Countdown to Christmas Lights


DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Dahlonega has become a well-known tourist attraction for their display of “Dahlonega’s Old Fashion Christmas”.

In fact, this year the town has been named in a list as one of the top 15 best Christmas towns in America.

Every year, the square is lit up with festive Christmas lights, carolers sing, and carriage rides are given throughout the historic square.

This year, the festivities are set to begin Friday, Nov. 26, the day after Thanksgiving. The lights will be turned on at approximately 3:30 p.m. and will be on display every evening until Jan. 9.

Local shops also often participate in the holiday fun, including the historic Holly Theater, which will be showing performing Irving Berlin’s “Holiday Inn” throughout the holiday season this year.

Music will also be playing throughout the square during the day and live music will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the evenings.

A line-up of Christmas attractions include a live nativity, carriage rides, and even visits from Santa Clause himself!

For a full list of activities, please go to to schedule some holiday cheer!

Annual Dahlonega Turkey Trot to Support Local Families

Community, Lifestyle, Seasonal

The 7th Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5k and Fun Run will take place once again in Dahlonega. Join us for a morning run (or walk) through beautiful Camp Glisson. Join us to work up your appetite for the big meal of the day! Proceeds of this race will benefit Lumpkin Family Connection’s Backpack Buddies Program, Student Outreach Center, and Mentoring Program.
Drive Thru early packet pick-up: Tuesday, November 23rd, 11am – 5pm at Dahlonega Funeral Home | 20 Gibson Road | Dahlonega.

The race will begin at Lumpkin County High School at 8:30am Thanksgiving Morning with the Awards Ceremony at 10:00am.

Register to run HERE
Learn about sponsorship opportunities HERE

***To benefit from all sponsorship perks please submit commitments by November 8th!***

Discover Dahlonega: Visit Dahlonega Virtually

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(Article by Courtney Randolph in conjunction with the Dahlonega-Lumpkin Chamber and Visitors Bureau and a post from April)

It’s no secret that… WMISS Dahlonega! We miss our friends and family… We miss our study buddies… We miss our coworkers… Our favorite shop keepers… We miss our North Georgia waterfalls, and eating at our favorite restaurants downtown.

But we think we know how to make this easier! Whether you’re meeting with coworkers or having a happy hour with friends,  Zoom video conferencing  is a way for all of us to stay connected to each other during this time. Instead of having your house as the background of your video, pretend you are at one of these amazing places in Dahlonega with these free virtual Zoom backgrounds.



Keep scrolling to download each background.  

Instructions on how to use these backgrounds are at the bottom of this post.

Share a screenshot of your call on social media! Tag us with @visitdahlonega and use #VisitDahlonegaVirtually.


1. Canopy & The Roots – Download

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2. Christmas In Dahlonega – Download

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3. Corner Kitchen in Dahlonega – Download

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4.  Consolidated Gold Mine – Download



5. Crisson Gold Mine – Download



6.  Dahlonega Resort & Vineyard – Download

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7. Dahlonega Square Hotel & Tasting Room – Download


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Dahlonega Square Hotel – Tasting Room (Up Close)
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8. Dahlonega Waterfall – Download


9. Downtown Dahlonega – Download


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10. Frogtown Cellars – Download



11. Gustavo’s Pizzera in Dahlonega – Download

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12. Montaluce Winery & Restaurant – Download

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13. No. 3 Vintage – Download

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14. Red Oak Lavender Farm – Download

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Photo Credits: Tina Duffey

15. The North Georgia Zoo – Download

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16. Three Sisters Vineyards – Download

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17. Outdoor Adventures – Download

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For another outdoor adventure, click here to download.

How to Use Your Zoom Background on Desktop 

  • Download your preferred background above by clicking “Download” and “save as” an image into a preferred folder.
  • Drag the image from your browser onto your desktop.
  • Download the  Zoom app for Mac or Windows.
  • Open the app and sign in.
  • In the upper right corner, click your profile picture and then click on “Settings.”
  • In the left menu, click “Virtual Background.” (If you don’t see it, log in to the Zoom website, go to “Settings” and toggle on “Virtual Background.”)
  • In the “Virtual Background” menu, click the (+) icon.
  • Select and upload your new Visit Dahlonega background. 

