Celebrate National Red Wine Day

Today is National Red Wine Day! Is there possibly a more "2019" way to celebrate this excuse for a sipping occasion than by ditching the corkscrew and cracking a can? Archer Roose's canned wines are terroir-driven, sustainably-made, and crafted with a sense of adventure and quality that true red wine lovers will love. The brand has two red wine varietals - a classic Malbec hailing from Mendoza, Argentina - the Malbec capital of the world - and Red Spritz, a low-cal (90), low-ABV sparkling red wine blend that brings a refreshing, crisp twist to red wine without sacrificing quality. Archer Roose - Malbec A soulful 100% Malbec interpretation brought to you from the high altitude and desert cl

Sully's In Hattiesburg Serves Up Prize-Winning Steaks and More

It’s not often that you get to enjoy a prize-winning steak on the site of an 1889 prizefight that garnered world-wide attention. Even if you’re not a fighting aficionado, you might wonder about the origin of Sully’s, a Hattiesburg-area steakhouse with the name of one of the famed fighters attached. I can personally attest, Sully’s steaks have the same knock-out punch as the blows leveled over a century ago by John L. Sullivan, the restaurant’s namesake. First, just a little about that famous fight. One hundred thirty years ago last month, the last officially sanctioned, bare-knuckle world heavyweight prizefighting championship took place just south of Hattiesburg at the intersection of prese

Mississippi Food Network's Partnership with The Dairy Alliance Brings Milk to Hungry Families

JACKSON, Miss - Thanks to a $35,000 grant from The Dairy Alliance to Mississippi Food Network, thousands of Mississippians struggling to purchase nutritious foods now have access to fresh milk. "Mississippi's dairy farmers are proud to partner with the Mississippi Food Network, ensuring nutrient-rich milk is accessible for all the families of our state," said Pat Ard, a third-generation farmer from Lincoln County. Mississippi Food Network obtained 30 refrigerated units and 25 thermal blankets with the grant to safely transport cold milk to various agencies for distribution within their service area. The Dairy Alliance awarded the grant through the Milk2MyPlate initiative. "This grant will en

Enjoy St. Supery Wine and Rosé All Day

We have tasted many St. Supery wines over the years and have come to hold this Napa Valley vineyard in high regard. Hosting a recent tasting of current releases and a couple of past vintages provided an informative and interesting afternoon for us and a couple of volunteer tasters. Mentioning the volunteer tasters is important because one of them provided an “aha” moment later in the tasting. Robert Skalli founded St. Supery in the 1980’s with the purchase and planting of 500 acres at the Dollarhide Ranch in the northeast mountains of Napa Valley and 56 acres in Rutherford, the Napa Valley site of today’s winery. The fashion house Chanel Inc. purchased St. Supery in 2015 and correspondingly

Food Factor: Watermelon and Lime Punch

In Mississippi, the summer heat goes on forever. If you are ready for a break from the same old beverages, try this tasty and refreshing watermelon punch. You get the health benefits of fruit and hydration at the same time! Watermelon and Lime Punch 5 cups seedless watermelon, cubed 3 cups water, divided 5-6 mint leaves 1 lime sliced for garnish 1 cup ice In a blender pitcher, combine watermelon, 1 cup water, and mint leaves until liquefied. Pour the watermelon mixture into a 2-quart pitcher, add 2 cups of water and 1 cup ice, and stir. Garnish with thinly sliced lime rings. Serve or store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. If the punch is too thick or pulpy for your taste, use a strainer

Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening For Refill Cafe in Jackson Set for August 26th

JACKSON, Miss. - Refill Cafe is a new full-service restaurant, as well as the on-the-job training site for the Refill Jackson Initiative (RJI), a nonprofit located in West Jackson and focused on workforce development. The Refill Jackson Initiative (RJI) is a new nonprofit located in the former Koinonia Coffee House in West Jackson. RJI’s mission is to empower young adults, ages 18 to 24, so that they are more confident, better equipped, and motivated to enter into, navigate, and stay in the workforce. RJI pursues this mission by holding a 10-week training program during which program participants learn basic necessary job skills in the classroom and practice those skills in RJI’s full-se

You'll Find Pizza Heaven At Lost Pizza Co.

