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1 big thing: Atlanta chefs share creative Thanksgiving sides

spinach rice dip
Photo courtesy of Deborah VanTrece

Time is tight, smaller turkeys are in short supply, and you need some help brainstorming ideas to impress your in-laws or best buddies at Thanksgiving.

We’ve all been there — so we reached out to some of Atlanta’s most creative chefs for their go-to Thanksgiving dishes.

🍲 Read our full rundown for ingredients, measurements and directions.

Maricela Vega of Chico: Hibiscus jam, a cranberry replacement

  • What she says: “There are still some hibiscus pods looming around this time of year grown by some Georgia farms (usually you can plan a month ahead by finding them in abundance at the farmers markets).”
  • What’s in it: Fresh hibiscus, sugar, cardamom, cinnamon, and water.

Steven Satterfield of Miller Union: Cornbread dressing

  • What he says: "Rather than cutting hunks out of a casserole dish I wanted to serve individual portions, baked in a muffin tin, that would give each diner the perfect balance of crusty edge to moist center. I added chopped pecans and dried fruit for crunch and tang."
  • What’s in it: Crumbled cornbread, sour cherries, onion, celery, shallot, fresh sage, among other ingredients.

Deborah VanTrece of Twisted Soul: Grandma Lue's Spinach Rice

  • What she says: "This delicious rice is named after my grandmother. She devised it as a way to make me eat spinach, and it worked! Over the years, I added some of my favorite flavors — vinegary artichokes, the combination of cheeses — until the result becomes like the best spinach and artichoke dip you ever had, but with rice, and I love anything with rice."
  • What’s in it: Red bell pepper, baby spinach, marinated artichokes, white rice and some pantry staples

2. Two Democratic congresswomen, one district

Rep. Lucy Mcbath
Photo: Greg Nash for The Hill/Bloomberg via Getty Images

After Georgia Republicans passed a new congressional map that flips her Democratic suburban district into a Republican one, Rep. Lucy McBath announced she’ll switch to campaign in a neighboring district represented by fellow Georgia Democrat, Rep. Carolyn Bourdeuax.

Why it matters: McBath flipped Georgia’s 6th District, a longtime Republican stronghold, in 2018. Bourdeaux flipped Georgia’s 7th District in 2020. Both districts were seen as prime examples of metro Atlanta’s dramatically changing electorate.

What she’s saying: McBath said in a statement it’s “no mystery why Republicans and the NRA have decided I’m their top target. As a Black woman, activist, and mother on a mission, they would like nothing more than to stop me from speaking truth to power about the gun lobby and Republican Party in Congress.”

Yes, but: On the way to fighting Republicans, McBath will have to fight her fellow Georgia Democratic congresswoman Bourdeaux, who is not backing down.

  • “The people of the 7th deserve a representative that understands and cares about their needs and has a record of fighting for them in Washington,” she said in a statement. “It’s my hard-fought greatness to serve the people of Gwinnett and GA’s 7th District, and I look forward to continuing to do so.”

Of note: Neither McBath nor Bourdeaux lives in the newly created district. It is not required for members of Congress to live in their districts.

Read the full story.

3. 🎓 Clayton County schools score an events center

Illustration of a man in a graduation cap and gown from behind
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

What’s the best way to repurpose an old Sears store at a shopping mall? A graduation and events center, according to Clayton County Public Schools.

Driving the news: The district recently closed on its purchase of 15 acres at Southlake Mall in Morrow that was once home to Sears (remember them?).

Details: The $4.4 million purchase — paid for with the county’s E-SPLOST dollars — includes about one-fifth of the facility’s parking area, the district says.

  • Clayton County, Georgia’s fifth-largest district with more than 52,000 students, says it plans to use the facility to host graduations for its 12 high schools.

What’s next: The purchase is part of the district’s $50 million construction and renovation project to build a 7,000-seat arena.

  • Clayton County schools spokesperson Charles White said the project is expected to be done by the third quarter of 2022.
  • Once it’s done, motorists will be able to see the building from Interstate 75, the district said.
  • Clayton schools will make the facility available for rent by other organizations in the community.

The Southlake Mall Sears was one of three “not-profitable” stores in metro Atlanta that were closed by the business in 2018, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Of note: The Morrow Center, a special events center, opened in a Macy’s store at the mall, the AJC says.

4. Bingo!

Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios
Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

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Our thought bubble: One person can only play so many sessions of Cards Against Humanity.

5. Five Points: Your own video store

Illustration of five-ish points animating to form the letters ATL.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

📼 A “South Park” animator who lives in Woodstock built a recreation of a 1980s video store in his basement. (AJC)

📰 Nonprofit news site The Clayton Crescent needs funding and more paying subscribers, or it could suspend operations on Nov. 30. (Atlanta Magazine)

🤬 Be prepared: Supply chain hiccups and blockages will affect your holiday season. (11 Alive)

🏗 A big change is coming to an intersection on the border of Ormewood Park and East Atlanta. (Urbanize)

🚔 Five police officers have been indicted in the death of a Clayton County man who died after they restrained and tased him. (WSB)

Before you go: Crews yesterday hauled and installed the state's Christmas tree in the rotunda of the Georgia Capitol.