Lettuce Get Excited About Kids Harvesting Their Own School Produce!!

Written by Donna Loden On a beautiful spring-turning-into-summer day, Joyner Elementary second graders waited expectantly, and a bit impatiently, in the Discovery Garden. For weeks they had watched the lettuce they had planted, slowly and then quickly, shoot up through the damp, dark earth… green-purply leaves unfurling to reach toward the sun. Like firefighters on…

Classic Chicken Salad

Written by Lauren McElwain (1cookingchick.wordpress.com) What comes to mind when you think of spring and summer in the South?  I think of iced tea, flip flops, mosquitoes, the sound of screen doors opening and closing and heat! Oh the heat! Southern chefs need go-to cool and refreshing dishes to serve with lemonade for lunches on…

Curry Mussel Pie

Written by Lauren McElwain Last summer when we visited Bermuda, we took a small boat, called a Boston Whaler, out to explore secluded beaches and small islands.  We saw beautiful sights on our adventure and even snorkeled in a ship wreck.  Trip Advisor had recommended picking up snacks for the excursion from a gas station…

Aldi Gourmet

Written by Lauren McElwain If you have several folks in your home, then you know how expensive grocery shopping can be…as well as how hard it gets to come up with ideas for weeknight meals when you’re just burnt out on all those same old recipe staples.  There are many joys and savings to be discovered…

CFL: Cooking as a First Language

Written by Lauren McElwain     CFL is a group of people in Tupelo, MS, who are inspired by how food and cooking can break down barriers, bring people together and create a sense of community that might not have formed through any other means.  Anyone can participate!  Many international families have made this small…

Invitation Magazine and Tupelo Bloggers: A Partnership

Written by Lauren McElwain and Emily Welly The Glossies! That’s what my husband and I call the beautiful, local magazine publications that are available to showcase all that is unique, fun and appealing in North Mississippi. Invitation Tupelo and Invitation Oxford are highly respected glossies around here. I always get excited when I see a…

Sweet and Savory Pasta Salad

Written by Lauren McElwain (1cookingchick.blogspot.com) One of my favorite Birmingham restaurants is Chez Lulu. The next time you’re there, check out this fabulous little French cafe! The last time I went, I ordered the pasta of the day.  It was an unexpected blend of flavors that were delicious together.  Figs, carrots, almonds, cilantro and a…

Tomato Pie

Written by Amber Buckley All children of the South have stories about their first experiences with summer tomatoes. I remember sitting at my Maw Maw’s table, her white, freshly starched tablecloth draped over, her blue willow china plates supporting the weight of freshly sliced garden tomatoes sprinkled with salt and pepper. “You’ll never taste anything…

Dulce de Leche

Written by Lauren McElwain (1cookingchick.blogspot.com) I am really bad at baking.  I’ve compared the aesthetics of my chocolate chip cookies to some sort of post-apocalyptic dystopian creature.  In other words, when I try to create lovely cookies, I fail miserably.  So what to do?  Grab a friend that’s good at baking and make her help…