How to Use Your Zoom Background on Mobile 

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Discover Dahlonega: When you’re stuck at home – Gardening tips from the experts

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(Article by Courtney Randolph in conjunction with the Dahlonega-Lumpkin Chamber and Visitors Bureau)

Feeling a bit restless, and looking for something to do? We sure do love a good DIY, especially when it involves some vitamin D! Learn how to build your own DIY garden from JoAnn Goldenburg, owner of the Dahlonega Butterfly Farm. If vegetable gardens and medicinal plants are more your thing, learn some tips from one of our favorite doctors, Dr. Whitfield.

Follow these steps to build a thriving butterfly destination and watch the colorful visitors arrive!

What Are Host Plants? Do I Need Them?
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Photo: The Dahlonega Butterfly Farm

“HOST PLANTS are the plants where the female butterflies lay their eggs and where the caterpillars forage.  Host plants aren’t always the prettiest plants in the garden but they’ll definitely bring butterflies into your yard.  A few common host plants include Milkweed for the Monarchs, Parsley & Fennel for the Black Swallowtails, and Passion Vine for the Gulf Fritillary (to name a few).  Keep this in mind; caterpillars eat a lot!  So if you want to enjoy raising your own caterpillars – make sure to plant several host plants.”


What are “nectar plants” and how do I choose which one to plant?


Photo: The Dahlonega Butterfly Farm

NECTAR PLANTS support adult butterflies (and other beneficial insects) with their sweet nectar and add beautiful seasonal color to your garden.   It’s a good idea to have a variety of nectar plants which bloom throughout the summer to give your butterflies a regular source of food.  There are hundreds of nectar plants to choose from but you’ll want to pick the right plants based on your zone and location.  North Georgia is in Zone 7a, which is great for growing Perennial Lantana, Verbena, Coreopsis, Zinnias, Black-Eyed Susan, and Buddlei.  For a seasonal pop of color you can also add annuals, Begonias, Pansies, Impatiens and Geraniums.  And don’t forget the shrubs and trees; Butterflies need a safe place to rest and sleep.


How To Create a Butterfly Garden


Photo: The Dahlonega Butterfly Farm

A SUNNY SPOT and a small water puddle are also important to complete your butterfly habitat.  Butterflies love to soak up the “sun” because they’re cold blooded and need the heat to fly. Butterflies need a water source to stay hydrated.. You can try adding a shallow dish to your garden with water or fruit juice.   As a matter of fact, some butterflies prefer fruits and will be happy to feed on rotting bananas, oranges, mangoes or even dung. Last but not least; try to eliminate or reduce the use of pesticides and herbicides.  Chemicals aren’t safe for butterflies, pets, or humans.  Butterflies need a healthy environment and so do we!”

 Top Photo provided by instagram account user, @i_shoot_people77

Gardening Tips from Dr. Whitfield

“Most of us find “sheltering in place” something to be endured until the COVID-19 pandemic is over. Plants, on the other hand, are of course happy to stay put and flourish in dirt, no less. And like most of us, they do even better when they are surrounded by nurturing companions, hence the gardening practice of companion planting.

Now that most of us are expected to spend most of our time at home, an escape to the garden for exercise and sun is a logical stress reliever to being home bound. So, what better time than this spring planting season to add to our gardening “know how”?

To that end, I would like to share some of my favorite gardening tips, especially for our first-time gardeners. So, let’s talk about frost dates, using planting calendars, and companion planting techniques which may help you grow a beautiful and productive garden.”

Frost Dates
“Frost dates can be confusing. Gardeners talk about the last “hard” or “killing” frosts and “light” frosts. A frost date is the average date of the first or last light freeze that occurs in spring or fall. Dave’s Garden website tells us that, on average, our risk of frost in Dahlonega is from October 27 through April 10. And, almost certainly, we will receive frost from November 14 through March 21. We are almost guaranteed not to get frost from May 1 through October 9. Our frost-free growing season is about 200 days. I try to be relatively conservative with frost dates and use March 30 as the last killing frost date and May 15 as the last average light frost date in Dahlonega. There will be a lot of variation in these reported dates due to local weather, microclimates or topography, but the conservative dates seem to work well for me.”
Garden Planners
“These are wonderful slide rule type planners that you can use to enter the last frost date and learn when you should start seeds indoors and/or outdoors. They provide information such as recommended plants, dates to start indoor seeds and the types of seeds to start, first outdoor planting dates, and expected harvest dates. You can also find programs on line to help you develop and save your own gardening data.

