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Four Weeks of Cooking Classes

20 Feb

cooking classes at UM

Several people have emailed recently asking about local cooking classes.

Yesterday I found out about one being offered inside Lenoir Hall (Kitchen 111) starting on February 27. Perfect timing!

The University of Mississippi is offering a 4-Week Healthy Cooking Class, taught by Mary Roseman, PhD, RD and Margaret Wright, dietetic student teaching assistant.

The classes will be held Wednesdays from 5:15 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Cost is $125/pp and includes all food and supplies.

All those interested must register by Friday, February 22 via email to


Kids Invited to Meet Chef Dough Dough

24 Jul

As part of the free Summer Children’s Series at Baptist HealthPlex, local children are invited to meet with Chef Dough Dough this Thursday, July 26, and participate in pizza making and a mini Zumba class. Chef Dough Dough is Dolores Grisanti Katsotis (of the Memphis Grisanti’s). She recently wrote a children’s book, Chef Dough Dough and the Giant Purple Grapes, in response to the childhood obesity epidemic in America and the correlation between processed foods and cancer.

According to community relations coordinator Clayton Kelly, the event will start off with Chef Dough Dough meeting with children, and reading her book. After the reading, Chef Dough Dough will have a short health discussion with the kids (making better food choices, what obesity is, etc.).  After the discussion, the children will learn how to make English muffin pizzas.  While the pizzas are baking next door at Panini, Chef Dough Dough will join the kids in a mini Zumba class. When they’re done, they’ll make fruit skewers and eat their mini pizzas (all children will receive chef hats and plastic pizza cutters to take home).

There will be two classes, the first from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the second from 12:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

To find out more and to register for this free class, contact Clayton Kelly at 662-232-8109 or


Studio Whimzy Oxford Series

29 May

The five-week Z Event Oxford Series offered through Studio Whimzy started tonight. These step-by-step painting events invite artists to create their own masterpiece in just one night! The events include a selection of food provided by My Michelle’s featuring Nations’ Best Catering.

$50 Per Artist/Event (includes all art supplies and menu for the night)
$225 for Entire Series

Z Event Art Subject Schedule

Oxford’s Phone Booth – May 29th
The Oxford Square – June 5th
Oxford’s Courthouse Clock – June 12th
Oxford’s Double Decker Bus – June 19th
NEW! Faulkner’s Bench – June 26th

All Z Events will be held at 6:00 p.m. at Studio Whimzy’s new location at 807 College Hill Road (Old Fluff and Fold next to Sky Mart)

Reserve your seat at 662-236-1512 or

Free Lunch and Computer Help Tuesday, February 28

23 Feb

On Tuesday, February 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce at 299 Jackson Avenue West, the L.O.U. Entrepreneurial Alliance will present an educational workshop: TECHknowledge by CambinoTech

Admission is free and lunch is provided by My Michelle’s/Nations Best.

TECHknowledge is an open forum discussion for anyone with questions about computers or technology. Bring your questions regarding computers, software, printers, smartphones, and anything related to electronics. The event will be hosted by Cameron Wilson, a certified computer technician with CambinoTech, who will answer any and all questions regarding information technology, whether the topic is Microsoft or Apple-related. Questions are FREE.

RSVP to Samantha Pepper at by Friday, February 24.

This event is sponsored by The Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation and The Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce.

Entrepreneurial Workshop Tuesday, January 24th

18 Jan

Interested in the restaurant industry?

The L.O.U. Entrepreneurial Alliance is hosting a free workshop, Entrepreneurial Successes and Opportunities in the Food Industry, on Tuesday, January 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at FNC Inc. at 1214 Office Park Drive.

RSVP to Christy Knapp at before January 20, and attend to hear advice from Dr. Don Newcomb, founder of Newk’s and McAlister’s Deli; John T. Edge, director of the Southern Foodways Alliance; and Elizabeth Heiskell, owner/operator of Woodson Ridge Farms and director of Viking Cooking School.

Canning Workshop Monday, July 25th

23 Jul

The Oxford Community Garden Association and the Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management at the School of Applied Sciences are holding a Hands-On Summer Canning Workshop Monday, July 25, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Kerry O’Donoghue of Poultry in Motion Farm in Water Valley (you probably know her from the Taylor Farmer’s Market) will lead a group of 24 workshop participants through the processes of making pickled cucumbers and pickled vegetables. You will walk in with fresh vegetables, and walk out with pickled vegetables! This is a fascinating and useful topic, and a great way to preserve the produce being grown on your plot!

Since space in the teaching kitchen is limited, reservations are requested. Sign up for this workshop here.

The workshop is free, but donations of $5.00 to cover supplies are apprecated. The workshop will be providing canning jars, vinegar, spices, sugar, salt, etc. They are hoping to cover their costs with your donations.

5:30 p.m. Review recipes and schedule with participants as jars sanitize
5:45 p.m. Cucumber Pickle Recipe
6:15 p.m. Pickled Vegetable Recipe
6:45 p.m. Clean-up; Additional Q&A — Ask for tips your particular vegetables

4-5 small, or 2 large cucumbers
0.5-1.0lbs of a pickle-able vegetable from your garden (for example, okra, broccoli or cauliflower flowerets, carrot in 1″ pieces, 1″ cubed, unpeeled cucumber or zucchini chunks, red or green bell pepper in 1″ squares, onions cut in wedges, green beans, radishes, green tomatoes or pre-roasted beets.) You need enough to fit a pint-size jar.

