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NW GEORGIA

Complimentary JULY/AUGUST 2022 Volume 13 | Issue 4

Inspiring, Informing, Enriching

Preserving the Bounty from a Summer Garden

Easy Ways to Save That Precious Produce

Birmingham Beckons

What to See, Eat, and Do in The Famous Alabama City

Gone Fishin’

How to Make the Most of Your First Guided Fly-Fishing Trip



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A Reel Good Time

Guided fly-fishing trips can help foster an enduring interest in the sport. Here’s what to know before embarking on one.

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Galen Kipar (left) holds his client’s catch, a large brown trout.

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Say Cheers at A. Dam Food Truck Park & Beer Garden

We get the scoop on one of Cartersville’s newest hotspots and what the founder has in store for the future.

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Garden Goodness All Year Long

A local farmer shares her favorite methods for preserving homegrown food.

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You Get a Line, and I’ll Get a Pole, Honey.

Recommendations that just may inspire you to explore more of southern Appalachia.

How to avoid financial strain when faced with the reality of supporting children, aging parents, and yourself.

Getting to know American Red Cross of Northwest Georgia executive director Carla Maton.

Birmingham, Alabama, is bursting with art, culture, history, and, of course, great barbecue.

Memorable moments from my time spent on and off the water.

Letter From the Publisher

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Dog Eared

Calendar for Living Happenings in our ’hood.

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Dollars & Sense

Community

Wanderlust

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Get Cookin’

Seasonal ingredients shine in three sensational salad recipes.

Robert’s World

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Just Sayin’

A motto to remember.



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You Get a Line, and I’ll Get a Pole, Honey

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ishing is an activity you could say I have a love-hate relationship with. I’ve tried it many times, and some experiences were more enjoyable than others. Being a bit of a girly girl, some aspects of fishing aren’t appealing to me. Forget me baiting a hook with a worm or cricket, but I will bait minnows. Once you cast and don’t lose your bait, waiting for the fish to bite can be trying, but who doesn’t like to catch a fish? Even if you’ve wrestled what you believe will be a whopper and find out it’s a puny crappie, it’s fun because they’re fighters, and you’re the victor. In one of my past experiences, my brother Bill and I fished in a pond in Cedartown and used hot dogs as our bait. I don’t remember that trick helping us catch anything, but the one thing that I do remember was dipping tobacco for the first time. That was a one-and-done for me, but it made my brother laugh. My college boyfriend’s family owned a cottage at Pointe Aux Barques, Michigan, located at the top of the Thumb. He had a large, fun-loving family, and we all got up before dawn to spend several hours each morning trolling on Lake Huron. If anyone caught a fish, it was a big deal, like we were a team cheering for each other. A good day meant a great meal of fried (L to R): Me and Lisa showing off our rainbow trout. fish for dinner. The most exciting fishing experience was somewhat unexpected. Four years ago, in support of a fundraiser, my college roommate, Lisa, purchased tickets for a day of fly fishing guided by the Asheville Fly Fishing Company. Lisa loves to fish so much that she used to keep a fishing pole in her trunk. When she asked me to go, I was intrigued and excited to spend a day fly fishing. We both knew it wouldn’t be easy but decided that we’d try something new, and our goal was to catch one fish. Galen, the owner, met us, and we followed him to the Watauga River near Johnson City, Tennessee. It was a picturesque day with the mist rising and the morning sun glistening on the water. We hopped on the boat and started learning the proper techniques, which are quite different from traditional fishing. One technique in fly fishing is called dapping. Dapping is done by holding the rod in one hand and using a small amount of line to softly place a fly on top of the fish. It’s not easy, but Galen had the patience of Job, and he was a great teacher. Lisa and I caught several brown and rainbow trout floating down the river. Each catch made Lisa, and eventually, me, giddy. I was squeamish, though, when I had to hold one of the fish for a photo op, but I started feeling a bit sassy after a while. Yeah, we’ve got this! On our long drive to Lisa’s house in Greenville, South Carolina, we relished the glorious day we’d experienced. We had loads of fun and were proud of ourselves for accomplishing something as tricky as catching a trout fly fishing. We came, we saw, and we caught fish! It was such a great experience that I’m taking my Honey fly fishing with Galen for our fourth wedding anniversary this fall. It’ll be another adventure for us. As the song goes, “You get a line, and I’ll get a pole, Honey. You get a line, and I’ll get a pole, Babe. You get a line, and I’ll get a pole. We’ll go fishin’ in the crawdad hole, Honey, Baby, mine.”

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Publisher and Founder Editor-in-Chief Laura Wood Erickson Editor Alexandra McCray editor@nwgeorgialiving.com Creative Director Andi Counts Designer Mackenzie Kuhn Copy Editor Elin Woods Contributing Writers Jill Becker, Ande Frazier, Galen Kipar, Alexandra McCray, Kathy Patrick, Emily Robinson, Robert Smyth, Elin Woods Contributing Photographers Ivan Felipe Photography LLC Brooke Martin Photography Web Master Tracy Slack & Associates Sales Laura Wood Erickson wood.laura@yahoo.com Contact us at: (706) 346-9858 wood.laura@yahoo.com NW Georgia Living P.O. Box 72546 Marietta, GA 30007 We welcome all contributions, but we assume no responsibility for unsolicited material. NW Georgia Living is published bimonthly by L. Wood LLC. Copyright © 2022. All rights reserved. No portion of this publication may be copied, scanned, or reproduced in any manner without prior written consent from the publisher.


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d CALENDAR FOR LIVING

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Colonial Crafts Weekend Workshops July 1–3 30 Alabama St., Cave Spring Put down your smartphone and pick up an art from the past. Instructors will teach skills such as quilting and basket weaving during this workshop series. tockify.com/ romegeorgia/ pinboard

Music by the Tracks

July 9, 7–9pm Downtown Cartersville See Joe Lasher and Kaitlyn Baker sing high-energy country hits at this free concert sponsored by Glenda Mitchell Law Firm and Ingles Markets. facebook.com/ downtowncartersville

Full Moon Hike: Iron Hill Trail

Ridge Ferry Farmers Market

Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7–11am Ridge Ferry Park Farmers Market Pavilion, Rome Shop a wide selection of food, crafts, and other items. rfpra.com/farmers-market

July 13, 8:30pm Red Top Mountain State Park, Acworth Savor sunset views and then use blacklights to search for items during this

First Friday Concert

July 1, 7pm Town Green, Rome Dance the night away with the Live Exchange Party Band. downtownromega.us/events/ first-fridays 6 | NW GEORGIA LIVING JULY/AUGUST 2022

2-mile roundtrip hike on moderate terrain. Be sure to call (770) 975-0055 or go to the park’s visitor center to register in advance. visitcartersvillega.org

Music by the Tracks

July 16, 7–9pm Downtown Cartersville Presented by the Glenda Mitchell Law Firm, the 2022 concert series closes out with a super-charged show by Band X that includes hits from the 1970s to today. facebook.com/ downtowncartersville

