Tips For a Happy, Healthy Halloween

Trying to eat healthy during the Halloween season can be frightening and a little challenging. Here are a few tips to get your broomstick flying in the right direction. Candy, candy everywhere! What to choose? First, you look at your food labels. Does the ingredient list begin with a REAL food or just simply sugar or high fructose corn syrup? Cereal bars and fruit snacks are a great option to hand out this time of year for trick-or-treaters. Just make sure they contain real fruit in the ingredient list. Second, look for snacks containing whole grains or snacks that are low in sugar. Whole grain foods naturally contain more fiber. Goldfish crackers or whole grain cheese and crackers are an ex

Sanderson Farms Becomes First Chicken Producer To Introduce Google Home and Amazon Alexa-Activated R

LAUREL, Miss. -- As the holiday season approaches, Sanderson Farms is offering a hassle-free solution to consumers wondering what to make for dinner. The company has spent the summer developing both the first Amazon Alexa-enabled recipe skill and Google Home experience within the chicken industry, allowing consumers to ask their smart speaker how to make dishes, such as garlic Parmesan chicken wings, Mediterranean chicken thighs, and chicken fajitas. With over 170 Sanderson Farms recipes available, all consumers need to do is enable the skill on any Google Home or Amazon Echo device, and their virtual assistant will walk them through recipe ingredients and directions. "We wanted to enter int

It's Finally Fall, So Soup's On!

Until this week, Mississippians really didn’t know it was autumn, thanks to above-average temperatures that produced steamy days and tepid night. However, now that cooler weather seems to have arrived, it’s time to start thinking about ways to keep warm. Of course, every Mississippians worth his or her salt relishes a good old-fashioned bonfire complete with marshmallows and possibly even a crispy hot dog on a coat hanger. If you prefer to watch the falling leaves from inside, there are cozy throws, fuzzy socks, and sweaters, albeit light ones for our ever-changing temps. When mealtime rolls around, there’s nothing better than sitting down to a bowl of hot, creamy soup. It’s the perfect anti

Longest Table Brings Ole Miss Faculty, Staff, and Students From All Backgrounds Together For Convers

OXFORD, Miss. – Food and fellowship in the Grove is one of the University of Mississippi's most beloved traditions, but those who gathered there for those purposes on Sunday, October 27th, hope to begin a new tradition called "The Longest Table." The free university event stretched across the Grove, where hundreds gathered to eat hamburgers and hot dogs and get to know one other better. Organizers said the continuous table – really, 50 tables placed end-to-end – is a powerful visual, where everyone has a place, and participants are arranged as part of one community along the Walk of Champions. Chancellor Glenn Boyce told the crowd he hopes the Longest Table becomes an annual event. "It's suc

These Australian Wines Are Delicious

Australian wines, the darlings of the first decade of this century, are withering on the sideline of the current wine sales dance. Sales for Australian wines to the United States are down 50 percent from their peak. However, exports to China have kept growth positive for Australian wine exports. The aggressive growth of Australian wines in previous decades was driven by the popularity of low priced, so called “critter wines” such as Yellowtail and Little Penguin that retail in the sub $10 range. Although inexpensive Australian wines still appear on retailer shelves, we have seen a deliberate move by some Australian winemakers to higher quality, more expensive offerings. A recent meeting with

Food Factor: Peanut Butter Power Smoothie

When you need a boost of protein before you dash out the door, try this quick smoothie. You can experiment with different fruits, add ice if you prefer a frozen drink, and swap out peanut butter for an alternative like sunflower butter if you have allergies. Many smoothie recipes have exotic ingredients or fruits that quickly spoil if not used immediately. I like to take my overripe bananas, break them into chunks or slices, and put them in the freezer. That way I can have a little bit of slush in my smoothie without the hassle of grinding up ice cubes. And I waste less food! Crew review: the flavor of this smoothie was fine, but it wasn’t very cold since our bananas were fresh. If you like

Best Steaks in Mississippi, Part I

Mississippi is known as the chicken capital and for good reason. We can grow, fry, and enjoy chicken better than any state in the nation. No offense to chicken, but I get more reader requests for steakhouse recommendations. I’m always quick to respond with my favorites: BR Prime at Biloxi’s Beau Rivage and Doe’s Eat Place for special occasions. For regular steak nights, Sully’s in Hattiesburg and The Vault in Magee can’t be beat. However, to accommodate readers from other parts of the state, friends provided the name of their favorite family-owned or locally-operated steak house. The response was so overwhelming I had to divide the list. First, I’ll focus on locations west and north of the J

