BY ELIZABETH LENHARD
Since Southern-meets-Asian cuisine is all the rage, it’s fitting that we’re stocking up on both kimchi and grits this week. We’ve also got a nifty gadget that makes “As Seen On TV” seem cool. (Hint: It’s not a Snuggie.)
Nora Mill Granary Grits
We bought one of these charming sacks of grits during a getaway in Helen and fell in love. Made in small batches from intact (rather than degerminated) corn, then ground with 140-year-old stones, these grits are full of a creamy, fresh, super-corny flavor.
$5.95 for 2 lbs. shop.noramill.com
Simply Seoul Kimchi
While we were busy being obsessed with the sweet/spicy barbecue steamed buns chef Hannah Chung sells at her little Ponce City Market stand, her jars of Simple Seoul Kimchi were quietly taking Atlanta by storm. The Korean staple—in flavors like Napa cabbage and daikon radish—is peppery, bright, and vegan. It’s got a wonderful ferment-y fizz to it. It can be found at farmers markets and small shops all over town, not to mention Whole Foods.
$20 for 2 16 oz. jars, $29 for 3 jars, simplyseoulkitchen.com/#!shop/co68
Vidalia Chop Wizard
This nifty gizmo isn’t made in Georgia, but since its name refers to our state’s favorite onion, we couldn’t resist plugging it. The Wizard is a brilliantly simple, muscle-driven tool for dicing an onion (or an apple or carrot or potato or. . . you get the idea) in a few slam-bang seconds. We can’t live without it during soup-and-applesauce season. The chopper comes with two blades for large and small dicing, as well as a clever pronged cleaning tool.
$19.95 at chopwizard.com or at big box stores like Bed, Bath and Beyond