Colombian Independence Day Celebration July 17, Noon Downtown Cartersville Celebrate the culture and history of Colombia at this free festival featuring music, food, and lots of dancing. facebook.com/ interculturalfest

Cave Spring Motorcycle Rally & Music Fest

July 29–30 125 Davis Rd., Cave Spring Motorcycle enthusiasts and music fans can camp onsite for this action-packed event featuring bike games and a bike show, musical performances, a Choppertown Live TV taping, a Boots & Dukes Rally Girl pageant, and more. cavespringga.com/ calendar-of-events


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headline at the August installment of this popular community concert series. downtownromega.us/events/ first-fridays

Cave Spring Low Country Boil

Adairsville Celebrates America

Aug. 13, 11am Rolater Park, Cave Spring Chow down on fresh Georgia corn and other classic low country boil ingredients at this Louisiana-inspired culinary event. business. romega.com

July 2, 5–9:30pm Manning Mill Park, Adairsville Gather the family for an evening of festive fun that includes live music, inflatables for the kiddos to play in, and spectacular fireworks. adairsvillega.net

Acoustic Café

Community Band Presents “An American Celebration”

Aug. 25, 7–9pm Harris Arts Center, Calhoun Sit back and unwind with a beer or glass of vino while seeing some of the best local and regional talent perform. harrisartscenter.com

July 2, 7pm 308 N. Wall St., Calhoun Hear instrumental musicians pay tribute to our country at the first Harris Arts Center Community Band concert. harrisartscenter.com

Liberty Day Celebration

July 2, 10am–10pm 10 Georgia Ave., Cave Spring (in front of City Hall) Enjoy a bevy of themed events such as a 5K race, Liberty Day pageants, re-enactments, fireworks, and more. Plus, shop offerings from various vendors. cavespringga.com

4th of July Celebration Cartersville

July 4, multiple times and locations Kick-off the holiday by seeing a parade make its way through downtown at 9am, then head to Dellinger Park from 3-10pm for food, fun, and fireworks. visitcartersvillega.org

Backpack Buddies 5K Race

First Friday Concert

Aug. 5, 7pm Town Green, Rome The blues band The Unusual Suspects will

Aug. 27, 8am–Noon Downtown Cartersville Help feed children in need by lacing up those tennis shoes and hitting the pavement in support of Backpack Buddies. A kid-friendly 1K fun run will also take place. runsignup.com

Patriotic Party in the Park

July 4, park opens at noon Ridge Ferry Park, Rome Get to the park early before live music starts at 7pm to grab dinner from a food vendor. Then, settle in to see more than 1,500 fireworks light up the sky. rfpra.com/july4th

Rome Braves vs. Asheville Tourists

July 4, 7pm AdventHealth Stadium, Rome Wrap up Independence Day by taking in America’s favorite pastime. A fireworks display will follow the game. romegeorgia.org/visit-rome/calendar nwgeorgialiving.com | 7


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Settings Close to Home Fellow Appalachian communities serve as backdrops for four enthralling novels. BY ELIN WOODS

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hen I read, I often find myself escaping, in my mind, to the places being described, whether they’re real or entirely fictional. But this summer, why only read about the areas in books? Why not visit them? In this issue, I’m featuring a selection of books set in various parts of Appalachia that are just a day or weekend trip away. With each book, I’ve included a few options to explore if you feel so inspired, and also, as a special treat, I’ve added some favorite bookstores nearby.

Even As We Breathe: A Novel

By Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle

Set in western North Carolina in Asheville and the Qualla Boundary, Even As We Breathe tells the story of a young man, Cowney Sequoyah, working at an inn in the 1940s. The inn is the current home for members of Axis nations and their families being held as prisoners of war. The story gets really good when a diplomat’s daughter goes missing, but at heart, it’s a coming-of-age story in a confusing time that challenges stereotypes and brings the world to the mountains. Cherokee, North Carolina, and the surrounding area have a ton of places worth visiting. There’s even a local giant that you can try and track down, Judaculla, if you’re the really adventurous sort. For those who love history, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian is a great place to spend a day.

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Christy

By Catherine Marshall

This is probably one of my favorite books, even if the miniseries left me hanging with an unsatisfying ending. (Yes, there were three made-for-TV movies to continue the story, but frankly, they just weren’t the same.) While I proudly call Appalachia my home and find my corner beautiful, something about the Great Smoky Mountains always feels like home. Christy Huddleston, at the age of 19, leaves Asheville, North Carolina, to go and live in a small community in east Tennessee. She finds life quite different in Cutter Gap, but in time, thanks to friends and possible love interests, she also finds the place feeling like home. If you too fall in love with this story, you can journey to Cocke County, Tennessee, where landmarks and places are associated with the novel. While Cutter Gap is fictional, the book is inspired by Marshall’s mother, who went into the mountains to teach, so she does include real locations enough for folks to have kept the story of Christy going.

The Devil’s Hearth By Phillip DePoy

Moving farther south, DePoy sets this supernatural mystery series in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia. Fever Devilin is a folklorist who returns to the mountains and, upon arriving at his parents’ house, discovers a corpse waiting for him on the front porch. To make matters even more interesting, the corpse, he learns, is that of a previously unknown half-brother. You’ll have to read on to discover how this unfolds. I likely need not tell you, dear reader, how lovely the Chattahoochee National Forest is, but there’s more to this area than just the great outdoors. Downtown Blue Ridge has a scenic railway and a self-guided historic walking tour, among other features, including top-notch restaurants and loads of places to shop.


Transcendent Kingdom: A Novel By Yaa Gyasi

Gyasi shares a story set in two locations she’s personally connected to — Huntsville, Alabama, and Ghana. The main character, Gifty, is the daughter of Ghanian parents and is a neuroscience Ph.D. candidate at Stanford, studying her family’s suffering. However, science alone can’t cure everything she’s experienced in her life, and she finds herself turning to other sources of guidance along the way. This book is often reviewed as a very personal read as it draws some from the author’s own experiences. If you’d like to explore your version of Huntsville and include a little bit of science on the side, there’s perhaps no better option than the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. It’s branded as the Earth’s largest spaceflight museum, and that’s just one thing to see in the city. One of my favorite finds is that the city is full of scavenger hunts to participate in, and it’s something to add to my travel to-do list.

Appalachian Bookstore Roundup Some of my favorites when I find myself in southern Appalachia:

City Lights Bookstore 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva, NC 28779

Union Ave Books 517 Union Ave., Knoxville, TN 37902

The Book & Cover 1310 Hanover St., Chattanooga, TN 37405

Book Bound Bookstore 35 Blue Ridge St., Unit B, Blairsville, GA 30512 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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Caught in the Middle Advice for managing your finances and more when faced with the reality of supporting children, aging parents, and yourself.

