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Shawn Rossi
Brandon, MS
I live in Brandon, MS, with my husband, my son, three cats, and three dogs. (Three IS a magic number!)
Interests: Reading, writing, blogging, designing, creating, walking, hiking, camping, exploring, breathing, photographing, cooking, boating, kayaking, canoeing, beaching, learning, thrifting, designing, thinking, loving - all of the good -ings in life!
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Mississippi Free tickets are available for Mississippi residents to the inauguration of Donald Trump. Mississippians interested in tickets should submit a formal request via Inauguration@wicker.senate.gov. The deadline to submit ticket requests is November 23. Tickets will need to be picked up in Wicker’s Washington, D.C., office by January 19. The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Poke Salad
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My new sexy, raspy voice brought to you courtesy of Saints vs. Seahawks! Mississippi On Nov. 25, the city of Natchez is having a gumbo cook-off in conjunction with their lighting of the Christmas tree. No fee to enter and the winner gets a $300 cash prize. You can pick... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at Poke Salad
Mississippi Halloween on the Mississippi Gulf Coast: On Friday, Hard Rock Live on the Coast will have a free showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. On Saturday, the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum is throwing a Halloween party. Margaritaville Resort is having a Spooky Island Tiki Luau with fun... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2016 at Poke Salad
Mississippi Fair officials announced a record attendance of 733,151 visitors for the recently completed 2016 Mississippi State Fair. Congratulations to Dak Prescott - who made the cover of Sports Illustrated again. This time as a pro football player! October 16 was World Food Day - and during the celebration Wallet... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2016 at Poke Salad
Poke Salad Podcast Show Notes: Mississippi Southern Living recently named Jackson chef Jesse Houston's Saltine Oyster Bar in its 2016 list of the 25 best new restaurants in the South. John Newcomb, the nephew of Newk's Eatery owner Don Newcomb, made his own entry into the restaurant business this summer... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at Poke Salad
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Mississippi Brittany Wagner — the athletic instructional adviser at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba — is one of the stars of Last Chance U. It premiered July 29 and takes viewers behind the scenes of the Lions’ championship football program at East Mississippi Community College. Dak Prescott still has... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at Poke Salad
Mississippi News We lost Pete Fountain this week. Happy 15th birthday to The Shed. Southern Miss has announced their Seats for Soldiers Campaign. Alex Eaton, executive chef of Manship Wood Fired Kitchen in Jackson, won the crown Saturday at the 13th annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off. David Raines, most recently... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at Poke Salad
Mississippi News Andrew Sullivan, a Coast guitar player also known as Six String Andrew, is taking the South by storm. And he’s only 10 years old. When Mississippi’s open container law came into effect, many businesses said it would be good for business. And one month later, they're still saying... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at Poke Salad
Shawn reports back from New Orleans and Orange Beach (and gets ready to head to Tennessee and Arkansas). Kelly reports back from Tuscany. Tax-free weekend coming up (but I already got my new rose gold iPhone anyways). Mississippi news Willie Seaberry, the owner of Po' Monkey's juke joint in Bolivar... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at Poke Salad
I spent the weekend binge listening to More Perfect - one whole episode was on the death penalty and the lethal injection drugs they use (and why) - and then one of the headlines this weekend is about two Mississippi death row inmates filing fresh challenges to the state’s lethal... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Poke Salad
Mississippi Congratulations to Gulfport native and long jumper Brittney Reese. Not only did she qualify for the Olympics, but it was the longest jump in the world this year. Congratulations to The Biscuit Pit in Grenada. It’s housed in a BP gas station and was named to Southern Living’s Best... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at Poke Salad
I cannot NOT take a sunset picture! Seriously. Kelly goes to hear Richard Grant talk about Dispatches from Pluto. And I still can't get over Martha Foose being such a big part of it. Audible seems to have figured out an evil algorithm. My son and I start off Shark... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at Poke Salad
