Barbara Patterson never met a cookbook she didn't like. Her Columbus home has a big bookcase dedicated to them. "And she knows when we've messed with them," her daughter, Carol Boone, smiled. "When she goes to yard sales, she goes straight for the cookbooks -- the older the better.
When it comes to entertaining, I often find that the casual gatherings and impromptu parties outshine more elaborate affairs. I think it's the combination of a relaxed atmosphere and last minute inspiration.
Most Americans never will sip the watermelon margarita at Guy Fieri's behemoth Times Square restaurant, nor savor the chicken Alfredo at the Olive Garden in Grand Forks, N.D. Yet both eateries somehow shot to the top of the nation's culinary zeitgeist in 2012, for this was the year of the viral restaurant review, when the rants and raves of seasoned pros and naive octogenarians alike got superstar treatment on the world wide smorgasbord.
Whenever I have too little time and too few ingredients on hand -- or when I've been eating too much meat -- I cook up some broccoli pasta.
Sometimes you just need a little something to hang on to, especially at Christmas time. For the children and spouses of deployed airmen from Columbus Air Force Base, that tangible, squeezable something might be a HUG -- a Huggable Uniform Gift bearing the image of a loved one who is serving far from home this holiday
I wanted to write a silly column -- something slightly funny, something light. This is not an easy thing to do since our entire country is in mourning. However, there have been a few bright spots this week, perhaps leaning toward the inane, but maybe just what was needed.
A literacy project organized by the Lowndes County Republican Women has earned first place honors in the National Federation of Republican Women's Barbara Bush Literacy Program.
Lula Hudson spent 30 years of her life taking care of other people. She nursed hospice patients for nine of those. The Columbus resident is now 82, and CONTACT Helpline reassurance callers are doing their small part to help take care of her.
This month, the Mississippi Blues Trail's Google Maps web page reached more than 500,000 visits. The map can be accessed from the home page of the Blues Trail as well as from each individual marker page.
The Golden Triangle is within easy traveling distance of some of the best entertainment in the South. Support arts and entertainment at home, and when you're on the road, these might pique your interest.
Larry Summerville Jr. of Columbus graduated from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Dec. 15, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in metallurgical engineering.
While younger family members are out of school for the holidays, the magic of the season may quickly wear off and parents can expect to hear an old complaint: "I'm bored."
Firefighter Marco A. Rodriguez of the Starkville Fire Department graduated Dec. 13 from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 Firefighter course held at the Mississippi State Fire Academy in Jackson.
There's nothing like reaching into the toe of a Christmas stocking under your tree and finding a fresh and tasty satsuma orange that came right from your own garden.
Many children are on the move this Christmas season as they go over the river and through the woods to distant relatives' houses. Travel can be very distressing for little ones who worry Santa might not be able to find them on Christmas morning.
3. SCT's 'Almost, Maine': it's love ... but not quite ENTERTAINMENT