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Cheese lovers unite, celebrate national 'holiday' with cheesy recipes

Posted 1/16/2013 in Food

I know. Believe me, I get the irony of featuring cheesy recipes the week after 300-calorie dishes filled our food pages, but Sunday is National Cheese Lovers Day -- and man does not live by calorie-counting alone.

300 calorie meals can boost that new year's resolution

Posted 1/9/2013 in Food

So, how are we doing? Nine days into 2013, and it's safe to say a notable percentage of Americans who resolved to drop a few pounds are slip-sliding away. If you made that resolution, no doubt your commitment is built of sterner stuff. If you're counting calories in a quest to a healthier weight, perhaps a few suggestions for meals that are 300-calories-or-less will shore up your arsenal.


Right at home: Cool gadgets for pie makers, givers

Posted 1/9/2013 in Food

Making your own pie is one of the best gifts you can give your table, your family and friends. Retailers are offering lots of cool implements to help you create your own stellar versions, so let the baking begin.



A healthier take on weeknight-friendly risotto

Posted 1/9/2013 in Food

I'm always searching for ways to make a healthier version of risotto, one of my favorite winter Italian dishes.


Goals to eat better, lose weight should be reasonable and realistic

Posted 1/2/2013 in Food

As 2013 begins, many will make resolutions to eat better and lose weight. Mississippi University for Women assistant professor of nutrition Amanda Dahl, RD, LD, offers some tips for weight loss the healthy way. Dahl advises that those steps should include small, reasonable changes with realistic measurable weigh loss goals.


Whatever your diet style there's a cookbook for it

Posted 1/2/2013 in Food

Are you a celebrity watcher? A magazine clipper? A list maker, supplement taker, whole grains baker? No matter what kind of person you are, there's a new diet cookbook to help lay the foundation for that inevitable New Year's resolution.


A light, steamed fish dish with big, bold flavors

Posted 1/2/2013 in Food

The first time I had to test a recipe for steamed fish was back in the '80s, when I was working in the test kitchen at Gourmet magazine. And truthfully, the very idea seemed preposterous.

Have poached eggs for breakfast, lunch or dinner

Posted 1/2/2013 in Food

The beauty of poached eggs is their versatility. Depending on what you pair them with, they can be breakfast, lunch or even dinner.

New Year's goodies: Columbus cook shares one of her go-to recipes for sweet bites

Posted 12/26/2012 in Food

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.


Simple recipes for sensational entertaining

Posted 12/26/2012 in Food

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.


Of droughts and foie gras angst -- the year in food

Posted 12/26/2012 in Food

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.


A warming -- and simple -- broccoli and pasta dish

Posted 12/26/2012 in Food

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.


Christmas morning: Special starts for a special day

Posted 12/19/2012 in Food

An indelible memory I carry from childhood is of Christmas morning breakfasts. In our home, there was no charging from the bedrooms to see what Santa brought, no race between siblings to be the first to the tree. Oh no, if there was one thing we were good at, it was stretching out the Christmas experience.

A classic stuffing combination - sausage and pecan

Posted 12/19/2012 in Food

When it comes to stuffing, it's hard to get a more classic flavor combination than sausage and pecans. The result is a salty, nutty, sweet, crunchy and tender combination of flavors and textures.

A sweet and tangy meatball fit for a holiday party

Posted 12/12/2012 in Food

Sometimes failure can end up tasting pretty good. It certainly was the case with these meatballs.


A double-whipped eggnog to set the holiday mood

Posted 12/12/2012 in Food

For me, eggnog season can't come soon enough. As soon as Halloween is packed away, I buy a quart of my favorite eggnog at the grocery store.


Tamale time: Caledonia's Fork N Road starts tamale tradition

Posted 12/12/2012 in Food

Tamales or tamaladas are as much a part of Christmas traditions in Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries as bacalao (salted cod), pizole (hominy soup) and a nice roasted pavo (turkey). And why wouldn't they be especially popular during Christmas as tamales are one of the only foods that come already gift wrapped.


Eggnog and snickerdoodles -- together at last

Posted 12/5/2012 in Food

You can keep your decorated, stained glass, death-by-chocolate, triple-dunked biscotti bombs, or whatever this holiday season's must-bake cookie will be.


Home sweet home: Young home 'designers' get the job done with candy canes and gumdrops

Posted 12/5/2012 in Food

There was plenty of construction going on in Starkville Sunday afternoon, but there was nary a nail gun or sawhorse in sight. Instead, this project required gumdrops, candy canes and chocolate kisses. And, oh yes, imagination.


An easy, hearty dinner for when you deck the halls

Posted 12/5/2012 in Food

Here's the thing about decorating for Christmas. It should be fun. It should be an occasion. It should involve delicious food.



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