Don’t let the catchy name fool you. Lost Pizza Co. is easy to find. And, it occupies a very prominent place on the road to pizza heaven. I get it, it’s hard to believe someone has discovered a way to transform an ordinary round of dough pilled with toppings into something other than, well, ordinary pizza. If I can continue to enjoy one of Lost Pizza’s creative, gourmet pizzas topped with some of the most delicious sauce, meat, and cheese combinations I’ve ever tasted, I’m fine with being lost. First, a little background on the unusual name. Lost Pizza Co. began as a dream of childhood friends from Indianola. Brooks Roberts and Preston Lott were roommates at Mississippi State University and d

Chardonnay All Day

We were in a restaurant the other day and overhead a conversation among two young couples who were debating what wine to order. One person suggested a chardonnay, but there was lukewarm endorsement from the others. One even said, “Please, anything but chardonnay.” Chardonnay --- a cross between pinot noir and gouais blanc -- is the grape many people love to hate even though it is the only white grape used in great burgundies and the primary white grape that goes into the best champagnes. Winemakers love it because it is a cash cow and also because there is so much they can do with it. So, what’s the deal? About one out of every four bottles of white wine sold in the U.S. is chardonnay, and i

Step Up Your Backyard Cookout With One of a Kind Burgers By Celebrity Chef Melissa Cookston

With summer here, there’s only one food item that screams “backyard cookout” – BURGERS! Taken from Cookston’s cookbook, “Smokin' in the Boys' Room” and “Smokin’ Hot in the South,” the below award-winning recipes for pub burgers with beer seared onions, pimento pork and chorizo burgers, and delta juke burgers will elevate your backyard cookout with flavorful burgers unlike any other! “Everyone I know loves a good grilled burger, and this recipe for Pub Burgers with Beer Seared Onions is a winner! For this recipe, I used Aussie Beef, and it really was delicious. The beef is so rich you don’t need a lot of seasoning (but I’ve never let that stop me before!) The onions are super easy and have su

The Menu at Eddie and Ruby's Is Simple, Yet Delicious

Since 1981, Eddie and Ruby's, also known as Eddie's Snack Bar, has been serving up fried catfish, shrimp, and chicken baskets to the Jackson metro area, and there's a reason people have kept coming back all these years. Check them out in this week's Sipp Jackson blog entry.

Food Factor: Fish and Spinach Bake

August is National Catfish Month! There are many delicious ways to cook catfish, and this recipe helps you get those daily vegetable servings checked off your list. Support Mississippi’s catfish producers and buy locally raised catfish. Note: a serving size in this recipe is just 2 ounces of fish. When we measured the filets from the grocery store, they each weighed about a third of a pound, so we trimmed them into smaller pieces. Fish and Spinach Bake 1 package (10 ounces) frozen spinach, thawed 1⁄4 teaspoon each salt and pepper 1 pound fish filets (thawed if frozen) 1 teaspoon Creole or Cajun seasoning blend 1 large tomato, diced 4 green onions, sliced OR salsa instead of tomato and onion.

Dolce Bakeshop to Expand in Gulfport, Opening September 11th

GULFPORT, Miss. - 2019 Sun Herald’s People’s Choice Award winner Dolce Bakeshop has announced it will open its second location on September 11th in Gulfport. In addition to pastries and baked specialties, Dolce Café will offer a full breakfast and lunch menu, as well as coffee and other hand-crafted beverages. Located at 1720 Pass Road, Dolce Café will share space with Bridal and Formal Boutique, House of Tux, and upscale consignment shop Back on the Rack. During the grand opening, to be held during the week of September 11th, customers can enter to win hourly prizes, enjoy live music, as well as sample the southern-themed menu. William and Brooke Rester, creators of the Dolce brand, have en

Lou's Full Serv Neighborhood Kitchen is a Belhaven Jewel

A restaurant’s historic roots is an odd recommendation, but it's the first adjective that comes to mind when I’m asked about Lou’s Full Serv Neighborhood Kitchen in Jackson. In fact, it’s such an interesting place to eat (I’ll get to the amazing food in a minute) that it’s worth a detour when you’re in the Jackson area or en route to other areas. Here’s what first comes to mind when I think of Lou’s Full Serv. It’s located next to Jitney #14 in the Parkins Pharmacy building. Yes, I know, neither of these two establishments still exist. However, in my mind, and I’m quite sure in the minds of many others, these buildings will always be associated with and called by the names of their former oc