BY ANDE FRAZIER

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s a certified financial planner, I often find that working with people and their money is like solving a good puzzle. This is especially true when I work with those in the “sandwich generation.” The sandwich generation is defined as adults in their 40s and 50s who find themselves sandwiched between taking care of young or adult children and supporting older parents, as well as taking care of themselves. If you’re in this “caught in the middle” group of people, here are some ways you can prioritize and manage these competing responsibilities.

Communication Many older parents want to maintain a level of independence and may not be willing to share all their financial details with their children. However, it’s important that some plans are made in the event there are unforeseen circumstances. You can start by determining how willing they are to engage in these discussions. Are they willing to share if they have legal and financial documents in place? Even asking for a copy of these documents can spark a conversation that can lead to getting clear about what has and hasn’t been done. If you find it hard to start these conversations, consider working with a professional who can serve as a facilitator. Too often, people wait until a parent is cognitively impaired to start thinking about these issues. Once that happens, the choices are limited regarding what can and can’t be done. If you have siblings, it’s important to define who will be the caregiver when needed and who will be able to step in to provide financial assistance when warranted. The best way to combat family disruptions is to open the lines of communication so everyone has a chance to express their concerns. Communication is also key with children. What is their level of expectation regarding support, financial and otherwise? I meet so many parents who end up sacrificing their own financial situation on behalf of their children. This is especially true when paying for college. I always tell parents to remember that you can finance college, but you can’t finance retirement. By setting boundaries on how much you’re willing and can afford to help, you’ll help them manage their own financial decisions. 10 | NW GEORGIA LIVING JULY/AUGUST 2022

Leveraging Resources Often, the sandwich generation spends their time and money taking care of everyone else around them while avoiding looking at their own financial situation. This may be easier to do while you’re still working, but at some point, you may have to scale back or stop working. In that case, switching from working to living off the assets you have can require a major life adjustment. Before thinking about taking on the financial responsibilities of parents and children, make sure your financial house is in order. Do you have a “liberty fund?” Are you saving 15% to 20% of your income for retirement? Do you know how much money you’ll need in retirement? Are you properly protected? Making sure your own financial situation is solid gives you the freedom to offer some support to others without feeling like it’s jeopardizing your own financial needs.

Taking a Timeout As a financial behaviorist, I know the importance emotions can play in financial decision-making. There can be a sense of obligation, guilt, or anger that can manifest when you’re trying to juggle these competing priorities all at once. It’s important to maintain some level of realism in what you can and can’t do. This is the case financially, emotionally, and physically. You can’t reasonably be expected to take care of others if you first don’t take care of yourself. There are many support groups that can provide some assistance, even if it’s just listening to your pain points. One of the biggest mistakes I see people make is not engaging with a professional who can provide resources and expertise to work through all these issues. Don’t be afraid to ask for support to get help when you need it. No one expects you to do it all. 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.


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Getting to Know… Carla Maton

Executive Director | American Red Cross of Northwest Georgia BY ALEXANDRA McCRAY

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ountless on-the-job moments stand out in the mind of Carla Maton, an American The craziest thing I own is … old cell phones. Every Red Cross staff member since 2016 time I upgrade, I can’t seem to part with the phone and the new executive director of the being replaced. I even have my original Nokia phone Northwest Georgia chapter. One involves the squeals bought for me on my 16th birthday. I keep thinking of joy she shared with a shelter client upon learning they can be used to dial 911 in a desperate situation. that the woman was one step closer to gaining They still have a use! permanent housing after losing her home and I’m known among my friends and family for … being a possessions in a flood. very kind-hearted person, which, at times, has caused For Maton, a Dalton native, public service is a me to have to be intentionally tough, especially with family affair. It was her brother, a local police officer, four children in the home. who encouraged her to pursue the field. “I saw the My favorite place in Dalton is … Haig Mill Lake Park. help he was giving people every If you look over its trees, you can day, and then there was a position see a pretty major highway, but “I saw the help he at our 911 dispatch center. He said, you don’t even hear it. It’s the ‘Hey, I think you should apply.’ was giving people calmest place. And that’s how it all started,” she every day, and then I never get tired of reading … the says. From there, she continued in public safety and, briefly, there was a position Harry Potter series. I absolutely love it and have read it so many emergency medicine before at our 911 dispatch times. It’s a way to completely joining the Red Cross. The nonprofit provides disaster center. He said, ‘Hey, disconnect from the world and go into this fantasy world that I relief, blood services, emergency I think you should think is so interesting. I’m gonna messaging for armed forces get to Florida, where they’ve built members and their families, and apply.’ And that’s a whole Hogwarts world, and see health and safety classes. It relies how it all started.” the books come to life. on volunteers, which Maton says Something everyone should try at least once is … the Northwest Georgia chapter could especially use volunteering. I don’t think people realize how for disaster relief and to serve on the board. fulfilling it is, and you can find a volunteer position In her new position, she hopes to increase the in just about any kind of interest. My daughter wants chapter’s presence in the region and achieve strong to go volunteer at a cat café, and I didn’t even know collaboration with the leaders and residents of the 15 those existed. counties it covers, including Whitfield, where she, her husband, and their blended family live. Every day I … pray for patience and to keep steady Dogs or cats? My daughter and I would say cats, and on the course, and make sure that my family and I I think that’s because of how chill cats are. They’re are doing what we should be doing in the eyes of as low maintenance of a pet you can have, and our creator. they’re cuddle buddies. The guys in our family are all My current heroes are … my parents because I’ve seen for dogs. them build a life around each other and raise four Vanilla or chocolate? Chocolate, for sure. It’s my kids of their own. They’ve instilled in us wonderful absolute favorite dessert. I will eat any type of character, and I look up to them immensely. chocolate you put in front of me. American Red Cross of Northwest Georgia, redcross.org 12 | NW GEORGIA LIVING JULY/AUGUST 2022


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Birmingham Beckons Just a few hours southwest sits one of the South’s most charming cities, full of attractions and nature galore. BY JILL BECKER

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ith a nickname like The Magic City, Birmingham, Alabama, has a lot to live up to. But even a quick weekend trip is enough to convince you that the city has plenty of magic to share with its visitors. In fact, Travel + Leisure magazine named it one of the “50 Best Places to Travel in 2021.” Here’s a peek at what all the buzz is about.

What to Know Birmingham was settled in 1871 and today is one of Alabama’s most populous cities. Thankfully, it still maintains a more small-town vibe, attracting visitors with its Southern charms, rich history, and natural beauty.

