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At the end of last February, Jamal's Buffalo Wings quietly closed after a 23-year run. Now, Jamal Watkins hopes to open a new, full-service version of his wing restaurant in time for the opening of Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Born in the heart of rich rice country some 300 years ago, red rice remains a much-loved Savannah standard to this day. Simple as it appears, achieving the proper texture–neither gummy nor too dry–can be tricky. Long-grain rice is essential, as each grain should absorb the flavor-packed liquid while holding its shape. It can be cooked on the stovetop or, like this one, baked in the oven. I followed the method in Miriam Rubin’s wonderful little book, Tomatoes, from UNC Press’s Savor the South series, with great success. I especially like her suggestion of adding toasted pecans. Wanting to make this a hearty entrée, I went a step further and added shrimp. Once you master the basic method, you can take this classic in all sorts of directions. – Susan Puckett
Joe Truex, the executive chef at Watershed on Peachtree, hails from Mansura, Louisiana—the heart of food-obsessed, French-speaking Cajun country. The youngest of seven kids in a Catholic family, Truex was weaned on crawfish bisque, coush-coush, and gumbo served alongside a baked sweet potato.
From The Food of Morocco by Paula Wolfert. This shellfish couscous, a specialty of the southern coastal city of Essaouira, consists of a mound of golden corn couscous in the center of a huge platter surrounded with distinct piles of garnishes including luscious, raisin-rich caramelized onions, tender and sweet fleshed charmoula-soaked shrimps, fast-cooked opened mussels still in their shells, and baby glazed turnips tangled up with their leafy greens.
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