Ginna Parsons

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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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Stories Written by Ginna Parsons

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal FULTON – Deborah Tierce looks at old buildings through rose-colored glasses. She sees an old body shop and pictures a family gathering place. A dilapidated barn becomes a quaint cottage with amazing loft space. A cinderblock meat market is transformed into eclectic apartments. “I like old rustic stuff – nothing […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal PONTOTOC – Charlotte Bass doesn’t necessarily get in the kitchen and cook because she takes great delight in the process. But she does enjoy the result. “I like the camaraderie, the breaking of the bread, as I like to call it,” said Bass, 62. “It’s not a huge joy to […]

Chicken Asparagus 1 medium onion, chopped 2 tablespoons butter 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 can cream of chicken soup 1 (5-ounce) can evaporated milk 8 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, grated 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 teaspoon black pepper 2 to 3 cups cooked, chopped chicken 2 cans asparagus, drained […]

I received an email Monday morning informing me Friday is National Lasagna Day (if you’ll recall, July 13 was National French Fry Day). Perhaps there’s some culinary calendar out there that celebrates a different food every day. (Just so you know, I’ll not be observing National Liver Day.) Now, I like to prepare a good […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal ALGOMA – Mike and Teresa Montgomery and their daughter and son-in-law, Jill and Scott Foster, took a huge leap of faith when they bought Seafood Junction in 2010 from the original owners, Jimmy and Carolyn Higgins. “We had never been in the restaurant business,” Teresa said. “The Higginses took us […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal BELDEN – Kylie Boring would probably not like being referred to as a “foodie,” but that’s what she is. She prepares gourmet meals for her husband, Chris, and 6-year-old son, Van Michael, on the weekends. She likes cooking shows, preferring to watch “Extra Virgin,” “Barefoot Contessa” and Giada De Laurentiis […]

Artichoke-Blue Cheese Bisque 1 tablespoon butter 1 onion, chopped 1⁄3 cup of vermouth 2 (8-ounce) packages frozen artichoke hearts 3 cups low-salt chicken broth 1⁄4 teaspoon dried thyme 1⁄4 cup whipping cream 1⁄4 cup crumbled blue cheese (about 2 ounces) Salt and pepper Chopped fresh chives Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. […]

Nobie Gunter came in the Journal one day last week and brought me a jar of tomatoes she had canned in the oven. Nobie said she’s been canning tomatoes this way for more than 10 years now and has never had a problem. She got the recipe from Polly Thomason, who got it from her […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Jerry Thompson says he has a small tomato hobby. His neighbors refer to it as an addiction. No matter what you call it, there’s no denying his backyard full of tomato plants that are already 9 feet tall and just getting started good. “I’ve been a gardener my […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal VERONA – Jerry King could be the poster child for the Continuing Education program at Itawamba Community College. First, he took a small engine repair course so he could learn to work on the shop equipment he has at his home in Verona. Next, he took a class to catch […]