Yummy Treats to Beat the Summer Heat

There are still a few lingering days of summer before school starts and kids head back to school. Here’s my list of some of the best end-of-summer and, in some cases, new supermarket products to help you stay cool and enjoy the dog days of summer. 1. Vegan ice cream? Yes, it’s good! Ben & Jerry’s has created vegan versions of favorite ice cream flavors for those who have problems with dairy or are simply health-conscious. In 2019, the company added the following two new additions to its collection of non-dairy frozen offerings: • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: vanilla with chocolate chip cookie dough and fudge flakes. • Chocolate Caramel Cluster: chocolate with peanuts, fudge chunks, and salte

Saltine Celebrates Anniversary with School Supply Collection

JACKSON, Miss. - Saltine, a Southern-influenced restaurant from 4Top Hospitality, is celebrating its seven-year anniversary at its Jackson location. In conjunction with National Oyster Day, Saltine will offer $1 Raw Gulf Oysters all day on Sunday, Aug. 4 and Monday, Aug. 5. Additionally, Saltine will be partnering with the We Are One Church to collect school supplies for Jackson public schools. School supplies collection bins will be located at the front of Saltine, 622 Duling Ave., on Aug. 4 and Aug. 5. Items needed include: 10-oz. hand sanitizers, pencils, loose-leaf notebook paper (college ruled & wide ruled), 70-sheet notebook tablets, crayons, folders with prongs and pockets, and any ot

Berry's Seafood and Catfish Is Worth the Trip From Almost Anywhere

If you’ve passed the gigantic redwood barn-like structure known as Berry Seafood and Catfish House on U.S. 49 in Florence, which features an even larger white cross in the foreground, and wondered what it’d be like to actually eat there, here’s a tip. It’s worth a detour from any direction you happen to be travelling. Berry’s operates a smaller restaurant just down Highway 49 in Magee, but since the Florence location gets the most queries, I’ll focus on this one. In terms of my favorite time to visit, I have to select the dinner seafood buffet offered Thursday – Saturday evenings. When the doors open at 4:30 p.m., there’s usually a line or at least several cars full of hungry diners waiting

Food Network's "Restaurant: Impossible" Coming to Ridgeland

RIDGELAND, Miss. – Restaurant: Impossible is coming to Ridgeland on August 6th and 7th! They are seeking enthusiastic individuals that would love to work with Robert Irvine and his talented renovation team as design and construction volunteers on the show at Rossini’s Cucina Italiana in Olde Towne Ridgeland/Jackson Street District. Volunteers may be any licensed or certified individuals in painting, crafting, constructing, remodeling, cleaning, decorating, etc., depending on your skill set. They are always looking for skilled contractors, electricians, plumbers, upholsters’, and painters to help out and donate their time, but we welcome all skill sets and skill levels always. The volunteer s

American Consumers Love Australian Wines

There was once a time in our life when it seemed like all we were drinking were wines from Australia – shiraz, viognier, chardonnay, grenache, and even cabernet sauvignon. Alas, we have drifted away from this wonderful fountain of fun wines. The U.S. is Australia’s second largest customer in the world market. Not only are American consumers enamored by those critter labels, but they like the price of most Australian wines. Although premium wines like Penfold’s Grange can cost more than $400 a bottle, many of the wines from this continent are well under $15. Inexpensive shiraz (syrah in other regions) is popular, but there are many premium red wines that are worth exploring on occasion. We j

How to Prune Blueberry Bushes

Pruning is a task I put off, and my blueberry bushes serve as a testament to this fact. Mainly, I am unsure how to do it correctly most of the time and don’t want to kill my plants. Eric Stafne, Extension fruit and nut specialist, says there are a few different ways to prune blueberries, depending on what you want to achieve with your plants. But the most important thing is to prune each year after harvest. Pruning creates new wood where flower buds develop. How You can prune for rejuvenation. In this situation, you may have inherited plants that have been neglected for several years and have grown leggy and produce less fruit. If you choose this method, some harvest can be had in the follow

