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Here are 10 new ways to try butternut squash

Photo by Helana Brigman  --  Butternut Squash With Dried Cranberries and Honey-Infused Vinaigrette is a takeoff on the popular carrot and raisin dish.

Just as you’re finally finishing up the mounds of zucchini that have haunted you all summer, autumn’s overabundance of butternut squash hits you. Time for some fresh ideas. But before we get cooking, let’s talk prep. Butternut’s thick skin and rock-hard flesh can make the peeling, seeding and chopping part of the meal a challenge.… Continue reading →

Side Dish: Savor these cookbooks over holidays

Just in time for the fall holiday season come “Southern Holidays” by Debbie Moose and “Sweet Potatoes” by April McGregor, the latest additions to the University of North Carolina Press’ delightful “Savor the South” series of cookbooks that looks at the favorite foods and culinary traditions of the American South. Like the eight previous volumes in the planned 24-book… Continue reading →

Common Ground: Southern Law Center to host event to highlight progress made in racial diversity

Civil rights lawyers have litigated for human rights through the decades, resulting in landmark decisions that have changed America for the better. There’s Brown vs. Board of Education, which 50 years ago made it unconstitutional to allow separate public schools for black and white students, and the Civil Rights Act of 1954, which outlawed discrimination based… Continue reading →

LSU homecoming: Meet the court, see the event schedule

Jacob Phagan

LSU Homecoming festivities are this week, concluding with the big game against the Ole Miss Rebels on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium. The theme of this year’s Homecoming is “Louisiana State of Mind.” The Homecoming parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday. Members of the Homecoming Court include queen candidates Catherine Briley, a biological engineering major… Continue reading →

‘House Hunters’ to feature Baton Rouge Realtor, Gonzales family on Wednesday

A Baton Rouge Realtor and a Gonzales family will be featured on Wednesday’s episode of HGTV’s “House Hunters.” Theresa Luckett, who works for Keller Williams Realty, will help Jace and Josh Strahan and their son Sawyer find a home in Gonzales. The family has been staying with relatives since they sold their home. They’re in… Continue reading →

Community News, Oct. 21, 2014

Photo provided by SUSAN BARRY -- Women's Tennis Association -- The Baton Rouge Women's Tennis Association held its monthly fun tournament Oct. 13, followed by a luncheon at Oak Lodge Reception Center. Shown are, from left, Sharon Naquin, Lynn Buzhardt, Janet Babin, Amie Stagg, Stephanie Maciasz, Paula Broussard, Kay Lambert, Alicia Periloux and Liza Oaddourah.

Tom Davidson spoke about the Garyville Northern Railroad and other railroads and sawmills in Livingston Parish to the Edward Livingston Historical Association on Sept. 18. Davidson said he got a lot of his information from and recommended the site for research. There were… Continue reading →

Ziggy Marley’s reggae music follows family tradition

Photo by MALIA JAMES -- Ziggy Marley

When Ziggy Marley, son of reggae music’s brightest star, Bob Marley, performs onstage and writes songs that contain meaning and messages, he’s following family tradition. “Most of my family is musicians,” the Kingston, Jamaica, native said last week from his second home, California. “Going back to my grandmother and my grandfather, on both sides… Continue reading →

Snack on the go: Baton Rouge entrepreneur hopes 'Iconic' builds new genre

Photo provided by Be Well Nutrition Inc.Billy Bosch, a Baton Rouge native, markets the

A new protein drink now on the shelves in New Orleans could help establish an entirely new genre of beverage.
The Louisiana-born co-founder of the Iconic healthy “lifestyle beverage” promotes his product as a “snack drink.”
“It’s a whole new realm of drink, and one that we think is on the rise,” said Billy Bosch, a 31-year-old LSU alumnus.
Iconic is… Continue reading →

Chance visitor’s side seating at Southern game begins 40-year friendship for two families

Photo provided by LILLIAN BROWDER -- Jesse and Mary Spriggins, left, and Lillian and Walter Browder will continue their 40-year friendship that started when they sat next to each other at a Southern University - Jackson State game. The trophy goes with the family whose team wins the game, which is slated for Saturday, Oct. 25.

