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Kara Kimbrough: Get a Taste of the Coast in Bay St. Louis

Before starting my second installment of “Top Reasons to Visit the MS Gulf Coast for a day or weekend trip,” I’m proud to announce thousands of voters around the U.S. agree with one of my picks from two weeks ago. The Ole’ Biloxi Fillin’ Station’s burger was named “Coast’s best burger.” The restaurant was also named favorite local hangout and venue that best represents the Coast’s attitude. Speaking of B’s, it’s time to discuss one of my favorite places on earth, Bay St. Louis. Drive over the mammoth Bay Bridge from beautiful Pass Christian and your blood pressure plummets as you view the sweepings vistas of the bay on either side. The sight of the sunlight dancing on the bay is truly breath

Fight Hunger One Meal at a Time

Hunger in America is much closer than you may think. With the USDA reporting that one in eight Americans struggles with hunger, including more than 13 million children, food insecurity is an issue facing families in every county across the country. Spring and summer are especially difficult. During this time, food banks face a "spring hunger gap," when food supply is often at its lowest level. Also, during the summer when school is not in session, millions of children lose access to free and reduced-price meals. To help provide meals to people struggling with hunger, companies like Walmart have created unique campaigns like "Fight Hunger. Spark Change." that call on the public to take action

The Wine Guys: Way of St. James Passes Through Spain's Wine Country

Every July hundreds of thousands of people make a pilgrimage from the Pyrenees on France’s border to Santiago de Compostela on Spain’s northwest coast. The passage is historically known as the El Camino de Santiago or Way of St. James, a route taken by pilgrims who were delivering the remains of St James for burial. Alas, the good apostle was beheaded during the Middle Ages for preaching the gospel in Spain. Theoretically, to finish the 1,500-mile trek is penance for one’s sins, but many people make it for the heck of it. Fortunately for the weary, most routes conveniently pass through Spain’s wine country where one's thirst can be sinfully slaked. There’s nothing like slugging down some w

Warm Weather Entertaining: Sonoma Wine Tasting and Cooking Lesson

PHOTO SOURCE: (c) Mirko - Fotolia.com (StatePoint) Welcome warm weather by gathering friends and family. If you are looking to create a memorable evening, consider entertaining guests at home with an instructional wine tasting and cooking lesson. Wine Tasting Keep it classic when buying wines for your tasting. Choose a winery that produces varietals that best showcase its wine region and can be enjoyed by every level of wine drinker. One great choice is St. Francis Winery and Vineyards, a leader in producing top-quality, sustainable wines from mountain and valley vineyards in Sonoma County, CA. Committed to producing the best wines possible while protecting the environment, St. Francis Winer

The Food Factor: Rotisserie Chicken

The Food Factor presents the best, research-based information related to food, nutrition, diet, and healthy lifestyles. Our host, Natasha Haynes, is an experienced educator with the Mississippi State University Extension Service who has spent over 15 years sharing tips for healthy living with Mississippians of all ages. She brings food science down to earth and makes it useful for today’s families. Click here to view previously aired shows and be sure to follow The Food Factor on Facebook and Twitter.

Fix Up a Flavorful Spring Table

Finding the perfect recipe to share with loved ones can prove to be a year-round challenge. These tasty dishes that include a flatbread appetizer, shrimp main dish and a favorite seasonal dessert made with strawberries can help you serve up a meal perfect for any spring gathering. Visit Culinary.net for more tips and recipes to make your springtime gatherings as nutritious as they are delicious. HEARTY AND FLAVORFUL Make your meal a hearty, tasty one by starting it off with this recipe for Herbed Veggie Focaccia Bread, a pizza-esque flatbread that’s a delicious alternative to all-too-common unhealthy appetizers. Topped with mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, olives and onion, this delightful

Kara Kimbrough: Trip to Gulf Coast Worth It for the Food

Spring, wonderful spring...the official start of vacation season. Vacation means many things, including letting someone else do the cooking. I understand the appeal of seeking a reprieve from packing hundreds of mundane lunches and trying to think of something - anything - to cook for dinner night after night. However, before you pack the car or book a flight, I have an alternate plan. Don't wreck the budget with a long sojourn to an expensive out-of-state resort offering pricey restaurants. Instead, look no further than our own Gulf Coast. I often receive emails from readers asking for restaurant recommendations for our state’s crown jewel. Just as one email isn’t long enough to list all my

Sanderson Farms Reflects on its Partnership with United Way

LAUREL, Miss. /PRNewswire/ - Sanderson Farms and the United Way share a rich history. In 1979, Joe F. Sanderson, Sr. served as Board President of the Jones County Givers Fund, an organization now known as the United Way of the Pine Belt Region. This tradition is continued by current leaders within Sanderson Farms who sit on United Way boards across the Southeast. Sanderson Farms' Chairman and CEO, Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., carries on his father's belief that a company will only be as successful as the communities in which it operates. As Sanderson Farms' operations have expanded, the company's charitable giving has also grown. The Sanderson Family has led by example to create a culture of givin

