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Add Lemongrass to Your Herb Collection

Garden centers offer lemongrass, a tropical plant that performs well in Mississippi as a perennial in southern areas and an annual farther north. (Photo by MSU Extension/Gary Bachman) Last week, I focused on the 2018 Mississippi Medallion Winner fancy leaf kale. This week, let’s look at a second 2018 winner: lemongrass.Lemongrass is a tropical herb packed with a strong citrus flavor. It forms tall, grassy clumps ranging from 3 to 5 feet tall. Lemongrass is a great choice as an adaptable replacement for traditional ornamental grasses. It also is a must-have plant for the edible landscape. The two species we have available both originated in Southeast Asia. East Indian lemongrass is native to

So You Think You Can Dip? With These Super Bowl LII Recipes, You Can!

Forget the national debt and January's energy bills. Super Bowlonomics is upon us. This week, the U.S. economy will skyrocket as Americans shop for Super Bowl Sunday, the second-largest food consumption day behind Thanksgiving. We’ll buy over 1.3 billion chicken wings, 14 billion hamburgers, 12 million pizzas, 3.8 million pounds of popcorn, and the snack food without which no Super Bowl part would be complete, 28 million pounds of chips to feed a crowd or just ourselves during Sunday’s big game. I love chips, so eating them solo doesn’t bother me in the least. But Super Bowl Sunday is a special food day. A lineup of dips on the table is required. Due to the variety of food that’ll be partake

Discover Wines From the Languedoc-Roussillon Region

As far as French wine regions go, they don’t get any bigger than Languedoc-Roussillon. Located in the southwest corner of the country, the region once has about 700,000 acres under vine. Not only does it produce more wine than the entire United States, but it is the single largest wine-producing region in the world. It accounts for nearly one-third of the wine produced in France and nearly 40 percent of its exports. Yet when was the last time you had a bottle of wine from this region? Big isn’t always better, and winemakers in this region have historically produced mediocre wines with an emphasis on quantity. This kind of a business plan is doomed to fail – and it has. Today there are fewer

The Food Factor: Daily Calorie Intake

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.

Save the Date for Starkville's unWINE Downtown

Save the date! Starkville's spring unWINE Downtown returns on Thursday, February 15th, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. for the Savor Our South edition! You will enjoy great wine tastings and after hours shopping with some of your favorite Main Street member shops. Ticket holders will receive 20% everything at participating shops. Check-in will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. only at the GSDP Welcome Center. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased online or at the door during check-in. Get yours now, because only advance ticket holders will be guaranteed our Spring 2018 limited edition wine glass! Purchase tickets online here.

The Fresh Market Celebrates the Season with Valentine's Day and Little Big Meal Offerings

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 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. For a deliciously romantic dinner without the hassle of restaurant reservations, The Fresh Market is offering its signature Valentine’s Meal for $49.99, available for order beginning January 24th with in-store pick up and purchase February 12th, 13th and 14th at all 176 store locations. Choose two Chateaubriand-cut filet mignons o

Join the City of Flowood at the Flowood Chocolate Festival

Who doesn't love chocolate? Join the Flowood Chamber of Commerce and Market Street Flowood for the 2018 Flowood Chocolate Festival, set to take place on February 8th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Market Street. The Chocolate Festival brings together some of the best things in life: shopping, music, good times, and, of course, chocolate. Some participating businesses include Amerigo, Cozy Outfitters, Diva Dolls, Posh Bump, Freshii, HobbyTown USA, Material Girls, MiGi's, Shades, Sombra, Outback Steakhouse, and more. There will also be a fashion show, Project Yumway, at 6 p.m. that will showcase chocolate and candy inspired fashions, created by art students from Hartfield Academy and Northwest Rank

Get Your Pizza Ready for Super Bowl Sunday

Pizza arguments include the thin and crispy versus stuffed or hand-tossed crust debate. The heated meat-lovers or vegetarian topping discussion and international debate on pineapple or anchovies as acceptable toppings have severed friendships. One thing pizza lovers will always agree on is the need for cheese. Lots and lots of cheese. Other than these battle zones, no set rule applies to pizza. It's a universal food that almost everyone loves in one form or another. In a couple of weeks, pizza made a multitude of ways will feed football fans around the globe on Super Bowl Sunday. Over 12 million pizzas will be consumed in the U.S. alone as America watches the biggest game of the year. Pizza

Indulge on National Pie Day

It's National Pie Day, not to be confused with National Pi Day on March 14th. Celebrate accordingly by eating a delicious slice of pie for dessert today! Mississippi Mud Pie Coconut Lime Icebox Pie Oreo Buttermilk Pie Vanishing Blueberry Pie

