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Gary McLoughlin

The smell of butter and garlic emanate from chef Judith McLoughlin’s Roswell kitchen. Traditional Celtic music plays softly in the background. Framed pictures of Celtic crosses hang on the walls, and a fresh shamrock plant serves as the centerpiece on her dining room table. 

Her teenage son is pouring himself a bowl of Lucky Charms.

Judith McLoughlin's Sticky Toffee Pudding

Mar 16, 2017
Gary McLoughlin

Sticky Toffee Pudding with Kerrygold Toffee Sauce

This traditional Irish (and English) dessert is generally served with gobs of whipped cream, but fresh strawberries are a nice alternative to the already very sweet finale. (PUDDINGS, TARTS, CRUMBLES, AND FOOLS)


Gary McLoughlin

Salmon with a Garlic and Herb Butter


  • 4 salmon fillets (4-6 oz pin bones removed and trimmed with the skin on)
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil (such as canola)
  • Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 Tbsp Kerrygold Garlic and Herb butter
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ small red onion (very thinly sliced)
  • Small bunch of watercress


To prepare the salmon, using a sharp knife score the skin and season the fillets with salt and freshly ground pepper.

Judith McLoughlin's Recipe For Crispy Kale Salad

Mar 16, 2017

Crispy Kale Salad

Serves:  4 side salads


  • 1 ½ tbsp. red wine vinegar (or other variety)
  • 1 ½ tsp. Dijon mustard
  • Pinch of freshly cracked pepper and kosher salt
  • Squirt of honey
  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 large kale leaves, de-stemmed and chopped
  • ¼ cup Kerrygold Reserve Cheddar, grated
  • 1 carrot, ribboned or shredded
  • ¼ cup radicchio, shredded
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • Handful of sunflower seeds


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As "Underground" starts its second season, it remains firmly rooted in history — but it also very much reflects on present-day American issues.

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One of the show's stars, Aldis Hodge, says the political commentary is unintentional by "Underground" co-creator Misha Green, who was highly critical of President Donald Trump during his candidacy, calling him "a racist and sexiest."

8 Things You Might Not Have Known About MLK

Jan 13, 2017
Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press

There are some parts of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s story that we know by heart. We know about the dream he had for the country, about the bridges he fought to cross, about the words he shared from his pulpits. 

And we know how he left us -- from the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, and far too soon. 

But even 48 years after his death, these facts don't tell us the whole story. There's plenty more to learn about King's life and legacy. 

Here, eight lesser-known facts about one of the most well-known figures in American history. 

Commentary: Can Reparations Help Patch A Racial Wound?

Dec 30, 2016
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This year, Georgetown University made history by recognizing its role in slavery and doing something about it. I first heard about the decision on Sept. 1 while listening to the radio on my way to school.

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Amid a year marred with argument and division, it might seem surprising that a thousand-mile oil pipeline would become a focal point for controversy.

The Dakota Access Pipeline is a proposed 1,172-mile pipeline that would stretch from North Dakota to Illinois. The purpose of the pipeline was to find a cheaper way to transport oil across the states. A lack of demand for oil in North Dakota had lead to a supply build-up that would not be profitable without a cheaper mode of transportation.

David Goldman / AP

The Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, is best known for pat-downs, body scanners and long lines during the holidays.

But on the internet, the organization’s popularity has exceeded that of even Beyoncé. According to Rolling Stone’s list of the Top 100 Instagram Accounts, the TSA has surpassed Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Nikki Minaj and even NASA, securing the spot of Rolling Stone’s fourth best account on the social media network.

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Cindy Jones still can’t help but think about the timing of things. Stewart-Webster Hospital, the place she and her family had gone to for years, closed in March of 2013. A month later, her husband Bill suffered a heart attack.

“He came in from a day of farming and ate supper, and then sat down to watch David Letterman,” Jones said. “And all of a sudden he got quiet, and we knew something was wrong because he wasn’t laughing at David Letterman anymore.”

Commentary: The Colossal Impact Race Has On Teens

Dec 15, 2016

Saying that 2016 will go down as one of the most eventful years in recent American memory would be a massive understatement. With the world of politics, social movements and even entertainment having created significant divides amongst people this year, it’s hard to deny the impact this year will have on us as a whole.