16 Mississippi Restaurants Land on Wine Spectator's 2019 Restaurant Awards List

NEW YORK, NY — Finding a place to drink great wine around the globe has never been so easy. Wine Spectator has uncorked the winners of the 2019 Restaurant Awards, which honors the world’s best restaurants for wine. This year, the Restaurant Awards program honors 3,800 dining destinations from all 50 states and 79 countries and territories. Launched in 1981, the Restaurant Awards are judged on three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence, and the Grand Award, with 2,447; 1,244; and 100 winners this year in each respective category. Eight of the Grand Award winners—Alfredo Di Roma Mexico in Mexico City, Fiola in Washington, D.C., Griggeler Stuba in Lech am Arlberg in

Pontotoc Food Fight 2019 Celebrates National Candy Month with Local Bakers

PONTOTOC, Miss. – B.O.N.D. Small Business Group hosted the second annual Pontotoc Food Fight on Saturday, June 22nd, at Pontotoc Second Baptist Church in Pontotoc, Miss. This year's theme was "The World of Candy." The Pontotoc Food Fight consisted of four professional bakers and five home bakers going head-to-head to see which baker could create the best candy-themed cake. Bakers had the chance to win in three categories: Fan Favorite, Best Dressed Cake, and First Place Overall. Attendees chose the winners of the Fan Favorite awards; however, Best Dressed Cake and 1st Place Overall were selected by three judges – local food blogger Jeff Jones of "Eating Out with Jeff Jones," radio personalit

James Beard-Recognized Chefs Partner With Walter Anderson Museum of Art

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. – Mississippi’s culinary community, seafood industry, and the Walter Anderson Museum of Art (WAMA) come together to host an evening of food and dialogue paying homage to the diversity of the Southern coast and encouraging cooperation to protect the bounty of the Gulf waters. The evening, a fundraiser for WAMA’s nature-based educational programs, includes a cocktail hour and family-style dinner menu in the Museum and the Ocean Springs Community Center that speak to the connectivity between culture, economy, and the natural world. The art of Walter Anderson serves as a backdrop, reinforcing the important relationships between people and coastal environments. 2019 James Bea

Wary About Seafood? Try the Award-Winning Landmass Burger

Who doesn’t love visiting the Mississippi Gulf Coast for a day trip, weekend, or longer stay? The wide expanses of sea and sand, cool breezes, and opportunities to partake of sight-seeing, fishing, concerts, shopping, and restaurant-hopping combine for an unforgettable getaway. If recent issues with the gulf waters have made you wary about ordering seafood, take heart. There’s a new burger – and restaurant – in town that will more than make up for a temporary halt to your seafood meals. The giant Landmass Burger, created by Kristian Wade, executive chef at Biloxi’s Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, was named “Best of the Fest” at Atlanta’s Food and Wine Festival held earlier this summer. It’s an

German Wines Are a Jigsaw Puzzle

German wines have always been a jigsaw puzzle for us to put together. Confusing categories ranging from dry to sweet, names hard to pronounce, and varying degrees of quality have challenged us to both understand the wines and then like them. Their absence on store shelves and many wine lists indicates we’re not the only ones who find German wines an enigma. Tom was able to add a couple of pieces to the puzzle during a recent river cruise along the Rhine and Mosel rivers. Vineyards planted on incredibly steep mountainsides in this cool northern region show the difficulty wine producers face to make decent wines. The Bremmer-Calmont vineyard on the Moselle River, for instance, is the steepest

Best of Jackson: Quiche

If you ever find yourself craving a slice of quiche, there are several places in the Jackson metro area that can satisfy that craving. Check out where to get the best slice of quiche in this week's Sipp Jackson blog post!

