Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival Set to Brew Up a Good Time

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Just in time for Father's Day, the Downtown Hattiesburg Association announces the Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival set for Saturday, June 16th, from 6 to 9 p.m. in Town Square Park. Presented in partnership with Corner Market, the 6th annual festival promises to be bigger and better than ever. A part of the FestivalSouth celebration in June, the Hattiesburg Craft Beer Festival focuses on brewers and artisans of the industry, highlighting the uniqueness and creativity of craft beers. Tastings of more than 100 beers will be available from more than 30 breweries throughout Mississippi and surrounding states. "Hattiesburg is a champion for the expanding craft beer movement. O

Best of Jackson: Steaks

In this week's blog post from Sipp Jackson, find out where you can get a great steak in the capital city! Whether you're in the mood for an 8 ounce filet or a Cowboy Ribeye, the options are endless, and every place offers something exciting.

Chill, Grill, and Enjoy Summer Meals Safely

Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, summer with its al fresco meals, backyard cookouts, light meals at the campground, and neighborhood gatherings can begin. At these, and many other summertime gatherings, the object is to have fun – not watch the clock to determine whether or not the mayonnaise-based potato salad and layered dips have reached their expiration points. I have a couple of solutions that’ll make summertime meals more fun. First, think vinegar. No, not the arid white variety, but balsamic, apple cider, and other flavored vinegars. Using them as the base for a variety of salads and marinated dishes instead of mayonnaise or sour cream-based salads means you don’t have to keep

Zucchini Three Ways

Video by Jonathan Parrish If you want an inexpensive vegetable, this time of year you can find zucchini everywhere. If you have friends with big gardens, they might even give it away. Some of my Extension agent friends in other states joke about locking their car doors to keep people from putting bags of this versatile squash in there when no one is looking! Zucchini has a mild flavor, and the texture changes depending on how – and how long – you cook it. If you don’t want it to be mushy, don’t overcook it! Here are three tasty options to try: Raw Zucchini Snack Wash zucchini. Slice into sticks or circles. Sprinkle with lemon pepper or your favorite herbs and spices for a fat free snack. Or

Rosé All Day

Rosé has never had much of a chance to gain respect in this country, thanks to its unfair association with the sweet white zinfandels that were all the rage in the 1980s. But today, this neglected segment of the wine industry has tremendous respect for what it is – a terrific, unassuming wine for summer sipping and, in many cases, a versatile wine that goes well with summer food. Rosé's growing popularity, however, comes with growing pains. Although it has grown 53 percent in sales, it still represents a small portion of total wine sold in the U.S. But it's discovery has encouraged wine producers to get into the market even though for most of them it is an after-thought. Contrarily, in south

The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint Named 2018 World BBQ Champions

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. – The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint won their second Grand Championship title in four years at the 2018 Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. The Shed BBQ team also captured 1st place Chicken Wing, 1st place Whole Hog, and 1st in the Kingsford Tour of Champions. The Shed BBQ's competition team, led by brother and sister team Brad Orrison and Brook Orrison-Lewis, worked for months to prepare for the event. The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint serves over a ton of BBQ daily at their Ocean Springs, Mississippi location. The Shed BBQ competition sauces & marinades are available in grocery stores nationwide. Their BBQ can also be purchased online at Foody Direct. "The sa

Wine and Cheese Pairing Tips for Summer Entertaining

Summer is a time for picnics, festive garden gatherings, and poolside parties. For hot days and warm evening entertaining, keep things cool by creating a delicious, yet easy-to-prepare spread of wines, cheeses, fresh fruits, and nuts. Choosing cheeses to go with your favorite wines does not need to be difficult. Start by thinking of each component of the wine and cheese as a complementary or contrasting flavor, considering the texture, sweetness, and flavor intensity of each. Experiment by tasting each on its own to get a sense of its characteristics. Then, see how they taste when combined. You can do this on your own while planning your event or make it a fun activity with your guests. As p