You Don't Have to Break the Bank For Good Wine

Last week’s column featured some of the great wines of California’s elite Rutherford district. Alas, the wines of this special region come at great price, and many of you rolled your eyes over our suggestion that you open the wallet for one of them. At more than $100 a bottle, you could buy a case of something else that was just fine. As one of you wrote, can any of these wines taste 10 times better than a $12 bottle of wine? For most of you, the answer is a resounding “no.” So, as penance for a column that left you nothing to buy, this week we’re featuring 10 incredibly great values that should give you relief. These are wines we have tasted year after year and which never fail to please. O

Food Factor: Baked Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

Who says you can’t have “baked potatoes” in the summertime? I love baked potatoes, but I hate heating up the oven when the summer sun is sizzling. That’s when my slow cooker comes to the rescue! It’s fast and easy to wash, oil, and foil potatoes before work in the morning. Then, when I come home, I can add my healthy toppings and have a meal in no time. “Baked” Potatoes in the Slow Cooker 4 russet potatoes Olive oil for brushing Herbs to taste ​Wash and dry potatoes. Use a fork or sharp knife to prick the potato skin about eight times. Lightly brush each potato with olive oil and season with herbs of your choice. Wrap each potato tightly with aluminum foil, and place in slow cooker. Cook on

Sanderson Farms Celebrates Women in Agriculture

LAUREL, Miss - From the farm to the conference room, women are thriving in all facets of the agriculture industry. As the industry is challenged to produce more food more efficiently, female professionals are answering the call. Women producers now make up 36 percent of farmers, a 27 percent increase from 2012, according to the latest Census of Agriculture. Women account for 46 percent of Sanderson Farms employees, 28 percent of the management team, and 40 percent of board members. First launched in 2018, Sanderson Farms' Women in Agriculture series seeks to spotlight hard-working professionals in vital roles across the company. While these women come from different life, educational, and ca

Char Is a Can't-Miss Spot

Hosting friends from out-of-state, especially those that travel internationally, can be a bit challenging. They’ve seen and done it all and enjoyed fine cuisine at some of the world’s best restaurants. I was pleasantly surprised when a Mississippi friend-turned Dallas resident proclaimed the food and ambiance at Jackson’s Char created one of her favorite dining experiences. Located just off I-55 N at the intersection of Northside Drive in Highland Village, Char’s seafood, steaks, creative salads, and desserts have put this once-local restaurant on the Mississippi cuisine map and into neighboring states. Decorated with touches of color, rich woodwork, and historic photos featuring famous Miss

Food Factor: Southwest Chicken Pitas

When the weather heats up, it’s good to have a plan for those nights when you just don’t want to heat up the kitchen. This recipe is perfect for summer nights, for picky eaters (because everyone can decide what they want in their pita), and for healthy eaters. #winning One thing I really like about this recipe from our friends at New Mexico State University Extension is that I get to choose. I can boil frozen chicken breasts, cook chicken breasts all day in the slow cooker (catch our cool shredding trick in this post about BBQ chicken sliders!), or even pick up a rotisserie chicken. I can change the flavor by sautéing the veggies, corn, and beans. If I have a vegetarian in the family, there’

Water Valley Celebrates 50 Years of Watermelon Carnival

Photos courtesy of Water Valley Chamber of Commerce Going on its 50th year, the city of Water Valley celebrates everyone’s favorite summer fruit with a weekend-long carnival. The Water Valley Watermelon Carnival is set for August 2nd and 3rd and promises to be one of the most exciting events of the summer with something fun for everyone of all ages. Sponsored by the Water Valley Chamber of Commerce, the carnival includes live music, arts and craft vendors, food vendors, watermelon-themed games and activities for all ages, free watermelon slices, other watermelon dishes, and so much more. On Friday night, enjoy a street dance and fireworks in City Park. Saturday is full of continuous entertai

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