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 PONTOTOC – If you go into an antiques shop in Pontotoc and can’t find what you’re looking for, you’re likely to be directed to another place just down the street. “We send people to other stores if they can’t find it here,” said Miriam Clark, who co-owns Antiques Downtown with […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal SALTILLO – Carol Bearden of Saltillo has had both knees replaced and battled breast cancer twice, but she’s not letting surgery get in the way of a productive life. “I’m ready for anything,” the 67-year-old Bearden said as she did a little twist. “I stay busy.” The mother of three […]

Strawberry Cake 1 box strawberry cake mix, prepared 1 (16-ounce) package frozen strawberries, thawed 1 cup hot water 1 small box strawberry gelatin 3⁄4 cup sugar 8 ounces sour cream 1 (8-ounce) container whipped topping Fresh strawberries Prepare cake mix according to package directions and bake in a 9×13-inch dish. Drain strawberries and reserve liquid. […]

I was perusing a new cookbook that was sent to me the other day when I came across a recipe for chicken breasts stuffed with provolone cheese and sage, wrapped in bacon and topped with a marsala sauce. My, I thought, that sounds like it would be good tonight. I made a photocopy of the […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – After 25 years, the Symphony League’s “Great Performances” cookbook is making its last curtain call. Hundreds of volunteers, including committee members, tasters, testers and contributors, came together in the late 1980s to put together the recipe book, which had two printings: 10,000 copies in November 1990 and an […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Carrie Anderson has been cooking just about all her life and she learned at the feet of the masters: Her grandmother, Clytee Hansberger, and her mother, Lisa Hansberger. “Every female in my family cooks and when I say cooks, I mean cooks from scratch,” said Anderson, 32. “We […]

Seared Scallops with Tomato and Spinach Risotto 21⁄2 cups low-sodium chicken broth 3 tablespoons butter, divided 1⁄2 onion, minced Salt and pepper 1 garlic clove, minced 3⁄4 cup arborio rice 1⁄4 cup dry white wine, such as pinot grigio 2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped 2 cups fresh baby spinach Handful of torn basil 1⁄4 cup […]

I got an email from my friend Mike Armour a couple of weeks ago that contained a recipe for Crock-Pot Gumbo. Armour is always sending me jokes and I thought this had to be another one of them. Everyone knows gumbo is an all-day process where you plan to spend many hours at the stove […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – When the April 2014 tornado dumped a tree in the middle of Lynn and Robin Bryan’s home on Clayton Avenue, they had two choices: They could repair the home or they could rebuild it from the bottom up. They chose the latter. “We salvaged nothing from the original […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal Jerry Dewayne Porter Jr. of Corinth knew in high school he wanted to be a chef. So he figured the first logical step was to take a home economics class. “But my dad didn’t want me to cook in high school,” said Porter, 35. “He said that no boy belonged […]