be added as needed, usually daily, as the sausage. All three recipes also work with wild pig. They can meltwater drips out the cooler’s drain. I’ve left deer outside and should be altered to fit your taste. A taco can take on many in my cooler for up to 10 days before drying the quarters forms, a braise can reflect flavor profiles from every corner and butchering. of the globe, and sausage options are the Hanging is my second method of choice. You can hang heart’s desire. either a whole skinned and dressed deer or hang quarters in This fall, I encourage you to a refrigerator with all the shelves removed. A bowl of water explore new cuts of meat, different placed on the bottom of the fridge helps with humidity, and a and exciting dishes, and a new approach small fan placed on the door shelf helps with air circulation. to creativity in the kitchen. I simply let my fan cord run out the door between the gasket. The hunt continues into the Lastly, you’ll need to place a humidity meter and thermometer kitchen, and time there can inside the refrigerator. Humidity should be kept around 80% be as rewarding as time throughout the hanging process. I like to wipe the deer lightly in the woods. with apple cider vinegar daily. The meat is usually nice and And with that, I’m off dry with a slight crust after five days. to continue researching Once the meat is aged and broken into the desired cut, it recipes for that bear leg should be wrapped and labeled for the freezer (unless you’ve in the freezer. had it processed for you, in which case it’ll come back nicely nwgeorgialiving.com | 29
VENISON BACKSTRAP TACOS Serves 4-6 | I’ve included three cooking methods. Use whichever one you’re comfortable with, but remember, the backstrap shines at rare to medium (120° to 135°). Keep the tacos simple, and don’t overload them. Meat, onion, cilantro, a pinch of queso fresco, and your favorite fresh salsa or pico de gallo are safe bets, but this recipe is also up for interpretation. For tortillas, I recommend El Milagro or tortillas from a Mexican grocery store. Mission Homestyle Flour Tortillas can work in a pinch. 1
venison backstrap (loin), dry to the touch, silver skin removed Preferred cooking oil Salt and pepper to taste Butter (if using a sous vide machine) Rosemary (if using a sous vide machine) High-quality corn or flour tortillas (flour works well with venison) Preferred taco toppings
Preheat oven to 375°. Place dry cast-iron skillet over burner on high for 2 to 3 minutes. Rub venison lightly with oil and season generously with salt and pepper.
Prepare the grill, then rub venison lightly with oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Cook loin evenly on all sides until desired temperature is achieved. After cooking, let loin rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Slice thinly and construct tacos.
Sous Vide Machine:
Follow same searing steps as cast-iron skillet method, then add meat, couple pats of butter, and some rosemary to a food vacuum bag or one-gallon or larger ziplock bag and seal.
Sear loin, rolling it as it forms a nice, deep crust. Transfer skillet and loin to oven. Cook until meat reaches desired temperature.
Set sous vide at 128°. When water bath reaches 128°, submerge vacuum-sealed loin and weigh down with a plate. Cover water bath with Saran Wrap and let cook for 2 hours. If using a ziplock bag, secure to side of water bath with clothes pins or something similar so water won’t enter.
After cooking, let loin rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Slice thinly and construct tacos.
After cooking, let loin rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Slice thinly and construct tacos.
Once pan is smoking hot, add a touch of cooking oil, and spread evenly. This can be done with a paper towel folded multiple times.
BRAISED VENISON SHANKS WITH RED BELL PEPPERS AND FENNEL Serves 4-5 | There are two cooking method options for this braise with North African influences. Olives and raisins could also be added. Feel free to change up the flavor profile if desired. 3 or 4 venison shanks, cut in half, trussed with butcher twine 2 red bell peppers, seeds and ribs removed, cut into 1-inch-wide strips 1 orange, sliced into thin rounds 2 shallots, quartered lengthwise Half of 1 can tomato paste Salt and pepper to taste 2 fresh fennel bulbs, quartered lengthwise 1 stalk celery, cut into large dice 1 large or 2 small carrots, peeled, cut into large dice 1 cup white wine 1 tablespoon cornstarch 2 tablespoons water 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half 5 cloves of garlic, split lengthwise 1 tablespoon Moroccan Ras El Hanout spice powder or a mild curry powder 30 | NW GEORGIA LIVING SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022
1 teaspoon turmeric powder 2 dried chilis, such as cayenne 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or vegetable oil for searing, plus more for sautéing 1 quart beef, venison, or vegetable stock (may need less if using a sous vide machine)
Dutch Oven and Conventional Oven:
Preheat Dutch oven over high heat and add oil. Generously salt and pepper trussed venison shanks. Brown shanks 2 or 3 at a time, careful not to overcrowd the pan, then set aside. Sauté carrots, celery, shallots, garlic, and red bell peppers in a little olive oil in Dutch oven. Cook 3 or 4 minutes, then add 1 cup white wine and deglaze Dutch oven with vegetables still in it. Cook alcohol off and reduce wine to half. Preheat oven to 300°. While wine reduces, rub shanks with Ras El Hanout seasoning and turmeric powder and then tomato paste. Apply a thin, even coat to each shank.
