Recipes you will LOVE: Today’s Featured Chef: Matt Wright

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Aha! Connection Recipes you will LOVE

A common thread that most of our “chefs” share is Murphey Candler Park. Matt is no exception. He coaches all four of his sons in baseball, serves on the men’s board and coaches on the football side too. As if that isn’t enough, Matt is the co-owner of Wright’s Gourmet in Dunwoody with his father.… Read More »

Recipes you will LOVE: Today’s Featured Chef, Alan Mothner

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Aha! Connection Recipes you will LOVE

Next up in the batting order of local chefs is Alan Mothner.  Many of you might know Alan from Murphey Candler Park or perhaps from one of his photography classes or quite possibly from the Dunwoody Nature Center at which he is the Executive Director!… Read More »

Recipes you will LOVE: Today’s Featured Chef, Josh Nazarian

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Even though Josh spends a lot of time at Murphy Candler coaching football and watching his kids play baseball, softball and more, he still takes the time to treat his wife, Jaclyn, to some good eats at home.

Aha! Connection Recipes you will LOVE

So rack of lamb is my go-to for Jaclyn on holidays and special occasions. … Read More »

Recipes you will LOVE: Today’s Featured Chef – Mike Casey

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Aha! Connection Recipes you will LOVE

Recipes, for me, have never been an “etched in stone” kind of thing.  Whether I’m following a recipe in a cookbook/online, trying to recreate something I’ve eaten at a restaurant or simply making something up, I rarely repeat a recipe verbatim. … Read More »


Mike Casey

Recipes you will LOVE: Today’s Featured Chef – Matt Kern

Submitted by Patty Moncrief

Aha! Connection Recipes you will LOVE

My first featured chef is dear friend and neighbor, Matt Kern.

Hello to all you AHA Connection followers! I have the pleasure of sharing with you some recipes that I hope you will enjoy this Valentine’s Day.

I grew up in Atlanta, so many of my culinary influences come from Southern Chefs and the Southern comfort food my mother made when I was a child.… Read More »


Matt Kern

NYE Bubbly Picks from Michael Bryan at Vino Venue

Here are three great NYE bubbly picks from Michael Bryan of the Atlanta Wine School.  All are available at Vino Venue in the Georgetown Shopping Center

Affordable Bling

Cuvee Deor Prosecco, Italy $20

This solid gold bottle will certainly garner 2nd looks at a gathering!  Perfumy, soft in the mouth, with an ever-so-slightly touch of fruit sweetness.  … Read More »

Recipe of the Week: Lucky New Year’s Day Menu

In my family Mama always had the exact same menu every New Year’s Day for lunch.  I pretty much follow my Mom’s traditions and this is what I prepare and serve every New Year’s Day:

Turnip Greens
-Representing Money…eat more greens, earn more money in the upcoming year!

-I think we make cornbread simply because it is so yummy with turnip greens but somthing I just read says I’ve been eating it because it represents gold.… Read More »

Healthy Lunch Box Ideas!

Though my mind and my electric bill still say, “Summer,” it’s time to wrap our heads around the back-to-school routine, like it or not! With the start of school also comes the daily challenge of packing a healthy lunch that your kids will actually eat. My kids, though not especially picky at home, have strong preferences for what can and cannot go into the lunchbox.… Read More »

Penne with Tuna and Capers and more!

Submitted by Debbie Sumner

This is so refreshing for summer with the lemony sauce and so light too.
I make the pasta and put out the rest in bowls and my kids pick and choose what else they want to add:

12 oz penne pasta (I use Barilla Plus for more protein)
2 cloves minced garlic
zest and juice of 2 lemons
1/4 cup drained capers
1 15 oz can cannellini beans
1 cuo cooked edamame
1 6 oz can drained albacore tuna
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
crumbled feta to garnish

Make a sauce out of the lemon, garlic and olive oil.… Read More »

Jane’s Famous Gazpacho


  • 4 cups Clamato juice
  • 1/2 cup onion – minced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper – minced
  • 3 Tablespoons parsley – chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic- minced (we use the kind in the jar)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 8 medium tomatoes – chopped
  • 2 cucumbers – chopped
  • 2 avocados – chopped
  • topping suggestions:  sour cream, garlic croutons, parmesan cheese


Combine Clamato juice, onion, olive oil, wine vinegar, green pepper, parsley, garlic, Tabasco, salt and pepper.  … Read More »

Annemarie’s White Wine Sangria

Annemarie Madden’s White Wine Sangria
(I’ve had it and it is FAB-U-LOUS!)


  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • 2-3 cups peach schnapps
  • 2-3 cups frozen fruit (we like strawberries, peaches, pineapple and grapes)
  • 1 can sprite or ginger ale

Marinate fruit in schnapps in fridge (at least 8 hrs). Add to chilled wine and sprite/ginger ale. … Read More »

Granddaddy’s Famous Homemade Mac-n-cheese

Yes – he told me how to make this years ago and I don’t usually share my family secrets but I’m making an exception!   I had a few requests for this after you all learned that he got lost after making a trip to purchase the ingredients for his famous mac-n-cheese.   Granddaddy makes huge batches to take to church to his Dominoes group and the senior ladies fawn all over him wanting to take the leftovers home! … Read More »