My first garden planner was called “Clyde’s Garden Planner – Clyde’s Vegetable Planting Slide Chart” which I found on line. I also have a “Garden Vegetable Guide” that United Community Bank gave away a few years ago, and it provides data such as: how easy or challenging different seeds are to grow, when to start or plant them, planting depth, row width/ spacing between seeds, days to maturity, hardiness and type of soil. The University of Georgia has a fantastic web site you can easily access. Just google: Vegetable Garden Calendar, UGA Cooperative Extension.”

What Should I Plant? What is Companion Planting?
“Said to be part experience, part folklore, and part wishful thinking, most companion planting teachings are passed down by gardeners who experimented with different pairings of plants and had some success. The companion planting technique is the result of placing various crops close to each other so they symbiotically compliment each other leading to greater vigor, growth and often better flavor. Some companion plants are used to repel and deter insect pests and diseases. Companion planting also involves separating plants that are antagonistic to each other.

Tomatoes are one of my favorite vegetables. Here is some information you may find helpful if you plan to grow your own tomatoes.
Companions for tomatoes include: amaranth, asparagus, basil, bean, borage, calendula, celery, chive, cleome, cosmos, cucumber, garlic, lemon balm, lettuce, marigold, mint, nasturtium, onion, parsley, peas, sage, stinging nettle, sow thistle, and squash. Amaranth may repel insects. Basil improves growth and flavor and repels mosquitoes and flies. Borage improves growth and flavor and repels tomato worms. Bee balm, chives, and parsley are reported to improve tomato health and flavor. Garlic repels red spider mites and garlic sprays help control late blight. Stinging nettle nearby improves taste, while sow thistle aids growth. Tomato antagonists include: cabbage and members of the Brassica family (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, collards, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, rutabaga, turin), corn, fennel, and mature dill plants.
Tomatoes are in the nightshade family and it is best to avoid planting together vegetables in the same family, like eggplants, peppers, and potatoes, which are susceptible to early and late blight. Also, avoid planting your tomatoes near walnut and butternut trees as they produce juglone. Juglone is an allelopathic substance produced by walnut and butternut trees which stunts the growth of other plants.”Companion Planting Resources
“Some of my favorite resources on Companion Planting include: Carrots Love Tomatoes by Louise Riotte and Great Garden Companions by Sally Jean Cunningham. (My disclaimer: Contrary to popular belief, tomatoes and carrots may not have a symbiotic relationship. In fact there is some suggestion that tomato plants can stunt the growth of carrots.)
The glory of gardening, according to Alfred Austin, English Poet Laureate, means “hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden,” Austin says, “is to feed not just the body, but the soul.” What could be a better remedy for our couch stiffened bodies and soul stagnating confinement than putting our hands in the dirt and heads in the sun, nurturing our souls with garden creativity, in partnership with the Creator, enjoying our ever-improving garden paradises during this COVID-19 spring.”
Thank you Dr. Whitfield and JoAnn for the lovely gardening tips! Try incorporating some of these tips this spring while you stay-inplace for a gorgeous life-giving garden! You’ll thank yourself later, we promise!



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Discover Dahlonega: Get out and relax, take a trip on one of Lumpkin County’s Rivers

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(Article and photos by Tom Lamb in conjunction with the Dahlonega-Lumpkin Chamber and Visitors Bureau)

Dahlonega is surrounded by excellent canoe and kayak opportunities, offering many days of paddling. Whether you are looking for a leisurely float trip on flatwater or an exciting whitewater run, one does not have to look far from the Historic Dahlonega Public Square! There are two kayak and canoe outfitters only minutes from downtown. Or bring your own boat for access to more remote sections of river.

The Chestatee River runs through the city limits along the Achasta golf course. The section from the Highway 52 bridge at the old Oar House is a fun, mostly flat, run with the occasional shoals to add some excitement.

The section of the Chestatee from the Hwy 60 bridge at Achasta to the Lumpkin County Access near Hwy 400 offers canoe and kayak rental from the two outfitters listed at the end of this article. The run takes a couple of hours and includes several class I rapids and many shoals and rock gardens along the way. Rent a boat or bring your own for a great afternoon of fun.

When the water is up, a great creek run is the Yahoola Creek from Yahoola Creek Park to the Chestatee River. Appalachian Outfitters rents boats for this run, which winds through this old gold mining area. Note the remains of the Findley Gold Mine about halfway down the run.