Traveling Along U.S. 49 This Weekend? Make a Stop at Smokey Mountain Grille

The long Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching, and many of us will be headed south to the beach or other vacation spots. At some point on the journey, the need to stop, stretch our legs, and enjoy a meal outside the realm of fast food arises. Here’s a tip to use this weekend or anytime you’re on U.S. Highway 49 near the Mendenhall exit: Smokey Mountain Grille and Rib Shack. It’s my go-to spot whenever I’m in the area and craving a juicy grilled burger, pulled pork sandwich, or potato or thick BLT. Twelve years after opening Smokey Mountain Grille on the highway just steps away from where her family-operated Cline’s, a popular Mendenhall restaurant, chef and owner Sheila Daniels continues

Spice Up Your Barbecue With a Glass of Wine

Those who bask in the sun year-round are fortunate to be able to grill in comfort all of the time, but for most northerners, grilling is a seasonal thing. It isn't as if people set their calendars accordingly, but for whatever reason, Memorial Day is a summons for barbecue chefs to fire up the outdoor grill. Party on. We like to slow smoke ribs and pork butts because a conventional gas grill or an indoor oven cannot recreate the flavors that come from smoking wood chips. Whether your choice is a Weber grill or a Big Green Egg, a slow-cooked pork butt is a great way to spend a holiday with friends. It's relatively inexpensive and can easily serve a crowd. Smoked barbecue fare such as pulled p

Summer Grilling Safety Tips

Grilling is popular this time of year, bringing family and friends together to enjoy the great outdoors, whether for a simple summer dinner or a holiday weekend picnic bash. Blossman Gas & Appliance has five top Safety Tips to prepare your propane grill for summer grilling to help you enjoy a safe and happy grilling season. 5 Top Tips for Propane Grilling Safety Always keep the top open when lighting a grill until you are sure that it is lit. Never pour an accelerant such as lighter fluid or gasoline on the grill. Never use matches or lighters to check for leaks. When finished grilling, turn off the burner controls and close the cylinder valve. Make sure the grill is clean. When finished gri

Food Factor: Farm Week

Today on Farmweek... The President okays E-15 year-round and looks to overhaul biofuel policy at the same time. | Part two of our gathering of congressional candidates in the Magnolia State. | Gary Bachman explains his strategy for designing container gardens. | Despite the continuing shortage of veterinarians, some new animal doctors finding homes and paying off their college loans in the process.

Columbus, Mississippi, Wins USA TODAY's 10 Best Travel Award Contest

COLUMBUS, Miss. – Columbus, Mississippi has been voted Number 6 in the Best Small Town Cultural Scene category of USA TODAY’s latest 10 Best Readers' Choice travel award contest! “Visit Columbus is honored to win a coveted spot on this list, and is grateful for the many voters who helped our city win this distinguished award” said Nancy Carpenter, CEO of Visit Columbus. Columbus was one of 20 small towns nominated by an expert panel to contend in the four-week contest promoted by USA TODAY. During that time, the public had the opportunity to vote once a day for their top choice. Columbus consistently ranked among the top 10 before securing the spot at number 6 on the list. Nominees in thi

Bring Big Flavors to Your Memorial Day Cookout

Memorial Day is not only the unofficial beginning of summer, but it’s also the unofficial start to grilling season. On this ultimate day of eating and entertaining, serve up the flavor at your cookout or get-together with one of these delicious meals in celebration of summer. Apple Cheddar Pork Burgers from Tidy Mom adds a flavorful twist to your classic burger recipe by combining crisp apples with fresh pork and Borden® Cheese Thick Cut Sharp Cheddar. Chargrilled Chicken Ciabatta is a classic yet tasty recipe. Skip the hotdogs and load your chicken up with rich, creamy Mozzarella Slices, sauce, or even some avocado slices. Grilled Bacon-wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken from Melissa’s Souther

