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Learn by doing: 4-H youth prove you're never too young to learn skills for a lifetime

Posted 6/22/2016 in Food

A group of 4-H youth are proving that grilling out isn't just for grown-ups. Mouth-watering aromas wafting from Columbus' Hitching Lot Farmers' Market site June 14 were evidence enough. Youth ages 8 to 18 were invited to take part in the annual Lowndes County 4-H Grilling Contest.

 

Anne's Kitchen: A different shrimp dish for summer

Posted 6/22/2016 in Food

We have a small post-retirement place on a lake in Alabama. For some reason I enjoy cooking there more than I do at home, even though the dining space is tiny and the open kitchen is pretty cramped. Maybe it's the view ... who knows.

 

Cardamom lends fragrant twist to banana bread

Posted 6/22/2016 in Food

Banana bread is a time-tested American classic, perfect for making in advance for picnics, gifts and for using up ripe bananas. And given it's all-American status, it's a perfect way to start (or end) July 4th.

Chill out: Freezer pleasers that beat the heat

Posted 6/15/2016 in Food

It is officially hot. And muggy. Don't forget muggy. Area weather pundits have crossed the threshold, breaking the 100 degree barrier of heat indices in their sweltering forecasts. It's summertime in Mississippi, and the hunt is on for relief.

Cinnamon berry shortcake that isn't at all short on flavor

Posted 6/15/2016 in Food

Strawberry shortcake has always been a favorite dessert of mine -- it reminds me of the carefree days of summer at my grandparent's house, where we'd buy strawberries by the pound and eat them in just about everything.

Doughnut puffs make a childhood treat extra special

Posted 6/15/2016 in Food

When I was growing up, my father would take us to get fresh hot doughnuts from Krispy Kreme every Sunday.

Farro and raw asparagus make a hearty summer salad

Posted 6/15/2016 in Food

Farro is a hearty whole grain that may well become a staple in your kitchen, in everything from soups and casseroles to sides and salads.

All wrapped up: Summertime grills call for fast, foil pack dinners

Posted 6/8/2016 in Food

A short road trip I took into south Mississippi this past weekend included a stop at a popular national restaurant chain where foil-wrapped "campfire" meals are currently a featured special.

 

Anne's Kitchen: Bon appetit -- on the road

Posted 6/8/2016 in Food

I am most definitely not a restaurant critic, although my friends will tell you that I am a critic when we go out to eat.

 

 

An alphabet soup guide to confusing restaurant menu terms

Posted 6/8/2016 in Food

Okonomiyaki, anyone? A survey released Tuesday for the restaurant reservation site OpenTable showed that style of savory Japanese pancake is the No. 1 most befuddling term among 2,035 diners, with one in five saying they won't order something they don't understand on a menu.

 

Try a guilt-free dessert with a pear and chocolate crumble

Posted 6/8/2016 in Food

My four daughters all have a sweet tooth, and I blame genetics. I can sidestep French fries, chips and salty stuff pretty easily, but chocolate makes me drool.

A spicy turn on grilled cheese

Posted 6/8/2016 in Food

When it comes cooking, my father has never really strayed into the kitchen.

Fried pie lady: A market find, fresh from the cooker

Posted 6/1/2016 in Food

Saturday was a glorious morning to be at Columbus' Hitching Lot Farmers' Market. The rising sun in a cerulean sky promised a fine start to the long weekend as a milling crowd greeted one another and shopped up and down the shaded corridor of vendors.

 

Charity begins in the home garden: How to share your harvest

Posted 6/1/2016 in Food

Gardening can be especially rewarding when some of the harvest is given to charity. Contributing just-picked fruits and vegetables not only alleviates hunger but helps develop healthier eating habits.

 

Lamb kebabs is a dish inspired by New York City street food

Posted 6/1/2016 in Food

One of the great things about living in New York City is its wealth of street food, which provides us with easy access to dishes from the four corners of the earth.

Zingy picnic salad makes for a fast, healthy picnic lunch

Posted 6/1/2016 in Food

In our small hometown, Sunday evening's concert in the park is more than just a gathering of locals and tourists. It's how we mark the passage of time between May and September.

One of the best chicken dishes ever

Posted 6/1/2016 in Food

Oh, that first grilled meal of the season ... that's the real sign of spring, not some fickle groundhog.

Anne's Kitchen: Puree and freeze berries to savor for months to come

Posted 5/25/2016 in Food

Strawberry season seems so short in Mississippi. A warm spring is here and then, poof, it's too hot for the luscious red berries.

Potato salad, with a South Indian twist

Posted 5/25/2016 in Food

Picnicking has long been a tradition for my family, generations ago on the shores of the Arabian Sea, then on the banks of Nile.

A summer spin on the grilled cheese sandwich

Posted 5/25/2016 in Food

Several weeks ago when we rolled out the grill for the first time of the season, there was much joy. What to grill first? Ribs? Burgers? Pizza? So many choices.

 

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