Ginna Parsons

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By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal AUBURN – When Marc Helms was in school at Mooreville, his home economics teacher assigned the students a project: They had to make character cakes. “I did like a Ninja Turtle and it was so fun,” said Helms, 34. “I got to be creative. I came home and was talking […]

Peanut Butter Silk Cake 1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist yellow cake mix 11⁄4 cups water 1 cup creamy peanut butter, divided 1⁄3 cup vegetable oil 3 eggs 1⁄2 stick butter 1⁄4 cup packed brown sugar 1 cup whipping cream Chocolate Buttercream Icing 1⁄2 cup vegetable shortening 1 stick butter or margarine, softened 3⁄4 cup cocoa […]

My co-worker Judy McGhee was in the hospital a few weeks ago and she told me when some of the staff there found out she worked at the Daily Journal, they asked her if I really cooked as much as I say I do in this column. And here is my answer: Yes, I probably […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal ABERDEEN – Whether you like Victorian homes with towers and turrets, turn of the century Queen Annes with gingerbread trim or Greek Revival mansions and cottages, there’s something for everyone’s taste at the 40th Aberdeen Southern Heritage Pilgrimage. “We chose Bella Vida because it hasn’t been on the tour in […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – When Thomas Woods decided to open a restaurant in Tupelo two years ago, he knew just what to call it. Aunt B’s Soul Food Restaurant is named for one of his mother’s sisters, Lula Harris, whom everybody calls B. “My mother had two sisters, Aunt B and Aunt […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal ETTA – Every Sunday, Lyndie Herod gathers with her family for a big meal at lunch. The number of folks eating easily hits 30 each week. “It’s my family, my brother and sister and their families, my aunt, my parents and my cousins,” said Herod, 33. “One week we do […]

Broccoli Salad 2 heads fresh broccoli, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces 1 bottle real bacon bits 2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese 1⁄2 cup raisins 1 cup mayonnaise 1⁄2 cup sugar 2 tablespoons cider vinegar Mix broccoli, bacon bits, cheese and raisins. Set aside. Combine mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar. Pour over salad and refrigerate overnight. […]

About a month ago, on a Friday afternoon the week before I was to go on vacation, my computer’s hard drive crashed. In the back of my mind, I knew this was possible, and even likely one day, but I guess I rationalized “it will never happen to me.” Well, happen it did, and the […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal SALTILLO – When Dedra Rainey was a small girl, she loved to watch Julia Child and The Galloping Gourmet cooking shows on television. The problem was, the shows came on during the day. “That’s one of my earliest memories,” said Rainey, 54. “On days I would fake being sick so […]

Red Curry Shrimp and Vegetables 3 cups water 2 cups Jasmine rice 1 (13-ounce) can coconut milk 2 tablespoons red curry paste* 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 cup sugar snap peas 1 cup bamboo shoots 1 cup red bell pepper slices 1⁄4 cup fresh Thai basil 1 to […]