By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Mike Dillard is a master in the kitchen. While bacon is sizzling on the grill, he’s pan sautéing a duck breast and chopping ingredients for a summer salsa. And there’s not a recipe in sight. “I don’t use cookbooks and I hardly ever use recipes,” said Dillard, 67. […]

Duck with Lemon Dill Sauce LEMON DILL SAUCE 1 cup Hellmann’s mayonnaise 1⁄4 cup buttermilk Zest of 1 lemon 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons fresh dill 3 to 4 leaves fresh mint, chopped 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1⁄4 teaspoon coriander DUCK 4 (4-ounce) duck breast halves Salt and […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Now that her boys are grown and out on their own, Missy Hudspeth doesn’t prepare a lot of meals for herself and her husband, Greg. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t cook. “My grandmother was always cooking and taking to people who were sick or whatever and my […]

Nutty Buddy Yam Bake 1 (28-ounce) can sweet potatoes, drained and mashed 1 cup sugar 2 eggs, beaten 1⁄2 stick melted butter 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon 1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg Dash of salt 1⁄2 cup milk TOPPING 1⁄2 cup self-rising flour 1⁄2 cup sugar 1⁄2 stick melted butter 1⁄2 cup chopped pecans With a mixer, combine sweet […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal MOOREVILLE – Growing up in Pascagoula, Cindy Henry wasn’t particularly interested in cooking. Being near the coast, the family ate a lot of fish and shrimp, as in fried shrimp and soft-shell crab po’boys. “It was all Southern-type cooking,” said Henry, 51. “We had our own garden and grew our […]

Black Bean and Corn Salsa 1 (18-ounce) container Marketside Fresh Mild Salsa* 6 to 8 Roma tomatoes, chopped 6 green onions, chopped 1 bunch cilantro, chopped Juice of 3 lemons Juice of 2 limes 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained 1 can shoepeg corn 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 teaspoons cumin Salt and pepper […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal PONTOTOC – When Jennifer Culpepper McCormick graduated from South Pontotoc High School, she went to Itawamba Community College for a year. But she didn’t know what she wanted to do with her life, so she left school and got a job at Kroger in the bakery. “That’s where I learned […]

Modean’s Pound Cake 1 Box Duncan Hines Butter cake mix 1 cup sugar 2⁄3 cup oil 1 teaspoon vanilla 4 eggs 8 ounces sour cream Beat all ingredients together, and pour into a greased Bundt pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes, or until done. Peach Cobbler 1 stick butter 1 cup […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – When Eden Elizabeth Garms was growing up in Tampa, Florida, she ate the meals her mother put before her, which were largely vegan. “But Mom only knew how to boil things and she cooked very plainly,” said Garms, 26. “She didn’t use a lot of seasonings.” One day […]