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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.

True blue: Get cooking with blueberries, nature's tiny superfruit

Posted 7/13/2011 in Food

Don't let the blueberry's small size fool you. This little power food is packed with flavor and nutrition, lower in calories than many fruits, with zero fat. And, what could be easier? No peeling, coring or cutting.

'Food is art': Chef carves edible creations

Posted 7/7/2011 in Food

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.

Side show: Add a bang to your Fourth of July with super sides

Posted 6/29/2011 in Food

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.

Award-winning cookbook author Martha Foose to visit Columbus

Posted 6/22/2011 in Food

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."

The herbal factor: Elevate your cooking with herbs

Posted 6/15/2011 in Food

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.

Fun on the Hill: Starkville program promotes healthy eating, living for kids

Posted 6/10/2011 in Food

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.

Tempting Thai: Family brings Thai cuisine to the Triangle

Posted 6/1/2011 in Food

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.

Versatile quiche: Breakfast, lunch or dinner, this dish can do it all

Posted 5/18/2011 in Food

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.

Berry sweet: Low in calories, high in nutrients, strawberries rule

Posted 5/11/2011 in Food

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 ...

Cinco de Mayo: One cook shares her abuelita's recipes for a Mexican fiesta

Posted 5/4/2011 in Food

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.

Eight O' May fundraiser draws barbecue fans, too

Posted 4/27/2011 in Food

"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.

Cattlemen's Association offers to 'do the cooking,' but you can too with these recipes

Posted 4/21/2011 in Food

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.

Tour of Kitchens: Girlchoir's annual event features kitchens of distinctive style

Posted 4/6/2011 in Food

Three kitchens that hit the right notes will be open Saturday in support of the Columbus Girlchoir and its 57 members.

Spring salads: April's arrival heralds fresh ingredients, awakening farmers' markets

Posted 3/30/2011 in Food

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.

Breaking ground: Young gardeners learn good prep now yields good eats later

Posted 3/23/2011 in Food

"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.

 

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