What to See and Do It’s hard to talk about Birmingham without noting its role in the Civil Rights Movement, which can be explored at several sites around town, including the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, an introspective series of galleries and exhibits chronicling the epic struggle for equality. Across the street is the 16th Street Baptist Church, the city’s first black church, made famous in 1963 after a bombing by white supremacists killed four young girls attending Sunday School. Notable cultural sites include the Birmingham Museum of Art and the Alabama Theatre. The former features three floors’ worth of paintings, sculptures, drawings, and more from across the globe. Best of all, admission is free. The latter is a magnificently restored 1920s movie palace that’s now used for more than 150 events annually. 16 | NW GEORGIA LIVING JULY/AUGUST 2022

One of the city’s most impressive attractions is the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, the largest motorcycle museum in the world. Its vast assemblage includes everything from an 1894 Hildebrand & Wolfmüller, the first massproduced motorcycle ever created, to a 1995 Britten V1000, one of only 10 unconventional hand-built racing bikes ever created. But the cycles aren’t the only thing to gawk at here; the building itself is a thing of beauty. If seeing all those two-wheeled wonders has you feeling the need for speed, sign up for a driving course at the adjacent Porsche Track Experience. You’ll learn techniques like handling dynamics, throttle steering, trail braking, and drifting, then get behind the wheel for a chance to test your newfound skills on the world-class, 2.38-mile-long racecourse. If you want to enjoy a little bit of the great outdoors, head to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and explore the more than 12,000 types of plants and 30-plus pieces of outdoor sculpture encompassing the 67.5-acre oasis. Other options include hiking, biking, and ziplining at Red Mountain Park, a 1,500acre urban park. There’s even a 6-acre dog park, so you can bring Fido along to share in the fun.

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Birmingham Botanical Gardens Photos courtesy of the Alabama Tourism Department.


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dishes all in one place, there’s The Pizitz Food Hall, which features more than a dozen food stalls and eateries serving up everything from burgers to barbacoa to boba tea. If you’re of the mind that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and that nothing says breakfast better than doughnuts, check out either of the two locations of Hero Doughnuts & Buns. Their brioche-style yeast doughnuts come in fun flavors like cereal milk, peanut butter crisp, and bread pudding. The menu also includes salads, sandwiches, and even some cocktails.

Where to Stay

Where to Eat and Drink

For more information, visit birminghamal.org.

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If you’re a barbecue fan, you’ll have your choice of great spots to choose from (you’re in the South, after all). A longtime favorite is Golden Rule Bar-B-Q, which has been serving up pit-cooked pork sandwiches and more since 1891. Another tried-and-true joint is Miss Myra’s Pit Bar-B-Q, which wins raves all around but especially for its signature white sauce (the Food Network’s Andrew Zimmern called it “the condiment of choice for barbecue”) and the delicious homemade pies. To find an alphabet soup of multicultural

When it’s time to find a place to kick off your shoes and relax after a full day of exploring, consider the Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown-Tutwiler. Housed in a historic 100-plus-year-old building, it’s a lot more elegant than it may sound. Heck, some of the rooms even have fireplaces. And it’s walkable to sites like the McWane Science Center and the Uptown entertainment district. The chic Hyatt Regency Birmingham-The Wynfrey Hotel boasts ample amenities, including an outdoor rooftop pool (seasonal), 24-hour fitness center, and easy access to shopping, given its location adjacent to the Riverchase Galleria mall.

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

Let the Games Begin! A major sporting event is headed to Birmingham this summer. On July 7-17, the city will host The World Games, an international competition featuring more than 3,500 athletes from over 100 countries. Being held in the U.S. for the first time since the event’s founding in 1981, the World Games is similar to the Olympics but features competitors going for the gold in less mainstream sports such as tug of war, finswimming, duathlon, bowling, beach handball, dancesport, sumo, and canoe marathon. For details and tickets, visit twg2022.com. Jill Becker’s travel writing has appeared in dozens of magazines and websites, including more than 25 stories for CNN.com. nwgeorgialiving.com | 17


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How to start your fly-fishing journey with a guided trip and continue pursuing the sport on your own. BY GALEN KIPAR

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ly fishing is one of those things in life that has enough layers to allow us to peel and peel and never uncover all the wonder within. Though beginners can expect some success their first time with a professional guide, fly fishing also offers a lifetime of challenges and awe to even the most advanced anglers. While figuring out how to catch fish in varied conditions and locations, it allows the opportunity to observe nature through a magnifying lens and create a deeper appreciation for wildlife. A fly fisher is a hydrologist, entomologist, flytier, meteorologist, problem-solver, analyst, strategist, good listener, and observer with a heightened awareness. Fly fishing can improve quality of life; a day on the water with a fly rod in piscatorial pursuit will teach a 20 | NW GEORGIA LIVING JULY/AUGUST 2022

person a few things about themselves. It requires the angler to deal with frustration while remaining positive, find compassion for others and self, and have respect for the environment and gratitude for it all. I believe the world would be a better place if everyone fly fished a few times a month. Whether you’ve been fishing your whole life and want to try fly fishing for the first time or have no experience at all, this article will discuss why going on an excursion with a professional fly-fishing guide can be a great introduction to this style of fishing, shares need-to-know information for your first excursion, and provides advice for your first solo outing.

Preparing for and Making the Most of a Guided Trip For anyone interested in pursuing fly fishing, going on a trip with a professional guide is a great way to experience the river magic and get a gauge on this potential newfound obsession. Knowing when, where, and how to catch fish takes time and research. A veteran fly-fishing guide has likely spent over 10,000 hours in

preparation. They know where fish live, why they live there, and how to catch them in an array of conditions. For someone with a busy lifestyle, hiring a guide allows them to learn faster and have greater success during their limited time spent on the water. Anyone can become proficient at fly fishing; it’s only a matter of investing time. The more time spent practicing a skill or hobby, the more proficient the amateur becomes. Research is a big part of fly fishing. Learning from professionals in person and virtually is an excellent first step when starting out with fly fishing. Before hiring a guide, find tutorials and online videos produced by professionals to watch to get a better sense of the sport. For instance, R.L. Winston is one of the leading rod companies and features renowned instructor Joan Wulff’s 10-video casting series on its website. Watching these videos before your first guided trip will help you understand casting concepts before putting a rod in motion. In addition to doing advanced research on the basics of fly fishing, you’ll also want to take the extra time to


A brown trout is released on the South Holston River.

find an excellent guide for your first trip. Be sure to hire a guide who maintains a 1:1 guide to angler ratio and go for a full day to get as much one-on-one attention as possible to progress faster and more effectively. Guided groups can hinder new anglers who want to receive instruction and learn from the guide’s own experiences. Anyone hiring a guide should receive a wealth of information ranging from casting tips to entomology knowledge to education on knots from a day on the water. At Asheville Fly Fishing Company, we also focus on teaching fish psychology. A good guide will offer their undivided attention and do everything in their power to provide the best experience possible. When looking for your first guide, read reviews and look for credible sources that demonstrate the guide’s length and scope of experience. Many guides are endorsed by gear companies and bring their rods on trips for clients to use. So, hiring a guide is also often a great way to try out different gear before purchasing your own equipment. Chances are, the guide has fished an array of rods and

Galen Kipar (left) holds his client’s catch, a large brown trout.

gear under extreme conditions. Ask the guide questions and use the opportunity to gain as much knowledge as possible. Some outfitters require a rental fee for the gear, and some don’t. You’ll also want to use your time with a guide to ensure that your technique

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Fly Fishing Locally To fish in Georgia, anyone age 16 and older must have a fishing license. You can purchase a yearlong or short-term license and a mountain trout license through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. Once you have the appropriate license(s), here are a few fly-fishing spots in North and Northwest Georgia you may want to visit. • Etowah River • Toccoa River • Noontootla Creek For more information on licenses and locations for fishing, visit georgiawildlife.com.