Food Factor: 5 Favorite Ways to Cut Fat

If you’ve ever been told you need to cut fat from your diet and wondered how to do it, this post is for you! Fat, especially saturated fat, plays a role in heart health. Increased blood cholesterol is tied to heart disease, so finding ways to reduce saturated fat is important. What are the sources of saturated fat? Animal products (including butter, cheese, and ice cream) and baked goods made with palm and coconut oils are two significant sources. In the American diet, the biggest culprits are pizza and cheese! In addition to increasing the fruits and vegetables you eat (which will help you feel full), it’s important to cut fat calories wherever you can. From trimming visible fat from meat b

Plant Now For Fall Tomatoes

If you love home-grown tomatoes, you can enjoy them into fall. Get your plants into the ground from July to early August, depending on where you live in the state, and you can harvest into October or November. Here are some tips from Extension Vegetable Specialist Rick Snyder to help get you started. Visit our website for more information about growing fall tomatoes and other fall crops. Our Garden Tabloid has a wealth of information about backyard vegetable and fruit production. Publication 2975, “Tomato Troubles” can help you troubleshoot common problems. Publication 3175 “Common Diseases of Tomatoes” is also helpful. Publication 3175 “Common Diseases of Tomatoes” is also helpful.

B & B's Burgers Named 'Best in Mississippi' - Yes, They're That Good!

Summer travel season is upon us, and many of us will be headed south to the Gulf Coast, Alabama, or Florida beaches or other vacation spots between now and Labor Day. Here’s a valuable tip to file away and use anytime you’re on U.S. 49 South near Mendenhall and hunger strikes: B & B Meat Market and Deli. As the restaurant proudly advertises, they are “not a fast food restaurant!” However, their name doesn’t come close to illustrating my real reason for telling you about B & B. Yes, you can grab smoked sausages, ribs, pork chops, hand-trimmed steaks, and other meaty delicacies for the cooler, but juicy, grilled-to-perfection, topped-with-special-sauce burgers are the real reason you should ma

Canned Wine Is Convenient and Delicious

We once thought that canned wines would be a fad enjoyed only by a handful of people more focused on convenience than quality. Generally, that still may be true, but several quality producers – Sterling, Coppola, Bonterra, Ste. Michelle Estates – have raised the bar ever so slightly. Canned wines represent only one percent of the wine market, but sales are growing. Wine Spectator reports can sales are up nearly 70 percent in the United States. Are people shifting? Not really. The traditional wine package added screw tops decades ago. Then there were boxes, kegs, and now cans. It’s all about marketing innovation. Bottles always have been challenges for people on boats and picnics because the

James Beard "Brown in the South" Supper Series Features Oxford Chef Vishwesh Bhatt

In partnership with the Southern Foodways Alliance, the Brown in the South supper series features a team of celebrated chefs of Indian descent who live and cook in the American South. The skilled team is heading to the Beard House for their next pop-up, with a stellar lineup of Beard Award winners, nominees, and semifinalists in tow: Cheetie Kumar, Asha Gomez, Meherwan Irani, and Vishwesh Bhatt of Snackbar in Oxford, who nabbed the James Beard Best Chef South 2019! Brown in the South is set for August 14th at 7 p.m. at the Beard House. Tickets are $170 for member and $220 for the general public. Tickets to the event go on sale soon, so check the JBF website for more information and for ticke

4th of July Cookouts Are Easy If Someone Else Does the Cooking

Americans will spend tomorrow’s Fourth of July holiday celebrating at family picnics, fireworks displays, water parks and beaches, old-fashioned festivals, and patriotic celebrations. And don’t forget the all-American cookout. Close to 80 percent of Americans plan to go to or host a gathering at which meat is grilled and eaten outdoors. You can't get more American than a Fourth of July cookout or party offering traditional Independence Day staples like burgers, dogs, ribs, wings, and chicken, along with sides like baked beans, potato salad, pasta salad, and everyone’ favorite, chips and dip. But unlike past celebrations, cooking in our time-challenged world is a bit different. Instead of spe

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