This week's welcome cool snap in the Golden Triangle fulfills the calendar's promise: Autumn has not forgotten its appointed rounds and will be knocking on our door before too many more weeks have passed. With it, our culinary thoughts begin to turn toward foods that will soon be at their peak. One of those is apples.
You may not know the world's largest potato chip -- 23 inches by 14 1/2 inches -- was produced by the Pringles Co. in Jackson, Tenn., in 1990. Or that a potato was the first food to be grown in space. But we all know potatoes are nutritious and inexpensive, and so versatile they could be used in a different way every day of the year.
Mary Lorene Thrasher was born 94 years ago in a small sawmill camp across the Alabama line. She didn't have to venture far to find a full life. She's lived the past 65 years in the New Hope community, within a few miles' distance of where she was raised, where she milked cows twice a day, pulled potatoes and learned to make corn husk mops.
Teachers were, so to speak, on the other side of the desk Friday, as a week of culinary training came to an exciting conclusion at Mississippi University for Women.
Grits. No, we don't mean Girls Raised In the South (though I'm certainly proud to be one), or the Christian hip-hop artist GRITS, the Liberal Party of Canada, known as GRITS, or even Kid Rock's first album, "Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast."
A culinary challenge designed by The Starkville Area Arts Council will bring six chefs together to "face off" Saturday for "Best of Forks & Corks" bragging rights. Patrons will be the big beneficiaries that evening, as they sample some of the finest cuisine in the region and take part in a live auction. But the long-term beneficiary is the community at large.
The only thing rising faster than the price of bacon may be its overwhelming popularity.
Don't let the blueberry's small size fool you. This little power food is packed with flavor and nutrition, lower in calories than many fruits, with zero fat. And, what could be easier? No peeling, coring or cutting.
Don't bother telling David Leathers not to play with his food. He can't help it. And, in this case, that's a good thing. The Fulton native has turned his infectious enjoyment of food into a career as a food sculptor and chef.
In light of our recent feel-good fascination with all things royal, there's a footnote of irony to this year's celebration of independence from Britain's rule -- but that's what 235 years, and a fairytale wedding, will do for you.
Maybe you've seen her on "Good Morning, America," or perhaps the "CBS Early Show." Or you may have read about her in Garden & Gun magazine this spring, or in any of the towering stack of glossy pages she's graced since first writing her best-selling cookbook, "Screen Doors and Sweet Tea."
Dr. Lelia Kelly knows her herbs. The Mississippi State University Extension Service consumer horticulture specialist grew and sold them commercially before coming on board at MSU. When she pronounces herbs the multipurpose plants of the 21st century, it's with good reason.
Some kids have never had a fruit smoothie. It may never have occurred to them to sidestep the monotony of eating fruit by tossing it in a blender with some milk or juice and drinking it. They may have assumed the smoothies at McDonald's are just a marketing gimmick to sell another cup of fruit-flavored ice cream.
In a Deep South more accustomed to fried chicken and buttered biscuits, most might not think Thai cuisine would find a ready audience. But that's what happened when Bann Thai opened its doors in Columbus in December 2010.
It may be the inimitable Julia Child quiche lovers in the Golden Triangle should thank for popularizing the egg custard oven-baked pie filled with everything tempting and savory.
Few things taste better than a bowl filled with fresh-grown strawberries during a Southern spring and summer. Not only are they delicious and beautiful in all their red-ripened glory, but this fruit is naturally high in fiber, Vitamin C, folate, potassium and antioxidants. But back to that taste ...
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.