It turns out there are some among us who love Thanksgiving almost as much for the leftovers as for the main meal. "I feel sorry for anyone who doesn't have leftovers," laughed Miranda Stewart of Starkville. "I wake up the Friday after already anticipating the chili I'll use that turkey for."
Ask the people around the table on Thursday about the history of Thanksgiving, and most will say something about the Pilgrims.
I was a happy little butterball when I was a kid. Sweets were my thing, desserts in particular. And chocolate desserts most of all. The one exception to the rule? My grandmother's oatmeal cookies.
McDonald's, which has been struggling to keep up with a raft of new menu items, says the McRib won't be available nationally this year.
Peek at the calendars of many a Thanksgiving hostess in Columbus and surrounds, and there's a good chance you'll see next Tuesday flagged in red. That's when the doors of the Stephen D. Lee Home open for two of the most anticipated hours of the year -- the Country Store Bake Sale.
As Thanksgiving and Christmas march ever closer, many of us are thinking ahead to desserts for holiday dinners and parties. Alyssa Davis is, too. But the Starkville cook's shopping list probably looks different than yours or mine. Davis has been gluten-free for several years now -- not because she thought it was trendy, but because she believes it improves her life and keeps her medication- and symptom-free after years of battling Crohn's Disease.
Remembering the Thanksgivings of my childhood conjures warm memories. I can clearly see gleaming china, sparkling crystal, the turkey-shaped gravy bowl and a large cornucopia my mother often used as a centerpiece. It overflowed with artificial apples, oranges and grapes that, to a kid, looked good enough to eat. In fact, I daresay there were some tiny teeth marks on the underside of a couple.
Seonkyoung Longest of Columbus is wasting no time in pursuing her culinary passion. After earning an apron as one of the top 40 home cooks out of 40,000 original aspirants on "MasterChef" Season 4, which premiered in May, the 29-year-old military spouse is now one of nine contestants selected for "Restaurant Express," a new Food Network program hosted by Robert Irvine.
Everyone loves the idea of a grilled pork chop, but they often fall short of expectations. And I blame the butcher!