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4-H Members Represent the Delta at a Recent National Culinary Competition

As part of the Great American Seafood Cook-Off and national culinary competition, local 4-H members participated in the national contest. The first day featured top chefs from across the country competing for prizes and was followed by a lively Mardi-Gras style parade which kicked off the Louisiana Restaurant Association Food Show at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA. The second day of the competition featured a cooking contest among 4-H members. Becca Robinson and Ashley Adams, both from Washington County, took the stage on Sunday, August 6th, at the Great American Seafood Competition– 4-H Edition. The 4-H’ers were tasked with preparing and presenting a healthy and f

Mississippi State Extension Program Helps Promote Children's Health Literacy

Junior Master Wellness Volunteers Natalie Gill and Meredith Johnson, foreground, explain brain function to children attending the Five Star City Fest in Senatobia, Mississippi, in May. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Laura Brumbaugh) October is Children’s Health Month, but Mississippi’s Junior Master Wellness Volunteers are dedicated year-round to “promoting healthy living through community connections” in the state. The Junior Master Wellness Volunteer program, or JrMWV, is a community health education and volunteer leader training program offered through the Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H program in partnership with the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the U

Fall Happenings at Your Local Fresh Market

The Fresh Market is a specialty grocer focused on providing fresh, delicious food with friendly service in a warm and inviting atmosphere. From seasonally fresh produce to exceptional quality meat and seafood, signature baked goods, and thousands of organic options, The Fresh Market is dedicated to offering guests the most delicious ingredients and inspiring meal solutions. The Fresh Market’s 176 store locations warmly welcome guests to experience the following sampling events and meal deals this October. Fill the Plate Fundraiser – October 4-31st Did you know one in six children suffers from hunger? To help fight food insecurity among children, The Fresh Market is hosting a Fill the Plate

Hearty Fall Food and Wine Ideas

When brisk, autumn weather makes you wish for rich, hearty meals, let New Zealand be the source of your culinary inspiration. The country's dishes make for delicious fall feasting. Think earthy meats like lamb and rich, roasted vegetables, paired with juicy, medium-bodied red wines. Thanks to the development of six major grape growing regions with breathtaking landscapes, New Zealand has becomes a top destination for food and wine enthusiasts. While a trip halfway around the world may not be in the cards for you this fall, you can bring the classic flavors of New Zealand to your table by starting with a bottle from one of the country's top wineries. Craggy Range Winery, a family-owned operat

Join Sonny's BBQ in Brandon For Their Grand Re-Opening

BRANDON, Miss. -- Local BBQ joint Sonny’s BBQ in Brandon, Mississippi, is set to open its doors to the community at the same location it has called home for 20 years, but with a new look. The revitalized location boasts more than 5,500 square feet and seats up to 194 guests across a mix of seating options. Complementing its modern appeal is the renowned salad bar, outdoor patio, drive-thru, and lunch counter. As part of the grand opening, the first 100 guests will receive a $100 Sonny's BBQ gift card and each table will receive a free bottle of Sonny's original BBQ sauce while supplies last. Two special offers will also be available, which include $6.68 rib plates and $1 pulled pork sliders

Sanderson Farms Celebrates 70 Years

Sanderson Brothers Seed and Feed Store, 1951 Each year, over 2 million U.S. jobs are outsourced to other countries. Outsourcing has become a common trend in the poultry industry— in fact, two of the nation’s largest poultry producers have operations in Mexico, Brazil, and China. Sanderson Farms is committed to keeping its operations, and the jobs they provide, in America. Today, seven decades after it was founded, the company is still based in the Sanderson family’s hometown of Laurel, Mississippi. “Sanderson Farms is proud of its roots in the American South,” said Joe Frank Sanderson, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer. “We are the only Fortune 1000 Company headquartered in Mississip

Fresh Apple Strudel Is Closer Than You Think

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” I repeated the reassuring mantra this past weekend as I mixed together butter, margarine, and sour cream for my apple strudel. It wasn’t just any apple strudel. After years of rolling flimsy dough, re-rolling, and piecing together unshapely strudels, I learned the tricks of the trade from the expert bakers at Gluckstadt’s St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Hundreds of strudels were made and sold at Sunday’s Germanfest, each one as perfectly-shaped as the next. Learning their technique opened the door for my first — and I might add perfect — apple strudel of fall. The keys to rolling strudel, or making dough for pie crusts or any pastry, actually, are simple

TV Series Featuring Robert St. John and Wyatt Waters Set to Premier October 12th

JACKSON, Miss — Join two of Mississippi’s favorites – chef Robert St. John and artist Wyatt Waters – as they travel the state creating scrumptious dishes and beautiful watercolor paintings in their new series “Palate to Palette,” premiering on MPB Television at 7 p.m. October 12th. The first season of “Palate to Palette” airs weekly through November 16th. The second season airs in spring 2018 and covers St. John and Waters traveling through Italy. During six episodes of season one, the duo stops in six cities – Jackson, Starkville, Biloxi, Oxford, Hattiesburg, and Greenwood – meeting new people, sampling local fare, and painting watercolors of the locales. Waters even dabbles in the kitchen

Get a Taste of California With These Wines

More and more wine consumers are reading "Central Coast" on wine labels as the source of grapes in the bottle. Our impression is that most consumers are unsure of where the Central Coast is located in California. For that matter, where is the North Coast of California? These regions are so broad, they often mean so little. Do not to confuse the Central Coast with the huge 450-mile-long fertile Central Valley, which dominates the landscape of central California, and lies west and inland of the Central Coast. The Central Valley produces more than 50 percent of the fruits, nuts, and vegetables in the U.S. But the Central Coast is the region hugging the Pacific coast, stretching south of San Fra

The Food Factor: DeRego's Bakery Sourdough

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.

