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Celebrate the Final Four with some state favorites

Posted 3/28/2012 in Food

So, your brackets were torn up long ago, but that's no reason not to enjoy the Final Four this weekend.

Crustacean Craze: It's crawfish time -- twist some tails

Posted 3/21/2012 in Food

Crawfish, mudbugs, crawdads, crayfish -- call them what you will, the prolific Cajun delicacy is once again on the move into the Golden Triangle. Late winter into early spring heralds a new harvest of fat crustaceans generating a buzz, especially with fans who have been impatient for their arrival.

Sweet, sweet Easter: Plan a special dessert now for your Easter table

Posted 3/14/2012 in Food

Yes, we still have St. Patrick's Day and March Madness to get through, but have you looked at the calendar? Easter is just over three weeks away, on April 8. Next to Thanksgiving and Christmas, this may be the holiday that inspires us most to do something special in the kitchen.

 

Emerald eats: Bring a little luck o' the Irish to your table this St. Patrick's Day

Posted 3/9/2012 in Food

When St. Patrick's Day rolls around, there seems to be at least a wee bit of Irish in all of us.

 

Bring a little Mardi Gras madness home

Posted 2/15/2012 in Food

Mardi Gras. It's been called the season of "voluntary madness" -- with parades, masks, floats, music and outlandish costumes. The revelry builds to a crescendo between Epiphany (Jan. 6) and Fat Tuesday, which falls this year on Feb. 21.

SOUPer Bowl: Young Professionals to host souped-up fundraiser

Posted 2/1/2012 in Food

No need to wait until Sunday for Super Bowl weekend action to crank up. On Saturday, the Starkville Young Professionals will host their own annual face-off -- with soups. No need to wait until Sunday for Super Bowl weekend action to crank up. On Saturday, the Starkville Young Professionals will host their own annual face-off -- with soups.

Dishin' Divas: Cookbook club celebrates food and fellowship

Posted 1/18/2012 in Food

There are some things that are just better shared. A delicious meal is one of them, at least for the eight members of the Dishin' Divas Cookbook Club. These Columbus women are on a culinary quest to cook their way through some of America's favorite cookbooks.

Unique, savory and sweet breads

Posted 1/11/2012 in Food

The aroma of just-baked bread is a delight for the senses at any time of year. But there's something extra special about opening the oven door on a batch of fresh, hot rolls or a homemade loaf during the winter months.

Countdown to taste: Ring in the new year with new ideas

Posted 12/28/2011 in Food

New Year's Eve -- that night when anything seems possible for 2012. The new year, soon to arrive fresh and unsullied, is filled with visions of pounds lost, salaries raised or "that room" finally repainted. What a shame to waste such an occasion by falling asleep in front of the TV before the traditional midnight ball-drop.

Last minute food gifts

Posted 12/21/2011 in Food

'Twas four days before Christmas and all through the house, mama was worrying, "Who did I leave out?" Sound familiar? Between work, shopping and family commitments, many of us may be feeling a bit rough around the edges about now. But if you've suddenly realized you forgot to get a little something for a kind co-worker or the neighbor who feeds the dog when you're away, try not to stress out.

Christmas from the heart: Grassroots outreach plans to feed 5,000

Posted 11/30/2011 in Food

"This started out in 2007 with, 'Hey, can you cook a ham? Can you make some green beans?' and now this," smiled Liz Robinson, her eyes bright with excitement. "We started out with 100 kids and their families, and now we're feeding 5,000 people!"

Annual Caledonia Day festival adds cooking contest to roster of fun

Posted 10/12/2011 in Food

Some of the area's best cooks are sharpening up their skills for one of the latest additions to the Caledonia Day Festival set for Friday and Saturday.

Lee Home legacy: Docents share favorite recipes and prepare for historian's visit

Posted 9/21/2011 in Food

After a disastrous fire destroyed most of S.D. Lee Junior High in December 1959, it looked for a while as if the smoke-damaged Stephen D. Lee Home that had served as the home economics building and cafeteria would be bulldozed with the charred remains of the school.

An apple a day: Nutritious, delicious fruit suits any season

Posted 9/8/2011 in Food

This week's welcome cool snap in the Golden Triangle fulfills the calendar's promise: Autumn has not forgotten its appointed rounds and will be knocking on our door before too many more weeks have passed. With it, our culinary thoughts begin to turn toward foods that will soon be at their peak. One of those is apples.

Love the spud: Friday is National Potato Day. Have you had your tater this week?

Posted 8/17/2011 in Food

You may not know the world's largest potato chip -- 23 inches by 14 1/2 inches -- was produced by the Pringles Co. in Jackson, Tenn., in 1990. Or that a potato was the first food to be grown in space. But we all know potatoes are nutritious and inexpensive, and so versatile they could be used in a different way every day of the year.

Still Cookin': Lorene Thrasher, 94, looks back on hard work, home cooking, love and laughter

Posted 8/10/2011 in Food

Mary Lorene Thrasher was born 94 years ago in a small sawmill camp across the Alabama line. She didn't have to venture far to find a full life. She's lived the past 65 years in the New Hope community, within a few miles' distance of where she was raised, where she milked cows twice a day, pulled potatoes and learned to make corn husk mops.

Tasty training: Teachers learn cutting-edge skills with ProStart Institute at MUW

Posted 8/3/2011 in Food

Teachers were, so to speak, on the other side of the desk Friday, as a week of culinary training came to an exciting conclusion at Mississippi University for Women.

Not your mama's grits: Southern staple stars in upscale recipes

Posted 7/27/2011 in Food

Grits. No, we don't mean Girls Raised In the South (though I'm certainly proud to be one), or the Christian hip-hop artist GRITS, the Liberal Party of Canada, known as GRITS, or even Kid Rock's first album, "Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast."

Forks & Corks: Develop 'A Taste for the Arts' at Starkville Area Arts Council fundraiser

Posted 7/20/2011 in Food

A culinary challenge designed by The Starkville Area Arts Council will bring six chefs together to "face off" Saturday for "Best of Forks & Corks" bragging rights. Patrons will be the big beneficiaries that evening, as they sample some of the finest cuisine in the region and take part in a live auction. But the long-term beneficiary is the community at large.

Where's the bacon? In cocktails, cookies and coffee

Posted 7/15/2011 in Food

The only thing rising faster than the price of bacon may be its overwhelming popularity.

 

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