Place shanks on top of vegetables. Add fennel, orange slices, cinnamon halves, and dried chilis. Add stock until shanks are ¾ of the way covered. Don’t completely submerge them. Cover with lid and bake for 1.5 to 2 hours, until meat starts falling off the bone. Remove shanks, fennel, and red bell peppers from Dutch oven. Strain cooking liquid, then reduce on stovetop. Combine cornstarch and water to create a slurry. Add slurry to cooking liquid to thicken. Serve shanks with thickened cooking liquid, fennel, and red bell peppers alongside roasted carrots and potatoes, or a starch of your choice.
Sous Vide Machine:
Ziplock bags can work in a pinch for this method if you don’t have a vacuum sealer. Using a cast-iron skillet, follow the same steps as the Dutch oven method (except oven preheating) until shanks have been rubbed with Ras El Hanout, turmeric, and tomato paste. Place shanks in ziplock or food vacuum bags, putting no more than 2 or 3 in one bag. Evenly distribute sautéed and deglazed vegetables among bags. Add fennel, orange slices, cinnamon stick half, chilis, and 1 to 2 tablespoons of stock to each bag and seal. Set sous vide machine to 180° for 14 to 16 hours. Once water bath reaches 180°, submerge bags in water bath and weigh down with a plate. If using ziplock bags, secure to side of water bath with clothes pins or something similar so water won’t enter. Cover water bath with Saran Wrap. Remove shanks from vacuum or ziplock bags and set aside. Strain and reserve cooking liquid, setting fennel and red bell peppers aside. Lightly press remaining vegetables to extract more cooking liquid, if desired. Combine cornstarch and water to create a slurry. Bring cooking liquid to a simmer and reduce, add cornstarch slurry to thicken. Serve shanks, thickened cooking liquid, fennel, and red bell peppers with roasted potatoes and carrots, or root vegetables of your choice.
WILD TURKEY SAUSAGE Yields 18-22 sausages | A quick homemade cucumber pickle and spaetzle pair excellently with these sausages. 3.5 pounds wild turkey breast cut into ¾-inch cubes 1 pound pork butt cut into ¾-inch cubes 2 tablespoons kosher salt 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper 1 tablespoon toasted then ground coriander seeds
½ tablespoon toasted then ground cumin seeds 1 tablespoon orange zest 1 tablespoon lemon zest ¼ cup dry sherry, or white wine 4 cloves minced garlic ¼ cup chopped parsley Hog casings
Combine wild turkey, pork, salt, black pepper, coriander, and cumin in a bowl. Let sit overnight in the refrigerator. Place seasoned meat mixture in freezer until almost frozen, about 1 hour. Grind meat through a meat grinder with a coarse die. Keep meat as cold as possible. Mix ground meat, orange zest, lemon zest, dry sherry, garlic, and parsley in a stand mixer with paddle attachment for 1 minute or so, or mix with clean hands in a bowl sitting in another bowl filled with ice. Let mixture rest in refrigerator while you rinse the hog casings a few times to remove any salt, then soak them in ice water for 2 to 3 hours (or overnight). Tie off one end of a casing and load casing onto the stuffer until reaching the casing’s knotted end. Begin stuffing the sausage, working it into links by twisting every 5 or 6 inches, alternating the direction that you twist between links. If sausages aren’t tight and air-free, pierce air pockets in links with a sterilized needle. Hang links in refrigerator for a day or so before freezing. If the sausage will be eaten in the next few days, they’re ready to cook after 1 day of hanging in the fridge and will hold up to 5 days.
