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 […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal HOLLY SPRINGS – Maia Miller has come a long way in the culinary world since she wed some 34 years ago. “I didn’t cook much when I first got married,” she said. “I know Mark was worried. But now, it’s my therapy.” Indeed, today Miller is in the kitchen every […]


By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal THAXTON – By day, Beth Graham is a mammographer at Oxford Diagnostic Center, but evenings and weekends she’s a mother and a farmer’s wife. Graham and her husband, Jeremy, and their two daughters live in the Hurricane community in Pontotoc County in Jeremy’s family’s old homeplace. They operate Graham Dairy, […]

Ravioli Lasagna 1 pound ground beef 1 (28-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce 1 (25-ounce) package frozen cheese ravioli 11⁄2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. In a greased baking dish, layer a third of the spaghetti sauce, half of the ravioli and beef and […]


By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal PLANTERSVILLE – You’d think that because she was one of 12 children, Glenda Payne would have learned a thing or two about cooking growing up in Tennessee, but you’d be wrong. “I did the house cleaning and left the cooking to the ones who liked to,” said Payne, who will […]

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Strawberry Parfaits.

Rouladen 4 tablespoons Dijon mustard 8 (1/4-inch-thick) slices round steak Salt and pepper 8 pieces of bacon 8 pickle spears 1 large onion, cut in wedges 3 tablespoons oil 1⁄3 cup all-purpose flour 3 cups beef broth Lightly spread mustard on each slice of steak. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place 1 piece of bacon, […]

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Cook of the Week Alan Paul.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Alan Paul didn’t realize it at the time, but he was forming a foundation for cooking at an early age. “I was a mama’s boy, always hanging on her apron strings,” said Paul, 29. “Growing up, I have to give all the credit for my sense of taste […]

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Thai Chicken Pizza.

Thai Chicken Pizza Dough 4 to 41⁄2 cups all-purpose flour, divided 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil Pinch of salt 11⁄2 cups warm water 2 packages yeast Pinch of sugar Toppings 1⁄2 cup peanut sauce 2 tablespoons Sriracha hot sauce, or to taste 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped 1 egg fresh Mozzarella cheese, sliced thinly […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal SMITHVILLE – Ask Jan Minch about her favorite cookbook and she’s likely to pull down five thick binders filled with recipes she’s organized in plastic sleeves. The recipes are clipped from newspapers, pulled from the Internet or gathered from family and friends. They are organized by main dishes, sides, appetizers, […]