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Girl Scouts Add New Cookie to the Lineup

Girl Scouts, in partnership with Little Brownie Bakers, one of two official bakers, is excited to join in announcing a new Girl Scout Cookie for the 2020 Cookie Season. Lemon-Ups Girl Scout Cookies has been added to the Little Brownie lineup of cookies, replacing Savannah Smiles. Just like a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, each crisp lemon cookie has something bright and motivating to say. The Lemon-Ups cookie will come with eight messages, including “I am a go-getter” and “I am an innovator" baked into the top. Girl Scout Cookies are so much more than just a sweet treat. Every box you buy helps the awesome girls who sell them power uniqu

Soup's On with the Salvation Army This Sunday

Going on its 23rd year, the Salvation Army is set to host its annual SOUPer Bowl fundraiser on Sunday, Feb. 2, at the Sparkman Auditorium at the Mississippi Ag Museum in Jackson. As temperatures are dropping, nothing sounds as good as a delicious bowl of soup....unless it's 25 different delicious bowls of soup. Take a look at this menu for the 2020 SOUPer Bowl, and get your tickets today. We know won't want to miss out on trying these satisfying favorites. Plus, every ticket purchases helps The Salvation Army fill the bowls of the hungry in Jackson. Attendees can taste as many soups and desserts as they please, and they are encouraged to hang out to enjoy entertainment like live music, a sil

Walk In to Walk-On's for Delicious Cajun Fare

Once again, I stumbled upon a great restaurant with a name that needs explaining before I discuss the food and obvious reasons you should visit. It’s true, Walk-On’s Bistreaux and Bar, first built in the shadow of Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge by two walk-ons to LSU’s basketball team, was named the nation’s best sports bar by ESPN. And, having Saints quarterback Drew Brees as a co-owner further adds to the sports mystique of the fast-growing brand. But, if you let the misconception that Walk-On’s is a rowdy sports bar with little to eat besides wings and nachos stop you from visiting, you’ll be missing out on a delicious, creatively-prepared meal that is so far removed from typical sports bar

Why Is Pinot Noir So Expensive?

We often wonder how pinot noir got so expensive. There was once a time in our early years of winemaking when burgundy costs considerably more than California pinot noir. Now, it’s the opposite. We can find excellent burgundies from areas like Mercurey, Givy, and Maconnais that are reasonably priced under $50. A good pinot noir from California or Oregon is often $70 or more. We recently asked for an explanation from Daniel Warnshuis, winemaker and primary owner of Utopia Vineyard in the Ribbon Ridge appellation of northern Willamette Valley. Warnshuis was one of the many who retired from a lucrative career in Silicon Valley to launch a winery and fulfill a dream. If anyone understood the curr

Melissa Cookston's Super Side Dishes for Super Bowl LIV

Super Bowl LIV will determine the National Football League’s World Champion on Feb. 2. Go the distance with these delicious game day appetizers and sides from celebrity chef and World Champion Melissa Cookston. Taken from Cookston’s cookbook, Smokin' in the Boys’ Room and Smokin’ Hot in the South, these award-winning recipes for smoked pork meatballs, zesty pimento and cheese, southern deviled eggs with chive-truffle vinaigrette, and bacon-wrapped asparagus with pink peppercorn vinaigrette will help you be the ultimate winner on Super Bowl game day. Smoked Pork Meatballs “These delicious Smoked Pork Meatballs make a great appetizer or snack. I recently cooked these up on my Pit Boss K22 Cera

The Most Popular Super Bowl Snack in Mississippi Is...

