There is just something about roasted chicken that comforts, nourishes and satisfies like nothing else, especially when the wind is howling and it is cold outside.
Cookbooks aren't supposed to make us misty-eyed, but then, this is no typical cookbook. "Sweetness Follows: The Story of Sam and the Treat of the Week," by Columbus native Katy Smith Houston, is more than a collection of dessert recipes. It is a heartfelt testament, a celebration of a young man who overcame a traumatic brain injury and the loving support of family and friends that helped him do it.
The reward of growing your own food is something everyone should experience firsthand. Nothing compares to a home-cooked meal prepared with vegetables that were grown in your garden. Tomatoes, okra, squash, cucumber, peas and beans are a few of the staple items in most Mississippi gardens.
When the palate gets a craving for fish, salmon is a delicious popular choice. It's one of the most versatile -- and forgiving -- fish out there. It can be baked, sautéed, grilled, pan-seared, poached or broiled. You can get it farm-raised or wild-caught, and it earns bonus points for its high quality protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
Pour on the olive oil, preferably over fish and vegetables: One of the longest and most scientific tests of a Mediterranean diet suggests this style of eating can cut the chance of suffering heart-related problems, especially strokes, in older people at high risk of them.
Coffee has become my new favorite ingredient when roasting meat.
Some may think of Sunday's Academy Awards show as the Super Bowl of TV events for women. And yes, there's some satisfaction in acting as the red carpet fashion police from the comfort of your own couch. But Oscar night, with its glitz and glam, can be fun for movie buffs of both genders.
Sometimes, even on a weeknight, you really crave a little dessert. But making dessert takes time, and you already are spending time cooking up the main event, namely dinner.
So, the day of love is almost upon us. The sentimental side of you would like to bring a smile to those you care about, but you've put off making any special plans. Don't fret. This doesn't have to be complicated.
My goal was simple -- a weeknight-friendly pork dish that was all about sticky-sweet-savory deliciousness. Neither take-out nor heavy lifting would be allowed, and versatility was a must.
It didn't seem too much to ask for. I wanted a coconut chicken curry that is fast, delicious and not loaded with fat. Turned out to be easier than I expected.
This is my weeknight-friendly take on fried chicken served on waffles, a total comfort food perfect for a cold winter night.
The approach of Valentine's Day always causes me to remember a long-ago February and a card table my mother set up by the picture window in our living room. She put it there so my younger sister and I could enjoy a rare Columbus snowfall as we addressed our little Valentines. I'm pretty sure there was hot chocolate involved.
If you're not going out for Valentine's dinner, here's a recipe you can use at home. This dish is warm and comforting, and rich with flavors that say "you're special." It cooks up in a gratin dish, so you can assemble it ahead of time, then when you're ready to eat, just pop it in the oven.
When you're scanning a restaurant menu or walking the grocery store aisles, do you know what many of the food terms really mean? What designates "local," and what is the difference between organic and non-organic?
There was plenty of m'm, m'm good to go around Friday evening when Shaeffer's Chapel United Methodist Church in western Lowndes County held its annual soup supper. Tables laden with crockpots of aromatic soups, plates of crisp cornbreads, salads, French bread, sandwiches and luscious desserts drew the church family and guests in from the cold for a night of warm fellowship and great food.
Still think a $5 latte at Starbucks is over the top? Hold on, because now there's an even pricier cuppa Joe to get buzzed about.
Have you ever felt like just going nuts? (Not the zany kind of nuts, but the culinary kind.) With all the delicious walnuts, almonds, pecans, peanuts and what not out there, it's no wonder. Each variety has its own distinct flavor, texture and aroma that can enhance dishes from entrées to desserts. Many qualify as healthy snacks on their own. Even the Mayo Clinic website tells us most types of nuts are miniature packages of nutrition.