Once a niche business, locally grown foods aren't just for farmers markets anymore.
Saturday mornings from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market in Columbus are lively affairs, with not only fresh-picked produce from local growers, and crafts, but festivities that range from live music to cooking demonstrations and corn shucking contests.
Most of us know the secret to amazing homemade cocktail sauce -- spike some ketchup with horseradish, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce and you're good to go.
We've all suffered through them, those limp, soggy excuses for pasta salad that amount to little more than elbow macaroni doused with bottled vinaigrette and tossed with a bag of frozen peas.
There was a bit of Italia in the air Friday at Mississippi University for Women's Culinary Arts Institute. On the final day of this summer's MUW Culinary Camp for Kids, participants in the seventh through 12th grades prepared an Italian-themed luncheon for parents and friends, presenting demos of each course.
Summertime entertaining and salsa go together like, well, chips and salsa. With all of the fresh ingredients available at the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market in Columbus and other area farmers' markets, now is the time to forsake the jarred version and put a little love into the bowl.
When the heat and humidity get to be too much a refreshing glass of agua fresca is just the thing.
As somebody who spends a whole lot of time thinking about grilling, I love that so many Americans celebrate July Fourth by busting out the grill.
When you discover foods that have a natural affinity for one another, it's easy to find numerous excuses to enjoy them together.
Over the years, I've received roughly a half dozen of those perforated grilling pans as gifts. You know the ones I mean.
Let's confess. It can be boring cooking the same old thing time after time. We could use some inspiration.
For the month of June the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market teamed with the Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Library to present Table Talks with a food theme.
Training in the culinary arts has come a long way from the home economics classes of yesteryear. And no wonder: More than 13 million people now work in the restaurant industry, the National Restaurant Association cites.
With the farmers' markets getting more and more bountiful, it is time to load up your plate or bowl with all these beautiful colors and flavors.
Ready to move beyond basic vanilla or chocolate this ice cream season?
Early birds at the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market in Columbus Saturday will reap more than choice picks of fresh produce, crafts and plants. They will also enjoy a cooking demo when Wilson Beck starts whipping up chocolate banana waffles at 7 a.m.
The abundance of English peas at the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market in Columbus this season has been welcome.
Farmers' markets are back. And that means a whole new chance to make friends with strange and unusual vegetables. Or to rehabilitate some old familiars.