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the beginning will prevent frustration during future fishing endeavors. Like playing the piano, one must learn the fingerings and scales before one can play fast. For many anglers, their first guided trip can be an enlightening experience. The level of service you’ll get from a guide varies greatly depending on the guide, where you fish, and for which species. It’s different in the western than the eastern U.S. and between saltwater versus freshwater. I’ve heard stories from guests who hired a guide but didn’t receive any instruction, whereas other guides are great teachers, and instruction is part of their service. Asheville Fly Fishing Company welcomes anglers of all experience levels, and our team enjoys helping clients develop their fly-fishing skills. However, some guides only take advanced anglers and have a “no kids or beginners” policy. Some guides don’t provide lunch, gear, flies, pictures, or do-it-yourself information as part of their service. Species can dictate some of the service variables and should be a consideration when deciding where to take your first trip with a guide. For instance, trout are easier to catch on a fly rod than permit. While you’ll still have to be able to do six different things at the same time to catch a trout, sight fishing for permit requires a higher level of skill and isn’t the best option for your first excursion. Trout are the distinguished ladies and gentlemen of the river, with subspecies varying in color and finned features. There are wild trout, stocked trout, sea trout, lake trout, and river trout, just to name a few. Rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout, cutthroat trout, bull trout, golden trout, tiger trout, and several others live in cold freshwater that ideally doesn’t exceed 70o. While large brown and bull trout have predator instinct behavioral patterns, most trout eat tiny bugs that live in the water. These macroinvertebrates start their life cycles on the bottoms of rocks.

Some bugs crawl to the bank and fly off, and some swim through the water, emerging to the surface before flying away. Mayflies, caddisflies, and stoneflies are typical trout food because these bugs get dislodged into the current and become vulnerable while exposed. Trout feed on these bugs during all stages of their life cycle. One of their favorite places to feed is a foam line. Many guides say, “foam is home” when discussing where to cast your fly. Any bug that isn’t swimming will eventually end up in this buffet line and become a trout snack. Get the right fly into the foam line on a trout river, and you’ll likely catch a fish. Trout are often the species that initially draw people to fly fishing, but there are many freshwater and saltwater species where fly fishing is possible. Asheville Fly Fishing Company specializes in guided fly-fishing trips for trout, smallmouth bass, and musky (muskellunge) in western North Carolina and east Tennessee on rivers such as the South Holston River, Watauga River, Nolichucky River, and French Broad River. There are also numerous types of trips you can take. Our offerings range from float trips via drift boats and rafts to backcountry trips, wade trips, multiday trips with safari camping or a cabin and private chef, and smallmouth bass/whitewater trips. Whatever type of fish you decide to go after and trip you choose to take, by the end of your first guided fly-fishing excursion, you’ll, hopefully, have learned a lot, caught a few fish, noticed something new about nature, and had fun in the process.

Going Out on Your Own A good guide on a good day can help a beginner catch a lot of fish. While it may seem easy with a guide, going out on your own to new water can be humbling. Expect to spend the first 30 minutes tying knots and rigging. You’ll likely throw the entire rig into a tree shortly after and have to re-tie the whole


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rig. Expect to do this several times. While you may feel frustrated in these moments, know that you’re getting good practice tying knots, which will make you faster at rigging and, therefore, able to fish more. Failure is part of the fun in fly fishing; learn to embrace it. Before you go fly fishing on your own, here’s a short list of things to consider: • Regulations and licenses • Public access points • Data like fish population, fish species, water level, and weather conditions will help you maximize your time in a place where fish are present at a water level where you can safely wade or float during favorable conditions. • If you’re targeting trout and plan to catch and release, know that trout become very vulnerable to dying when water temperatures exceed 70o. When water temps get above 65o, it’s best practice to keep trout in the water, keep them wet, and avoid touching them with dry hands. If it was a long fight, revive the fish by holding it in the water with its head pointing upstream. Doing in-depth research on the best fish-handling practices while practicing catch and release will prevent fish kills and allow others to enjoy fly fishing on another occasion. nwgeorgialiving.com | 23


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Getting Gear You’ll also need some basic gear for your first solo outing. The size of your rods, reels, and lines will depend on the size fish you’re targeting. The bigger the fish, the bigger the rod. For instance, if you were targeting a musky, then a 10-weight rod and matching reel and line would be adequate. If you were targeting native brook trout in the backcountry, then a 2-weight or 3-weight rod is a good fit. It’s like matching the right tool for the right job. The gear can get very specific and even offer new challenges. Because much of the delight in fly fishing is found in the “process” of catching a fish, the “how” becomes more diverse through gear and ever-evolving tactics. The gear listed below is specific to the southern Appalachian Mountains but could be used in many locations for multiple species.

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Rod, Reel, Fly Line:

• Smallmouth Bass Trips: 9-foot, 6- to 8-weight rods. Matching reels with floating and sinking lines.

• Trout Float Trips: 8.5- to 10-foot, 4- to 6-weight rods. Matching reels with floating lines.

• Trout Wade Trips: 7.5to 9-foot, 2- to 5-weight rods. Matching reels with floating lines.

• 3X, 4X, 5X, and 6X Tippets and 9- to 12-foot Leaders • Flies • Fly box • Forceps

• Nippers • Fly floatant • Split shot • Net • Indicator/bobber • Thermometer

• Breathable waders and boots for all conditions • Neoprene socks and boots for wet wading in the summer

• A compass and topographic map of the area you’re going to explore

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• Sunglasses (Amber polarized lenses are best for seeing into the water and for safety.)

Attire: • Hat • Raincoat • Quick-dry socks • Layered clothing (quick-dry material/ protective sun clothing)


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Fly fishing can seem intimidating when considering the gear, location, timing, conditions, and many other variables when simply, it’s an excuse to enjoy the outdoors and nature. Some rely on fly fishing as a source of mental or emotional therapy. I have several regular guests who have stressful lifestyles or jobs, and they fly fish for stress relief or decompression. Fly fishing requires enough of the angler’s attention to keep them in the moment rather than thinking about past or future stresses. There’s nothing like that moment when the morning fog is lifting off the river, the birds are chirping, the fish are sipping on the surface, and you’re there watching it all unfold into another great day on the water. Galen Kipar owns and operates Asheville Fly Fishing Company. A Field Advisor for R.L. Winston Rod Company and Boulder Boat Works and a Bauer Fly Reels ambassador, he also works with True Wealth Mentorship, bringing together the life lessons of leadership and fly fishing for his guide staff and guests. To learn more about Asheville Fly Fishing Company, visit ashevilleflyfishingco.com. nwgeorgialiving.com | 25

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Good Times Await at A. Dam Food Truck Park & Beer Garden An abandoned golf driving range and its surrounding acreage now make up one of Cartersville’s most happening hotspots.

