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Fruitful enterprise: Class, jam, sleep pays off for one young entrepreneur

Posted 9/24/2014 in Food

When college student Quinterrall Brown started job hunting this past summer, he had no idea he would end up being his own boss. That's what can happen at the crossroads of necessity and invention.


Market Fresh: Chow-chow -- good to have in the pantry

Posted 9/24/2014 in Food

I was a little north of Columbus last weekend and found the farmers' market in Jasper, Alabama. We picked up some delicious corn, little yellow squash that were so tender, some habanera pepper jelly (can't wait!), a few cucumbers, some tomatoes (not quite prime) and a jar of chow chow.


A speedy, kitchen-sink approach to pumpkin bread

Posted 9/24/2014 in Food

Some days you just need to embrace a kitchen sink approach to cooking.

One simple slicing trick to bake a beautiful tart

Posted 9/24/2014 in Food

Ever walk past a French bakery with one of those impossibly elegant apple tarts in the window, the ones with the apple slices fanned out in the shape of a flower? Nothing you could ever make at home, right? Wrong. It's so much easier than it looks.

Those last tomatoes ... sure can make a tasty pie

Posted 9/17/2014 in Food

Tomato Pie is a classic Southern dish made at season's end when everyone has had their fill of tomato sandwiches and salads.

Whole grains and honey make for healthy snack cake

Posted 9/17/2014 in Food

My grandma Ursula relied on honey to solve nearly any culinary or health problem. Have a nagging nighttime cough? Swallow a spoonful of honey. Chocolate sauce not smooth enough? A dab of honey will do it.

Japanese rice updates the tired old stuffed pepper

Posted 9/17/2014 in Food

Here's the thing about baked stuffed peppers ... plenty of people hate them.


Market Fresh: Garlic is good for that, too?

Posted 9/17/2014 in Food

My husband, Terry, reminds me weekly that we don't eat enough garlic.


The tailgate nation is out in force -- the feasting has begun

Posted 9/10/2014 in Food

Around these parts, folks love a tailgate. No matter your team allegiance, the recipe for success is the same: good food and good company make for good times. Divide up the tasks, bring plenty of ice and, for goodness sake, don't forget the meat.

Chocolate-prosciutto-peanut grilled bananas? Yes!

Posted 9/10/2014 in Food

You're going to have to trust me on this one.

Market Fresh: Fresh from the vine -- it's muscadine time

Posted 9/3/2014 in Food

My Terry can spot a wild muscadine or scuppernong from a mile away.

Reclaiming Real Food: This weekend retreat will change your relationship with food for good

Posted 9/3/2014 in Food

Common sense isn't so common any more, specifically when it comes to our relationship with nutrition. As a whole, we are a nation hooked on processed foods and drive-throughs. And we pay a price for that.

Corn adds sunny side to dinner omelet with salmon

Posted 9/3/2014 in Food

For the first couple weeks of corn season, my family is content to eat plain old corn on the cob day after day. And why not? It's perfect as is.

Market Fresh: Look what's out there -- 'winter' squash

Posted 8/27/2014 in Food

Last Saturday I was a late volunteer at the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market. That is, I arrived at 8:30 a.m. to stay until time to pack up the coffee and tables, around 10. I was delighted to see how busy things were when I arrived.

A canning craze: At 634 jars and counting, Bess Swedenburg gets a jump on Ole St. Nick

Posted 8/27/2014 in Food

Bess Swedenburg laughingly admits she has friends who think she's "crazy." At times, she may even wonder herself. But not long enough to stop the canning juggernaut going on in her Mayhew kitchen.

What to serve with your Labor Day meal

Posted 8/27/2014 in Food

Burgers. Dogs. Steaks. Maybe some sausages. We know you've got the grilling part of your Labor Day cookout covered. So rather than mess with that, we'll offer up some delicious sides that will complement whatever else you have on the menu.

Those darn zucchini!: Turning your zucchini abundance into no-fry fries

Posted 8/20/2014 in Food

Those darn zucchini! There's an army of them occupying your garden right now and each one is as big as a blimp.

Market Fresh: Look what's cookin' with figs

Posted 8/20/2014 in Food

Figs seem to have such a short season here. Between the birds and the hot weather, their time in our area is fleeting. When I see them at the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market, as I did last week, I snatch them up and figure out what to do with them later.

Classic frozen Creamsicle pop from childhood remade as a pie

Posted 8/20/2014 in Food

Let's get one thing clear -- I am not proud of this recipe.

All Ears: Bacon, toasted almonds, smoked feta, marshmallow? Yes, we're talking corn on the cob

Posted 8/13/2014 in Food

My memories of my Granddaddy and Grandmama West's farm in Pontotoc are few and precious. I was very young when Granddaddy died and his beloved Minnie moved back to Memphis, leaving behind the rural peace they had enjoyed together.


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