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Taking something to the party?

Posted earlier today in Food

'Twas two weeks 'til Christmas and all through the land, spirits were high and parties were being planned. Bad poetry aside, chances are you have a gathering ahead. It may be a company do, a neighborhood open house, or a more intimate evening with friends or family. Whether you're hosting or simply contributing one goodie to the spread, the holidays inspire us to try to make it special.

Pretty holiday cookies that don't taste like cardboard

Posted earlier today in Food

Making holiday cookies -- the rolled, cutout, and glazed butter-cookie variety -- is everyone's favorite December activity. Unfortunately, these cookies either look good but taste like cardboard or have buttery, rich flavor but lack visual appeal.

Create a bread that's not too sweet, yeasty and a tad boozy

Posted earlier today in Food

Kugelhopf is a festive, crown-shaped yeasted bread traditionally baked in a heavy earthenware mold. One legend suggests it originated in an Alsatian village, when the Three Kings presented it to a local baker named Kugel, who had hosted them.

When it comes to pot roast, keeping it simple is the best

Posted earlier today in Food

When it comes to pot roast, keeping it simple is sometimes best. We started with a chuck-eye roast, a well-marbled cut that is great for braising. Splitting the roast in two allowed us to trim excess fat and cut down on cooking time.

Rock Sanders: Life in the fast lane

Posted 12/8/2018 in Community

Rock Sanders takes life at a pretty fast clip. Sometimes at more than 150 mph. Achieved in 4.60 seconds, within an eighth of a mile. And he's very good at it.

Area tennis program celebrates refurbished courts

Posted 12/8/2018 in Community

Six newly-resurfaced tennis courts in east Columbus are giving the Golden Triangle Tennis program reason to celebrate.

Town & Tower Club presents community service awards

Posted 12/8/2018 in Community

The Town & Tower Club presented the annual awards for outstanding service at its annual holiday luncheon held Thursday at Mississippi University for Women.

Carlos the camel in Montana has a Mississippi connection

Posted 12/8/2018 in Community

Carlos lets out a long, low-pitched protest moan -- sounding suspiciously like Chewbacca in the "Star Wars" movies -- as Jim Watson says "sook sook" and gently pulls the enormous camel's head and halter downward.

In the garden with Felder: Take time to savor the season

Posted 12/8/2018 in Columns

I appreciate all seasons, but the relaxed Mississippi autumn brings out a joyous if wistful rush in me.

 

Playing in the dirt: Protect the plants and 'feed' the tree

Posted 12/8/2018 in Columns

You may recall that I mentioned at this time last year that there are 400-plus varieties of holly. But would you believe it's hard to find some when you want some?

 

 

Out There for the week of December 9, 2018

Posted 12/8/2018 in Entertainment

 

 

Community Calendar for the week of December 9, 2018

Posted 12/8/2018 in Entertainment

 

Shackouls Honors College celebrates 50 years of honors education

Posted 12/8/2018 in Community

Mississippi State's Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College is celebrating 50 years of the university's honors program supporting some of the nation's best and brightest students in their pursuit of educational excellence.

 

Cage-free unit for hens is added to MSU poultry department

Posted 12/8/2018 in Community

A new poultry research facility at Mississippi State University is addressing the growing consumer and corporate demands for cage-free eggs.

 

Southern Gardening: Select, care well for Christmas poinsettias

Posted 12/8/2018 in Columns

It's that time of year again for shopping, eating, delivery trucks and poinsettias. Yep -- it's the Christmas season.

 

Participants needed for unique UA autism study

Posted 12/8/2018 in Community

University of Alabama researchers are seeking youth participants for a theater-based autism spectrum disorder study cohort to begin in January 2019.

 

 

Worth the drive: Rainwater explores 'The Christmas Star' in free program Friday

Posted 12/8/2018 in Entertainment

Rainwater Observatory in French Camp Mississippi offers a free public program for the holiday season at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. "The Christmas Star," presented by Rainwater Observatory Director Edwin Faughn, is sponsored by 4-County Electric Power Association.

 

 

School news: Phi Kappa Phi inductees

Posted 12/8/2018 in Community

 

Gingerbread gets elegant: Elevate gingerbread to a pretty layer cake for the holidays

Posted 12/5/2018 in Food

Good gingerbread is dark and moist, with an intriguing hint of bitterness and a peppery finish.

Crinkle cookies look pretty but can they taste better?

Posted 12/5/2018 in Food

Rolled in powdered sugar before baking, chocolate crinkle cookies (often called earthquakes) feature chocolaty fissures that break through the bright white surface during baking. While striking in appearance, these cookies often fall short on taste.

 

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