Photos by Ivan Felipe Photography LLC.

BY KATHY PATRICK

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Dam Food Truck Park & Beer Garden is aptly named. You can figure out most of what’s going on there except for the “A. Dam” part. That largely stems from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Allatoona Dam for Allatoona Lake (known to many as Lake Allatoona). While proximity to Lake Allatoona was nice, owner Brian “BK” Foster confessed he also really liked being able to market hats and other swag with a logo and smile-inducing phrases like “A. Dam Hat” or “A. Dam T-shirt.” The cheeky “A. Dam” tagline ties in nicely with the indoor nautical motif, enhancing the thematic formula of this fun place: lake + food trucks + beer = a good time. Add in the family-friendly, dog-friendly atmosphere, and A. Dam Food Truck Park & Beer Garden is indeed a thoughtfully designed, one-of-a-kind recipe for year-round enjoyment for all. Speaking of recipes, Foster knows the one for success in the food and beverage industry. The 53-year-old father of one has an extensive background in opening, owning, managing, designing, and consulting for various types of restaurants

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ranging from fine dining to farm-to-table to large multilocation eateries. Foster also did a tour with a high-end grocery chain. “I was a prepared foods team leader trainer for Whole Foods for the south region,” he says. Clearly, he’s well-versed in what works with customers, owners, and bankers.

How It All Started When Foster decided he was ready to launch another business after taking a break to focus on family and his consulting work, he had a wealth of ideas and experience on which to draw. In 2020, he found himself looking at a former golf driving range property on Georgia State Route 20 in Cartersville that was, at the time, home to a decrepit building and sad, large deserted outdoor space. Even better was the discovery that an additional full 9 acres could be had for his future dream(s). Never one to pass up a good deal, Foster rented the old driving range and extra acreage, setting out to make something great. Now, the question was: what should he make? After tossing around the idea of a drive-in movie theater, more on that later, Foster landed on a food truck park and beer garden. He knew he wanted a place with the aura of being at someone’s beach house or lake cabin that would be welcoming to the whole family, offer lots of choices in food and beverages, and, most importantly, allow him to support and give back to the community. And supporting and giving back is exactly what Foster has done since the food truck park and beer garden opened in November 2021, with even bigger plans to do so in the future. The food truck park is designed to promote both A. Dam and each vendor. Foster sets reasonable and flexible rental fees to reward bigger sales days while helping offset slower income days, thus giving back to the hardworking food truck vendors. He also helps market and promote breweries in Cartersville


against the walls, are bins with kids’ toys and games, easily pulled out and dumped onto the floor for playtime, just like at home. Outdoors, there are plenty of family yard games, fire pits, picnic tables, and umbrellas, along with a putting green and lots of room for Frisbee throwing and playing catch. And, of course, comfy seating abounds for that relaxing and convivial beer garden vibe. The drink menu features a nice selection of canned beers (a serious can recycling bin is also on-site, another benevolent endeavor by Foster), wine slushies, and on weekends, mimosas and bloody marys. There are about 15 food trucks rotating days and/or nights at A. Dam, providing diverse, tasty fare and beverages, including:

Members of Kharisma Jazzmatic Funk onstage at A. Dam’s spring beer and music festival.

and surrounding areas, finding creative ways to showcase their beers. Foster’s undercover generosity also often includes donating a percentage of proceeds from events at A. Dam to his preferred charities, such as the Giving Kitchen. “I usually don’t announce that — like when we did the festival in April, that wasn’t part of what I advertised. I kind of like to do that [make donations] without trying to boost my name up for my giving,” he says.

The Vision Brought to Life The A. Dam bar really does feel like someone’s beach home or cozy lake cabin. The walls feature repurposed wood fencing from the former driving range, the bar conveniently uses dock cleats for hanging purses, and the two restrooms feature many of the same amenities a half bathroom in a house at the lake would have. In the corner of the bar area, under benches

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Foster tries to have as little crossover in food truck offerings as possible, so he staggers which trucks are there each day. Check the A. Dam social media pages to see which food trucks will be on location when you plan to go.

What’s Next There are plans to expand what Foster offers at his property, and he’s already working on details. He held a beer and music festival in April that garnered a number of attendees and served as a testament to his knack for holding crowdpleasing events. A. Dam’s outdoor space is so grand its standard activity offerings weren’t impacted by the addition of a huge stage, dance area, and roughly 30 beer tents, plus guests’ folding chairs and blankets. Four bands were featured, providing a variety of musical styles, including party rock and rhythm and blues, that kept the audience begging for more. A portion of the festival proceeds were donated to the Etowah Valley Humane Society, in keeping with Foster’s goal to aid his community. Other great gatherings he has planned for 2022 include a bluegrass and roots festival on October 8; an Oktoberfest party on October 15 featuring a polka band, German beer, and dirndl/lederhosen costume contests; and a winter festival, to be announced. 28 | NW GEORGIA LIVING JULY/AUGUST 2022

Long-range plans for A. Dam include an outdoor amphitheater at which Foster can regularly host events with more permanent sound and lighting setups. Similarly, what better use for the breadth of a former driving range than to add a drive-in movie theater updated with 21st-century technology and a long list of classic film titles he’d love to share with audiences? Be on the lookout for these great additions. In the meantime, there’s plenty of great food, beer, and fun to be found at A. Dam Food Truck Park & Beer Garden, just the way it is now. So, make plans to visit soon.

A. Dam Food Truck Park & Beer Garden 5619 Canton Highway Cartersville, GA 30121

Hours Monday: Closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Food truck service ends around 8 to 8:30 p.m. Kathy Patrick is a personal chef and barre instructor in Rome, Georgia. She loves cooking, traveling, water-skiing, stand-up paddleboarding, and bicycling with her husband, Berry College professor Martin Cipollini. She is vice president of the Georgia chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation, a volunteer organization whose goal is restoring the iconic trees.


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ardening is on a sudden uprise. Maybe it’s because of increasing costs, maybe folks want to know where their food comes from, or maybe some want to learn a new skill. No matter the reason, most households are now dabbling in gardening on some level. If you’ve picked up this rewarding hobby, perhaps you’ve successfully grown beautiful tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and some lovely pots of herbs? You may even have more food on your hands than you know what to do with and are thinking, now what? As a homesteading mom of five, I have a few ideas and tips for preserving your garden produce so you don’t see your hard work rot on the windowsill.

