Heart-healthy Southern cooking kicks off Catfish Row Museum’s kitchen programs

Published 11:58 am Monday, June 26, 2023

The subject was Southern cooking and Vicksburg native and author Dr. Kathy Starr presented ways to prepare heart-healthy southern and soul food dishes using healthy substitutes instead of traditional ingredients during a program Saturday at The Catfish Row Museum’s demonstration/teaching kitchen.

The program was the first for the kitchen, which officially opened during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 22. Museum founder and Executive Director Linda Fondren said more programs would be presented during the summer.

An estimated 35 people packed the kitchen to hear Starr talk about cooking and give anecdotes about the only mother she knew — her grandmother Frances Fleming Hunter, “Miz Bob” to the community and “Mom” to her, and sample some of Starr’s cooking with a meal of baked catfish, potato salad and sweet potato pie.

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John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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