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.
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.
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.
The reason cupcakes took the baking world by storm a few years ago is because, in short, they are awesome.
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 takes advantage of the wonderful melons that are abundant at this time of year.
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.
There is nothing better than an ear of simply steamed or grilled fresh corn in the late summer. Except for this Mexican Grilled Corn.
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?
Autumn might be the official season of the one-pot wonder.
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?
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.
Green beans can be -- well, I'll say it, boring.
Fabulous Food -- the kind that deserves upper-case F's -- doesn't have to be complicated.
Serving a couple of vegetables every night at dinner is a great strategy for families with picky-eaters.
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.
A few weeks ago I bought a case of second tomatoes for $9 at the Jasper, Alabama, farmers' market.
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.
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.
Summer squash reproduces so energetically that calling it prolific is understating the case.