If you are looking for fast, easy, and delicious food, then you must try Southern Sisters Gourmet. They are a local, family owned and operated business. What you’ll find with their foods is meals or snacks that are able to be prepared with minimal ingredients and time.
In 2012, sisters Kay Allison and Claire Easley decided to start their venture in food. As former educators and mothers they realized the need for easy and healthy food products for the busy lifestyle of the 21st century. They started out as retail only, but shortly after saw the benefits of moving to being primarily a wholesale operation.
Their products offer a variety of choices whether you want sweet or savory. After purchasing the dry ingredients, you simply add the fresh ingredients required from your pantry. Southern Sisters Gourmet provides products in all of the following categories: main dish, soups, desserts, jam, jellies, and relishes, snacking crackers, cheese balls, and dips.
Southern Sisters Gourmet services stores across the Southeast and the Midwest, serving approximately two hundred businesses. They make every effort to use only American made products whenever possible. They give back to the community by supporting recovery groups and animal shelters.
Kay and Claire proudly use recipes that have been passed down for generations. Some favorites are Chocolate Gravy, Ma Mae’s Chocolate Pie, and Ma Margie’s Pineapple Garlic and Onion cheese ball. To experience some true southern flavor, just try any of their delicious products.
Written by Aemon Ratliffe
Hernando DeSoto was a Spanish Conquistador and explorer who is best known
for his expedition into the modern-day United States through the states of Florida,
Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. He was the first European documented to have
crossed the Mississippi River, and he played a part in Francisco Pizzaro’s conquest of
the Peruvian Inca Empire. As an important influencer of the modern United States,
many places have him as their namesake, including DeSoto county in Mississippi, the
city of Hernando in Mississippi, and Fort DeSoto in Florida, to name a few.
In 1500, DeSoto was born in Extremadura, Spain. Desoto came to the New
World with the first governor of Panama, Pedrarias Dávila. In 1524, DeSoto joined the
conquest of Nicaragua under Francisco Hernández. In or some time after 1530, DeSoto
led an expedition into the Yucatan Peninsula to search for a passage between the
Atlantic and Pacific Oceans into the Orient. Unable to find the passage, DeSoto turned
back and joined the conquest of Peru.
In 1539, Hernando landed nine ships in what is now south Tampa Bay. The party
traveled north, into Florida’s West Coast and faced native ambushes, and DeSoto made
his encampment in the capital of the Alapachee people. DeSoto and his people moved
northeast into Georgia, northeast into South Carolina, north into the Appalachian
Mountains of North Carolina, entered eastern Tennessee, and followed the Tennessee
River into Alabama. In 1541, DeSoto and his troops met the Mississippi River. In
Sunflower, Mississippi, DeSoto and his men spent a month building flatboats and
crossed the river at night to avoid the patrolling Native Americans. The exploration
continued into Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. After the winter, the Spaniards moved
erratically and encountered a Native tribe called the Tula. The Tula were dangerous and
the most skilled the Spanish had fought, so DeSoto’s men eventually turned back to the
In 1542, Hernando DeSoto died of a fever in the Native town of Guachoya,
although many sources disagree and point to McArthur, Arkansas or Louisiana.
Supposedly, Hernando’s men hid his body in blankets weighted with sand and sank it in
the middle of the Mississippi River at night. Almost five hundred years after his death,
DeSoto’s impact on the United States is still standing. With the destruction of so many
Natives, he did manage to pave the way to colonization. His expedition, whether in a
bad way or a good way, still shapes North and South America.
Written by Melody Howard
Southwestern art, culture, and natural beauty surround you on this bus tour to Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Sponsored by the City of Hernando.