The Etowah River is Lumpkin County’s other river. The Etowah (Cherokee for “town”) River offers many sections to choose from and a variety of difficulty. The upper Etowah flows almost exclusively through the Chattahoochee National Forest from Hightower Bridge to Jay Bridge. This is the most remote section, with no road crossings and only two houses on the whole run. It also presents the most difficulty with several class II rapids and many shoals and rock gardens.

From Jay Bridge to the Hwy 9 Bridge at Pine Valley, the river runs for a two-hour float on mostly flat water. This section is very scenic with just enough shoals to offer some fun navigation challenges. 1/3 of the way down this run, cross under the Hwy 52 Bridge. From here to Castleberry Bridge, Appalachian Outfitters offers boat rental with shuttles.

The Hwy 9 to Castleberry Bridge section is the most challenging of the Etowah with many class I and several class II rapids. In the middle of the run is the infamous Etowah Falls, an 8 foot drop with a secondary 3 foot drop. This rapid can be easily portaged on the right. It is not recommended to run this rapid unless one is experienced with Class IV rapids.

These sections, all within 30 minutes of downtown Dahlonega, offer isolated beauty and solitude to the paddler. There is nothing like floating down a rushing river or creek, through the hardwood forest, with the sounds of burbling water to relax one and wash away the bustle of everyday life. Take advantage of the warm weather and the rain we have had lately and get on the water!

Resources: Dahlonega Canoe & Kayak Guide and Map (available at the Visitors Center or online at:


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Discover Dahlonega: Stay local in “South’s Best Mountain Town of 2020”

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(Article and photos by Ben Grimsley in conjunction with the Dahlonega-Lumpkin Chamber and Visitors Bureau)

Next time you are planning a weekend getaway to Dahlonega, look beyond the chain hotels. There are no shortages of hotels on or near the square with immense character and charm. Doing this will change the way you tour Dahlonega, named one of ‘The South’s Best Mountain Towns 2020’ by Southern Living.

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Boutique Hotels in Dahlonega

I first came to Dahlonega in 2017 when I began my college career at the University of North Georgia. I thought that Dahlonega was a beautiful town with plenty of history and charm. However, it was not until couple of years later that I really began to discover all that Dahlonega had to offer.

While taking a marketing tourism class, I started touring local hotels and interviewed their owners. Frankly, I expected to find old houses turned into a bed and breakfasts with cramped rooms and second-class comfort. I could not have been more surprised by what I found.

Boutique Hotels Enhancing the Getaway Experience

Catherine Ariemma, the owner of the Dahlonega Square Hotel and Villas is very passionate about providing a remarkable experience to all her guests. “We walk them up to their room. We have a conversation with them. We discuss Dahlonega. It’s very personal.”

Through exploring small boutique hotels in Dahlonega, I discovered that they are not just a place to stay in between the getaway experiences that Dahlonega can offer; it is part of the experience itself.

Catherine noticed many of her guests do not want to stay in a chain hotel when they are traveling for pleasure. They stay at chain hotels when they are traveling on a business trip. Guests visiting Dahlonega want to experience small town charm and hospitality during all aspects of their trip, including their lodging.

What Boutique Hotels have to Offer

Boutique hotels provide an experience that a guest will not receive from a chain hotel. Some hotels in Dahlonega that I visited have amenities that include

  • Wine tasting rooms
  • Wine tours
  • Art galleries
  • Themed rooms
  • Historic buildings
  • Breakfast in bed

The Hall House, a hotel located directly on the square in a historic building, was actually started as an art gallery. The upstairs area was later converted into several rooms that feature original artwork of the owner of the hotel. Every one of these rooms is different and has its own name.


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Experience Boutique Hotels for Yourself

“Boutique hotels offer something a little different”, Ariemma says. “There is an ambiance here that you are not going to get when you walk into [another chain hotel].”

After exploring the boutique hotels in Dahlonega, I agree with Catherine. Next time you have a couple of days off, find a hotel in Dahlonega that you have never heard of and experience Dahlonega in a way you never have before.



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Discover Dahlonega: Why you don’t want to miss this year’s 4th of July in Dahlonega

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(Article and photos by Courtney Randolph in conjunction with the Dahlonega-Lumpkin Chamber and Visitors Bureau)

Looking for some social-distancing fun, fireworks, and food trucks? Shake up your yearly tradition for the 4th of July by driving up to Dahlonega for this year’s 4th of July! Dahlonega’s 4th of July Celebration is known for providing family-friendly afternoons of patriotic fun, but we decided that we wanted to help families create even bigger, more exciting memories. This year, Dahlonega’s 4th of July Celebration may look a little different, but we will continue to shoot our fireworks high and proud! We want you to enjoy our yearly tradition full day of laughter, live music, good eats, patriotism, and adventures – plus Iron Mountain Park’s spectacular fireworks, of course. Here are a list of reasons why you don’t want to miss this year’s 4th of July.

