Arugula, Honey Roasted Pear and Walnut Salad 2 to 3 Bosc pears 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 cup honey 1 cup walnuts 1⁄2 cup rice vinegar 1⁄2 cup canola oil Juice from 1⁄2 large orange Salt and pepper 2 bags arugula Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slice pears in half lengthwise and core. Drizzle with honey. Place […]

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Cook of the Week Reid Roberts

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal BALDWYN – Reid Roberts grew up eating off the family farm, with a mother and two grandmothers who were both good cooks. But he didn’t take an interest in cooking until he got out on his own. “Basically, I was eating baked potatoes and canned soup,” said Roberts, 53. “A […]

Grilled Jerk Chicken 1⁄2 cup Caribbean Jerk seasoning 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 1 small bunch green onions 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves 1 small bunch fresh cilantro, leaves and stems 1⁄2 cup molasses 1⁄4 cup […]

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Cook of the Week JoAnna Ohler

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal BLUE MOUNTAIN – Joann Ohler has been cooking for a crowd for as long as she can remember. As the fourth of eight children (and “the favorite”), she stayed in the kitchen in the mornings and cooked while everyone else was out in the fields picking cotton in the Buena […]

Scalloped Tomatoes 1 small onion, chopped 1⁄2 stick butter or margarine 21⁄2 cups canned tomatoes 1 cup toasted bread cubes* 1⁄2 cup sugar 1 tablespoon lemon juice Salt and pepper Fine bread crumbs for topping 1⁄2 cup grated cheese Sauté onion in butter. Combine onion with tomatoes, bread cubes, sugar and lemon juice. Season with […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – When Robert Skelton was a little boy living in Amory, he used to pretend he had his own cooking show on television. “I was about 11, so this was long before the Food Network,” said Skelton, 40. “The only cooking shows on were the Cajun guy Justin Wilson […]

Pepperoni Chicken 6 large chicken breast halves 20 large pepperoni slices, divided 2 1⁄2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese, divided Olive Oil 2 cups marinara sauce Pound chicken breasts between two pieces of plastic wrap until as flat as possible without tearing in the middle. Cover each with 3 slices of pepperoni, overlapping each pepperoni piece […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal RED BAY, Ala. – Billie Freeland Epler is finally a free woman. Her last day at Red Bay Hospital, where she worked in the food services division, was July 4, and her children gave her a little party that evening, compete with fireworks. “It was my independence day,” said Epler, […]

Pear Preserves 6 cups sugar, divided 3 cups water 1 gallon sliced pears Combine 3 cups sugar and water and bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Add pears. Add remaining 3 cups sugar and cook until pears turn kind of clear. Seal in pint jars while hot. Vinegar Slaw 1 medium cabbage, grated 1 […]