Ginna Parsons


I write about food, homes and gardens for the Daily Journal. I'm passionate about cooking, cats, yard art and antiques.

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By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal CORINTH – Ginna Bumpas has two weaknesses: cooking and golf. The Corinth native began cooking meals for her family when she was 10 or 12. “Mother worked outside the home and she would step me through the things for the meal,” said Bumpas, 73. “There was a lady in our […]

Four-Layer Lemon Pie 11⁄2 cups self-rising flour 11⁄2 sticks butter, melted 1 cup chopped pecans, plus more for garnish 1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese, softened 2 (8-ounce) tubs whipped topping, divided 1 cup sugar 6 egg yolks 2 cans sweetened condensed milk 3⁄4 cup lemon juice For the first layer, combine flour, melted butter and […]

By now, I hope you have your Thanksgiving plans made and you know exactly what you’re going to serve your family at home or take to a loved one’s house. (If you’re planning to eat out at a restaurant, you can probably skip this column.) The Thanksgiving feast is the one meal where we all […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – If you’re more interested in serving than eating on Thanksgiving, there are plenty of ways to help. At the Tupelo Salvation Army on Carnation Street, which serves Lee, Prentiss, Northern Monroe and Union counties, volunteers will start showing up at 7 a.m. Thursday to begin deboning turkeys. “People […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Not everyone can say that at age 10 they knew what they wanted to do when they grew up and then followed that dream. But Emily Stewart can. The 21-year-old senior at Mississippi State University was born in Jackson and moved to Oxford when she was 5. Five […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal HOUSTON – First United Methodist Church in Houston will host its annual Parish Fall Bazaar in the Family Life Center on Friday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Three charges in the parish representing 11 active churches will come together for the event. The day begins with breakfast at 6 […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal BALDWYN – The way Susan McBride figures it, she learned to cook by osmosis. “Mother is a fantastic from-scratch cook who can open an empty cupboard and have the table loaded,” said McBride, 70. “Her sisters and her mother were the same way. I was always in the kitchen with […]

Mother’s Coconut Cream Pie 1 cup sugar 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour 1⁄4 teaspoon salt 2 cups milk 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten 2 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 (6-ounce) package frozen coconut, divided 1 (9-inch) baked pie shell Meringue 3 egg whites 1⁄4 teaspoon cream of tartar 6 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla Combine […]

I’m about to share with you the most delicious recipe for potato soup I’ve ever made. And I’m going to tell you how I plan to lighten it next time because I think it would still be very good. I found the original recipe on a Betty Crocker website, but I tweaked that recipe considerably […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – When Donna Jackson was 15 years old, she began working at Vanelli’s restaurant in Tupelo as part of her high school co-op program. “I started out washing dishes and then moved to the cook line,” said Jackson, 48. “I waited a few tables, but I didn’t like that. […]