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!
Whether they're toppling governments in "World War Z" or peddling cell service and cars in TV commercials, zombies seem to be America's ghoul du jour. So Linda Jenkins is right in sync this Halloween with her signature zombie finger cookies. The Columbus cook's family counts on her to bake up a batch every October, as the month wanes toward All Hallows' Eve.
What's not to love about autumn? Lap blankets on game day, hayrides, pumpkins on the porch -- and chili. Hot, mild, beef, chicken, sausage, beans, bean-less, vegetarian. However you prefer yours, it's about time to stock up on ingredients and pull out that big pot.