by: Julie Robinson
Throughout this year I have written solely about my opinions and tastes and while I consider my opinions as above reproach I thought it would be a good idea to let you read the opinions of some promising seniors at Oak Grove. I interviewed seniors about their favorite restaurants, but it wouldn’t be my column if I didn’t first tell you what my favorite restaurant in Hattiesburg is. I love almost all food and most restaurants in Hattiesburg, but my absolute favorite place to eat is Crescent City. You just can’t get better than crab cakes and bread pudding. It looks like Oak Grove’s senior class has some excellent opinions on restaurants…
”My favorite restaurant is Outback because the cheese fries are to die for. If the world were ending, and I could have one last meal from one last restaurant, I’d choose Outback.” – Madison Bourne, senior
“I love McAlister’s because I can order a kid’s pita pizza and a Reuben for under ten dollars. Plus, it’s a great way to stay in shape.” - Jay Lang, senior
“Baker’s Burgers have unique burgers, and I can choose whatever condiments I would like. They also have great service.” - Lace Clark, senior
“I love Popeye’s because I just like chicken. It’s tasty. Sometimes they give you free drinks!” - Shawn Anderson, senior
“Super King because they have some of the finest lean mean Asian cuisine ever.” - Trest Underwood, senior
“My favorite restaurant is Raising Cane’s because I get to make up my name whenever I go there. I get to be a new person every time I walk into Cane’s.” - Brooks Becton, senior
“I love Qdoba. Who doesn’t like authentic Mexican food in a super Indie environment?” - Jacob Nelson, senior
by: Julie Robinson
There are many things we don’t have in Hattiesburg. We complain about not having an H&M, a P.F. Changs, or a mini golf course, but one thing Hattiesburg is not in short supply of is Mexican restaurants. I’ve begun to wonder which Mexican restaurant is the best in Hattiesburg. For my wallet’s sake, I chose to compare only two of my favorite restaurants, and I found that all Mexican restaurants are not created equal. There are a few things that people always get at Mexican restaurants. We love cheese dip, quesadillas, and enchiladas. My personal favorite things to order at Mexican restaurants are chimichangas. Since that reference to chimichangas in Napoleon Dynamite, I haven’t ordered anything but chimichangas at Mexican restaurants, and life’s been good. Anyway, I decided to compare the prices of these foods at Papito’s and at Rio Grande to see which restaurant is cheaper. I also rated each restaurant on taste, atmosphere, and customer service. My results are as follows:
by: Julie Robinson
As Valentine’s Day approaches, it cannot be denied that many of us are thinking of that one special person that we like, love, or even hate. Thankfully, my first love will never forget nor forsake me. And my first love is, without question or hesitation, chocolate. Yes, I admit our relationship isn’t perfect, and we’ve been through some rough times including the time I ate an entire bag of M&Ms in one sitting, and my stomach hurt for an entire day. But I would say we have a pretty strong relationship excluding a few low points. I have spent countless nights sitting on my bed watching a movie with one of my very best friends – chocolate icing. Another high point in our relationship is the time I had a chocolate fountain at my 16th birthday party. So because of my great love for chocolate, I decided to make truffles this month.
At first I thought this endeavor might be challenging, and as I looked for recipes, I found this to be true. Most of the recipes were complicated, and as an inexperienced chef, I try to find the simplest recipes that I know I can do well. So, after much searching, I found the perfect recipe. It has only three ingredients: 12 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate, half a cup of heavy whipping cream, and half a teaspoon of vanilla. I heated the heavy cream over medium to low heat until it was simmering, stirring constantly to keep it from scalding. In a separate mixing bowl, I combined the chocolate and vanilla. I poured the cream over the chocolate/vanilla mixture and stirred until the chocolate was melted. Then came the hard part: I was supposed to let the mixture chill in the fridge for two hours, but I impatiently put the mixture into the freezer for 20 minutes instead. When it was chilled I rolled tablespoon-sized amounts into truffles then rolled the truffles in cocoa powder. I thought my truffles were delicious and am not ashamed when I truthfully say I ate all 30, my sister as my witness. I will definitely be using that simple recipe again, but maybe next time I’ll share my truffles.
If you would like some high quality truffles without having to make them yourself, C’est La Vie sells wonderful ones. I will warn you: their truffles are expensive but worth it. They will serve as a great pick-me-up on the dreaded holiday that is known to many of us as Singles’ Awareness Day.
by Julie Robinson
My favorite thing about the holiday season is pie. Sweet Potato pie. Chocolate Chestnut pie. Above all else, pumpkin pie. There’s something about pie that just makes me wish I were a 400 pound woman who would not be looked down upon for eating pie every day, three times a day. Over the Thanksgiving break, I ate at least one entire pumpkin pie by myself. Don’t judge me. My dad bought the pumpkin pie from Wal-Mart, and it was gone the next day. It was great even though it was store bought, but a week or so later, I decided to try making my own pie. I went to my favorite blog to find recipes – thepioneerwoman.com. I can always depend on the blogger, Ree Drummond, for easy recipes that make delicious food. Note that I used the word delicious, not the word healthy. She has a recipe for what she calls pumpkin cream pie that she calls absolutely wonderful, so I decided to try it. Drummond doesn’t enjoy pumpkin, so her recipe only calls for a small amount of pumpkin. Since I love pumpkin, I decided to almost triple the amount of pumpkin in the pie. This was a BAD idea. Since I’d tripled the pumpkin, I had to almost double the pie filling, so I decided to just make two pies. So I ended up with two pies that did not taste “absolutely wonderful” in the slightest. I was very disappointed. All I wanted was some good pumpkin pie. Was that too much to ask for? I ended up eating the pies anyway because I’ll always love pie. After ruining Ree Drummond’s pie recipe, I wasn’t satisfied, so I decided to make the generic, easy pumpkin pie that never fails to curb my pumpkin pie cravings. If you decide to make pie, learn from my mistakes, follow the directions on the recipe and have me over for a piece of pie.