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Enjoy a Southern Sunday Brunch & Cocktails with Characters at the Holly Springs Pilgrimage

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. - The 80th Tour of Historic Homes will take place in Holly Springs, Mississippi, April 20th-22nd. Set in the town that’s “All Kinds of Character,” the tour features selected historic homes hosted by costumed guides, local storytellers, tours of the town’s historic churches, costumed re-enactors, luncheons, a character-guided cemetery tour, and a Southern Sunday brunch at the Montrose mansion (1858). Antebellum sites on this year’s tour include Montrose (1858), Cuffawa (1832), Finley Place (1859), Wynne House Inn (1871), Walthall Home (1848), The Church of the Yellow Fever Martyrs Museum (1841), Christ Episcopal Church (1858), the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum (1858), Asbur

New App Released for Mississippi Seafood Trail

Seafood lovers can now download a new app for the Mississippi Seafood Trail for locating restaurants serving fresh Gulf seafood. The new app and website were released by the Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association and contain several helpful and fun features. Mississippi's first seafood trail of restaurants was established by the MHRA in 2014 to promote restaurants that proudly serve wild-caught, genuine Gulf seafood. Connecting a growing number of participating restaurants from the Delta to the Gulf Coast, the Mississippi Seafood Trail makes it easy for tourists and residents to find establishments that offer Gulf seafood. Mobile users can use the app’s map feature to access a li

Have a Simply Scrumptious Easter Brunch

Easter is a time meant to be spent creating memories with loved ones. Even when hosting duties fall on your plate, creating the perfect brunch spread doesn’t have to be a daunting task. If you take advantage of quality ingredients and recipes that feature simple preparation, your spread can impress even the pickiest of guests. Look for diverse ingredients that can be incorporated into a variety of spring recipes: a versatile cheese like Jarlsberg is easy to cook with, whether your menu features light or savory dishes, or a combination of the two. These tips and recipes from Chef George Duran, host of TLC’s “Ultimate Cake Off” and Food Network’s “Ham on the Street,” can help you prepare a scr

Celebrate Pie Day Every Wednesday at Sal & Mookie's

JACKSON, Miss. – Some deals are too good to last. Well, at Sal & Mookie’s, we thought our National Pi(e) Day deal was just too good to go away. So we decided to make a year ‘round habit of it. Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint is excited to announce that every Wednesday is now Wednesday Pie Day, with a full day and night of special deals. Daytime Offer: From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., dine-in customers can get any single-slice combo for only $3.14. That is one of our authentic, oversized, New York slices with a choice of Caesar or Mesclun Greens salad or soup for only $3.14. (Regular price is $6.75, so that is more than 50% off.) Add another slice for $2.50. Nighttime Offer: From 4 to

Get to Know Your Wines

California winemakers and retail data indicate a slight uptick in interest in more balanced, medium-bodied and less-oaked white wines. Consumers are starting to figure out that bigger is not necessarily better, and balanced wines accompany food more appropriately -- something the French and Italians figured out generations ago. A recent tasting of Spanish albarinos and a lone Portuguese alvarinho (Portuguese spelling of the same grape) brought home the potential for this grape to take its place as a go-to wine for Americans averse in over-oak chardonnay. The pleasant citrus and ripe fruit notes with subtle minerality are a delight for pairing with virtually any seafood dishes. It also is the

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.

Dip Into National Chips and Dip Day

No party or gathering is complete without several dips with chips to go along with them. It's National Chips and Dip Day, so check out some of these delicious recipes to try out next time you need a simple dish for a party, or just to snack on at home! Jalapeño Feta Dip Crunchy Corn Cheese Dip Basic Hummus Broccoli Artichoke Dip Buffalo Chicken Dip

Nothing's More Heavenly Than a Homemade Pound Cake

Pound cake. The name says it all. This popular cake get its name from its origin back in the 1700s, when a dessert large enough to feed a family of 12 was filled with one pound each of butter, sugar, eggs, and flour. Fast forward to today. After a slice or two, pounds begin to add up. Today’s versions are lighter than the Colonial era version, but with 18 fat grams and 322 calories per slice, it's time for a healthier version. I was intrigued to learn pound cakes have been around for centuries. And, finding out the simple “one pound of each” equation was easy to remember for the vast amount of cooks who couldn’t read back in the pre-formal education days was eye-opening. Many things made the

Red Blends Are Delicious and Unique

Given the recent media attention on red blends, one would think that the idea of combining grape varieties into a single wine is a novel concept. Hardly. It's rare to find a Bordeaux made from one grape variety. Rhone Valley producers blend as many as 13 grape varieties into their wines. Italian chianti and Spanish riojas blend noble grape varieties with their native grapes. Blended wine has become as common as tourists. As governing bodies of wine growing regions here and abroad give in to winemakers wanting more freedom, conventional winemaking rules are fading. In the United States, a wine labeled as a specific grape variety must contain at least 75 percent of that grape. Winemakers are g

