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