Make Rosé Your Go-To Wine This Summer with These Food Pairings

Whether you're enjoying a sun-drenched brunch with family or hosting an elaborate dinner party for friends, you'll need a go-to wine for such festive gatherings, and a chilled rosé is a refreshing choice in the summer months. Enjoyable on its own, you can elevate the experience by picking a delicious, affordable bottle and preparing food pairings to match. To help you hose, Sommelier Chantelle Pabros recommends the floral and fruity Louis Jadot Rosé 2017 ($13.99) - from the number one French wine in American - for its fresh red currant and raspberry fruit character. Serve it chilled alongside the following dishes: Baked French Toast Casserole Made with baguettes, brown sugar, peaches, nectar

The Best of New Orleans Cuisine is Right Here in Mississippi

My go-to line line when touting Mississippi's attributes to out-of-state friends is, “We’re a day trip from Memphis, beaches, and New Orleans.” Bragging aside, it’s even better when the best of their cuisine lands closer to home. Our luck improved in 2017 when Drago’s, the crown jewel of New Orleans seafood restaurants, opened in Jackson. Drago’s hit the ground running in the old Huntington’s Grille location on County Line Road, attracting diners from around the state who'd either sampled their fare in New Orleans or only heard about it. From the look of things during my last visit, even more are enjoying having a NOLA classic in our state. Perhaps best known for its charbroiled oysters, Dra

Local Bakers Took the Cake at Pontotoc Baking Competition

PONTOTOC, Miss - B.O.N.D. Small Business Group hosted the first ever Pontotoc Food Fight on Saturday, June 23rd, at Melvin's Grill in Pontotoc, Miss. The Pontotoc Food Fight consisted of five professional bakers and five home bakers going head-to-head to see which baker could create the best cake. Bakers had the chance to win in three categories: Fan Favorite, Best Dressed Cake, and First Place Overall. Fan Favorites were chosen by attendees; however, Best Dressed Cake and First Place Overall were chosen by three judges – Jeff Jones, Phyllis High, and Matt Miller. The emcee for the event was Stephanie Moneek, host of The Uneekly Living Radio Show in Tupelo. Music was provided by DJ Mark Ruck

Three Tips for Picking the Perfect Watermelon

It’s finally summer, and one of the quintessential elements of summer is watermelon. But if you’re like me, you aren’t really sure how to choose the best one. Here are a few tips from Natasha Haynes, Extension agent and host of The Food Factor. The watermelon should be firm and well-rounded. It should feel heavy. The heavier it is, the riper it will be. Look for a deep yellow field spot. Want to grow your own watermelon? Check out these two pages on Extension’s site for help: Watermelons and Vine Crops in Mississippi. The Garden Tabloid also has information on raising watermelons, as well as other vegetables and fruits.

French and American Wine-making Tactics Are a Little Different

Grace Evenstad tells of the time it registered with her that there was more than an ocean separating the Willamette Valley from Burgundy. She and her husband, Ken, own and operate Domaine Serene in the Willamette Valley, and in 2015, they pursued their dream of making pinot noir in Burgundy by buying a 15th century chateau in Santenay. Grace was showing a French guest around Domaine Serene's vineyards when the guest asked, "Which rows are yours?" Inwardly, she laughed. In the U.S., an owner possesses all the vineyards, but in Burgundy, a vineyard often has multiple owners, a confusing situation rooted in more than a century of history. Clos Vougeot's 123 acres, for instance, are divided into

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Share a Lunch, End Summer Hunger with Mississippi Food Network

Now more than ever, support is needed for the Mississippi Food Network's Share a Lunch, End Summer Hunger campaign. At this moment, 113,400 children in our community are coming home to nothing to eat. Now that schools are officially off and closed for the summer, many families who rely on the free or reduced-price lunch program during school will not be getting that same assistance during the next couple months. Help provide meals to children in your community this summer by sharing a lunch. Every $50 you give helps provide enough food for 350 meals. The Mississippi Food Network urgently needs support to keep up with the ever-increasing demand for nutritious food. With your gift, MFN can pro

Visit Jackson Teams Up with Local Chefs and Notable Personalities in New Web Series

Chef Geno Lee of the Big Apple Inn, Pamela Junior of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, and Lucas Simmons of Lucky Town Brewery are guests for the first episode of Chefs with Soul. A new web-based series is coming to your computer soon. Chefs with Soul is a new web series and entertainment program that brings together food, culture, and fun in a manner than is uniquely Jackson. The program will launch later on this summer with a six-episode season. Chefs with Soul is hosted by noted Jackson "Restaurateur Who Can't Cook" Jeff Good. Each episode is a half-hour long with content focusing on the capital city's culinary experiences and chef talent. Episodes will also feature an "eat and talk" w

