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Gulfport Chef Crowned King of Mississippi Seafood

Chef David Dickensauge/Photo by James Edward Bates GULFPORT, Miss. – The eighth annual MS Seafood Cook-off was held on May 25th at CLIMB CDC in Gulfport. Twelve of the top chefs from across the state competed to be the king of Mississippi seafood. Chef David Dickensauge or Corks & Cleaver in Gulfport was the winning chef with his Mississippi Seafood Pho. He will represent Mississippi in the Great American Seafood Cook-off in New Orleans and at the World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Ala., in November. Mississippi Seafood Pho/Photo by James Edward Bates Each chef presented a signature dish featuring fresh, sustainable Mississippi Gulf seafood to a select group of judges. Those who atte

Hattiesburg Celebrates State's Bicentennial in the Kitchen

Emerge Events and The Kitchen Table have partnered together to celebrate Mississippi’s Bicentennial by presenting an exhilarating tour of some of our great state’s talent in a unique experience. Throughout 2017 they will feature a special guest chef from one of the five regional areas of Mississippi. Chef Ty Thames First stop was the Pines Region of Mississippi! Chef Ty Thames kicked off this event series using locally sourced ingredients and innovative dishes that showcased the Pines Region and Starkville. Chef Ty is no stranger when it comes to utilizing his local area to not only create his recipes, but to also come up with ideas for new things. He is the owner of Restaurant Tyler, Bin 61

The Food Factor: Cast Iron Care

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.

Seafood R'evolution Executive Sous Chef Semifinalist for 'Eater Young Guns'

RIDGELAND, Miss. – Seafood R’evolution’s Executive Sous Chef, Nicole Medrano, is a semifinalist for Eater Young Guns, a nationwide competition seeking the country’s most talented, passionate, young professionals in the restaurant industry. According to the Eater website, more than 1,000 nominees vied for the honor and only 55 semi-finalists were selected. The competition is restricted to industry professionals under 30 years of age and/or with less than five years of restaurant industry experience. Finalists will be announced on June 22. “We are thrilled that Chef Medrano is a semi-finalist in this prestigious competition,” said Chef John Folse, managing partner of Seafood R’evolution and ch

Value and Volume of State's Milk Production Declining

Jersey cows huddle outside the Joe Bearden Dairy Research Center in Sessums in February. Primarily due to a lower number of dairy cows, the state’s milk production in the first quarter of 2017 was down from the previous year. (Photo by MSU Extension/Kevin Hudson) STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Fewer dairy cows than last year roam Mississippi pastures, so the state's milk production continues to steadily decline. In the first quarter of 2017, milk production was down 7 percent from that time a year ago. From January to March of 2016, producers collected 42 million pounds of milk compared to 39 million pounds this year. "This was primarily due to a lower number of dairy cows," said Mississippi State Uni

USDA Encourages the Use of Food Thermometers to be Food Safe this Summer

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Summer is a time for family vacations, backyard barbeques and plenty of outdoor activities with food as the centerpiece. But before those steaks and burgers go on the grill, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) wants to remind consumers to keep their family and themselves safe from foodborne illness by using a food thermometer to ensure meat and poultry is cooked to the correct internal temperature. “The best and only way to make sure bacteria have been killed and food is safe to eat is by cooking it to the correct internal temperature as measured by a food thermometer,” said FSIS Administrator Al Almanza. “It is a simple st

Memorial Day is Perfect Day for a Shrimp Boil

Memorial Day is on the horizon. Alongside the true meaning of the day as an observance for our country’s servicemen and women who have died in the line of duty, it also kicks off the unofficial beginning of summer, with sporting events like the Indianapolis 500, family gatherings, picnics, and, of course, yummy barbecues! Even though the Deep South doesn’t really “shut down” for winter and then have to dig out of the snow like our northern neighbors, there’s something about that unofficial kick-off celebration that sets the scene for summer. Although, by this time it’s usually already pretty hot and humid down here along the Gulf Coast region. It’s a day that’s all about gathering with frien

Mississippi Seafood Cook-off to be Held May 25th

BILOXI, Miss. – Twelve of the top chefs from across the state will compete Thursday, May 25, to be the king of Mississippi seafood. The eighth annual MS Seafood Cook-off will be held from 6-9:30 p.m. at CLIMB CDC, 1316 30th Ave. in Gulfport. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Each chef will present a signature dish featuring fresh, sustainable Mississippi Gulf seafood to a select group of judges. The winning chef will represent Mississippi in the Great American Seafood Cook-off in New Orleans and at the World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Ala., in November. The 2016 winner of the state competition, Alex Eaton of The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen in Jackson, also won the national competition in New O

Turn to the Back of the Box for Delicious Memorial Day Recipes

Memorial Day, which officially begins Friday at 5 p.m., signals the start of outdoor grilling, eating, and entertaining season. Whether it’s at a backyard cookout, family reunion, beach vacation, neighborhood block party, or backyard cookout, food is the tie that will bind family and friends together until Labor Day. Finding the right recipes to celebrate summer’s memory-making and as well as ordinary times is as close as the box on the supermarket shelf. Sure, we’ve all seen those “back of the box” cookbooks containing recipes from food companies on back or side of their product. It had been a while since I’d looked through mine and, to be honest, I wasn’t that interested. My interest rose

