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Here comes Peter Cottontail: Virginia Adair’s bunny cake heralds Easter once again

Posted 3/31/2010 in Food

“I can’t even begin to imagine how many bunny cakes I’ve made over the years,” Virginia Adair laughed lightly. With a youthful spirit belying her 81 years, the New Hope woman is still baking and decorating the whimsical cakes she first made 46 years ago. For decades, she delighted her own children and scores of families in three different states with the tasty dessert. This week, she once again shares the recipe for what some might call her culinary signature.

On a roll: Sister Schubert, of dinner roll fame, to visit Columbus

Posted 3/24/2010 in Food

If searching for a bona fide Southern success story, look no farther than Troy, Ala., and Patricia Barnes — best known at home and afar simply as Sister.

 

A wee taste o’ the Irish

Posted 3/18/2010 in Food

It never fails. When St. Patrick’s Day rolls around each March, it seems there is a touch of the Irish in all of us.

 

Ala Carte Alice: Former Golden Triangle restaurateurs help everyone feel like a Southern chef

Posted 3/3/2010 in Food

You may have seen them in gift and specialty shops. Small brown packages filled with big taste and boasting eye-catching yellow and red labels reading Ala Carte Alice.

Casserole Kitchen: Starkville food ministry feeds body and soul

Posted 2/24/2010 in Food

There are any number of things teenage boys might be doing on a Saturday morning — sleeping in, playing video games, shooting hoops. But on at least the third Saturday of every month, one group of young men is busy giving back to the community.

Winning recipes, tips for your Super Bowl Sunday

Posted 2/3/2010 in Food

With four days to go, the rumble of Super Bowl XLIV is reaching fever pitch. Colts and Saints fans have proudly lined up behind their teams, and many who won’t be in Miami for the showdown are busy planning their ritual gathering around the television.

With toasts and traditional dishes, Golden Triangle Celts honor Robbie Burns

Posted 1/27/2010 in Food

The Golden Triangle Celts’ celebration in Starkville Saturday would have pleased The Bard himself. And we don’t mean Master Shakespeare. In Scotland, that title refers to 18th-century poet and lyricist Robbie (or Rabbie) Burns, voted in 2009 by that nation’s people as the Greatest Scot — narrowly edging out patriot William Wallace in a poll conducted by Scottish Television.

What a crock!: Move over pot roast — just look what a slow cooker can do

Posted 1/20/2010 in Food

Ever since the Rival Company bought Naxon Utilities 39 years ago and reintroduced its “all-purpose cooker” under the Crock-Pot name in 1971, Americans have carried on a love affair with their slow cookers.

Mm. Mm soup: National Soup Month celebrates America’s comfort food

Posted 1/13/2010 in Food

From rich cream soups like bisques and chowders, to lower-calorie broth-based consommés, wonderful soups are a great way to warm up through the long, cold days of winter. So it’s no wonder the soup industry taps January as National Soup Month.

Tasty turkey: Chef Vicki Leach shares turkey tips for your Christmas feast

Posted 12/23/2009 in Food

Traditional turkey with all the trimmings is a popular choice for the holiday table, with the added bonus of leftover turkey for sandwiches, soups and casseroles.

Sterling starters: Quick, tasty appetizers are a holiday favorite for this great cook

Posted 12/16/2009 in Food

Janey Stubbs of Starkville is a fan of delicious appetizers that can be made up in quick order.

Holidays send this Lowndes County cook into candy-making mode

Posted 12/2/2009 in Food

Few things inspire a bona fide candymaker like the holidays. For Jeanette Basson, the advent of Thanksgiving and Christmas sends her straight to the high-ceilinged kitchen of her family’s 1835 Lowndes County farmhouse near the Alabama state line.

49th annual Country Store Bake Sale transcends generations

Posted 11/18/2009 in Food

As a young girl, Jean Wilder remembers her mother baking apple crunch pies for the Country Store Bake Sale. It was only one of the delicious homemade goodies Laura Pennington made to support the preservation of the historic Stephen D. Lee Home at 316 Seventh St. N.

For Debbie Gibson’s extended family, Sundays at the dinner table strengthen the ties that bind

Posted 11/11/2009 in Food

Once upon a time, big family-style Sunday meals were the rule rather than the exception. Aromas drifting from mom’s or grandmother’s kitchen promised delicious home-cooked dishes, hot from the oven. Children, changed out of their church clothes, romped and played, before being told to go wash up.

Where does food come from? Preschoolers learn from the ground up

Posted 11/4/2009 in Food

The growing season may have come to a close, but the knowledge gained by a new crop of very young hands-on enthusiasts will hopefully last a lifetime.

 

'Empty Bowls' will benefit Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen

Posted 10/24/2009 in Food

In a show of community unity, school students, university faculty, area artisans and other caring individuals have pitched in to make more than 500 ceramic bowls for the Nov. 7 “Empty Bowls” event to alleviate hunger.

 

Mother and daughter partner as wedding caterers — and so much more

Posted 10/21/2009 in Food

While it’s not unusual for blushing brides and dashing grooms to tie the knot or hold their beautiful receptions in some of Columbus’ gracious antebellum structures, what has evolved at Shadowlawn is a bit out of the ordinary.

A home for the heart: For Linder Burt, recovery leads to a new home and ‘ideal job’

Posted 10/14/2009 in Food

For Linder Burt, preparing lunch and supper for a dozen adults every day isn’t a hardship; it’s a life-saving blessing. As head cook at Recovery House, a substance abuse treatment facility for women, Linder brings very personal insight to the unique environment. Only 18 months ago, she herself arrived homeless and helpless at the Lowndes County agency, in dire need of treatment.

Petite treat: ‘Baby’ pralines are easy pick-up sweets

Posted 9/30/2009 in Food

As chair of the committee planning and preparing goodies for the Columbus Arts Council’s gallery receptions, Beverly Norris is always on the hunt for pick-up treats gallery-goers can enjoy as they stroll through the show. And, tying the refreshment table to a theme is her specialty.

Grammy-winning musician brings signature sandwich, Caribbean cuisine to town

Posted 9/16/2009 in Food

You won’t hear him bragging, but Nathan Best may take a prize for remarkable restaurateur stories. The affable Columbus resident with a ready smile is a past member of the O’Jays and the Fairfield Four, a Grammy winner for his part in the “O Brother, Where Art Thou” soundtrack, a pastor, a Christian supply store owner and purveyor of island cuisine at the Trinity Caribbean Café.

 

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