1946 Atlanta Hotel Fire Echoed In Oakland Disaster

Dec 9, 2016
Associated Press

The cries of trapped hotel guests screaming in agony are still seared into Richard Hamil's memory, seven decades after the Winecoff Hotel fire in Atlanta.

As a 9-year-old boy, he and his father were blinded in thick smoke, stumbling from their 15th-floor room into the hallway in "absolute chaos," then into a female guest's room, Hamil recalls.

"She was preparing to jump, but Daddy told her, 'No, not until we have to, we won't do that," he said.

Goats Eat Their Way Through Atlanta's Ivy

Nov 22, 2016
Alison Guillory / WABE

Michael Swanson began Get Your Goat Rentals as a hobby after using his dairy goats to help clear his neighbor's yard. The goats attracted a lot of interest, and eventually his hobby formed the basis of his company.

Now, in its seventh year, the company has become a year-round operation with 150 goats that work at sites throughout the Metro Atlanta region.

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About 100 immigrant families with their kids trickle into a community center in Carrolton, Georgia. It’s the Friday after Election Day, and they’ve come to hear how Trump’s win could affect them and their families.  

Gyla Gonzalez, executive director of Latinos United of Carroll County, leads the group in prayer before the information session begins.

“Our Lord, thank you for everything that you give to us, your love, your mercy,” she prays.

Donald Trump rallies supporters in Atlanta.
Al Such / WABE

The election is over, so what about all those frayed relationships among loved ones?

Mothers and sons, sisters and brothers, friends unfriended — it's been tough for some on opposing sides who must now figure out the way forward. They wonder what their ties will feel like a month from now. A year. What about the holidays?

Leigh Anne O'Connor in Manhattan already has her answer, and her heart broke.

"My dad just called and said he is not coming for Thanksgiving," she said Thursday. "I cried last night when we hung up."

Elly Yu / WABE

On an early Saturday morning, Nadia Mwangachuchu headed over to the Tucker Recreation Center to cast her early ballot. She brought her two toddler daughters along to see their mother vote for the first time in her life.

Mwangachuchu, 30, came to the Atlanta area as a refugee more than a decade ago, but became a citizen two years ago. She said she’s been waiting for years to cast her first ever ballot.

“It’s a good experience,” she said. “I’m loving it – because I get to vote here for the first time in my life – voted for anything.”

Elly Yu / WABE

Georgia's demographics have been changing. Since the 1990s, the state's Latino population has grown nearly tenfold to nearing a million people. 

One indicator of those demographics changing is the candidacy of Brenda Lopez.  The immigration attorney is set to become the first Latina to enter the Georgia Legislature. Lopez, a Democrat, won May's primary elections and is running unopposed in November for House District 99. Her hope, she says, is to help connect Georgia’s growing immigrant communities to the people in power in her state. 

Alex Sanz / Associated Press

Former President Jimmy Carter said Monday that he thought he had just a few weeks to live during his battle with cancer a year ago.

Carter and his wife Rosalynn spoke at a news conference at a Habitat for Humanity construction project in Memphis. The 91-year-old Carter, a worldwide ambassador for the charity, is being joined by about 1,500 volunteers during a weeklong effort to build 19 homes in a low-income neighborhood near the city's downtown.

Rick Bowmer, File / Associated Press

The race is on to win President Barack Obama's attention as he puts some final touches on his environmental legacy.

Conservation groups, American Indian tribes and federal lawmakers are urging his administration to preserve millions of acres as national monuments. Such a designation often prevents new drilling and mining on public lands, or the construction of new roads and utility lines.

The flurry of activity is creating enthusiasm — and tensions — in several parts of the country.

Elly Yu / WABE

In December, Dora Hernandez was waiting for her son to come home, having prepared him food – eggs and refried beans.

Her son, Jaime Arceno Hernandez, had gone to the immigration court office in Atlanta that morning, like he had done several times since he crossed the border illegally two years ago when he was 16, she said. He, like many unaccompanied minors who were stopped at the border, were given court hearings to try to contest deportation.

As it got later in the day, she kept texting him about why he hadn’t come back yet. Jaime didn’t respond.

Elly Yu / WABE

Atlanta police Officer Mike Costello is one of those guys that still loves vinyl records.