The Wine Guys: Hungary Produces Amazing Wine at Bargain Prices

Hungary – a former member of the USSR along with Georgia, Moldova and several other countries -- are producing amazing wines from indigenous grapes at bargain prices. Since the early 1990s Hungary has been governed by a democratic government and features a free market economy. The Hungarian wine industry that has emerged is returning to its quality winemaking roots and the wines they are producing deserve notice. Until recently a trickling of Hungarian wines available in the United States were limited to golden Tokaji Aszu, late harvest dessert wines and a red wine called Bulls Blood made from the kekfrankos grape, also known as blaufrankisch in other parts of the wine-growing world. Today t

'City Girl' Finds Career Working in Agriculture

Although Natasha Haynes has never lived or worked on a farm, her professional career has circled around agriculture. She is an Extension agent in Hinds County and host of “The Food Factor,” the weekly video feature produced by the Mississippi State University Extension Service. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Jonathan Parrish) STARKVILLE, Miss. - Natasha Haynes has never lived or worked on a farm, but her professional career with the Mississippi State University Extension Service circles around agriculture just the same. Haynes is an Extension agent in Hinds County and host of "The Food Factor," the weekly video feature produced by the MSU Extension Service. She grew up in Jackson and earned

The Food Factor: Ham'in It Up

The Food Factor presents the best, research-based information related to food, nutrition, diet, and healthy lifestyles. Our host, Natasha Haynes, is an experienced educator with the Mississippi State University Extension Service who has spent over 15 years sharing tips for healthy living with Mississippians of all ages. She brings food science down to earth and makes it useful for today’s families. Click here to view previously aired shows and be sure to follow The Food Factor on Facebook and Twitter.

Smaller Catfish Ponds Intensify Production

Split-cell catfish ponds circulate oxygen-rich water from the larger lagoon through channels to the smaller side where catfish grow. On March 21, 2017, Mississippi State University Extension aquaculture specialist Mark Peterman, left, and Jeff Lee of Lee’s Catfish in Macon examined the fencing that contains fish in this Noxubee County catfish pond. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson) MACON, Miss. - Mississippi has a long history of catfish production, but recent advances in management and production are changing the way some ponds look and operate. Catfish ponds have traditionally been rectangular, shallow and large, usually about 10 acres of water. Today, some existing ponds are s

Kara Kimbrough: Make Life-long Memories Around Your Easter Table

Something about the holidays inspires nostalgia for bygone days. Lately, I’ve received emails from readers and had conversations with friends filled with reminisces of past Easters with loved ones, including grandmothers and mothers who are no longer here. Almost everyone has childhood memories of gathering with family around the Easter dinner table. These sweet memories sustain us during dark or even mundane times of the year. Special holiday meals, especially Easter lunch on this holiest of days, are memory-making times that we never get back. They strengthen family bonds and instill graceful, lovely traditions and manners. In some ways, they determine who we turn out to be. One friend wis

A Spring-Inspired Easter Brunch

Spring is blooming on your Easter table. From yellow chick cupcakes to blueberry French-toast casseroles, there are plenty of ways to wow your brunch guests with simple seasonal recipes. "Between hiding eggs and preparing baskets, you may be tempted to fall back on brunch basics like pancakes and scrambled eggs, but that's no fun," McCormick Executive Chef Kevan Vetter said. "With simple pantry staples - like food color - and a little planning the night before, you can enjoy a fun and tasty holiday brunch." These simple tips from Vetter can help you transform a boring brunch into a colorful Easter feast. * Waffle art is a fun way to get kids (and adults) involved during breakfast time. Try t

The Food Factor: Bloopers

The Food Factor presents the best, research-based information related to food, nutrition, diet, and healthy lifestyles. Our host, Natasha Haynes, is an experienced educator with the Mississippi State University Extension Service who has spent over 15 years sharing tips for healthy living with Mississippians of all ages. She brings food science down to earth and makes it useful for today’s families. Click here to view previously aired shows and be sure to follow The Food Factor on Facebook and Twitter.

Kara Kimbrough: Cornbread is Mississippi's Most-Searched Recipe on Google

“Cornbread. Figures.” I was taken aback when I read the two-word comment describing Mississippians’ most searched-for internet recipe. But there it was in the list of most popular recipe searches for every state. Turns out, Google keeps up with our midnight searches for “How to turn milk into buttermilk” and “Why is my cheesecake cracking?" I refuse to believe the majority of us don’t know how to make cornbread or have a wealth of family cornbread recipes readily available. This is Mississippi, for Pete’s sake, the state in which we’re taught to love and bake cornbread from the time we can walk. Also, I’m not sure the word, “figures” was meant in a positive way. What are they saying, our cul
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