Young cooks had a hard time containing their excited anticipation Friday afternoon while waiting for parents to arrive at Mississippi University for Women's Culinary Arts Institute. It was demo day, the last day of their week-long adventure at culinary camp, and they were eager to show off what they had learned.
There is a special place children who are battling -- or have battled -- a diagnosis of cancer can go. A place where they are not "different," not "the sick kid." A place where memories of hospitals and treatments recede and life is just about summertime, camp and all that goes with it -- swimming, fishing, campfires, scavenger hunts, crafts, archery, canoeing, spirit sticks and new friends.
Kenny Gardner has been singing since he was 3 years old, spreading the gospel with his dad, Bro. James Gardner. He's even recorded a few albums along the way. But for the past 12 years, as he founded and pastored Columbus Christian Center, the idea of going back into the studio simmered on a back burner. Until now.
Drug deals gone bad, harrowing gun fights and shadowy undercover work are part and parcel of Tupelo native Merle Temple's complex past. The experiences inspired and informed his debut novel, "Ghostly Shade of Pale."
In case you hadn't noticed, Father's Day is just around the corner. On Sunday, June 16 families everywhere will celebrate dads, and many of them will do it with some form of feasting on manly foods. Dude food, if you will.
Fox Broadcasting's prolific Chef Gordon Ramsay is raising his profile in the Golden Triangle for the second time in the past several weeks.
For more than three years, on and off, veteran food journalist and Jackson native Susan Puckett delved into the Delta, its history, its communities and, most of all, its food.
The old photograph was folded and worn, its edges fading, like the 16 faces looking out from its sepia surface. Donna Pannell Bain remembers the day she found it, tucked among forgotten newspapers and pictures her great-aunt Sadie Robinson had stored away before her death in 1998.
The lazy, hazy days of summer will get a high-octane welcome to the Golden Triangle Thursday when the Juke Joint Gypsies kick off Sounds of Summer at the Columbus Riverwalk at 7 p.m.
If there's one thing the Deep South appreciates it's good food. So the Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Library and the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market are teaming up to present a series of insightful talks on the topic each Wednesday in June for Table Talk: A Casual Visit with Books.
When we're happy, we celebrate with food. When folks are sick and hurting, we cook because food is an easily shared expression of love, concern and condolence. For those, and other reasons embraced in the introduction to "Favorite Recipes On the Hill," First Presbyterian Church in Columbus was inspired to create a cookbook.
Willie King has been gone since March 2009, but the memory of the humble, award-winning blues guitarist and singer still resonates among those who heard him, played with him, or were just fortunate enough to dance in the dust of a Pickens County field, sweating to authentic blues that have been the hallmark of the Freedom Creek Blues Festival King founded.
Dr. Bob Gilbert eased back in an upholstered chair in his spacious, pastel living room Tuesday. One hand rested on his leg, the other on top of a walking cane.
He was surrounded by lovely things, in this home on a quiet, wooded lot not far from downtown Columbus. He is an educated man, described by close friends as compassionate and selfless. He enjoys music, the arts and the pursuit of knowledge.
His thoughts, however, were elsewhere.
When Seonkyoung Longest came to the United States in 2009 from her native South Korea, her world was a happy place. She had met and married her Prince Charming -- Jacob Longest of the United States Air Force -- and was about to begin the next chapter in a new land. What she didn't realize was that her fairy tale was about to meet reality.
If Angie Basson ever wondered what a couple of thousand purses look like, chances are she won't have to wait long to find out. The spare bedroom of her east Lowndes County home is already overflowing with about 1,000 handbags of every color and configuration -- and the stockpile keeps growing.
Jonathan Levin was only 15 when he debuted with the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra. Since then, he's become a sought-after concert pianist, performing in venues from Carnegie Hall to the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland.
In recognition of the 80th anniversary of the death of "The Father of Country Music," Meridian native son Jimmie Rodgers, and in celebration of the 60th anniversary of Meridian's Jimmie Rodgers Festival, the Jimmie Rodgers Foundation on Thursday released a unique CD recorded in Meridian's Jimmie Rodgers Museum.
Sprinkled with sugar, dipped in chocolate, topping a cake or just plucked from the plant, strawberries are one of Mother Nature's sweetest gifts, and Chef Ty Thames knows it.
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