One of the perks of my job is that when I go to interview farmers or home gardeners in the summer, I often come home with a load of fresh vegetables (and sometimes canned goods). Because we don’t have a lot of sun in our backyard, it’s hard for us to grow vegetables, so we […]

Southern ladies love a club. Not a club with flashing lights, pulsating music and fruity cocktails, but a club where they join other ladies who like to dress up, meet, gossip and do whatever it is ladies do in a club. Southern ladies reach a point in their lives when nature calls and they have […]

Charlie and I were reading the paper Sunday morning, passing different sections to one another as we finished them. Then we got to one of his favorite parts – the coupons. He likes to go through them and pull out ones he knows we’ll use: Hellman’s mayonnaise, French’s mustard, Heinz ketchup and Tide laundry detergent […]

The world is living off byproducts and off-cuts, and that’s a good thing. After three decades in the restaurant business, I find it easy to look back and notice trends and cycles in people’s eating habits. When we opened our first restaurant in 1987, poultry suppliers could almost give away chicken wings for free. What […]

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Melinda Bell of Tupelo and her aunt, Eddie Lou Ray of New Albany, enjoy burgers at Fat Luey's in downtown New Albany last week. In the background, Sarah Rector pours tea for Ed Leggett of New Albany and his son, Trey.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal NEW ALBANY – Melinda Bell and her aunt, Eddie Lou Ray, stopped in Fat Luey’s this past Thursday for a burger. “A friend of mine said it was the best hamburger in town and it is delicious,” said Bell of Tupelo, who was making her first trip to the restaurant. […]

On Mother’s Day, my husband and kids prepared a lovely brunch for my mother-in-law and me at our house. So when Father’s Day rolled around, I wanted to return the favor by preparing a nice breakfast for Charlie. I decided early last week that I’d make a quiche with bacon and Cheddar cheese, some blueberry […]

Last week I relived my youth on a small sand bar near a bend in the Chatooga River, just upwater from a treacherous series of class-five rapids. That might seem like a strange place for a South Mississippi boy to have a childhood flashback. The body of water that ran through the neighborhood of my […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD –, Yoknapatawpha Arts Council and Oxford Park Commission are combining efforts to offer monthly food classes. “I talk to so many people in the food industry, and I didn’t think that the classes offered in Oxford were what most people wanted,” said Liz Barrett. “Too many were attuned […]

Week before last, we got a hankering for some homemade lettuce wraps, but the only recipe I had ever used was three pages long and I wasn’t in the mood for all those steps. I got that recipe five or six years ago and it suddenly occurred to me that in that span of time, […]