Mary Mahoney's Gets National Nod, But We Discovered It First

It’s one thing for Mississippians to acknowledge we possess a culinary treasure. It’s even better when a national food channel confirms it. During a recent visit to Mary Mahoney’s Old French House, the Cooking Channel’s Katie Lee, host of Beach Bites with Katie Lee, proclaimed, “It doesn’t get any more stately or southern!” when entering the doors of the 54-year-old restaurant located in Biloxi near U.S. 90. After sampling the restaurant’s gumbo, she described it as “The best gumbo around!” High praise from a television chef who’s sampled the “best of the best” fare from America’s beach cities. Of course, anyone that’s ever walked over the original bricks in the cobbled courtyard past a 2,00

Enjoy Moonshine Legally with Climax Moonshine

It appears that good-to-excellent vintages of wines are coming from the winemaking capitals of the world at a more frequent rate. According to the Wine Spectator's vintage chart, only two of Left Bank Bordeaux and only one of the Right Bank vintages since 2009 have not earned at least a 90-point score. In California’s Napa Valley, only the rainy 2011 vintage negated a 90-plus winning streak since 2004. We were eager, then, to participate in a New York tasting of 2016 vintage ports. The general declaration was the first since the last declared vintage in 2011. What was so special about these ports? We met with Rupert Symington of Symington family estates at a New York tasting to discuss the g

Summertime is Crawfish Time

If you're looking for some of the best crawfish and crab legs in the Jackson area, check out The Crawdad Hole, featured on Sipp Jackson this week. It's been a metro-area favorite for years, and you're sure to get your crawfish fix!

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Easy Ways to Boost Your Family's Veggie Intake

Nutritious, delicious and low-calorie, vegetables should be the star player of all your meals. But sometimes providing veggies for your family can be time consuming and costly. Luckily, there are a number of simple ways to boost your veggie intake, and it all starts in your grocery store’s freezer aisle. Go Frozen Frozen vegetables are often one of the most affordable options and the quickest to prepare, reducing time spent slicing and dicing on busy weeknights. What’s more, by opting for frozen veggies, your family will likely reduce its food waste. Frozen vegetables are easy to store for long periods of time, and recent studies have found that freezing actually helps lock nutrients in. Swa

Put a Trip to Lulu's on Your Summer Bucket List

A restaurant’s fun factor is an odd recommendation, but it really is the first adjective that comes to mind when I’m asked about Lulu’s in Gulf Shores. In fact, it’s so much fun to visit that it’s worth a detour when you’re en route to other areas along the southern coast. Luckily, Destin now has its own Lulu’s and a new one just opened in Myrtle Beach, so stopping by the original location isn’t the only option. Wherever you’re headed, visiting the sprawling food and entertainment complex should be on your trip bucket list. I first visited the Gulf Shores spot a few years ago with a group of family members of various ages. I assumed we'd enjoy a nondescript seafood meal and that would be tha

IHOP Changes Name to IHOB, Reveals the "B" is for Burgers

IHOb re-burgered from the inside out. (Photo credit: IHOb restaurants) On June 11th, IHOP® Restaurants announced that it is going by a new name – IHOb. Since the news broke last week on the brand’s social media sites, fans can’t get enough with more than 30,000* people speculating what the change could “b”, guessing everything from bacon to brunch to bananas. The change celebrates the debut of the brand’s new Ultimate Steakburgers, a line-up of seven mouth-watering, all-natural burgers. Each Ultimate Steakburger starts with 100% USDA choice, Black Angus ground beef that is smashed on the grill to sear in the juices and flavor before being topped with premium ingredients and sandwiched betwee

Treat Dad to a Nice Bottle of Wine on Father's Day

We suspect that many of you are wracking your brains for a brilliant idea for a Father's Day gift. Before you go out and buy the classic necktie or suspenders for the old man, we have an alternative suggestion that is obviously biased. Yep, it's wine. Think about it: a good tie costs a ridiculous $80. How many does he have in his closet and does he really want another one? On the other hand, if he likes wine, imagine the appreciation for something ridiculously expensive that he wouldn't buy for himself but would appreciate getting. The response will be something like, "You shouldn't have..." But he's going to love the wine. Yep, we know these 15 wines are expensive, but we're hoping you have

June is National Dairy Month; Toast Dairy Farmers with a Glass of Milk

Holstein cows take their turn in the milking parlor at the Joe Bearden Dairy Research Center on May 30, 2018, in Sessums, Mississippi. (Photo by MSU Extension/Linda Breazeale) STARKVILLE, Miss. – Depressed market prices, increased production costs and labor challenges continue to force generational dairy farmers to seek greener pastures. “The best way to support the state’s remaining dairy farmers is by increasing our milk consumption,” said Amanda Stone, dairy specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “The Mississippi dairy industry is struggling right now and likely will worsen before it improves.” Stone said cooperatives in some other states are not renewing cont

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