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Seniors' send off

Posted 5/9/2019 in Food

Surely it was only a month or two ago that students went back to class after Christmas. Or so it seems to me. But no, graduations are upon us. Mississippi State's seniors received diplomas this past weekend and soon area high schools -- and The W -- will send their newly-minted graduates out into the world. So, it's party time -- a final send-off to honor graduates at one of the most exciting junctures in a young life. There are many ways to make it special; here are just a few to consider.

 

A foolproof way to make chicken drumsticks ultra-tender

Posted 5/9/2019 in Food

With their built-in handles and small size, economical chicken drumsticks are tailor-made for a cookout. So we decided to devise a foolproof way to roast them on the grill to ultra-tender perfection with nicely browned skin and wonderfully juicy meat.

 

Braising can maximize the freshness of spring vegetables

Posted 5/9/2019 in Food

While raw and roasted vegetables certainly have their place, braising is a great technique for cooking even the most delicate vegetables.

Stepping out of the kitchen: Reichle begins a well-earned retirement

Posted 5/1/2019 in Food

After years devoted to feeding school children in Columbus, Dot Reichle is taking off the chef's apron. Tuesday was her last day as food service manager at Heritage Academy. It marks not only a departure from school service, but from a career also spent feeding the community at large.

Six little tricks every cook should know

Posted 5/1/2019 in Food

There are certain small skills that make life better and easier.

 

Cauliflower on the grill? Don't be scared. It's easy

Posted 5/1/2019 in Food

To make grilled cauliflower with a tender interior and a flavorful, nicely browned exterior, we first microwaved it until it was cooked through and then briefly grilled it to pick up color and flavor.

 

 

It's high time to modernize Chicken Marbella. Here's how.

Posted 5/1/2019 in Food

More than 25 years ago, Chicken Marbella was the signature dish of the famous Silver Palate gourmet shop in Manhattan and the cookbook it later inspired.

 

Chickpeas make a great foundation for this veggie burger

Posted 5/1/2019 in Food

Buttery, nutty chickpeas make a great foundation for a satisfying veggie burger.

New day for a spring tradition

Posted 4/24/2019 in Food

It may have happened more than 60 years ago, but Betty West Land still remembers learning to make cheese straws from Edna Banks, a family neighbor.

Butter Together: Chocolate, love, and independence

Posted 4/24/2019 in Food

"It's OK, honey. We can make one at home that's safe." If that sentiment has come out of my mouth once, it has come out 20 times. That's the cost of living with a kid who has food allergies: We have to make a lot of foods at home that we might otherwise enjoy at a restaurant or bakery.

For moist grilled pork skewers, turn to country-style ribs

Posted 4/24/2019 in Food

For grilled pork skewers that were moist and flavorful, we turned to boneless country-style ribs, which are quick-cooking and tender, yet have enough fat to keep them from drying out.

A rich almond cake makes a sophisticated and sweet dessert

Posted 4/24/2019 in Food

Simple, rich almond cake makes a sophisticated and delicately sweet dessert, but traditional European versions tend to be heavy and dense.

This rice dish gets delish with peas, feta and mint

Posted 4/24/2019 in Food

Brown rice can be difficult to cook well: All too often, it is underseasoned and turns starchy and mushy. Plus, it takes a long time to cook, so stovetop recipes run the risk of scorching on the bottom.

Delicious reads

Posted 4/17/2019 in Food

Visitors to the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library found more than "food for the mind" April 11. The library's third annual Edible Book Festival showcased something for the taste buds as well.

A twist on Easter's green bean casserole

Posted 4/17/2019 in Food

Many years ago, I quietly fell into the role of green bean casserole maker for our family's special occasion dinners.

A cheesy, golden, puffed casserole for Easter morning

Posted 4/17/2019 in Food

Despite its name, this "omelet" is nothing like the filling-stuffed egg dish you expect at brunch, nor does it take a day to bake.

For these breakfast tacos, which way will you cook the bacon?

Posted 4/17/2019 in Food

When making these delicious breakfast tacos, there are two ways to cook bacon.

Easter brunch

Posted 4/10/2019 in Food

The W's Culinary Arts Institute kitchen was "styling" on the morning of April 2. From chef station to station, an Easter brunch was coming together and looking good. That's the purpose of a food styling class: to prepare food to look as tempting as possible for photography, video or film.

Butter Together: If it's not easy, it won't get cooked

Posted 4/10/2019 in Food

I have reached the part of the year where I am officially done. Not really, of course: we still have nearly half a semester's worth of class. But emotionally, physically, mentally ... stick a fork in me.

Honey is the glue that keeps these granola bars together

Posted 4/10/2019 in Food

Great granola bars put the flavor of the oats at the forefront while supporting players back them up with a mellow sweetness.

 

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