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Deer Fly Season on the Coast – Oh My!

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ourmshome.com – Mark W. LaSalle, Ph.D. – 2024-05-18 07:13:40

SUMMARY: In , brace themselves each year for Deer Fly season in May, the Sand Fly season in March. These pests, known for their buzzing and biting, are a significant nuisance, targeting exposed skin, particularly around the head due to their attraction to heat. Deer flies, which females require blood, thrive in the area's marshlands, feasting on various mammals, humans. Despite the lack of effective chemical deterrents, residents employ creative strategies like using insect nets or sticky traps to combat these flies. These efforts, while somewhat effective, also inadvertently a form of exercise and a shared experience for the community, humorously dubbed the “Deer Fly dance”.

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Potato Salad Serves as Summer’s Essential Side Dish

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ourmshome.com – Nancy Jo Maples – 2024-06-15 09:58:53

SUMMARY: Potato salad, a key summer side dish, special memories for the author, particularly the version made by Minnie Ellen Maples using homemade sweet pickles from locally grown cucumbers. Despite attempts to recreate it, the author never her mother-in-'s recipe and later adapted the method by pre-dicing potatoes and using store-bought pickles, spicy mustard, and chicken broth. Julia Child's potato salad recipe adds elegance with ingredients like Yukon Gold potatoes, champagne vinegar, and fresh herbs. Both recipes celebrate tradition and culinary innovation, making potato salad a beloved dish for gatherings. Enjoy Minnie Ellen Maples' and Julia Child's distinct recipes.

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The Home of the Brave: Vicksburg, Mississippi

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ourmshome.com – Allyson Alford – 2024-06-14 16:01:02

SUMMARY: Vicksburg, located in Mississippi, is rich in history and embodies and bravery. Founded by Newt Vick in 1811 and incorporated in 1825, Vicksburg chronicles his journey from Virginia to Mississippi. Key historical sites include the Old Courthouse , a symbol since 1858, and the Vicksburg Campaign Trail, highlighting Ulysses S. Grant's strategies. The Cedar Hill Cemetery honors 5,000 Confederate soldiers, while the McRaven House is known for haunted tours. Notably, the first Coca-Cola was bottled here. Vicksburg remains a symbol of bravery and tenacity, rich with historical significance and diverse attractions.

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Crawfish, Mudbugs, or Crawdads? A History of the Crawfish Boil

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ourmshome.com – omshome – 2024-06-14 12:08:06

SUMMARY: Crawfish, commonly known as mudbugs or crawdads, are a celebrated summertime delicacy in Mississippi. Traditionally boiled with spicy seasonings, potatoes, corn, sausage, vegetables, and served on newspaper-covered tables, they evoke the essence of Cajun culture. Historically, Native Americans first consumed crawfish using baited reeds, with Acadians refining recipes in the 1700s. Des Ecrevisses Bouillies, an early adaptation, showcased French influences made specific to crawfish. As Creole chefs in New Orleans popularized crawfish boils, the tradition became ingrained in Mississippi cuisine. , crawfish boils are festive social gatherings, highlighting the region's rich culinary heritage.

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