Michael Angio is a professional cook in northwest Georgia who has worked with food for 25 years. He enjoys cooking with ingredients procured through hunting, fishing, and growing vegetables. Much of his inspiration comes from years of traveling, eating, and fishing with his amazing wife, Lelia Stina. nwgeorgialiving.com | 31
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omemade weeknight dinners can be fast, easy, and, most importantly, tasty. These recipes are short on prep time but long on flavor.
Shrimp Scampi Serves 4 | Add a green salad or sautéed vegetables for an effortless, elegant meal. 4 1 3 1 ¼ ¼ 1 ¼ 3
garlic cloves, 2 grated, 2 thinly sliced teaspoon kosher salt tablespoons olive oil, divided pound large shrimp, peeled, deveined teaspoon red pepper flakes cup dry white wine tablespoon lemon juice cup unsalted butter tablespoons chopped parsley Warm crusty bread (for serving)
Whisk grated garlic, salt, and 1 tablespoon oil in medium bowl. Add shrimp and toss to coat. Chill uncovered for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in large skillet over medium heat and cook shrimp mixture until shrimp is pink but slightly underdone, about 1 minute per side. Be careful not to let shrimp or garlic brown. Transfer to a plate with slotted spoon, leaving as much oil in pan as possible. Add sliced garlic and red pepper to skillet and cook, tossing until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add wine and lemon juice and cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced by half, maybe 2 minutes. Add butter and cook, stirring occasionally, until butter is melted and sauce thickened, about 5 minutes more. p Shrim
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Scrape shrimp and accumulated juices into skillet. Toss to coat and cook until shrimp are fully cooked through, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a platter and top with parsley. Serve with bread for dipping.
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Teriyaki Edamame Sauté Serves 4 | This vegetarian dish is high in protein and fiber. Serve over noodles or rice. 2 tablespoons olive oil 16 ounces tricolor coleslaw mix 4 cups shelled edamame, thawed if frozen ½ cup reduced-sodium teriyaki sauce 2 tablespoons sesame seeds (optional, for serving) 2 green onions, sliced on the diagonal (optional, for serving)
Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add coleslaw mix and cook, stirring, until the cabbage begins to soften, about 4 minutes. Stir in edamame and teriyaki sauce. Cook, stirring, until the edamame is heated through and sauce thickens, about 1 minute more. Serve topped with sesame seeds and green onions.
Tuna Lime Tostadas Serves 8 | Delicious, healthy, and no cooking required. Three 5-ounce cans albacore tuna packed in water, drained Half a 10-ounce can sweet corn, drained ½ onion, finely chopped 1 bunch cilantro, chopped 4 tablespoons salsa 1 lime, juiced 8 tostada shells or flour tortillas Hot sauce, salt, and pepper to taste Sour cream, for topping ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese, for topping
Using a fork, flake tuna into a bowl. Stir in corn, onion, cilantro, salsa, and lime juice. Season with a few dashes of hot sauce, plus salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine, then spoon onto tostada shells. Top each tostada with a dollop of sour cream and cheddar cheese.
Penne, Chicken, and Broccoli Casserole Serves 4 | Easy comfort food that’s great for lunch the next day. 6 to 8 ounces penne pasta, cooked, drained (reserve ½ cup cooking water) One 16-ounce jar Alfredo sauce, warmed 2 cups shredded cheese, 4-cheese Mexican blend 1 bunch broccoli, cooked 1 rotisserie chicken, skin and bones removed, shredded
Preheat oven to 350°. Spray or grease an 8-inch-by-8-inch pan.
Stovetop Beef Fajitas Serves 4 | An indoor fajita fiesta! 1 4 1 1 ¼ ¼ 1 1 1 ½
pound skirt or flank steak bell peppers, assorted colors; stemmed and seeded large onion tablespoon vegetable oil teaspoon kosher salt teaspoon pepper 10 to 12 medium corn or wheat tortillas cup guacamole cup salsa cup shredded lettuce cup chopped tomatoes
Slice steak into ½-inch strips, cutting against the grain. Slice peppers and onion into ¼-inch strips.
In a bowl, mix pasta, chicken, broccoli, Alfredo sauce, and 1 cup of cheese. Gently stir until blended, then spoon into baking pan. Sprinkle remaining cup of cheese over the top.
Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add meat to skillet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until most of the meat juices cook off. Add sliced peppers and onion. Cover and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese melts.
Uncover and continue to cook until juices have reduced, beef is cooked, and peppers and onion are translucent. Serve immediately with tortillas, guacamole, salsa, shredded lettuce, and tomatoes. Let each guest build their fajita.
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