Every year, millions of NFL fans tune in to the Super Bowl to watch the culmination of the football season. Along with the excitement of the big game, halftime show and memorable commercials, a Super Bowl just wouldn’t be complete without the proper snacks and food. From chicken wings to cocktail weenies, there are dozens of Super Bowl go-to dishes, but which is the most popular? Bid-On-Equipment.com analyzed Google searches across the country to determine the most popular type of Super Bowl food in every state as well as the top 20 largest cities in the country. According to BOE's analysis, Super Bowl fans across the country love their dips. Overall, dip was the most popular food or snack i

Starship Delivery Robots Now Rolling on Ole Miss Campus

OXFORD, Miss. – As University of Mississippi students resume classes for the spring semester, they are sharing the campus' sidewalks with a fleet of robots that can deliver meals at the push of a button. Starship Technologies, the world's leading autonomous delivery service, has launched robot food delivery services at the university, the first in the Southeastern Conference to have autonomous delivery robots. Beginning today (Jan. 22), Ole Miss students, faculty and staff can access the Starship Deliveries app (iOS and Android) to order food and drinks to be delivered anywhere on campus, within minutes from any of the 30 robots serving UM. The service will work in conjunction with student m

8 New Supermarket Finds Worth Trying

After a couple of weeks in 2020, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite new, and in some cases, newly discovered, supermarket items from the past year. As I’ve previously mentioned, I hope and pray Mississippi’s local retailers stay viable. I’m still not sure how purchasing food items online without comparing prices and similar shelf items is doable. Here are a few products that landed on my supermarket radar in 2019. Some may not be available in your local store, but don’t hesitate to ask the manager to order them. Most are more than happy to accommodate shoppers nowadays instead of losing them to online shopping. In 2020, go out and explore your local supermarket for these and other i

Wine Preferences Change with the Seasons

We may make too much of weather when it comes to enjoying wine. But why is it that a crisp sauvignon blanc tastes better in the summer and a brawny zinfandel tastes better in the winter? Yes, we know many of you drink either wine year-round, but a lot of people associate certain wines with seasons. It’s more than the outside temperature that drives our wine choices. Food, too, is a factor. Summer is spent sipping wine on the deck or pairing it with grilled chicken – perfect companions for sauvignon blanc. But, a cold winter day is spent with a blazing fireplace and a pot of stew – perfect companions for zinfandel and cabernet sauvignon. If you are restricted to your house at this time of the

Support Salvation Army at 23rd Annual Souper Bowl in Jackson

Going on its 23rd year, the Salvation Army is set to host its annual Souper Bowl fundraiser on Sunday, February 2, at the Sparkman Auditorium at the Mississippi Ag Museum in Jackson. The Salvation Army’s mission has remained the same since the day it began – to preach the gospel of Jesus and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination – and the Souper Bowl helps accomplish that mission. The annual event features soups and desserts donated by several local restaurants, and local celebrities volunteer to serve during the event. Past servers have included many Jackson area TV and radio personalities and Miss Mississippi and Miss Mississippi Teen USA, along with several other familiar

Gathering at the Table Is Important

Families and friends have been gathering since the beginning of time. We gather to celebrate good news, come together during solemn times to give our support, and we gather based on traditions for special occasions and holidays. Most importantly, we gather because it makes us feel good to share these moments with others. Traditionally, food plays an important role in gatherings and it doesn’t matter if it’s potluck or someone testing out a new recipe or a recipe passed down for generations. Memorable food paired with loved ones, friends, and co-workers in familiar surroundings brings comfort during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Chef Labron Alexander, Executive Chef at Blue Cross & B

Get Your Greek Fix at Krilakis in Ridgeland

A visual reminder of a restaurant’s delicious food and, in this case, its sparkling clean kitchen, is often enough impetus for me to visit or, in this case, revisit a place I haven’t frequented in a while. The kitchen of Krilakis in Ridgeland was recently shown on an episode of Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible.” Host Robert Irvine selected Krilakis as a suitable location for a restaurateur to cook a meal while his eatery was undergoing renovations. Hearing Irvine’s praise of the “clean kitchen” and seeing firsthand its pristine interior made me realize it had been far too long since I’d sampled Krilakis’ amazing gyros, salads, sauces, and burgers. Clean kitchen aside, if you walk into

