On Cooking Southern: Celebrate National Biscuit Month

On Cooking Southern: Celebrate National Biscuit Month

Flo’s buttermilk cheese biscuits. By Laurie Triplette ldtriplette@aol.com Southernism of the Week: Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit: An expression of surprise and incredulity about something good that’s happened. Like shut my mouth or paint me green and call me a cucumber … or slap me with bread and call me a…

September 15, 2014 with 0 Comments
Taste of Home in Oxford: Ole Miss vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

Taste of Home in Oxford: Ole Miss vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

Every once a while, even I need to take a break from writing football analysis to share the other side of SEC football — tailgating and traditions. No one will argue that Ole Miss wins this competition each year. There’s something about life outside the press box or on the field that I miss. While I […]

September 12, 2014 with 0 Comments
Jim Stark, Ole Miss Grad, Cooks Off Tonight On Food Fighters Show

Jim Stark, Ole Miss Grad, Cooks Off Tonight On Food Fighters Show

Jim Stark, an Ole Miss grad from Greenville, will cook off against an unknown celebrity chef tonight on NBC’s Food Fighters show. Stark, 58, now lives in California, but he says he got involved in the show on a lark. “It was a fluke, really,” he said. “I went on th NBC website and they […]

September 9, 2014 with 3 Comments
Caramel Factory: Made in Mississippi and Sweeter For It

Caramel Factory: Made in Mississippi and Sweeter For It

Less than an hour west of Oxford is a sweets shop in Batesville: Caramel Factory. The store-front is adorned with bright colors of baked candies, locally-made preserves and spreads and cheerful aprons around the store’s centerpiece: a caramel cake. The store hummed with the sound of five mixers stirring in the back, visible from the…

September 5, 2014 with 0 Comments
5 Things That Make Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken Unique

5 Things That Make Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken Unique

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken started in a little shack in the small town of Mason, Tennessee. Since it’s opening almost 60 years ago, Gus’s has expanded to locations in Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. Gus’s newest location? Oxford. But what is it that makes Gus’s Fried Chicken so unique? 1. The Secret Family…

September 4, 2014 with 0 Comments
On Cooking Southern: Catfish Configurations

On Cooking Southern: Catfish Configurations

By Laurie Triplette ldtriplette@aol.com Southernism of the Week: He’s been catfished: This recent expression refers to someone who’s been emotionally duped on the internet by another person. Think Manti Te’o of Notre Dame… Not to be mistaken for the delectable aquatic species we consume regularly across the South, a catfish is a…

September 4, 2014 with 0 Comments
4 Reasons to Experience Oxford’s Growler on Opening Night

4 Reasons to Experience Oxford’s Growler on Opening Night

“Beer to go, why not?” said Anthony Bond, innovator of The Growler, Oxford’s newest craft beer haven. Located near High Point Coffee on the Square, the venue will offer 30 craft beers on tap – 16 of which are brewed in Mississippi. Bond hopes to offer students a place to study, in addition to creating […]

September 4, 2014 with 1 Comment
3 “Must Eat” Breakfast Spots in Oxford

3 “Must Eat” Breakfast Spots in Oxford

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and here in Oxford there are a wide variety of quality breakfast options that will satisfy your hunger. With so many good choices, it may be difficult to decide where to go. To help you out, here are three places to put on your breakfast bucket […]

September 3, 2014 with 1 Comment
Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken Now Open

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken Now Open

A serious craving has been developing among Oxonians since around April, when it was announced Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken would be opening a restaurant in Oxford, next to Soulshine Pizza on South Lamar. Curious passerby have monitored the progress as best they could as renovation of the building has progressed, all licking…

September 1, 2014 with 0 Comments
The Astrology of Wine: Your House or Mine?

The Astrology of Wine: Your House or Mine?

Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from author John Hailman’s book ‘The Search for Good Wine’ which will be available for purchase October 2014 from the University of Mississippi Press. This particular chapter was written on July 9, 1989. Do you believe in astrology? I never have, but in an effort to leave no stone […]

August 26, 2014 with 1 Comment
Starbucks Opens Jackson Avenue Location, Satisfies Coffee Lovers

Starbucks Opens Jackson Avenue Location, Satisfies Coffee Lovers

After spending more than a year working as a reporter in small-town southwest Mississippi, I made my triumphant return to Oxford about a week ago. As an Ole Miss alum, nothing is more thrilling than returning to God’s Country on the brink of what should be a stellar football season, with students milling about and […]

August 25, 2014 with 0 Comments
Lotts and Other UM Alums Bring Salsarita’s to Oxford

Lotts and Other UM Alums Bring Salsarita’s to Oxford

Several years ago, Trent Lott and son Chet had their radar up for potential business ventures, and in early 2015, Oxonians finally will get a taste of the fresh Mexican food concept they fell in love with. The Oxford location of Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina will be part of Highland Court, an upscale retail complex on […]

August 25, 2014 with 1 Comment