Mississippi You MUST try a Captain Crunch Milkshake from Ed's Burger Joint in Hattiesburg! Movies I'm going to see this weekend: Free State of Jones and Finding Dory. Movies I'm going to see in July: Ghostbusters. Movies I'm going to see in August: Pete's Dragon! The brand new Margaritaville Resort... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at Poke Salad
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Mississippi According to the website Credit Donkey, these Mississippi cities are the happiest. Remembering the Isle of Caprice Bello Nock, who is known simply as Bello or the "world's greatest daredevil," is now spending most of the summer in Biloxi. He is a member of DreamCast Entertainment's production of BraVeau.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Poke Salad
Mississippi Jacob Scott, 12, of the Ubon family, is now among seven remaining competitors in the Food Network's new series Kids BBQ Championship, airing Mondays at 7 p.m. (via The Clarion-Ledger) Rich Grain Distilling Co. — the state's third distillery following Cathead in Jackson and Charboneau in Natchez — had... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at Poke Salad
Mississippi Anthony's Neapolitan Pizza in Tupelo (via Daily Journal) Mississippian Jernard Wells on Food Network Star (via Times Free Press) Grenada Railroad rolling in for June (via Hotty Toddy) 2016 Sun & Sand Film & Music Festival set for June 9-12 (The Sun Herald) The Governor did sign the Go-Cup... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2016 at Poke Salad
Shawn meets an old online friend, Joe Hass, in Chicago - and makes a new friend, too, of his wife. Kelly checks out Lucinda Williams at The Lyric and Shawn catches her the next day at the Jimmie Rodgers Festival in Meridian. (Talking 'bout car wheels on gravel roads! We... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2016 at Poke Salad
Congratulations to Sal & Phil’s in Ridgeland. They recently celebrated their 25th anniversary. Congratulations also to the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center. The museum received the nation's highest honor given to museums for service to the community. Wintzell's Seafood Restaurant (not to be confused with Wintzell's Oyster House in Mobile) will... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Poke Salad
Horseback riding. New Orleans. Billions. Two Dope Queens. HB 1523. (We've been very busy on this break!) Mississippi in New York Picnic cancelled. Bryan Adams cancelled on the Crawfish Festival on the Coast. Natchez is ready to secede. At least we got Buffett Beach in Pascagoula done. I don't know... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at Poke Salad
Country Music star Josh Turner will headline the music slate at Flowood Family Fest on May 21 at Liberty Park. Mississippi's Giant House Party, the Neshoba County Fair, will be kicking off July 22- 29 and the 2016 entertainment lineup has been released. Tuesday will be Hotel California. Wednesday, Jana... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at Poke Salad
Special shout out to special listener John Bredehoft! Congratulations to Angela Thomas, a Belhaven grad whose upcoming Black Lives Matter-inspired young-adult novel The Hate U Give sparked a bidding war among 13 publishing houses. She has inked a two-book deal with HarperCollins, reportedly worth six figures. Congratulations also to Audrianna... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2016 at Poke Salad
Congratulations to Bully's in Jackson. It was named one of America's Classics by the James Beard Foundation. The 2nd Annual Moonlight Market, a special event benefiting Mississippi Food Network, is set for March 31 from 6-8 p.m. at The Farmer's Market on High Street. Jackson Prep's Annual Garage Sale is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2016 at Poke Salad
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On Saturday, February 27, the Girl Scouts Tall Pine Service Unit is hosting a chef's challenge with Thin Mint cookies at the Jackson Yacht Club from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and allows you to sample the dishes and vote for your favorite ones. Local chefs are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2016 at Poke Salad
Stormy Monday, indeed! American Pickers coming to Mississippi. Favorite pizza joints in Jackson. (Tip: Soulshine Pizza has fabulous NACHOS too.) Kelly's family has a deep love for pizza... In fact, she has a niece with a pizza tattoo! (No Pizza Rat tattoo. I was hoping!) Dirty Dozen Brass Band coming... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2016 at Poke Salad
Most boring Super Bowl ever? Most excruciating Mardi Gras ever (from my office desk)? Princess Whatsername at Black Rose Theatre. Teddy "We Care" Bears. Uber in Jackson? The Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Festival. Innovate Mississippi's Start-Up Weekend Oxford. Inaugural Rebel Well Mighty Half Marathon & 5k. Help for Collinsville. Tate Taylor... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at Poke Salad