Recreating restaurant favorites

By LISA IRELAND,

When my kids were little, we made a special treat whenever a jar of pickles was finished. We saved the juice, cut up a couple of chicken breasts or tenders, and marinated them in the pickle juice overnight. The next day, we would dredge the chicken pieces in some well-seasoned flour and pan fry or deep fry them in hot oil.




It’s all about the stock

By LISA IRELAND,

It is January and our Mississippi temperatures are finally dropping (a little). I start craving soup when it’s chilly outside. After the first leaves fall, I get out my crockpot and start making soup. It is my comfort food of choice! Give me a bowl of soup, add in some bread or crackers, and I consider it a perfect winter meal.




Christmas Dinner

By LISA IRELAND,

Christmas is a magical time of the year and I love to entertain family and friends as much as possible during the holiday season. I love to cook special treats and I enjoy the non-stop parade of people through my door. For many years, we have hosted a big Christmas Eve dinner for my husband’s family and many friends.




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Two area high schools have started what will be an annual competition to raise money for waterfowl conservation.