Join Mississippi Chef Melissa Cookston For Dinner at the Beard House

NEW YORK, New York - Chef Melissa Cookston is the chef behind Steak by Melissa in Southaven, Miss., and Memphis Barbecue Company in Horn Lake, Miss., and Dunwoody, Ga. Above and beyond her restaurants or cookbooks, Melissa Cookston is a brand all to herself. A seven-time world barbecue champion and the first woman pitmaster to be inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame, this Mississippi Delta maven is the perfect chef to host a Beard House autumnal barbecue feast, with just the right amount of Southern flair. Chef Cookston will serve her delicious Southern menu at the Beard House in New York City on Saturday, November 2nd, at 7 p.m., and tickets are $140 for members and $180 for the general

Celebrate National Merlot Month and Halloween With a Glass of Red Wine

We don’t what it is about Halloween that draws out the goblins in the wine industry. Perhaps it’s the devil in them, or perhaps they see a brief opportunity to make a buck. But each year there are more and more wines with Halloween themes guaranteed to loosen up an adult party. Heaven forbid someone think this holiday is just for kids. Like most wine gimmicks, the package, not the product, is the sizzle that sells the wine. Marketing people know you’re going to be staring at a sea of wine labels, and often times, it’s the quality of an exotic label that wins. Sometimes the wine is even good. Concha y Toro makes Casillero del Diablo (Devi’s Castle) year-round, so it can’t be blamed for fabric

Cultivation Food Hall in Jackson Announces New Vendor, Atlas

JACKSON, Miss. —Cultivation Food Hall recently announced a new vendor, Atlas, a concept owner Chad Segrest describes as “Greek Down South.” The menu features Greek staples such as a hummus plate, falafel, salads, and gyros, each with a street food approach and subtle Southern twist. A native of Jackson, Segrest considers Greek food his version of comfort food and loved the opportunity Cultivation Food Hall allowed him to develop the Atlas concept. “Being in the food hall allows me to focus on the two most important things, the people and our food,” said Segrest. “This place is great for families or big groups and allows people to gather in the same space and enjoy a wide variety of food and

How To Pick the Right Muscadine Variety To Grow

If you want to grow muscadines at your home, choosing the right variety can be intimidating. With so many varieties to pick from, how do you know you’re picking the right one? Dr. Eric Stafne, MSU Extension Fruit Specialist, recommends several different types of muscadines to grow in the home garden or landscape. Here are the top three muscadine varieties he recommends: Carlos – high yielding, bronze skin, medium-sized fruit. Noble – heavy-yielding purple muscadine with fruity flavor. Southern Home – small-to-medium size purple muscadine which adds interest to landscape. All three varieties are great for making jam, jelly, juice, and wine! The good news is that muscadines thrive in hot, humi

Tailgating 101: Recipes For Success

Before the action and drama on the field comes the action in the stadium lot, and if you’re looking to be the most valuable player of the tailgate party, college football legends say it’s all about the food, friends, and fans. “Whether it’s bonding with other fans who become fast friends, or devouring some of the best food around, there is nothing like a college football tailgate to bring fans together and get them hyped for th e game!” said Eddie George, retired running back and Heisman Trophy winner, who stars as the “Doctor” on Dr Pepper’s episodic marketing series, “Fansville.” “Tailgating is the fabric of college football. In my travels both back home to Norman, Okla., or away, the sacr

Ghost Hunter Or Not, You'll Love King's Tavern

Have you ever dined at a restaurant and long after the memory of the food had dissipated, the magical memories associated with being in an interesting, perhaps historic, place still lingered? That’s exactly what happened after I stopped by King’s Tavern in Natchez several years ago. It’s Natchez oldest building and definitely worthy of a visit if you’re in the southwest part of the state. Here’s the thing, though – I rarely forget enjoyable meals, and King’s Tavern definitely provided one. However, I vividly remember driving up to the rustic, hundreds-year-old building. I can clearly see the brick and wood beam floors, low ceilings hung with wooden beams, and dark corners filled with interes

