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Styling: It's all about getting food ready for its close-up

Posted 2/14/2018 in Food

Open a glossy magazine, a cookbook, a colorful menu or watch almost any food commercial, and you're almost assuredly witnessing the work of food stylists. The art of making food look irresistible for the camera is a learned craft, and students in a food styling course at Mississippi University for Women's Culinary Arts Institute (CAI) Monday had a Valentine's Day feast ready for its close-up.

We asked, 'What's your culinary idea of the perfect Valentine's Day?'

Posted 2/7/2018 in Food

With Cupid's big day just a week away, givers, receivers and lovesick shoppers are making their plans. So are bakers, restaurateurs and florists who are preparing for the rush.

Rich and heavy French beef stew actually made healthier

Posted 2/7/2018 in Food

When it comes to making beef stews, the French are clear winners.

Cooking on deadline: mini pizzas

Posted 2/7/2018 in Food

If you want to wow your gang during an Oscar viewing party, game day, or a movie-watching or Netflix-binging session, mini pizzas are a great way to go.

Serve white bean soup with dumplings for hearty winter meal

Posted 2/7/2018 in Food

They say that everyone complains about the weather -- winter especially -- but no one ever does anything about it. Well, here's something you can do that will make you feel much better.

A fantastic Super Bowl party that's ... plant-based?

Posted 1/31/2018 in Food

Super Bowl spreads tend to be pretty meaty. They might be anchored by a big bowl of beef chili, some sloppy joes or burgers -- or just a big order of pepperoni pizzas.

Homemade jam that uses berries to sweeten, instead of sugar

Posted 1/31/2018 in Food

My grandmother used to make jam every year out of the summer bounty of berries. It was a multi-day project involving scorching-hot vats of berries, thickened by pectin and pounds of white sugar, which she balanced with the tang of lemon or lime juice.

Super Bowl snacks: baked potato skins and onion kale dip

Posted 1/31/2018 in Food

I'm not really sure why, but when sports fans assemble in front of their TVs to watch the Super Bowl, major sustenance seems to be required.

Pair pork with cabbage for a tasty main dish

Posted 1/31/2018 in Food

If you're tired of the same old vegetable side dishes, here's a recipe that promotes the lowly red cabbage from side dish to protein partner.

Big game eats

Posted 1/24/2018 in Food

Without a team in the fray, my personal zeal for Super Bowl LII is idling on the sidelines.

Cooking on deadline: steak fajitas

Posted 1/24/2018 in Food

This year I'm looking to shake up the Super Bowl gathering a bit. Normally, a pot of chili anchors our party, but this year I'm thinking fajitas.

Wine, meat and garlic combine for a stick-to-your ribs stew

Posted 1/24/2018 in Food

During the recent bomb cyclone snowstorm, I couldn't go to the store for several days as I waited to get plowed out of my driveway.

Winter warmers: Comfort food ideas to help beat the chill

Posted 1/17/2018 in Food

An extra log on the fire is all well and good, but Southerners know an arctic blast calls for down-home comfort food.

Cooking on deadline: Dan Dan noodles

Posted 1/17/2018 in Food

Dan Dan Noodles are a classic Chinese dish originating in the Sichuan province.

How the cauliflower can morph into movie night snack food

Posted 1/17/2018 in Food

Years ago, I was attempting to reverse my daughter Valentine's disdain for cauliflower.

Trending: What's hot in the food world for 2018?

Posted 1/10/2018 in Food

House-made condiments, street food-inspired dishes, vegetable carb substitutes, food as medicine, sugar alternatives -- these are a few of the line items popping up in an online search for the hottest national food trends predicted for 2018.

Have some over-ripe bananas? Then make better pancakes

Posted 1/10/2018 in Food

I hate to throw over-ripe bananas away. It is such a wasted opportunity for fresh fragrant banana bread.

Leftovers make tasty spinach and feta burgers

Posted 1/10/2018 in Food

Leftovers! Some folks love them, others happily scrape them into the trash.

Cauliflower mashed potatoes are simple to make

Posted 1/10/2018 in Food

Let's say you've resolved to eat healthier in the New Year, but find yourself tripped up over and over again by your unconquerable yen for food that's rich and delicious.

Sweet spot: Carmel cakes are this Columbus baker's specialty

Posted 12/21/2017 in Food

Veronica Morris has "zero cooking background," but the Columbus nurse seems to be making up for it now. Caramel cakes have become her specialty, and that is largely a matter of serendipity.


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