Robert St. John and Wyatt Waters Team Up for Their Fourth Cookbook and Book Launch Event

JACKSON, Miss. – Noted chef, author, and restaurateur Robert St. John, along with his good friend and well-known artist Wyatt Waters, will be the hosts of an event that launches the pair’s new book, A Mississippi Palate at the Ag Museum in Jackson on October 24th. This will be the fourth collaboration that St. John and Waters have released. This book will feature recipes, stories, and artwork from around Mississippi. The event will be a four-course dinner prepared by St. John using recipes from the new book. He will prepare these on stage and regale the audience with stories as he cooks. While this is going on, Waters will be painting a water color picture that will be auctioned off at the e

The Fresh Market Offering Fresh, Grab-and-Go Meals This Fall

The Fresh Market is a specialty grocer focused on providing fresh, delicious food with friendly service in a warm and inviting atmosphere. From seasonally fresh produce to exceptional quality meat and seafood, signature baked goods and thousands of organic options; The Fresh Market is dedicated to offering guests the most delicious ingredients and inspiring meal solutions. The Fresh Market’s signature “Little Big Meal” program has been taking the guesswork out of preparing a deliciously different dinner at an affordable price for busy families each week since 2014. Available at all of the grocer’s 176 stores nationwide, grab-and-go meals offer satisfying solutions to the perennial “What’s fo

Join the City of Ruleville for The Great Ruleville Roast

The small city of Ruleville in Sunflower County will soon fill with the sights and smells of The Great Ruleville Roast & Run, to be held September 29th and 30th at Rule Park. For these two days, barbecue will be serious business for those participating in the contest, but the festival will offer a weekend filled with activities for local residents and guests. The Great Ruleville Roast barbecue contest began in 2005, with a 5K Walk/Run added in 2010. This year, the festival’s theme will be “Luau.” The two-day barbecue competition will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday. The Championship and Patio Divisions are sanctioned by the Memphis Barbecue Network, and the event serves as a qualifier for the Del

Weekly Dinners Aren't Just a Thing of the Past

When the calendar says it’s fall this Friday, our brains will instantly click over to comfort food mode. We’re ready for hearty soups, gumbo, chili, red beans and rice, lasagna, and other heavier dishes. Pumpkin spice lattes may be on the menu at coffee houses, but in Mississippi, we’ll experience heat waves until Thanksgiving. Coming up with dinner menus for our tepid fall can be done, but it takes a little ingenuity and digging through cookbook stacks. Last week, I ran across a cookbook published by one of the state's most iconic families. Patriarch Jerry O’Keefe, who passed away last year at 93, was a World War II fighter pilot and war hero, state legislator, Biloxi mayor, successful busi

Brighten Up Your Fall Garden with Ornamental Peppers

Chilly Chili If you’re worried about young children eating the colorful pods, try growing Chilly Chili, a colorful pod producer without the heat. (Photo by MSU Extension/Gary Bachman) Late summer and early fall are among my favorite times of the year because the ornamental peppers are starting to really color up. More and more fellow gardeners are jumping on the bandwagon and planting these beauties in their landscapes. These plants are hot -- in landscape character and accent -- and they carry the garden through the fall season and maybe beyond. Most ornamental peppers begin setting fruit as the temperatures rise, so the best show is always saved for late summer and continues through th

Rieslings, Pinot Noirs, and Chardonnays, Oh My

There is probably no other wine region that suffers as much consumer neglect as Alsace. Located on the banks of the Rhine River in northeastern France, the region was occupied by the Germans on four different occasions. It is no wonder that not only does its unique architecture of stucco stucco and timber reflect Germanic influences, but the names of its wine producers – Zind-Humbrecht, Trimbach, Weinbach, Ostertag – are more German than France. Not even the French from Burgundy, Bordeaux, and Provence understand Alsatians. Their Alemannian dialect is still spoken in Germany, but nowhere else in France. When the Roman empire fell, the region became part of Germany and wasn't conquered by the

Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day in Your Own Kitchen

Who doesn't love a good cheeseburger? Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day by whipping up a delicious and unique cheeseburger in your own home. Pepper Jack Stuffed Burgers with Caramelized Onions Enchilada Burger Cheeseburger Spring Rolls Classic Cheesburger with Lots of Toppings Alton Brown's Private Cheeseburger Recipe

The Food Factor: DeRego's Bakery

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.

Hurricane Season Is Not Helping Cotton

A late crop means the majority of the state’s cotton does not yet have open bolls. This cotton at the Mississippi State University Rodney Foil Plant Science Researcher Center in Starkville was close to maturity on Sept. 14, 2017. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson) STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Rain, cool weather, more rain, and some wind have slowed cotton maturation, but since the crop was a little behind schedule, the damage may be less than if harvest were already underway. Darrin Dodds, cotton specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said recent weather is causing some yield loss, but it is hard to estimate how much. “Being late to a degree helped the crop be

New Executive Director of Institute of Child Nutrition Hopes to Expand Role in Promoting Healthy Mea

OXFORD, Miss. – The Institute of Child Nutrition at the University of Mississippi has agreed to partner with the American Heart Association and is moving forward on other initiatives to provide training for child nutrition professionals across the country under new Executive Director Aleshia Hall-Campbell's leadership. ICN, which is part of the School of Applied Sciences, provides resources to improve child nutrition programs, including guidance on making school meals healthier and safer, while keeping costs feasible for school districts. Its staff also offers free and low-cost training options for child nutrition professionals and provides resources to help them meet new professional standa
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