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Save Scraps for Stock One of my very favorite ways to preserve produce is to save veggie peels and scraps for vegetable stock. For this, scrub your produce clean, then peel or cut away what you don’t need for your meal. Save these scraps in a jar in the freezer. Later, you can have a “broth day” and pull these farm-fresh scraps out to turn into vegetable broth. To make vegetable broth, simmer scraps on low/medium heat for 12 hours and stir occasionally. Then, strain and can or freeze the liquid for later use. I especially love this practice because it eliminates food waste.

Homemade Vegetable Broth Put veggie peels and scraps to good use. Frozen vegetable scraps Water Large pot Aromatics to taste

Simmer frozen vegetable scraps and aromatics in a large pot on low/ medium heat for 12 hours and stir occasionally. Strain the broth to remove solids. Can or freeze the liquid for later use.


Consider Canning Canning is another one of my preferred ways to preserve food because nothing beats opening a jar of summer tomatoes on a cold January evening. Many people are intimidated by canning, and it’s indeed something worthy of caution, but when done correctly is the best way to preserve just about anything you grow. I like to can produce in its most basic state, so I can then add it to numerous dishes. My favorite items for this method are tomatoes and beans. When my pantry is well-stocked with versatile produce, I can switch on the fly from tomato soup to chili to spaghetti. So, set aside one day, pour yourself a glass of something, roll your sleeves up, and get to canning. You’ll thank yourself later.

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Fill Up the Freezer When I find that I don’t have enough hours in a day, I’ll freeze some of my produce. First, you wash it and cut it into uniform pieces, and then spread it out and pat dry. Next, spread the clean, dry vegetables out on a baking sheet and put them in the freezer. After a few hours, take the veggies from the baking sheet, toss them into a freezer-safe bag, and then label. I particularly like to freeze squash, zucchini, and okra. They all thaw out easily, and I’ll toss them into soups or stews or coat them with a nice breading and fry. Now, every gardener will find themselves suddenly swimming in zucchini. I don’t know how, but it’s true. So, I’ll chop up my zucchini, then throw it in the food processor and put it into freezer-safe bags in 2-cup quantities; this gives me enough for two loaves of zucchini bread.

Zucchini Bread Prep 2 cups of shredded zucchini provides enough for two loaves of bread. Zucchini Food processor Freezer-safe bags

Harvest and wash your fresh zucchini. Chop up zucchini, then place in food processor and pulse until finely shredded. Place finely shredded zucchini into freezer-safe bags in 2-cup quantities, then freeze. Thaw zucchini when needed.

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Frozen Herb Cubes Pop one of these cubes into a pan as a recipe starter. Fresh herbs Preferred cooking oil Ice cube tray

Chop up fresh herbs. Place herbs into ice cube tray and fill with oil and then freeze. Remove a cube from the tray when needed.

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Use the same method when you find yourself overrun with squash and freeze it for squash casserole later. A little planning ahead will allow you to use your garden yield over the long term.

Add Herbs to Other Ingredients or Dry Them Out Herbs are a favorite to grow because of their fondness for containers and smaller spaces. If you have a pot and a sunny space, you can grow herbs. While cooking with fresh herbs is ideal and lovely in every way, most produce more than one can cook with and should be stored. You can chop up fresh herbs and place them in ice cube trays with oil and freeze the mixture, later tossing a cube into a pan to start off just about any meal. I also like to infuse different kinds of vinegar that I’ll use on salads with herbs. To do this, place an assortment of herbs into a clean jar and top with vinegar. The longer it sits, the more the flavor will develop. Drying herbs is also very straightforward and will help pinch pennies. If you have a dehydrator, it’s the easiest way to dry large amounts of herbs. If not, you can take an old, clean window screen and place your herbs on the screen to dry. Be sure to turn the herbs over so they dry evenly. Herbal salts are a simple way to use your herbs as well. I take whatever herb blend I like from my garden, place it into a food processor, add my favorite larger salt — pink Himalayan — and blend it all together. Next, I spread the herbal salts on a baking sheet to dry and then store them in jars. These make great gifts.


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Let Items Sit Pickling and fermenting are not only easy but eating fermented foods has many wonderful health benefits. For pickling, I grow a specific variety of cucumbers. I find larger cucumbers tend to turn mushy, but small pickles packed into a jar whole with brine are always a winner. My kids’ favorite, though, is pickled okra. Any way you prepare okra, whether it’s pickled, grilled, frozen, or fried, using the small and tender pieces is always best. Fermenting cabbage (sauerkraut) can also be found on our counter year-round. We grow a storage variety that holds up well through the winter, so we’re able to enjoy sauerkraut all winter long until our greens come in spring. To make sauerkraut, simply chop your cabbage and place it in a large bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of salt per pound of cabbage and knead the cabbage. It’ll release a good amount of liquid while kneading. Pack the kraut tightly into a clean jar and top with the saltwater created during kneading. Use a folded outer cabbage leaf or glass fermentation weight to keep the kraut packed down below the brine, then screw on the lid and let it sit for three to four weeks. While fermenting anything, be sure to burp your jars once a day by temporarily opening the lid slightly to let the pressure out. You can also purchase plastic burping lids that’ll do this for you. There is something very fulfilling about working closely with the Earth and enjoying the fruits of your labor. Learning how to preserve your food will ensure that you and your family are able to eat well beyond the summer months. Try choosing one method and focus on that until you feel confident that you’re ready to tackle the next. Let’s shift back to evenings spent together as families shucking corn to freeze or stringing beans to can, and we’ll find that this lifestyle not only feeds our bellies but our souls.

Herbal Salts Herbal salts are a great way to add flavor to your meals.

Fresh herbs Large salt Food processor Baking sheet Jars with lids

Wash and pat dry your favorite blend of herbs from your garden. Place herbs and salt into food processor and blend. Spread herbal salts on baking sheet to dry. Once dry, store herbal salts in jars. Emily Robinson lives in Rome, Georgia, on a 10-acre farm with her wife, Carlye, and their five children. Her love for farming started in childhood with summers spent in Hiawassee, Georgia, on her Mamaw and Papaw’s farm. She began her own farm nine years ago with a small flock of chickens and now raises all her own meats, has a family milking cow, Elsie, and gardens year-round.

Simple Sauerkraut We grow a storage variety of cabbage that holds up well through the winter, so we’re able to enjoy sauerkraut all winter long until our greens come in spring. 1 pound    Fresh cabbage 2 tablespoons Salt      Jar with lid

Chop your cabbage and place it in a large bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of salt per pound of cabbage and knead the cabbage. It’ll release a good amount of liquid while kneading. Pack the kraut tightly into a clean jar and top with the saltwater created during kneading. Use a folded outer cabbage leaf or glass fermentation weight to keep the kraut packed down below the brine, then screw on the lid and let it sit for three to four weeks. While fermenting anything, be sure to burp your jars once a day by temporarily opening the lid slightly to let the pressure out. You can also purchase plastic burping lids that’ll do this for you. nwgeorgialiving.com | 33


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Watermelon, Tomato, and Feta Salad with Summer Herbs Serves 6 | This salad is wonderful with fresh-from-the-farmers-market tomatoes and watermelon. If you can’t find yellow watermelon, double the amount of red watermelon. For a different twist, spray watermelon slices with cooking spray and grill just until grill marks appear on the watermelon.