Forty years ago, Walter and Lillian Browder decided to introduce their 2-year-old twins to their passion for Southern University football. As it turned out, that wasn’t the only introduction that took place that day. Choosing the visitors’ side of the field because the home side was full, the Browders sat on the opposite sideline near Jackson… Continue reading →

You have to start somewhere

A national holiday has come and gone with little or no notice from the public. The holiday was National Newspaper Carriers Day. I’ll go a step further — bet you didn’t know that there is a Carrier Hall of Fame! My first job was as a carrier for our hometown newspaper, the McAlester News Capital in… Continue reading →

About Town for Oct. 19, 2014

WHAT: The Baton Rouge Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation’s Candlelight Vigil WHEN: 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19 WHERE: Mount Zion Baptist Church, 356 East Blvd., Baton Rouge DETAILS: The vigil will honor those who lived with sickle cell disease. Family members are invited and welcome to bring photos of their loved ones. BRSCAF recently… Continue reading →

Grand Coteau to host Festival of Words event

GRAND COTEAU — The Festival of Words is set for Nov. 6-8 in Grand Coteau. The festival features literary readings by authors; creative writing workshops in public schools and community centers; and a community stage for open mics. Festival authors include Luis Alberta Urrea, Louisiana poet laureate Ava Leavell Haymon, Latasha Weatherspoon, Roddie Romero… Continue reading →

Lafayette poet to be honored with French prize

Kirby Jambon, a poet from Lafayette, has become the first Louisianian honored with the Henri de Régnier prize from the Académie Française. The French prize is, according to a news release, the highest and most prestigious award in support of literary creation. Jambon received the award for his poetry collection, “Petites Communions: Poèmes, Chansons et Jonglements,”… Continue reading →

14 to be presented at Karnival Krewe de Louisiane ball

Olivia Abadie

Karnival Krewe de Louisiane has announced 14 young women to be formally presented as its 2015 debutantes at the group’s 28th annual Mardi Gras Ball on Jan. 30 at the Baton Rouge River Center. They are Olivia Roy Abadie, daughter of Creighton and Amy Abadie; Anna Haspel Aronson, daughter of Mark and Laurie Aronson; Allison Elizabeth Bridges,… Continue reading →

New Orleans author leads readers on ‘The Last Great Walk’

Photo provided by Wayne Curtis --

Author Wayne Curtis takes a seat, facing me with his back to the tall windows of his Uptown home. I can see outside, where I note a steady stream of walkers on the street. Curtis has returned a few days earlier from his annual trip to Maine, where he spends four months “at the edge of nowhere”… Continue reading →

N.O. voices captured well in characters’ stories

'You Don't Know Me' by James Nolan

“You Don’t Know Me: New & Selected Stories” by James Nolan. University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, 2014. $20. Anyone who is familiar with New Orleans knows it is home to a population that is soulful, proud, creative and often quirky, to say the least. No… Continue reading →

Take rhyme journey with ‘New Orleans Mother Goose’

New Orleans Mother Goose

“New Orleans Mother Goose” by Ryan Adam. Pelican Publishing, 2014. $17.99. Marita’s Gentry’s gorgeous illustrations make New Orleans jump off the pages in this fun take on various New Orleans themed-nursery rhymes. Ryan Adam takes readers on journeys throughout New Orleans and Louisiana with each rhyme… Continue reading →

Comedy deals with confronting prejudice

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Pharus Jonathan Young, played by Christian Jones, speaks to the members of the choir Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, during New Venture Theatre's rehearsal for its upcoming production,

The first time Greg Williams Jr. saw a production of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “Choir Boy” he wanted to stage it. “When the show was over, I just sat there for five minutes. I knew I’d seen something incredibly special,” says Williams, artistic director for New Venture Theatre. “It was very simple, very powerful.” The play… Continue reading →

Arts Calendar for Oct. 19, 2014

Here’s what’s going on this week in the area arts and cultural scene: BREC’s Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive, is hosting children’s fall classes, “Saturday Studio: Investigating 20th Century Artists,” 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays, beginning Oct. 25. The class fee is $75 per person for four weeks with materials included or one session… Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for Oct. 18, 2014

HEALTH FAIR: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Greater First Church, Emmett W. Bashful/Huel D. Perkins Fellowship and Activity Center, 4669 Groom Road. Discussion of diabetes, diagnosis, treatment and preventative measures. Door prizes. CHURCH ANNIVERSARY: 3 p.m., Evening Star Baptist Church, 16301 Al Sanford Road. Pastor Henry… Continue reading →

