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 […]

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 […]