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Italian squash bake brings Mediterranean flair to dinner

Posted 9/14/2016 in Food

This week's Italian squash bake is a true work horse.

Artfully good: Savories, sweets and artistic flair combine in a creative table

Posted 9/7/2016 in Food

Watching Shirley Catlett create a stylish reception table topped in burlap, colorful fabrics and artfully-arranged savories and sweets -- most of which she made herself -- one might have a hard time picturing her as a girl working on her daddy's cotton farm near the Missouri bootheel.


Anne's Kitchen: Get creative with school lunch

Posted 9/7/2016 in Food

When I was in elementary school, lunch was milk in a paper cone and holder from a really, really cold milk dispenser, and whatever the school lunch was for that day.


A little South in your mouth: Prime time for hot-weather okra, and delicious ways to prepare it

Posted 8/31/2016 in Food

Okra. Not Delta State's unofficial Fighting Okra mascot, not the trendy Okra Cookhouse restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona, or any of several bands that go by the name. Just okra, that vegetable that's close to being as Southern as sweet tea.

Carrot and quinoa mini-muffins are great snacks or breakfast

Posted 8/31/2016 in Food

The reason cupcakes took the baking world by storm a few years ago is because, in short, they are awesome.


Tomatoes do double duty in coconut rice

Posted 8/31/2016 in Food

When Labor Day swings around, it's the cue for a final summer food fling -- one last late-night barbeque and a fond farewell to the garden's seasonal bounty.


Watermelon and cantaloupe gazpacho is refreshing soup

Posted 8/31/2016 in Food

Watermelon and Cantaloupe Gazpacho takes advantage of the wonderful melons that are abundant at this time of year.

Anne's Kitchen: Anne Freeze talks tasty pies from beautiful eggplant and last tomatoes

Posted 8/24/2016 in Food

Peak tomato season seems to have come and gone, but I did buy some last week at the Hitching Lot Farmer's Market and they were good.

Peak season for Mexican Grilled Corn

Posted 8/24/2016 in Food

There is nothing better than an ear of simply steamed or grilled fresh corn in the late summer. Except for this Mexican Grilled Corn.

Use orange juice to tame the heat in this spicy dish

Posted 8/24/2016 in Food

Have you ever whipped up a spicy dish -- chili, for example -- and realized when it's too late that you somehow overdid it and added way too much of the hot stuff?

Lemon juice makes a chicken and potato bake into a breeze

Posted 8/24/2016 in Food

Autumn might be the official season of the one-pot wonder.

Olympic fuel: Ever wonder what it takes to feed a world of athletes?

Posted 8/17/2016 in Food

Our Olympic attention may be focused on disciplines like track and field, rhythmic gymnastics and basketball (or, in my case, equestrian) for the next several days, but have you paused to wonder how anyone goes about feeding 18,000 athletes, coaches and team staff from more than 200 diverse countries every day during the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro?

A Brazilian casserole for the Olympics

Posted 8/17/2016 in Food

As the world turns its attention to the host country of the Olympic Games, I'm reminded of a trip I took to Brazil 20 years ago with my friend, chef and cookbook author Christopher Idone.

Taking green bean salad up a notch

Posted 8/17/2016 in Food

Green beans can be -- well, I'll say it, boring.

Pastis creme puts lobster in a new light

Posted 8/17/2016 in Food

Fabulous Food -- the kind that deserves upper-case F's -- doesn't have to be complicated.

Carrots go from boring to zesty after a visit to Morocco

Posted 8/17/2016 in Food

Serving a couple of vegetables every night at dinner is a great strategy for families with picky-eaters.

Popcorn goes gourmet: A love for kids inspires a popcorn enterprise

Posted 8/10/2016 in Food

It was just about a decade ago that Marjorie and Earl Willis of Flint, Michigan, were vacationing on the east coast. A side trip to Mississippi to visit an acquaintance altered their life plan.


Anne's Kitchen: Oh, the things you can make

Posted 8/10/2016 in Food

A few weeks ago I bought a case of second tomatoes for $9 at the Jasper, Alabama, farmers' market.


Summertime herbs make versatile herbed yogurt cheese

Posted 8/10/2016 in Food

If there's ever a time when you can have too much of a good thing, it might be right now, when fresh summertime herbs are beyond abundant.

Tomatoes are the stars of this chilled BLT soup

Posted 8/3/2016 in Food

Everyone knows Joyce Kilmer's love song to trees -- "I think that I shall never see/ A poem lovely as a tree." That's the way I feel about tomatoes.


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