Churches to sponsor Stephen Ministry workshop

On Saturday, Nov. 1, St. Aloysius Catholic Church and St. Luke’s, St. James and Trinity Episcopal churches are co-sponsoring a Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Luke’s, 8833 Goodwood Blvd., in Baton Rouge. Participants will learn how to minister to people in grief in a distinctively Christian… Continue reading →

EBR Ministers Conference services scheduled

The annual revival services of the East Baton Rouge Parish Ministers Conference will be held Oct. 27-31 at 7 p.m. each night. The revival services will be held at the following churches: Monday — Magnolia Baptist Church, 960 E. Buchanan St., the Rev. J. Bertell Davis, pastor Tuesday — Elm Grove… Continue reading →

4th District sets annual session

Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church Pastor Rev. Jesse Bilberry

The Fourth District Missionary Baptist Associationwill hold its 140th annual session Nov. 9-14. This year’s theme is “A Call to Unity.” All meetings and services will be held at the Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, 9700 Scenic Highway, Baton Rouge. Dr. Jesse B. Bilberry Jr. is moderator of the association. A Youth Explosion will kick off the… Continue reading →

Renovation the right choice to keep Rolfses in beloved Hundred Oaks home

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Emile and Susan Rolfs have lived in their Hundred Oaks area home for 36 years, but a major renovation made it infinitely more liveable for them.

Susan and Emile Rolfs simplified their lives when they added 1,700 square feet to the 3,000-square-foot-home they have lived in for 36 years. “We added rooms we use,” Susan Rolfs said. “We live in the 1,700 square feet.” Having all of the bedrooms upstairs worked fine when their three daughters were growing up.… Continue reading →

Garden News: Create attractive, edible landscape with blueberries

Photo by ALLEN OWINGS -- Besides providing tasty fruit, rabbiteye blueberries can create an attractive display in the landscape.

The LSU AgCenter’s Louisiana Super Plant program is introducing an edible plant for fall 2014 — rabbiteye blueberries. “Several gardeners have asked about adding information on good vegetable and fruit plants to the Louisiana Super Plant program,” AgCenter horticulturist Allen Owings says. “In response, we’ve selected rabbiteye blueberries.” Rabbiteye blueberries got their name from their pinkish… Continue reading →

Community column for Oct. 17, 2014

Photo provided by LANA MERLISS -- WISE Investment Club -- The WISE Investment Club held its annual dinner meeting Oct. 2 at Frankie Marcello's Restaurant. Shown are, from left, Gwen Fairchild, Debbie Harris, Tina Gaudet, Lana Merliss, Polly Williams, Gynne Klimavicz and Mary Lindsay.

Davis, Almond honored by Purple Heart group World War II veterans Henry Davis and Pat Almond were honored by Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 177 on Oct. 4 at the USS Kidd Veterans Museum. David LaCerte, Louisiana secretary of veterans affairs, presented a state senate resolution honoring their… Continue reading →

Volunteer column for Oct. 17, 2014

To learn more about these volunteer opportunities provided by Volunteer! United at Capital Area United Way, contact the listed agency directly. HALLOWEEN PARADE, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank – Bonnie Bordelon, (225) 359-9940, ext. 207: The GBR Food Bank is looking for volunteers to walk with the food bank truck to collect… Continue reading →

Bites of History: Cooks didn’t always have handy appliances; Guess what these utensils did ...

Photo by Cynthia L. Nobles  --  Braised Beef Short Ribs With Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes is seasoned with freshly ground whole peppercorns, which in past centuries would have been stored in a spice box.

Even though our modern kitchens are full of appliances that slice, fry, broil, stir, beat and grind, we still often complain there isn’t enough time to cobble together a meal. But imagine being transported back to a time when there wasn’t such a thing as an electric mixer or even a stove and you had to get… Continue reading →

Side Dish: Foolproof muffins are this easy

I can’t pass up a new cookbook by Jean Anderson. With her background in food chemistry, I know the book will include plenty of useful information and its recipes will always work. Her latest cookbook is no exception. Anderson has had lots of experience baking muffins, the subject of her latest book. She was only about 4 years old… Continue reading →