Moms Invited to Participate in Farm Fresh Tour June 13th Around Starkville

An upcoming Farm Fresh and Healthy Tour in and around Starkville will show participants where their food comes from before it ends up at a local market. Here, Debra Shafer and her grandson Sam Shafer of Starkville browse produce at the Starkville Farmers Market May 2, 2017. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson) STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service is hosting a mom's day out with a farm twist on June 13. A group of 15 mothers of school-aged children will participate in a Farm Fresh and Healthy Tour in and around Starkville. The event includes a tour of a local producer's farm and a visit to a livestock production facility, such as a beef, poultry or

Fire Up the Grill and Pour a Glass of Wine

In our houses, the grill can be going any time of the year. Snow? Give us a shovel. Rain? Give us an umbrella. But for most people, the starting gun to fire up the grill is Memorial Day. With that now behind us, it’s time to plan ahead for the tsunami of summer barbecues. There is more to the grilling ritual than making smoke. First, there’s some serious thought that goes into selecting steak, burgers, ribs or fish. You can’t even start that discussion without a glass of wine. Then, there’s a serious discussion with your spouse about who to invite to a party. Really, do you want to start that without a glass of wine? Then there is a debate over what wines to pour that won’t cost more than a

Secrets for Mastering the Grill

With warmer temperatures and sun-filled days arriving, there are few better ways to celebrate the summer season than by firing up the grill. Whether preparing a simple dinner at home or a backyard bash for a crowd, grilling is an easy way to add sear and flavor to your favorite meats and vegetables. The perfect party, regardless of the number of guests, requires proper preparation, attention to detail and a few handy tricks around the grill to serve up delicious options for all in attendance. However, hosting a great get-together doesn’t have to be complicated. To up your grilling game his summer, try these tips from Chef Rick Bayless of Macy’s Culinary Council, a national culinary authority

10 Tips to Make Outdoor Parties Unforgettable

Entertaining is one thing, but dazzling your guests with an outdoor party sensation is another. Summer can be the best time of year for outdoor parties. From twinkling lights to patterned tablecloths, every detail counts when it comes to impressing family and friends. It may feel like a lot of pressure to live up to expectations, but your party can be both simple and elegant with a few easy tips. Start early Early is never early enough when it comes to planning a rock-star summer gathering. Check to see if you have enough utensils, make sure everything is in place and that there is enough food for your guests. Prepare weeks in advance, if possible, to make sure you have all the materials ne

Warm Weather Speeds State's Blueberry Harvest

These blueberries at the Blueberry Patch in Starkville, Mississippi, are shown in a fruit coloring stage on May 17, 2017. Mostly warm winter conditions caused this year’s harvest to be unusually early in most parts of the state. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson) WAYNESBORO, Miss. -- The demand for fresh Mississippi blueberries may grow this year after a mid-March freeze hampered production in neighboring states. Freezing temperatures during the crop's early growth stage on farms east of the state, especially in Georgia and North Carolina, caused production losses of up to 50 percent. Meanwhile, 85 percent of Mississippi's blueberry crop was either in good or excellent condition a

The Food Factor: Grill Thermometer

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.

Excitement Boils Over for Crawfish Season(ing)

Opelousas, La. – It’s mid-May… and we are right in the middle of crawfish season. For those not familiar with the freshwater crustacean, crawfish are huge in Mississippi, Louisiana, and all throughout the Gulf Coast states. In the South, there are few things that create more anticipation than the season’s first crawfish boil. But it’s the savvy partygoers who add a little extra spice to the boil, courtesy of Tony Chachere’s Original Creole seasoning. Tony Chachere’s Famous Creole Cuisine® has been a fixture for decades in kitchens across the nation, with a particular presence in the Southeast. While their authentic lines of Creole products are top-notch for get-togethers of all kinds, its se

Survive Summer with Salads, Vegetables, and No-Bake Meals

Borrowing a line from the late Woodie Assaf of WLBT-TV3, “the weatherman says” hot weather has arrived. And let’s face it, in Mississippi, it’ll be hot until Christmas parades roll in early December. Salads, all-vegetable meals, and no-bake meals are not just smart. In our state, they’re survival food. First, when I say salads, I’m not talking about pale iceberg lettuce topped with high-fat ranch dressing and mounds of croutons. If you go that route, you might as well partake of take-out burgers and fries. Believe it or not, there are healthy and satisfying salads that qualify as actual meals, not the prelude to the fried chicken buffet line. Take chicken salad, for example. Nothing’s more t

Matthew Kajdan Appointed Executive Chef of The Westin Jackson Opening August 2017

Jackson, Miss. – Wischermann Partners is thrilled to announce the appointment of Chef Matthew Kajdan as Executive Chef for The Westin Jackson, scheduled to open in early August 2017. With more than 15 years of experience working in the restaurant industry, most recently at Jackson’s Parlor Market, Chef Matthew will oversee Estelle, a modern wine bar & bistro, and the entire food and beverage operation at the hotel, reinforcing The Westin Jackson’s mission to boost travel and tourism in downtown Jackson. Chef Matthew is joining The Westin Jackson team after five years at Parlor Market. As the Executive Chef at Parlor, Matthew brought a new Southern menu with progressive ideas and local pro

Real Rosé Is Delicious Year-Round

At a recent wine tasting for his community association, Tom was offering a glass of rosé to arriving guests. If there is one rule we have learned about these events is you never begin to talk until anxious guests have a glass of wine in their hands. But this time the conversation started immediately when one attendee turned up his nose at the sight of a pink wine, saying, "It's too sweet." Alas, rosé has struggled over the years to shed its image as sweet blush wine – "white zinfandel" as Sutter Home called the market debut of this vile disaster. But slowly wine enthusiasts have come to learn that real rosé, patterned after that made in southern France, is bone dry. And, it's delicious year

The Food Factor: Get Active

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.
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