Waiting on Martha: Mandy Rye at Heritage Garden Club of Athens

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Waiting on Martha: Mandy Rye at Heritage Garden Club of Athens

Caroline Kinney, Valerie Langley, Mandy Rye, Cheri Leavy, and Carinne Hardin (Photo by  Grey Owl Social)
Caroline Kinney, Valerie Langley, Mandy Rye, Cheri Leavy, and Carinne Hardin
(Photo by Sonya Jahn / Grey Owl Social)

Waiting on Martha’s founder and curator, Mandy Kellogg Rye, lives by one mantra, “Life should be lived beautifully every single day.” She brings that idea to life on her blog, online boutique and in her brick and mortar shop in Vinings Jubilee in Atlanta.
Mandy visited the Heritage Garden Club of Athens to share her entertaining tips to spruce up your tailgate which included a grow your own cocktail kit. A Michigan native, Mandy says if she has learned anything since moving to the South, it’s that football is life, and the tailgate is an art form.


One Pan Turkey Meatball Bake with Rustic Dipping Bread


One Pan Turkey Meatball Bake with Rustic Dipping Bread (Photo by Rustic White Photography)
Photo by Rustic White Photography

2 pounds organic ground turkey
1 cup white mushrooms finely chopped
4 cloves of garlic finely diced
1 egg
1/2-1 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. garlic salt
2 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
2 containers of fresh sliced mozzarella
2 jars of marinara sauce, your choice of flavor
Fresh basil for garnish
1 loaf of crusty bread
(sourdough, French, whatever you’d like)
For the meatballs:
In a large bowl add the first nine ingredients and mix until well combined. You may need to add additional bread crumbs to create the right consistency. You want the mixture to be wet, but able to hold together.
Begin rolling your meatballs and set aside on a pan. You don’t want them to be too big as you want them to easily fit onto your bread; about one inch.
For the bake:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Bring a large cast iron skillet to medium coated with non-stick spray to medium-high heat. Add your meatballs and cook until almost done turning the meatballs over to brown on all sides. Approximately 5-7 minutes.
Add marinara to your skillet and layer with mozzarella. Very carefully transfer to the oven and bake until cheese is fully melted. Approximately 7-10 minutes. Remove, garnish with fresh basil and enjoy!

Bulldog Bourbon Smash


(Photo by Rustic White Photography)
(Photo by Rustic White Photography)

2 oz. Bulleit Bourbon Whiskey
A quarter to half cup of fresh citrus juice*
Club soda to top it off
Simple syrup, as preferred for sweetness
Whole basil leaves**, to garnish
Fill a rocks glass with ice. Add 2 oz. bourbon whiskey. Add 1/4-1/2 cup of fresh citrus juice. Top of with club soda. Taste it and determine how much simple syrup to add. Mandy prefers it more on the tart side, so she is conservative here with the syrup. Garnish with fresh basil leaves. You can also muddle some basil into the drink for more flavor if preferred.
*For fresh citrus juice, you can use lemon, lime or orange, or any and all of the above. Mandy used a combination of all; you’ll still get the flavor effect of citrus.
**She would not chop up the basil; it gets in your teeth! Instead, she likes to slap the whole leaves between her hands before adding to the drink in order to release the aromatics.

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