1. First Friday Night Concert – July 3rd

First Friday Night Concert Series 2017

Start your day off right by joining us in Hancock Park for the First Friday Night Concert Series with Radford Windham & Stepback Cadillac on July 3rd at 6:30 pm. Order take-out from your favorite local business and bring it to the Hancock Park (located one block north of the Square) to spend some quality time with your family and friends. This free series held on the first Friday of each month now through October is an excellent way to wind down from the week and set the tone for a great weekend

2. Dahlonega Action Dogs

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Come on out for a “barking” good time from 1 pm – 2 pm! Watch in wonder as the Dahlonega Action Dogs complete a series of Agility, Disc Sports, and Dock Diving tricks. The Dahlonega Action Dog team consists of handlers Rick and Debbie Nielsen and four border collies, Ripp, age 8, Jessie, age 7, Pete, age 3, and puppy Buck.

Tip: This show is completely FREE so bring the family, your lawn chair, and sit a spell with us!

3. Tasty Treats & Food Trucks Galore


Is the wait too long at your favorite local restaurant? Satisfy cravings for gourmet street cuisine at our food trucks located downtown in Hancock Park—these easy meals are sure to please palates of all ages! Cool off at Hancock Park from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. with some Kona Ice treats, or choose from any of the food truck options below:

Los Rios Mexican Restaurant

Food Type: Mexican Cuisine

Sunshine Alchemy

Food Type: Gourmet Vegan and Vegetarian


Food Type: Caribbean/Jamaican

Hot Dog Stand

Food Type: Hotdog Meals

Thanks to the Dahlonega Downtown Development Authority for sponsoring this event!

4. Enjoy Jams with the Fam


We believe that we cannot have a 4th of July Celebration without music! This year, downtown Dahlonega will have a full lineup of talented, local musicians that will have you dancing while you stroll and shop downtown in one of USA Today’s 10 Best “Favorite Small Town Shopping Scenes.”

5. Support our Local, American Businesses

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While taking in all different genres of music, stroll through our downtown. We encourage you to support these hard-working entrepreneurs and learn more about all of the wonderful organizations in Dahlonega and Lumpkin County at the Visitors Center and Brochure Rack inside the gazebo located next to the Visitors Center.

6. Entertainment for the Kids

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Stop by the Visitors Center Gazebo for some kids coloring pages & entertainment. Completely free and fun, and gives the kids something to do while you finish your icy treats, chocolate fudge, or to-go food!

7. Iron Mountain Classic American Festival & Fireworks Celebration


Love parades, fireworks, festivals, and more? Take a short drive up to the Iron Mountain Festival & Fireworks Celebration! Enjoy ATV trails, rental machines to enjoy, camping, local art, & much more.

Iron Mountain is hosting a classic American 4th of July festival…complete with a parade (featuring tractors, big equipment, patriotic Jeeps and offroad toys, and MORE), music, food, tons of family activities, vendors and of course a HUGE fireworks show!  A full day of events is planned from 12 pm – dark, so bring a blanket and a lawn chair and make a day of it!

Dahlonega is known for having some of the best regional dining experiences, and we encourage you to enjoy them while you are here. If you are in the mood for something on the go, consider placing a to-go order or grab a snack or meal from one of our food trucks or local restaurants, then grab your blankets and chairs and scope out the perfect viewing spot at Iron Mountain for the spectacular fireworks display that will kick off at dusk.

Tip: To buy your $20 parking tickets ahead of time, click here.


Special thank you to the Dahlonega Mainstreet & Downtown Development Authority and Iron Mountain Resort for helping making this 4th of July special this year!






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Dahlonega resident loves cooking vintage recipes

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Lisa Robin learned to cook in Girl Scouts. She is pictured here with her favorite skillet.

For Dahlonega resident, Lisa Robin, cooking started out as a way to earn her cooking badge but then developed into a passion. Her love of rustic and antique items, her log cabin home is decorated with farming tools that take you back to the “good-ole” days.  It’s only natural that her love of nostalgic country living extends to her cooking, as well.