Winemaking at La Sirena Is a Family Affair

We recently met with Remi Barrett from La Sirena, a small production Napa Valley winery project of Remi’s mother, Heidi Peterson Barrett. Heidi Peterson Barrett and her husband, Bo Barrett, are two of the highest profile and well-respected winemakers in Napa Valley wine history. Heidi Peterson Barrett made her reputation as a pioneering female winemaker in the 1980s, achieving worldwide fame crafting four Robert Parker 100-point wines for Dalla Valle and Screaming Eagle. Bo Barrett is CEO and winemaker at Napa Valley’s venerable Chateau Montelena. You may have seen Bo Barrett portrayed in the 2008 movie “Bottle Shock” by the young, stringy-haired actor Chris Pine. La Sirena started in the mi

Grande Dame of Hattiesburg's Culinary Scene Celebrates 32 Years

After dining at and comparing the merits of hundreds of restaurants, I’ve found that outstanding ones usually have two common denominators: a varied but not overly-crowded menu, and an above-average bread basket. Purple Parrot Café, reigning supreme on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg for over three decades, is one of our state’s culinary crown jewels in terms of sustainability, ambiance, personal service, and outstanding food. It’s the perfect “date night” or special occasion celebratory meal destination, but I’d be remiss if I relegated it to those categories. Whatever the occasion or reason for desiring a memorable meal, the staff and chefs at Purple Parrot, led by area restaurateur Robert St.

For Healthier Eating, Grill More In the New Year

Planning to follow a trendy diet like keto in 2020 or simply want to eat right? There’s good news -- grilling can be a great option for you to kick-start eating healthier in the new year. Indeed, the American Heart Association recommends it. “Grilling is a year-round way of life, bringing together family and friends,” says Jeff Thiessen, president of Pit Boss Grills. “Luckily, those watching their diets can still get healthy foods with the fun and flavor of a backyard barbecue.” Use these tips to make healthier meals prepared on the grill: Let your spices do the heavy lifting. You can add exciting and bold flavor to any recipe using seasoning mixtures. Spice up foods like veggies or lean mea

Soup's On!

When it's cold outside, there's nothing better than a hearty bowl of soup after a long day. January is National Soup Month, so try out some of these tasty soups this month! Thai Garden Vegetable Chicken Wonton Soup Creamy Potato Soup (Vegan) Pasta Meatball Soup Healthy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup Vegetable Beef Soup

Burgundy Wines Are Always Delicious

When we became interested in wine, we first visited France, arguably the most revered wine growing region in the world and certainly one with the most influence on winemaking. Although we liked the Bordeaux region, we found ourselves drawn to Burgundy where pinot noir and chardonnay excel. Our love for Burgundy hasn’t changed. Burgundy stands in sharp contrast to other wine growing regions in France. You won’t find the palatial chateaus that demonstrate the grandeur of Bordeaux. Its people are more like farmers who prefer walking the vineyards to sitting in a stuffy board room. While large negociants – Bouchard, Louis Latour, Louis Jadot, Joseph Drouhin – are household names among burgundy f

Cast Iron Care

Cast iron is one of the most versatile pieces of cookware in the kitchen. It is durable, cooks food evenly, and maintains heat. But the great debate is: how do you clean it? In this weeks episode of the Food Factor, Mississippi State University Extensions Natasha Haynes tells you how to clean and season your cast iron properly. Originally aired May 29, 2017

Meatballs, Cheesecake, and Bagels Were Most Memorable Part of NYC Trip

Readers’ questions on restaurant recommendations often extend beyond our state borders. Accepting an invitation to join a large group of friends in New York City for a pre-Christmas trip created the opportunity to share new culinary adventures. After all, New York is home to some of the world’s best restaurants. More than a few were on my bucket list. I was surprised to learn a trip to NYC can be affordable, even if, like me, your travel budget is limited. Here are the top highlights of my trip, including cost-savings and, most importantly, bucket list restaurants that exceeded my expectations. 1. New York City has a reputation for being an expensive place to visit. During my pre-trip resear
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