Don't bother telling David Leathers not to play with his food. He can't help it. And, in this case, that's a good thing. The Fulton native has turned his infectious enjoyment of food into a career as a food sculptor and chef.
In light of our recent feel-good fascination with all things royal, there's a footnote of irony to this year's celebration of independence from Britain's rule -- but that's what 235 years, and a fairytale wedding, will do for you.
Maybe you've seen her on "Good Morning, America," or perhaps the "CBS Early Show." Or you may have read about her in Garden & Gun magazine this spring, or in any of the towering stack of glossy pages she's graced since first writing her best-selling cookbook, "Screen Doors and Sweet Tea."
Dr. Lelia Kelly knows her herbs. The Mississippi State University Extension Service consumer horticulture specialist grew and sold them commercially before coming on board at MSU. When she pronounces herbs the multipurpose plants of the 21st century, it's with good reason.
Some kids have never had a fruit smoothie. It may never have occurred to them to sidestep the monotony of eating fruit by tossing it in a blender with some milk or juice and drinking it. They may have assumed the smoothies at McDonald's are just a marketing gimmick to sell another cup of fruit-flavored ice cream.
In a Deep South more accustomed to fried chicken and buttered biscuits, most might not think Thai cuisine would find a ready audience. But that's what happened when Bann Thai opened its doors in Columbus in December 2010.
It may be the inimitable Julia Child quiche lovers in the Golden Triangle should thank for popularizing the egg custard oven-baked pie filled with everything tempting and savory.
Few things taste better than a bowl filled with fresh-grown strawberries during a Southern spring and summer. Not only are they delicious and beautiful in all their red-ripened glory, but this fruit is naturally high in fiber, Vitamin C, folate, potassium and antioxidants. But back to that taste ...
Supper time was happily chaotic in Patricia Wilson's childhood home in El Paso, Texas, with lively conversation -- often in Spanish -- flowing around the family table.
"I love to cook, and I always have," said Tom Wolford of Columbus. That fortunate fact has been a big part of the Eight O' May fundraiser at St. Paul's Episcopal Church every spring for the past 15 years.
Need a break from the kitchen? Looking for a little extra downtime? Mark your calendar for April 29-30 and let the Lowndes County Cattlemen's Association take over the grill.
Three kitchens that hit the right notes will be open Saturday in support of the Columbus Girlchoir and its 57 members.
Granted, there's still a nip in the nightly air, but as April makes her entrance, the season's first produce is beginning to make its debut. Savvy shoppers in the Golden Triangle will soon be heading to farmers' markets for the freshest and most nutrient-rich vegetables and fruits.
"We like this a lot better than working in the house," 11-year-old Harrison Nasekos grins, taking a break from tilling a plot of loamy, brown earth at Palmer Home for Children on Columbus' Ninth Street South Monday.
Even if your team isn't among the 68 with an invite to the Big Dance, there's no reason not to join the fray. For a Final Four fete with the whole gang over, food should be uncomplicated to eat and TV-tray friendly.
Move over, Mardi Gras. St. Patrick's Day is fast approaching, and you don't have to be Irish to join in the tasty festivities.
No Mardi Gras celebration would be complete without a king cake. But, there are cakes, and then there are Dianna Hankey's cakes. The British expatriate's fresh, sweet bread pastry is plump with luscious cream cheese filling, brown sugar, cinnamon, sugary icing and colorful sprinkles. And those are the "plain ones."
Diners with adventurous palates are enjoying a "world tour" this semester at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus. Three international luncheons featuring Mexican, Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine are providing big benefits, too, for culinary arts students -- and showing off brand new dining facilities in Shattuck Hall on the MUW campus.
You've thought about it, but weren't quite sure where to start. You know about the benefits -- the freshness, higher nutrient levels, the money to be saved. But growing your own vegetables was always something you might try "someday."
There's just something about Valentine's Day. From the first little sack "mail box" we decorated and taped to our elementary school desks for classmates to drop their Valentines in, we were hooked. Now, all grown up, we still love to be remembered -- and to remember those we care about.
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