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.
The Loaves and Fishes Community Soup Kitchen in Columbus was established in 2008 and has been largely supported by donations from churches and individuals. But this Friday, the nonprofit ministry will do something it has never done before -- host a large fundraiser.
Simply put, bourbon belongs in barbecue sauce.
"It all started with a book, when I was a little kid," explained Diane Howton Asadi, who grew up in Caledonia. The book was filled from cover to cover with mesmerizing photographs depicting cultures around the world. The images captured Diane's imagination, but none moreso than those from Western Asia and the Middle East.
Granted, it was a tad chilly last Saturday morning, but several souls wrapped up in long sleeves and came to my cooking demo on using hothouse tomatoes at The Hitching Lot Farmers' Market.
It's barbecue season, and chicken is the ideal candidate to get you grilling.
What I really wanted was pizza. But I was too lazy to drive down to the pizza shop to get it, and they only deliver if you order $40 or more. And as much as I like pizza, that's a lot of pizza.
Taco James likes to joke that only the police, the IRS and his mama know his real name. (It's Rodger.) Fact is, he's done pretty well with his nickname since about ninth grade. That's when classmates who knew his family owned a Mexican restaurant christened him "Taco."
While the Suzuki Strings played in the background, I wandered around the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market in Columbus Saturday and bought some tomatoes and strawberries. We are still betwixt and between seasons, but what could be better than tomatoes and strawberries?
Finally, we can all breathe a sign of relief and enjoy this glorious spring, with summer following soon. And, there is no better harbinger of the warm days ahead than the grand opening of the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market on Saturday.
The secret to this simple Mother's Day dessert is frozen puff pastry. It is easy to work with and bakes up into a deliciously flaky pastry.