“I started learning baking when I was in Brownies and Girl Scouts. I wanted to earn the cooking badge. My mom let me try the “advanced” recipe.

“I love trying new recipes and watching others enjoy eating something I helped create.  I like the challenge of trying recipes that use unusual ingredients. I especially enjoy trying some of the old fashioned recipes for food we don’t cook as often now days. I also enjoy teaching kids how fun cooking can be.  I try to include cooking with the school lessons I teach my students.  CookinFor Dahlonega resident, Lisa Robin, cooking started out as a way to earn her cooking badge but then developed into a passion. g is a life skill, but it’s also fun!  We teach math, science and local history with food.

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Lisa Robin and son, Will, live in a log cabin in Dahlonega where she cooks vintage recipes when not teaching special education.

“One of my favorite recipes, the strawberry fig preserves, is an easy way to teach beginning canning. It tastes great and kids enjoy eating something that they made.”


Strawberry Fig Preserves

4 cups of figs, peeled and mashed

3 cups of sugar

1 package  of  strawberry jello ( 3 oz package)

Mix figs and sugar together in a large saucepan, place over medium heat, and cook, stirring often, until sugar has dissolved. Mix in strawberry gelatin; bring the mixture to a boil and boil for 7 minutes.  Preserves should begin to thicken if you dip a spoon in and let it rest on a plate for just a minute. Mash preserves with a potato masher if desired. Pour immediately into hot, sterilized jars.

Sterilize the jars and lids in boiling water for at least 5 minutes. Pack the fig preserves into the hot, sterilized jars, filling the jars to within 1/4 inch of the top. Run a knife or a thin spatula around the insides of the jars after they have been filled to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims of the jars with a moist paper towel to remove any food residue. Top with lids and screw on rings. Once cool, press the top of each lid with a finger, ensuring that the seal is tight (lid does not move up or down at all). Store in a cool, dark area.


“Another favorite recipe, also an easy one for young cooks. This bread is great for a quick breakfast.  It’s also fun to share with neighbors”-Lisa Robin

Zucchini Bread

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp of soda

1 tsp salt

½ tsp baking powder

1 ½ tsp cinnamon

¾ cup of chopped pecans

3 large eggs

2 cups sugar

1 cup oil (or applesauce)

2 tsp vanilla8 oz crushed pineapple (optional)

2 cups shredded zucchini

Mix the first 6 ingredients. Beat eggs. Add sugar, vanilla and oil to the eggs. Beat until creamy. Add zucchini and pineapple. Add dry ingredients. Stir until moist.  Pour into greased and floured loaf pans.  Makes 4 pans. Bake at  350 for  1 hour (until toothpick comes out clean). Cool on wire rack.  May be frozen.

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Welch Meatloaf

1 lb ground beef

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1 piece of bacon well done and crumbled

½ cup milk

½ package of instant oatmeal (brown sugar or apple flavored)

1 med apple grated

2 Tblsp of green bell pepper chopped

2 Tblsp of onion minced

Dash of garlic powder

Dash of black pepper

1 tsp parsley

½ tsp of celery seeds

1 cup bread crumbs

¼ cup of brown sugar (less if you use brown sugar oatmeal)

Combine all ingredients.  Grease your loaf pan.  Pack the meatloaf into the pan.

Top with the glaze.

Glaze ingredients—1/4 cup catsup, 1 tsp mustard, 1 tblsp brown sugar.

Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes.

“I often double this recipe because it is so popular it gets devoured in one meal. This is a recipe my grandmother made for family dinners.  You can mix ground beef with other meat (turkey, venison) to vary the fat content.” said Lisa.

Cabbage Rolls

“An old southern favorite recipe that one of my students taught me to cook these.” said Lisa.

1 lb ground beef

2 Tblsp parsley

1 onion

1 egg

1 Tblsp salt and pepper

1 green cabbage head

2 tsp Crisco

Core the cabbage and cut whole leaves off.  Cut each leaf in half, cutting out the center stem. Boil the leaves until tender.  Mix ground beef, parsley, salt, pepper, egg, and diced onion. Form into rolls about 2 inch diameter.  Roll inside the cabbage leaves. Grease the bottom of your pan and place your cabbage rolls across the bottom. Keep the rolls to only one layer and bake at 400 for about 45 minutes. Turn the rolls half-way through cooking and pour off some of the juice.

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