Patti Labelle Served Humble Pie

TiAna Marshall

With the holiday season come many traditions, most of which center around the kitchen. My own family begins the celebration with a night full of cooking and laughter. Everything is made from scratch from the dressing, down to the perfectly baked sweet potato pie. The recipe has been in my family for years passed down from generation to generation, and is the best loved. This tradition is one that we share along with other families, however, it may have a new spin in some homes thanks to Ms. Patti Labelle.

Patti Labelle is known for many things including her amazing voice, and her equally amazing kitchen skills. The singer has published multiple cookbooks, sharing her love for food with the masses; however, her sweet potato pie has taken over the world, thanks to a video gone viral. Patti Labelle sweet potato pies began to disappear from Walmart shelves rapidly. The distributor reports selling one pie every few seconds. Bet reports the pies sold a whopping $2.3 million dollars in just a week.

So who is really to thank for this overnight success?

James Wright, a YouTube sensation, created a comedic video reviewing Patti Labelle’s sweet potato pie. Wright literally sang praises about the pie and the video spread quickly reaching over 3,000,000 views and counting. But the video caused more than just escalating sales, it also created a great pie debate.

Patti Labelle claimed all the fame associated with her pie, and though it was reported that she gave Wright a phone call, she denied him helping with their success. The sweet potato pies have been on shelves for years; however, sales had never been that high until after Wright posted the video. The Twitterverse was not having it though and quickly rallied to Wright’s side, creating memes tearing down Patti’s pies. Morning radio shows also showcased their support of Wright, calling Patti out for denying his help for the pies.

Patti Labelle quickly admitted to Wright being the primary reason why her pies sold and continue to sell so well. Just as all fads come and go, there is no denying one thing: the world has a sweet tooth, and Patti’s sweet potato pies are there to satisfy it.

A Spoonful of Honey Helps the Allergies Go Down

Ashley Morrow

Honey is a historical power food used for medicinal purposes. The Natural and Alternative Treatment database states that Hippocrates, the Greek physician, suggested honey for topical use, such as treating infected wounds and ulcers on the lips. The Romans used honey for upset stomach, sore throat, and cough. Egyptian records include honey for eye diseases, surgical dressing, and as an ingredient for homemade salves to treat burns. Honey is considered one of the oldest and natural sweeteners on earth and is an item to keep in the cupboard because it contains so many uses and health benefits. Also, because of the antibacterial qualities, honey has an impeccable shelf life. Egyptians would bury their royals with jars of honey, so the soul would have sustenance for the afterlife. Archaeologists are now finding pots of unspoiled honey in Egyptian tombs.
Numerous studies are conducted to see the medicinal benefits of honey. Included in these studies is an informal study conducted by students at Xavier University in New Orleans. The researchers divided allergy sufferers into three control groups. Some were given two teaspoons of honey a day, while others took non-local honey. After six weeks, the study showed that each group suffered less allergy symptoms, and the group taking the local honey showed the most improvement.

I recently moved to what seems like the allergy capital of the world: Texarkana, Arkansas. Growing up the country, I have a pretty strong immunity towards certain allergens but something in the air leaves me sniffling. Homeopathic medicine suggests fighting sickness with the small doses of that sickness over time. For example, if one is allergic to ragweed, exposure to small doses of ragweed will eventually help the body develop immunity. Recent health craze suggest using local grown honey to help with allergies because the pollen used to make that honey is collected from plants near the living location. Naturally, the pollen that causes watery eyes is used to make the honey. Local, raw honey is available in Texarkana in several locations: The Granery, Spices Unlimited, The Farmers Market, Twenty Cedars Farms, and selected grocery stores.

I decided to purchase local honey and test this theory on myself and my husband, who also suffers from allergies. We found many different uses to incorporate honey into our regular diets. I replaced the sugar in my tea with honey, supplemented using honey in my cookies and other baked goods, used honey in smoothies, and poured honey on daily servings of fruit. After using local honey daily for one month, we both eliminated our allergy symptoms. Once the honey jar emptied, I stopped buying it for a month to see if our bodies reverted back suffering from allergies. The theory proved true. Neither of us ingested local honey in two months and the allergy symptoms returned.

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Buchmann, Stephen L. Letter from the Hive: An Intimate History of Bees, Honey, and Humankind. Random House. 2006.

Cochran, Brittany. “Honey: A sweet relief?” Xavier University. October 23, 2003.

Restaurant Review: Taste and See

What is gelato? How is it different than ice cream?

Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream, but it isn’t the same as its American counterpart. While ice cream is generally around ten percent fat, gelato is around five to seven percent because it uses more whole milk than it does cream. Gelato is also churned at a slower speed than ice cream is therfore it is denser, so it only contains about 25 to 30 percent air; whereas ice cream contains around 50 percent. Gelato is also kept at a slightly warmer temperature than ice cream. Gelato tends to have more flavor than ice cream because it has less fat.

Taste and See makes homemade gelato every day, so it is guaranteed to be fresh! They have many homemade chocolates from chocolate turtles, caramels, to chocolate covered gummy bears. They have a wide variety of chocolate too, they offer some of their chocolates such as their caramels in a dark chocolate format, and they also have white chocolate candies as well. Taste and See also sells pre-made candy such as giant gummy worms, gummy mustaches, and gummy shot glasses. Taste and See allows local artists to display their artwork and sell it at their shop. They currently have pieces in their store such as Abraham Lincoln made out of pennies, and a spray painted piece that features Marilyn Monroe.

Taste and See has a really down to earth atmosphere, and their interior is very retro as well as sleek. They offer a wide variety of all of their candies, and gelato. Their chocolates are simply scrumptious, and they offer customers to purchase a half pound box for around nine dollars, and a pound box assortment for around 18 dollars. It is absolutely free to try their gelato flavors, and they sell their gelato in a small cup, large cup, pint, and a chocolate dipped waffle cone. Their gelato is absolutely flawless with a ton of flavor, and a smooth, rich consistency you just can’t get with ice cream. When you’re looking for something warm, they also sell homemade hot chocolate that is absolutely delicious. The store is family owned, and the family runs the store. They are some of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. Their prices are very low, and their flavor is crazy good. I definitely recommend going there for something that is absolutely fresh, different, healthier, and out of this world.

Location: 2838 Richmond Road Suite B, Texarkana, Texas 75503

Type of Cuisine: Gelato & Candies

Pricing: Varies upon size and product

Store Hours: Monday – Saturday: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Phone Number: (903) 792-1468