November 23, 2021
✌️ Two days to Turkey Day.
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1 big thing: Atlanta chefs share creative Thanksgiving sides
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
- The new district will reach up into deeply conservative north Georgia and lean Republican by 24 percentage points, according to FiveThirtyEight.
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.
3. 🎓 Clayton County schools score an events center
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.
For your enjoyment, from some of our wonderful Axios colleagues.
Our thought bubble: One person can only play so many sessions of Cards Against Humanity.
5. Five Points: Your own video store
📼 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.