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3 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons fresh herbs, preferably mint, basil, parsley, and chives, plus extra for serving 1 tablespoon lemon juice, fresh ½ teaspoon kosher salt ⅛ teaspoon pepper

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1 cup yellow watermelon, seeded, cut into 1-inch cubes ¼ cup red onion, thinly sliced vertically ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled

Whisk dressing ingredients together in a large bowl, then add tomato, watermelon, and onion, and toss to coat. Sprinkle salad with cheese and toss gently. Top with extra herbs for garnish.

4 tomatoes, cut into chunks 1 cup red watermelon, seedless, cut into 1-inch cubes

Serves 8 | A Florentine version soaks the bread in water, then squeezes and breaks bread into pieces to absorb tomato juices and vinaigrette. This recipe calls for crunchy croutons; the salad is layered on a platter to retain that crunchiness. 1 teaspoon garlic, minced ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard 3 tablespoons Champagne, white wine, or balsamic vinegar ¼ cup olive oil, or more to taste ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper ½ small red onion, thinly sliced

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8 ounces ciabatta or crusty sourdough bread, preferably stale, cubed 2 tablespoons olive oil ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt

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1 pound cherry or grape tomatoes, halved 1 pound farm-fresh small tomatoes, cut into bite-size pieces 2 mini cucumbers, sliced thinly 8 ounces fresh small mozzarella balls ⅓ cup roughly chopped fresh basil (about ½ an ounce) 1 tablespoon thinly sliced Kalamata olives 1 tablespoon capers

Serves 4 | Wondering what to do with all that summer squash? Make a carpaccio by shaving the squash into strips and skipping the cooking.

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Preheat oven to 425°. Toss bread cubes in oil and salt, then place on rimmed baking sheet. Bake 7 to 10 minutes until golden, then let cool. Whisk vinaigrette ingredients together. Cut onion slices in half and stir into vinaigrette. Let vinaigrette stand in refrigerator while assembling salad. Place tomatoes on large serving platter. Tuck half the croutons among tomatoes, place cucumber slices and mozzarella around salad. Spread remaining croutons on top. Using a fork, remove onions from vinaigrette and distribute over tomato mixture. Stir dressing and drizzle over salad. Sprinkle basil, olives, and capers on top, followed by a light grind of black pepper. Let salad marinate for 20 minutes before serving.

cup pine nuts or sliced almonds pounds mixed baby zucchini and yellow squash to 1 cup grated pecorino cheese Salt to taste

Dressing

½ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest 1 tablespoon lemon juice, fresh 1 large garlic clove, minced 3 teaspoons total of a variety of chopped fresh herbs (thyme, mint, tarragon, parsley, basil, etc.) 3 tablespoons olive oil

Toast nuts over medium heat in a dry skillet until fragrant, continuously stirring. Immediately remove and put on a plate. Using a vegetable peeler, shave squash and zucchini into paper-thin ribbons by peeling the length of the squash and turning a quarter turn after each slice until you reach the seedy core. Spread ribbons on a plate and sprinkle with salt, then let sit for 20 minutes. Whisk dressing ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside. Rinse squash, then pat dry and place in serving bowl. Whisk dressing again. Drizzle squash and zucchini with pecorino, nuts, and dressing. Serve immediately. Kathy Patrick is a personal chef and barre instructor in Rome, Georgia. She loves cooking, traveling, waterskiing, stand-up paddleboarding, and bicycling with her husband, Berry College professor Martin Cipollini. She is vice president of the Georgia chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation, a volunteer organization whose goal is restoring the iconic trees. nwgeorgialiving.com | 35


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love to fish. I love the water, the gear, the thrill more impressive expletive and left. We all about of the fight, and the sandwiches, snacks, and peed on ourselves. beverages that usually accompany any good I’ve had many adventures out on the water. I’ve fishing trip. I’ve caught big fish, unusual fish, seen guys put boats in the lake without the water small fish, and sometimes, no fish. I enjoy fishing plug in and pull out a boat full of water. I’ve seen from the bank or in a boat, and I enjoy eating what I guys fall out of a boat setting the hook too hard, and catch. This is starting to sound like a Dr. Seuss book. I’ve even seen guys jump in the water after a fish What seems like a lifetime ago, I fished in bass when it shook the line. tournaments with some of the best guys I’ve ever I’ve lost the equivalent of a college tuition in known. I was part of a bass club in Tennessee, lures and even lost a rod once when I wasn’t paying and during the season, we’d be on the lake every attention — score one for the fish. I wonder if he has weekend in pursuit of that elusive “big one.” that rod mounted in his den. We’d arise at 4 a.m. to leave to be on the water at One of my favorite on-the-water stories isn’t first light. I guess we thought we were sneaking up about fishing but just a leisurely boat ride. We’d just on the fish while they were asleep. On our way, we’d gotten an old pontoon boat, and I was unfamiliar always find a local spot to grab with its eccentricities (every boat a biscuit and wait for the sun to has them). I figured one tank of “Oh, that’s a wolf come up. gas would take us up the lake a bit I remember one morning; and back. I was wrong. deer. They run we were in a little place near I was wearing some fanciful Kentucky Lake. We were in the swim trunks and a green John free around the back, gathered around small tables Deere straw hat with goose enjoying sausage biscuits and lake. You’ll need to feathers that my kids had given coffee, when a gentleman came me. I’d forgotten my sunglasses, watch the children so my wife lent me her pair with in who wasn’t a local. In fact, this may have been his first camping large decorative rhinestones down at night.” trip anywhere. He was lost and the sides. She’d also put my coffee looking for a campsite around in a large yellow SpongeBob sippy the lake. cup so it wouldn’t spill. The gentleman (and I use the term loosely) who So, now that you have the complete picture, owned the general store slash bait shop slash gas imagine all 6 foot 4 of me waving my hands trying to station slash car care center slash cabin rental had flag you down for help. Two fellas finally pulled up mounted behind the counter a deer head that he’d to help but were very disappointed when they found put red eyes and wolf teeth in. The out-of-towner saw out they weren’t rescuing Elton John. this and asked, “What the [bleep] is that?” Needless to say, I have lots of great fishing stories, The gentleman behind the counter said, “Oh, but the best part of it all is the usual peace and quiet that’s a wolf deer,” without missing a beat. “They you get when wetting a line. You can think deep run free around the lake. You’ll need to watch thoughts or not, whichever you prefer, and relax a bit. the children at night.” We could hardly contain If you want, call me sometime and let’s go fishing. I’ll our amusement. bring my stories and snacks. Just then, the out-of-towner also noticed a largemouth bass mounted with human dentures in a big grin next to the deer head. He shouted another

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