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Luckily for us, we live in Atlanta, Georgia. Within an hour to an hour and half we can be in the mountains of our great state. We love taking what we call “day trips” and one of our frequent destinations is Helen, Georgia and the surrounding area. Helen is a touristy, Bavarian town on the Chattahoochee River in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our preferred destination is just outside of town – Nora Mills. We had to make the trip to get the key ingredient for our decadent parmesan cheese grits.
You can read all about the mills history here Nora Mill Granary. As you can see in the above photo, the gristmill has been around for a long time…since 1876, It is a working mill and they produce products such as flour, biscuit mix, cornmeal, pancake mix. But our most favorite thing that they produce is their yellow speckled grits…Dixie Ice Cream. We also love their packaging. The grits come in this beautifully crafted muslin bag:
Boil water and salt…
You can make the grits ahead if you like. I do this with my leftovers. I grease a 13 x 9 inch pan and pour the grits in. I cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate. I can cut the grits just like polenta and heat up only what I need.
If you’re ever in our neck of the woods we’d love to show you around. Nora Mills Granary is a family favorite for us. Please visit their website in the link above to read more about their history and to order your own Dixie Ice Cream 🙂