Cerami's Italian Restaurant Was Great at The Rez; Now Thriving in Flowood

Italian comfort food. Traditional red sauce restaurant. Old-school spaghetti and meatballs. Lasagna that tastes like an Italian grandmother made it. Just a few of the positive descriptions of Cerami’s Italian Restaurant in Flowood, a name that’s been part of the Jackson restaurant scene since 1977. Cerami’s was one of the first restaurants I visited after moving to Jackson years ago. The original Cerami’s was located at the Reservoir and was a favorite gathering spot for special occasions and just a good Italian meal until it closed in 1992. Thankfully, it’s now flourishing in a new spot on Lakeland Drive under the direction of Alyssa Cerami, daughter of founder Fred Cerami. Like most family

Food Factor: Farm Week

Today on Farmweek: The fight over refinery wavers continue. | Farmweek visits a strawberry festival. | Southern Gardening discusses ferns in the South. | American dairy is under pressure to survive.

Try a New Wine or Two This Summer

With spring at hand, we’ve got some terrific columns coming up to get you in the mood for warmer weather. This week, we give you 10 reasons to celebrate spring. These wines were chosen because they are delicious and different to those of you stuck on pinot grigio and pinot noir. Many of them are great deals, too. Michael David Ancient Vine Cinsault 2016 ($25). What a treat. This medium-body wine made from Lodi vineyards more than 100 years old sports bright cherry and cranberry flavors with a dash of spice. Very quaffable. Caleo Nero d'Avola Terre Siciliane 2015 ($10). This is a killer wine for the price. Made entirely of nero d'avola grapes grown on Sicily, it has ripe black cherry and rasp

Mark Your Calendar for Water Valley's Main Street Block Party

The 200 Block of Main Street welcomes all to their block party celebrating their facade renovations. On Friday, June 1st, the 200 block of Main Street will host an open house and block party to celebrate the fulfillment of facade grants and renovations. The party begins at 4 p.m. on Friday with musical performances starting at 5 p.m. in the Pocket Park. Local musicians Jon McLeod, Kevin Guyer, Tony Boyd, Jason Evans, Bryan Civitell, Jared Spears, and the Sam Van Winkle Band will be playing til 9 p.m. Lawn games will be set on the open lot on the south side of the block. In the event of rain, outdoor events will be moved indoors. There will be crafts, craft vendors and local artisans includin

Eat Well On the Go

A packed schedule often leads to less meals around the table. Between balancing family, friends, work and activities, it can be easy to reach for a pre-packaged snack on-the-go that lacks important vitamins and nutrients. Instead, when looking for portable, grab-and- go foods, think about a multi-purpose treat like watermelon. Not only can watermelon be diced, sliced, balled or blended, it also provides numerous health benefits. Watermelon contains higher levels of lycopene than any other fresh fruit or vegetable and is a source of vitamins A and C, as well as vitamin B6 and potassium. Thinking beyond traditional slices, chunks or balls, there are many ways to incorporate watermelon into som

Best of Jackson: Treats

Spring is in full swing and it's the perfect time to treat yourself to a sweet snack. Check out where to get some of the best sweet treats in Jackson with Sipp Jackson's newest blog post!

Darwell's in Long Beach and Pearl Should Be On Your Food Bucket List

“Never fried.” It’s a disclaimer many Mississippi restaurants can’t make with any degree of honesty. Despite the lack of a deep fryer, Darwell’s Café in Long Beach serves up some of the best Creole and Cajun food in the state and possibly the South, including neighboring New Orleans just over the state line. Now there’s a small location of one of my favorite Gulf Coast restaurants in the Jackson area. But first, a little about the mothership where it all began. I could mention Darwell’s segment on the Food Network’s Diner, Drive-Ins and Dives, or tell you it’s been named one of the top 10 restaurants in the U.S. by Forbes Magazine. Likewise, the list of local, state, and national publication

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