Sip On Some Chardonnay

We’re stunned by the number of friends in our group who wouldn’t be caught dead ordering chardonnay, a maligned quaff too often associated with morning television hosts and soccer moms. Still, it remains the top-selling white wine in the United States. Someone is drinking it -- a lot of it. Chardonnay is initially more neutral in flavor that most white wines. Once harvested and crushed, chardonnay is like an empty canvass waiting for the winemaker’s creative strokes. Alas, sometimes those strokes are the work of surrealists. While Burgundy set the bar for great, elegant chardonnay, producers in other regions have run amok by experimenting with yeasts, adding excessive oak and manipulating te

Food Factor: Sunshine Roll-ups

Fans of The Food Factor know I love rotisserie chicken. I’ve added this quick recipe to my repertoire for using a store-bought rotisserie chicken. You could also use canned chicken breast or even sliced chicken or turkey from the deli. You can cut a few more calories by using reduced-fat mayo, and I always use reduced-sodium soy sauce. Be sure you get the LARGE whole-wheat tortilla, or you’ll be wondering how to fit all of these ingredients on one quarter of the wrap. If you don’t have mandarin oranges on hand, try using halved grapes or diced apples, the way you would with a traditional chicken salad. That said, in my opinion, the mandarin oranges give these wraps a wonderful zesty zing tha

These Fall Recipes From Celebrity Chef Melissa Cookston Are Smokin'

Cooler weather is in the air, and celebrity chef Melissa Cookston’s smokin’ fall recipes are sure to keep your audience warm, cozy, and wanting seconds! Taken from Cookston’s cookbook, “Smoking in the Boys’ Room” and “Smokin’ Hot in the South,” the below award-winning recipes for smoked mini pumpkins with wild rice, pear and sausage stuffing, smoked chicken bacon bombs, smoked top sirloin cap, and smoked chicken Peruvian style will help your audience get in the fall season with delicious, smoky recipes! Smoked Mini Pumpkins with Wild Rice, Pear, and Sausage Stuffing “Those pretty little mini pumpkins that you picked up for décor? Cook them! These make adorable side items and are so flavorful

Newk's Eatery Celebrates Raising More Than $1.4 Million For Ovarian Cancer Research

JACKSON, Miss. — Newk's Cares, the ovarian cancer awareness movement founded by fast-casual restaurant Newk's Eatery, celebrates its sixth year and honors co-founder Lori Newcomb with the achievement of exceeding $1.4M in fundraising efforts. Newk’s strives to make a difference for research of the disease, with a goal to improve the rate of early detection and symptom awareness. Alongside Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (OCRA), the largest global organization dedicated to advancing ovarian cancer research while supporting women and their families, Newk’s has raised more than $400,000 this year. “I want to express my gratitude to our Newk’s communities, which have allowed us to achieve this

Best of Jackson: Fried Fish

Jackson is known for its delicious food, and that includes fried fish, some of it coming from as close as the Mississippi Delta, the catfish capital of the world. Check out some of our favorite places to get a piping hot basket of fried fish in the capital city in the latest Sipp Jackson blog post.

Penn's Famous Chicken on a Stick Can Be Enjoyed at the State Fair, Around the State Year-Round

“I can’t wait until the State Fair arrives so I can get a Penn’s chicken on a stick!” As I heard these words while waiting in an event line last week, I started to turn around and tell the stranger that he didn’t have to wait until the fair opens to enjoy the treat. Penn’s Fish House has been serving fried fish and chicken, including the aforementioned item, for decades in its original location in Canton as well as in Forest, Meridian, and in several locations around the Jackson Metro. Yes, Penn’s chicken on a stick and other items have been a staple at the fair for year, but Penn’s restaurants have actually been around since 1967. That’s the year founder and owner Roger Penn opened one of t

Oceano Wines Near San Luis Obisbo, Calif., Produces Tasty Wines and Is Woman-Owned

Rachel Martin cut her wine teeth in the mid 2000s with her involvement in the founding and management of the well-respected Boxwood Vineyards in Middleburg, Va. The winery is owned by her stepfather John Kent Cooke, son of the late Jack Kent Cooke. John formally presided as president and owner of the NFL Washington Redskins until its sale to current owner Daniel Snyder in 1999. Rachel currently resides in New York with her son and partner/husband Kurt Deutsch. She has utilized her wine education in enology and viticulture from Napa Valley College, her experience at the University of Bordeaux School of Enology, and her experience at Boxwood Vineyards to start a new wine venture, Oceano Wines,

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