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 VERONA – April Clark is only 28, but she’s more sure of herself in the kitchen than many seasoned cooks with years of experience. A Texas native, Clark learned the basics of cooking from her mom. “She gave us cooking lessons in the kitchen, but she was very precise,” Clark […]

Curry Kale Salad DRESSING 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste) 1⁄4 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar 2 teaspoons honey 1⁄2 teaspoon salt SALAD 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 tablespoon curry powder 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1⁄2 teaspoon salt 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper […]

More and more often, cooks I interview tell me they get some of their best recipes from Pinterest, the website that lets folks post and share everything from recipes to decorating ideas to clothing trends. I enjoy visiting Pinterest from time to time, but the problem is, once I get on the site, it’s hard […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal WEST POINT – Barry Zook says he’s working toward his third retirement. But don’t count on him going to the house anytime soon. “I work to give me something to do, a reason to get up in the morning,” said Zook, president of Magnolia Seasoning in West Point. “And I […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal AUBURN – Sherrye McNeece Gregory says some people eat to live. Her family lives to eat. Every Sunday evening, Gregory and three of her four siblings and all their families gather at her father’s home in east Tupelo for supper. “Everybody’s there and expected to be there unless you’ve got […]

Spiced Salmon 1 tablespoon chili powder 2 teaspoons light brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons olive oil 4 salmon fillets, about 8 ounces each Combine chili powder, brown sugar, cumin, thyme, salt and olive oil. Rub spice mixture all over salmon. Cover and refrigerate while […]

When I first started to cook while in college, one of the first things I learned to make was my mother’s potato salad. There was no recipe for it. You just peeled, cubed, boiled and drained some red potatoes, added a couple of chopped boiled eggs and then mixed in Hellmann’s mayonnaise, French’s yellow mustard […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – The Lee County Master Gardeners were recently recognized for three awards at the Mississippi Master Gardener Association’s annual conference in Biloxi. The group was named the 2015 Mississippi Master Gardener Association of the Year. In addition, Dale Smith was named Mississippi Master Gardener of the Year for the […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal BELDEN – When Kim Overton was 14 years old, her mother and stepfather bought a country grocery store between Houston and Houlka. They were so busy at work that supper time became an afterthought. “I finally decided if I was going to eat I was going to have to cook […]

Lasagna 6 lasagna noodles 1 pound ground beef 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce 1 (15-ounce) can tomatoes 11⁄4 teaspoons salt 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper 1⁄2 teaspoon oregano 1 (16-ounce) carton cottage cheese 2 to 3 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese Kraft grated Parmesan and Romano cheese blend Boil noodles according to package directions; […]