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.
Chili. Some consider it the ultimate cold-weather fare. And in spite a recent spring teaser, Mother Nature has more winter in store, including Super Bowl Sunday, when Golden Triangle temperatures are expected to dip into the 30s by night.
Here it comes -- Super Bowl XLV. The Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers are deep in preparation for the NFL's big bash Feb. 6, but so are plenty of football fans who enjoy having friends and family over to enjoy the season's grand finale.
Tapas -- those small, tasty canapés or appetizers so popular in Spain -- have returned to the Golden Triangle. Fritz Ehrentraut, of former hot spot 509 Tapas in downtown Columbus, resurrects the concept with the newly-opened Possum Town Tavern at 2222 Military Road.
Some things are just easier with four hands than two. Making baklava is one of them. It's become a Christmas tradition for Vicky and Jimmie D. "Tuffy" Bourland, who live in northern Lowndes County.
As the days tick by until Santa's big scene, our halls are getting decked and our calendars filled.
Stepping into Nancy and Carol Carpenter's historic Columbus home during the holidays brings to mind a more gracious time. Bay leaf wreaths at the windows and mantles dressed in swags of greenery blend with warm colors, decor and furnishings that comfortably meld the present with the past.
For 50 delicious Novembers, the annual Country Store Bake Sale has helped fill Thanksgiving tables to overflowing with some of the tastiest homemade cakes, pies, candies, cookies, cheese straws and other goodies this side of the Mississippi River.
With house rules like "Feel free to fall in love," and "Dance wildly if you want to," you might expect the unexpected at Crawgators Restaurant, recently opened at 1586 Lake Lowndes Road in the New Hope community.
Fall is a wonderful time to break out the stew recipes. Brrrr nights and blustery days call for comfort foods to fill the tummy and warm the heart. Most of us enjoy a traditional hearty beef stew, but variations are endless, as some of today's recipes illustrate.
No bones about it, for fun-minded cooks, Halloween is a great time to set the imagination free.
Even to the deep South, autumn finally comes. Temperatures tease us, hinting at sweater weather ahead. Daylight retreats, day by day, and nights are ripe for sitting out on the porch, happily hatching plans for Halloween costumes, holiday menus or letters to Santa.
From the moment they pass through handsome, carved doors that once fronted the old New Orleans Stock Exchange, diners know they've arrived at a distinctive destination.
For Ray Merchant, serving up smooth, silky frozen custard cones, sundaes, splits and other sweet bliss is a far cry from the gritty sleuthing he did as a railroad detective for three decades.
As hot Southern summers wane into late August and September, young watchers who have patiently monitored vines at Palmer Home in Columbus finally hear the pronouncement: "Muscadines are ready!" And like other fans of the big grape, they fill up their shirttails with the sweet and tart fruit, to enjoy fresh off the vine.