As I travelled the magnificent island of Greece, I have stumbled upon many rumors about a special kind of honey which supposedly has amazing healing abilities. There are a lot of anthropologists that speak about how the native people around the world have always cherished honey for its natural healing   Read More ...

They’re the color of the season that’s about to arrive rich, golden orange of autumn. They’ve been around forever, so long that cooks often forget the special treats that can come from sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes so what’s so special? According to a lot of nutritionists and the Mississippi Sweet   Read More ...

Originally called the “batata” in the Caribbean, the sweet potato is a natural American plant mentioned by Columbus in the records of one of his voyages. The many varieties of sweet potatoes are usually found in warm, sunny climates. Sometimes the richly colored orange varieties with the red-brown skins are   Read More ...

The potato is probably the most important as well as the largest food crop in the world. Having originated in the Andean region of South America, the potato was first taken to Europe in the mid-1500s. Early Irish immigrants introduced the potato to New England in 1719, but cultivation was   Read More ...

It happens twice a year. That’s the low-country shrimp boil and fish fry, complete with live bluegrass music at Lake Mitchell Marina and Grill. On the Sunday before Memorial Day and the Sunday before Labor Day, owner-chef Jonathan Langston puts on this informal, fun event. The Memorial Day bash is   Read More ...

CULLMAN — There’s no slick advertising to entice a shopper to Smith Farms Country Meats, about seven miles east of town on U.S. 278. Since 1955, however, a steady stream of customers has found the one-story building where they have bought smoked hams and bacon and homemade sausages. Word of   Read More ...

Sweet oranges have been cultivated for thousands of years. Originally from China, the sweet orange traveled the trade routes to the Middle East, Northern Africa, the Mediterranean, Europe and the Americas. In 16th century Europe, special greenhouses or orangeries were status symbols. Blood oranges range from tart to very sweet.   Read More ...

“Wouldn’t an Irish coffee taste good right now?” There was much agreement. It was about 12:30 a.m., and we were leaving the office, headed into wind and temperatures headed toward 30 degrees. “Where’s the best place to get one?” a colleague asked. The Buena Vista in San Francisco was out   Read More ...

I read an announcement in the paper today that a new restaurant was opening in town that would specialize in “down-home cooking.” This is a phrase you hear often in the South — it means country cooking or soul cooking. I see places like this a lot in the small   Read More ...

It happens about this time every year. The school year is scarcely under way, and already you are convinced that if you have to make (and your children have to eat) one more peanut butter and jelly sandwich you will all go completely berserk. This is when you know you   Read More ...

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