Old World vs. New World Wines

Over the years, we have often heard a wine described as having an "Old World" style. We had a vague idea what that meant, but until recently we never gave the comparison much thought. As winemakers travel between wine growing regions to learn new and better techniques, one would think that the line between the two worlds has blurred and that any such association today is fraught with generalization. Not entirely. A recent tasting we put together for a group of wine enthusiasts showed that there are still contrasting styles. At the risk of over-generalizing, we offer an explanation of what is meant by these terms. Understanding the differences can help you determine the style of wines you lik

Sanderson Farms Championship Donates $1.2 Million To Friends Of Children’s Hospital And Deserving Ch

Century Club Check Presentation to Friends of Children's Hospital JACKSON, Miss. – Recently, the Sanderson Farms Championship, presented a $1.2 million donation to Friends of Children’s Hospital, the fundraising arm for Batson Children’s Hospital, part of Children’s of Mississippi. In addition to the donation to Friends, the Sanderson Farms Championship donated $260,000 to over 65 deserving charities across the state. The mission of this event has always been one of charity, which is why one hundred percent of all proceeds from the event go directly towards the overall donation. As in 2016, this year’s donation will be designated to the $100 million Children’s of Mississippi “Growing Campaig

The Food Factor: Food Diary

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.

Cantina Laredo Spices Up Valentine's Day

JACKSON, Miss. — Spice up your Valentine’s Day with Cantina Laredo’s Modern Mexican cuisine and cocktails. The restaurant will offer a $35 prix fixe menu from Friday, February 9th, through Wednesday, February 14th, that features three courses selected by Chef Scott Kyser. Entrée selections include: Camarones con Pasilla Mango Mole-sautéed shrimp with spicy mango mole sauce, rice and whipped sweet potatoes; Pollo Asado- roasted half chicken with grilled street corn and black beans and Filet Negro Peppercorn-7-ounce, Certified Angus Beef ™ filet mignon topped with black peppercorn dijon sauce, with potato confit and green beans. Cocktail pairings may be added for an additional $15. Cantina Lar

Celebrate National Cheese Lover's Day

Tomorrow, January 20th, is National Cheese Lover's Day. Celebrate the day with these yummy, cheesy recipes. Mini Brandy Cheese Balls Cheddar Cheese Buns Easy Cheese Sticks Baked Mac and Cheese

Quick Recipes Can Actually Be Delicious and Healthy

First, there was the pressure cooker. Then, the slow cooker, or “Crockpot,” as we label all brands, came along, followed by the Ninja 3-in-1. Now the Instant Pot, which converts claim can transform the toughest piece of shoe-leather beef to fork-ready tenderness in less than 30 minutes, is making waves. Besides appliance shortcuts, each week, supermarkets, especially the freezer case, are filled with more ready-to-eat dishes than the week before. Never mind than many of these items are filled with unpronounceable ingredients. It’s no wonder almost that every recipe has the word “quick,” “easy,” and less grammatically correct, but definitely mass appealing, “fast ‘n easy,” attached to it. In

A New Wave of Wine is Here

The other day, we had a wine epiphany. We were reading a story about the invention of blue wines and laughed at the notion of wine being anything but red, white, or pink. As crazy as this trend sounds to most of us, it isn't crazy to new generations of wine drinkers who know no bounds. Should color really matter? Were we just hung up on tradition? The towering walls of winemaking we once thought were sacrosanct are coming down. Younger generations of winemakers are challenging practices established by their parents and grandparents. Frustrated winemakers obligated to use certain grapes are contesting government restrictions and labeling. The focus today is not to make the best wine within a

The Food Factor: Venison Stroganoff

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.

Pop Up Oxford Set to Kick Off January 20th

OXFORD, Miss. – The second Pop Up Oxford will kick off Saturday, January 20th, and continue through Saturday, January 27th, with events and programs celebrating Oxford's rich cultural scene. The idea stemmed from discussion within the Visit Oxford office about how to generate more visitation to Oxford during an otherwise slow time of year. Pop Up Oxford was born through the idea of a Chautauqua, an adult education movement that began at the beginning of the 20th century and brought together culture and entertainment in various formats including lectures, events and programs. Pop Up Oxford will encompass the idea of the Chautauqua movement by hosting various events, speakers, exhibits and mus

Get a Taste of South Africa at Seafood R'evolution's Babylonstoren Wine Tasting

RIDGELAND, Miss. – Seafood R’evolution presents a Babylonstoren Wine Tasting on Wednesday, January 31st, beginning at 6 p.m. Seven South Africa wines will be paired with small plates for $60 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. “This event is a little different than the ones we typically orchestrate at Seafood Revolution,” said Chef John Folse, executive chef and managing partner of Seafood R’evolution. “The focus is primarily on providing guests with an opportunity to sample a variety of wines while also tasting foods of South Africa from the Babylonstoren cookbook, Babel.” Seafood R’evolution will welcome Charl Coetzee, Babylonstoren winemaster from Simondium, South Africa, to present t
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