Seafood: Food For Thought During National Nutrition Month

We hear a lot about the important nutrients in vegetables and fruits, but the health benefits of eating seafood regularly aren't always in the spotlight. It should be a no-brainer when it comes to seafood, which is packed with omega-3s. Yet, most Americans only eat one serving of seafood per week. Here are some evidence-based facts to help set the record straight during National Nutrition Month. 1. How much seafood should I be eating? Studies show that seafood benefits your heart, eyes, and brain, and may also help you fight chronic diseases and memory loss. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines encourage all Americans to eat at least two servings of seafood each week. That's double the amount most pe

The Food Factor: Wild Rice

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.

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.

Eating Lighter Doesn't Equate to the "D Word"

With the advent of Daylight Savings Time, spring and its warm temperatures are never far behind. If you’re like me, it’s time to cut back on heavy, high-fat winter comfort foods to get ready for lighter spring clothing. Notice I didn't use the D-word or "We’re going on a diet." Instead, let’s substitute the phrase, “We’re going to eat delicious, low-fat meals for energy, to improve our health, and to look and feel better.” One of the first places I look when searching for recipes in the latter category is the American Heart Association. It’s a trusted organization for health information and recipes, both of which have been tested by medical professionals. As a result of writing about them, I

Chicken Salad Chick Set to Open in Flowood

Chicken Salad Chick, the nation's only southern inspired, fast casual chicken salad restaurant concept, announced today it will be expanding in Mississippi with its newest restaurant in Flowood, marking the brand's 85th location nationwide. Located at 1720 Old Fannin Road, the Flowood restaurant will celebrate its grand opening on March 27th, where the first 100 guests will receive free chicken salad for a year. During grand opening week, guests will experience the southern hospitality that Chicken Salad Chick is known for, with giveaways and specials that include: Tuesday, March 27th: Free chicken salad for a year – The first guest will receive one large Quick Chick of chicken salad per wee

Last Leg of Winter Calls for Zinfandel

We suspect most of you are fed up with the cold weather. As this winter gets in its last gasps, it's a good time to pass the time with zinfandel, an all-American wine. There have been countless arguments over where zinfandel was born, but the introduction of DNA analysis reveals it is a relative of Croatian grape varieties crljenak kastelanski and tribidrag. It is also related to Italy's primitivo grape. But zinfandel is more common in the United States, where it was brought here by Italian immigrant winemakers. Today, it accounts for 10 percent of California vineyards. Alas, most of the grapes go into sugary white zinfandel. Vinified dry, however, zinfandel can be a heady, full-bodied wine

Best of Jackson: Downtown Cuisine

Downtown Jackson is rich in history and offers some of the best cuisine in the capital city. Several of the hot spots have been around for decades and are Jackson staples. Check out Sipp Jackson for some of the best places to grab a bite downtown!

Aberdeen Proper Tea Set for April 7th-8th

Join the city of Aberdeen for their annual Proper Tea event at the Cottage Tea Room on Saturday, April 7th and Sunday April 8th, both at 2 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon with friends and make new ones at the Proper Tea, which is part of Aberdeen's Pilgrimage weekend. A delicious menu of savories, sandwiches, fruit, scones, cream, and jam served with a selection of specialty brewed teas. Tickets are $22 and reservations are required. Contact the Cottage Tea Room at 662-369-1157 or 662-319-7928 for reservations.

Ole Miss Farm-to-YOUth! Program Continues to Combat Food Insecurity

OXFORD, Miss. – Results are in for last year's Farm-to-YOUth! project at the University of Mississippi, a program that brought fresh produce into rural elementary schools and introduced healthier options to more than 1,100 children and their families. Global agriculture company Monsanto provided $200,000 in 2016 to establish the Food and Nutrition Security Support Fund at UM that was used to implement the produce distribution program as faculty and graduate students conducted nutrition research. In 2017, the company donated an additional $250,000 to the UM Foundation for phase two of the program, which is underway. Led by David H. Holben, professor of nutrition and hospitality management and

No Added Salt, No Problem

OPELOUSAS, LA – Plenty of flavor and no added salt. That’s what you get in this new flatbread recipe from Tony Chachere’s® Famous Creole Cuisine. Fans who love the robust flavors of Tony’s Original Creole Seasoning but don’t want or can’t have the salt, will enjoy the flavor profiles in the new No Salt Seasoning Blend. Added to this grilled chicken and pesto flatbread, the No Salt Seasoning allows for a healthy yet delicious meal full of Tony’s flavor. Tony Chachere’s® has been a fixture in kitchens across the nation for decades, with a particular presence in the Southeast. While its authentic lines of Creole products are top-notch for all sorts of dishes, its marinades, mixes and seasonings
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