About this time last year, my husband and I did a lot of Asian cooking at home. So we started stocking the fridge with fresh ginger and scallions, and sesame oil, rice vinegar, chili paste and basmati were always in the cabinet. On Sunday, as we were returning from a weekend trip to Birmingham, we […]

“One thing I like about Argentina, they only cook with salt; that’s it.” – Robert Duvall ––––– A frequent question I receive when an interview begins to wind down is, “What is your favorite spice or seasoning?” Occasionally the question is modified by asking, “If you could only live with one spice or seasoning, what […]

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KOK and Neon Pig chef/owner Mitch McCarney sources everything local in his restaurants, from cows and pigs to fruits and vegetables to charcuterie boards and pottery.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Mitch McCamey says he’s just doing his duty. As chef/owner of KOK and Neon Pig in Tupelo, the young restaurateur says it’s his responsibility as a craftsman to source locally at his businesses. “I learned from Chris Hastings to source local,” said McCamey, referring to the Alabama chef […]

OK, so you’ve looked to the bottom of this column and seen the title of the recipe and you’re thinking, “Nope, not me.” But just hear me out. I had never had endive either until I purchased it a couple of weeks ago at Kroger. It’s stocked with the other lettuces and runs about a […]

Misconceptions abound in the culinary world. There is a strange phenomenon that occurs when I am eating in a burger joint, pizza parlor or dive bar. People who recognize me often walk over and say, “What are you doing here?” These are obviously people who don’t know me very well because my good friends know […]

One of my favorite Christmas gifts in 2014 was Ina Garten’s new cookbook, “Make it Ahead.” I’ve already made three dishes out of it and we’re just a week into the new year. When I suggested to my husband, Charlie, that we make this recipe for Peas and Pancetta from the book, his reaction was, […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – The Friends of the Lee County Library have been planning a dinner party, and everyone’s invited. The event, A Novel Affair, will feature a pair of Mississippi artists as special guests. Wyatt Waters works in watercolor, and Robert St. John works in food. “We’re going to have […]

Mark Twain once said the coldest winter he ever spent was a summer he spent in San Francisco. I have spent a few frigid summer nights in the City by the Bay and it is certainly cold. I have walked head first against the winter wind on Michigan Avenue as the bitter air blew off […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal Oxford Bureau OXFORD – Oxford Restaurant Week will aim both to raise funds for food charities and to promote eating out during a traditionally slow time. The event runs Jan. 25-31. “We are thrilled about the second Oxford Restaurant Week presented by Sysco and think January is a great time […]