“This is precious cargo, right here,” he says, pointing to his record collection. It’s moving day for Costello on a Wednesday earlier this spring, and boxes of items are still scattered around his new house – but he already has his records neatly lined up.

A New Jersey native, Costello picks out a Bruce Springsteen record to play while he and his family unpack.

Bob Galbraith / Associated Press

This story is part of "Atlanta Remembers: The 1996 Olympics," WABE's series on the impact of the 1996 Summer Olympics on Atlanta, 20 years later. For more stories, click here.

Editor's note: This story includes language and some descriptions of violence.

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This story is part of "Atlanta Remembers: The 1996 Olympics," WABE's series on the impact of the 1996 Summer Olympics on Atlanta, 20 years later. For more stories, click here. 

Walking down Merritts Avenue, at the edge of Centennial Place, Renee Glover points out the townhomes with well-groomed landscapes.

“As you can see, it’s a beautiful community,” Glover said. “It’s quiet.”

Glover directed the Atlanta Housing Authority during the 1996 Olympics.

Alison Guillory / WABE

 This story is part of "Atlanta Remembers: The 1996 Olympics," WABE's series on the impact of the 1996 Summer Olympics on Atlanta, 20 years later. For more stories, click here. 

Pete Menzies and his 6-year-old son, Dylan, are in line to order milkshakes at a snack booth in Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta.

“Chocolate,” comes Dylan’s request when asked what flavor he wants, mumbled into his dad's leg.

Dylan is in the middle of a weeklong aquarium “camp.”

Elise Amendola / Associated Press

When a Navy submarine goes to sea on a monthslong voyage, the lettuce, tomatoes and other fresh fruits and vegetables on board run out in a week or two, forcing the crew to rely on canned, frozen or dehydrated products.

But what if subs had their own gardens where food could be grown under lights?

The U.S. military is testing out the idea by growing plants hydroponically — that is, with nutrient solution instead of soil — inside a 40-foot shipping container on dry land at a laboratory outside Boston.

Ringo H.W. Chiu / associated press file

Traffic deaths surged last year as drivers racked up more miles behind the wheel than ever before, a result of an improved economy and lower gas prices, according to preliminary government data released Friday.

Fatalities rose 7.7 percent to 35,200 in 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. That overall rate was significantly outpaced by non-motorist traffic deaths: Bicycle fatalities were up 13 percent; pedestrian deaths rose 10 percent, and motorcyclist deaths rose by 9 percent.

Karen Butler still remembers the first time she picked up an AR-15-style rifle a decade ago.

"Quite honestly, I was scared of it," she recalls.

But as soon as she fired it, she became a fan.

"You know some of these paeople that are fearful, it's just because they don't have knowledge," she said. "We call it furniture — it's got all the accessories on it that make it look a little intimidating. But once you shoot it you realize it's so much fun."

Higher Workloads Are Leaving US Doctors In Distress

Jun 22, 2016
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Long hours, higher patient load, financial pressures, and a pile of bureaucracy: Physician burnout is on the rise in the United States.

“I think that medicine is all encompassing,” said Dr. Lisa Robbins, a primary care physician with a practice in Stone Mountain. “It just takes up so much of your energy, your time, your whole self.”

Robbins has been a doctor for over 20 years. She said there have been many moments in her career where she felt empty, exhausted, without joy. “It got to the point where there was nothing else in my life outside of medicine,” she said.  

Courtesy of Marie

Update on June 23, 11:32 a.m.: The Supreme Court has ruled in a 4-4 tie vote, which leaves in place a lower court decision blocking President Barack Obama's DAPA immigration program.

Marie*, 21, has a lot on her mind.

“I worry. I worry all the time,” she said.

She said she worries that her parents will be deported, leaving her and her two younger sisters behind in their suburban Atlanta home.

“If they leave, it’s just – it would hurt the family,” she said.

Harriet Tubman grave site
Mike Groll / Associated Press

Harriet Tubman's upcoming debut on the $20 bill is just half the good news in the upstate New York town where the Underground Railroad conductor settled down and grew old.

A long-sought national historical park here honoring Tubman could be officially established as early as this summer. The move would give a boost to preservation efforts at her old home and church just as the former slave is poised to replace President Andrew Jackson as the face of the $20 bill.