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By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal New Albany home cook Renae McVay’s cherry-berry cake recipe has been awarded a blue ribbon at Just A Pinch Recipes, a recipe and coupon social network for home cooks. McVay’s cherry-berry cake was named a blue ribbon winner by Just A Pinch Food Editor Janet Tharpe. To land the award, […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – If you want a chance to know what it feels like to be treated like a movie star, then put on your dancing shoes. “Lights, Camera, Tupelo,” the Junior Auxiliary’s 52nd Annual Charity Ball is Friday, Feb. 6, from 7 p.m. to midnight at the BancorpSouth Arena. Living […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – That Kathy Williams Ferris cooks and shares what she makes with people in her community can be traced directly to her mother’s influence. “Mother was always taking something to people,” said Ferris, who will be 59 on Thursday. “Her ministry was taking someone a loaf of bread. I […]

Glazed Sugar Cookies 1 cup shortening (in pre-measured sticks) 2 cups sugar 3 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon nutmeg 41⁄2 cups all-purpose flour Glaze 1 cup powdered sugar 2 teaspoons milk, or more 2 teaspoons light corn syrup 1⁄4 teaspoon almond extract Cream together shortening, sugar, eggs, […]

OK, so we don’t hit one out of the ballpark every time we step up to the plate. Such was the case last Monday night. I found a recipe in Cooking Light magazine for chicken cutlets with a tarragon-mustard cream sauce. It sounded easy and delicious to me. Who knew my bunch didn’t like tarragon? […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal BLUE MOUNTAIN – Nancy Cooper came onto the cooking scene a bit later than some others, but now it’s what she does for a living. Cooper and her husband, Dan, own and operate Daylight Donuts in Ripley, which they started in 2004. “We do a big lunch business with soups […]

Cranberry, Sausage and Apple Dressing 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed 1⁄2 stick butter 6 cups coarsely chopped leeks 3 tart apples, peeled, cored and chopped 2 cups chopped celery 4 teaspoons poultry seasoning 2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed 1 cup dried cranberries 12 cups cooked, crumbled cornbread Salt and black pepper to taste […]

About this time last year, my husband and I did a lot of Asian cooking at home. So we started stocking the fridge with fresh ginger and scallions, and sesame oil, rice vinegar, chili paste and basmati were always in the cabinet. On Sunday, as we were returning from a weekend trip to Birmingham, we […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – James Charles Middlebrook was 35 years old when he heard some of the most important words of his life. It was Aug. 28, 1963, and Middlebrook was in Washington, D.C., when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in which King called for an […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Mitch McCamey says he’s just doing his duty. As chef/owner of KOK and Neon Pig in Tupelo, the young restaurateur says it’s his responsibility as a craftsman to source locally at his businesses. “I learned from Chris Hastings to source local,” said McCamey, referring to the Alabama chef […]