TUPELO • Rob and Leeann Lesley just keep growing their food empire.
OXFORD – The year after Ruth Ann and Don Locke married – they’ll celebrate 51 years together on Monday – they both gained about 15 pounds.
One of my favorite Christmas memories is the way the kitchen smelled when Mama made gingerbread. That mixture of warm spices signaled the start of the holiday season in our home.
For years, my husband and I were members of the Midtown Suppah Club in Amory. We didn’t meet every month, but when we got together, we always had a blast.
TUPELO – Michael Eidt says when you grow up around good food, you learn to love good food. His mother has been a caterer in Natchez for 49 years and his sister did some catering in Germantown.
Just about every year, we try a new recipe for the Thanksgiving table. One year it was squash tartlets, another year it was braised collard greens.
TUPELO • Dorothy Shannon was born in a house on north Joyner Avenue in Tupelo that’s been through two tornadoes and is still standing.
My husband and I splurged on beef fillets Saturday night and I wanted a nice side dish to complement them. Because we were also having small baked potatoes, I wanted a non-starchy green vegetable.
It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and most of us already have our menus planned, groceries bought and pies and cakes baked and ready to be sliced. Now it’s time for us to put our feet up and relax a little bit with some Turkey Day trivia.
TUPELO • After Forklift opened two years ago, it got the reputation of being a special occasion restaurant with an expensive menu where you went for birthdays and anniversaries.
TUPELO – In 1997, Maribeth Kirkpatrick started putting together a homemade cookbook. She’d clip recipes from magazines or newspapers and collect handwritten ones from family and friends and put them in clear plastic sleeves in a thin notebook.
TUPELO • Early Monday morning, 10 volunteers gathered at the Salvation Army on Carnation Street to prepare 50 steam pans of green bean casseroles for next week’s annual Thanksgiving dinner.
When grocery shopping one day a couple of months ago, I came across a great deal on a pack of small boneless pork chops. After I got home, I wrapped each piece individually with plastic wrap and put them in a large ziptop bag in the freezer.
I bought a 9-ounce roll of Mexican chorizo sausage a couple of weeks ago when I was making shrimp and grits. I used about half of it and stored the rest.
Last week, my husband and I spent our vacation in a cabin at Tishomingo State Park. It’s a favorite spot of ours and, with two stone fireplaces, the perfect place for roaring fires on cool autumn nights.
BELDEN • When Christy Scheuer was growing up, and her classmates were headed to Disney World in the summer, Scheuer was headed somewhere else.
Looking for an alternative lunch spot today? Check out one of several food trucks/trailers around Tupelo. We'll update this list as we know locations and specials.
TUPELO • If you’re planning to participate in Friday’s Chilifest contest in downtown Tupelo, look out. The woman whose chili has placed first or second the last four years will be back in action.
The event will begin at 7 a.m. in the fellowship hall with sausage biscuits for breakfast, followed by hamburger plates a little later for lunch. But all morning you can purchase fresh and frozen baked goods, casseroles and soups, cakes, pies, candies and homemade breads.
CORINTH – Rhonda Allred puttered in the kitchen a little bit with her mother when she was growing up in Booneville, but it was only after she got her first apartment that she really began cooking.
I mentioned in this space a few weeks ago that I had recently spent a long weekend with the Parsons girl cousins in Tennessee. We each took casseroles, cakes and snacks to share with one another at our reunion.
MANTACHIE • In 1998, Jerry Dees was looking for something different to do. He’d worked in the furniture industry for years and he’d spent some time in the food business with grocery stores.
TUPELO • Liz Laughlin and her husband, Ron, moved to Tupelo from San Angelo, Texas, in 2014, but she still considers herself a Louisiana girl.
NEW ALBANY • A couple of years ago, four professionals in New Albany decided the small town needed an upscale restaurant downtown where they could entertain clients and friends.
Last weekend, I cooked an eye-of-round roast one day and Charlie smoked a Boston butt the next, so we had plenty of leftovers for the first few days of the week.
TUPELO – Today's Cook of the Week, Darlene Reed, is a die-hard Mississippi State fan. She and her husband have season football tickets, but they don't use them.
MOOREVILLE – For 25 years, Darlene Reed taught reading and language arts to fourth-graders at Mantachie. She retired in 2017.
TUPELO – When Nell Sandroni married into an Italian family, she realized quickly she was going to have to up her cooking game.
My daughter, Mary, and her sweetie just got back from a weeklong trip to Mexico. Periodically, she sent us photos of some of the amazing food they ate, from huge platters of beautifully arranged fruit for breakfast to mole madre for dinner.
One of my favorite summer salads is a Caprese salad, which is a simple Italian salad made with tomatoes, fresh Mozzarella and basil that’s dressed with a little olive oil and a balsamic glaze.
RIPLEY – At 87, Kathleen Stubbs shows no signs of slowing down. She keeps her own house – five bedrooms and three baths – is a full-time caregiver to her daughter and still manages to cook a feast for her family every Sunday.
My son, Patrick, ate supper at a friend’s home the other night and he raved about the meal. One side dish he mentioned that intrigued me was fried squash with brown sugar.