Because you’ll be handling hot liquids, wear closed-toe shoes, long pants or skirts, and hair ties for long hair.

Lenoir Hall
127 Sorority Row
Oxford, MS

Contact Anne McCauley ( or Walter Flaschka ( for more information.

An Experiment in Hospitality

24 Jun

shrimp and scallop skewer over lemon couscous

Lenoir Dining, the Ole Miss student-operated restaurant, is back in the swing of things, serving up lunch and dinner on Tuesdays and lunch only on Thursdays. The menu changes every week, so you always have a new experience.

Students and faculty of Ole Miss pay $7.50 for beverage, salad, entree and dessert. Those not associated with the school pay only a few dollars more.

It’s a great way to try something new and help students learn the hospitality industry while you’re at it.

Find more details on the Lenoir Dining website here and see the original post from last year here.

caesar salad

butter cake



New Lunch Specials and Events at My Michelle’s

12 Jun

My Michelle’s featuring Nations’ Best at 1308 North Lamar has been busy planning all sorts of new things for the summertime.

Lunch specials are now being offered box-lunch style and include a side salad, fresh fruit, baked chips or black-eyed pea relish. This week’s choices are Mediterranean tuna wrap, light chicken salad sandwich, light chicken salad salad, and chicken caprese pasta salad. For more information, or to place an order for pickup, call 662-236-1512.

Upcoming events at My Michelle’s featuring Nations’ Best are also on the calendar for June and include:

Tuesday, June 21, 6:00 p.m. “Lighten Up” Cooking Class ($50/pp)– This two-hour cooking demo is open to the first 15 registrants, who will build an Italian-inspired meal coupled with complimentary wine. During the cooking class, a small nutrition discussion will be provided by Rebel Body Fitness. Chef Michelle Rounsaville will guide participants through cooking a healthy, flavorful meal with Italian zest that they can make on their own. For reservations call 662-236-1512 or email by Friday, June 17.

Wednesday, June 29, 10:30 a.m. Kid’s Pizza Party with Nancy and Michelle ($50/per child)— Kid’s aged 4 to 10 will learn basic ingredients and techniques for making a fresh, healthy homemade pizza.  Each child will be able to choose from a variety of ingredients and create their own large homemade pizza.  They will be able to take it home with cooking instructions for dinner that night or they can put it in the freezer for later.

Wednesday, June 29, 6:00 p.m., Studio Whimzy Paint Party with appetizers provided by My Michelle’s and Nations’ Best ($40/pp) — Studio Whimzy is a painting party that caters to every age and a broad range of abilities. Step-by-step instructions are used to guide each individual toward creating their very own masterpiece.

Contact Michelle for information on any of the above events at 662-236-1512 or

UPDATE 7/7/11: The June events went so well, there are more scheduled for July.

July 12 – Kid’s Crafts Corner

July 13 – Kid’s Cooking Corner

Contact Michelle for information on any of the above events at 662-236-1512 or

Vegetarian Curious?

3 Feb

There has been a lot of talk in the media lately about vegetarianism and its benefits to both your health and the planet. Because of this, over the past few years and increasingly so during the last year, a whole new breed of vegetarians have cropped up:

  • flexitarians – mostly vegetarian but eat meat occasionally
  • pescetarians – eat fish but no other meat
  • pollotarians –  eat only chicken
  • social carnivores – a fairly new term for those who only eat meat at social gatherings (i.e., holidays, parties)
  • vegans – the strictest of all vegetarians, exclude the use of animals for food, clothing or any purpose

Whether you’re a full-fledged vegetarian or vegan, fall into one of the hybrid categories above or are just curious about the topic in general, a new vegetarian organization has been formed at Ole Miss to help you further explore your options. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 9, and full details can be found below.

Meeting announcement sent from Megan Shannon (, 662-915-6656)

“The next meeting of the University of Mississippi student vegetarian organization is Tuesday, February 9th, at 5:00pm in Deupree Hall 131.  In addition to discussing how and why to explore vegetarianism, we’ll talk about planning for the following events:

1.  Vegan Bake sale, Monday, March 1
2.  Planning for a monthly vegetarian lunch and speaker series, co-sponsored with SGC
3.  A screening of Food Inc in February or March
4.  A monthly vegetarian potluck with SGC”

Do I Smell Bread Baking?

13 Jan

Have you ever bought a loaf of bread from Honey Bee Bakery or one of the local stores that carry it such as the Farmer’s Market on N. Lamar? Have you ever wondered how difficult it would be to make your own bread at home?

Honey Bee Bakery is now offering a class at the Ole Miss Division of Outreach  and Continuing Education titled Artisan Breads: Introduction to Bread Making by Hand

In the class, you’ll learn to make artisan breads such as rustic style European breads, sprouted whole grain breads and soft, buttery dinner rolls. Skills covered will include:

  • creating yeast doughs
  • kneading and shaping loaves
  • decorating and baking loaves

A one-time $95 fee covers all three classes and includes the ingredients and tools needed to make the breads, printed recipes and the fruit of your labor. Enrollment is limited to 10 people and will be taken on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Instructor: Shannon Adams
Date: January 26, 27, & 28
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Honey Bee Bakery, 2305 W. Jackson Ave. Suite 202
Fee: $95

If you’re interested in this class you can register at: Ole Miss Division of Outreach  and Continuing Education (While on the site, check out other classes offered for foodies as well, such as Restaurant Dessert 101, Italian Cooking, Cake Decorating, Chinese Cuisine and more.)

Contact Leteria McDonald McGee at or (662) 915-1299 for more information.

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