By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal HOUSTON – There are some folks in this world who are made to entertain and enlighten children and some who are more suited to senior citizens. Margaret Hollingsworth handles both age groups with ease. Hollingsworth, 70, is director of the pre-school kindergarten at First Baptist Church in Houston, a post […]

Smith Island Cake 8 large Reese’s peanut butter cups, frozen 1/4 cup flour 1 box Duncan Hines yellow cake mix 3 cups plus 3 tablespoons evaporated milk 2 sticks butter, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 eggs 1/3 cup water 6 cups confectioners’ sugar 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa Chop 4 peanut butter […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal NEW ALBANY – When New Albany Presbyterian Church members welcomed a new minister in the fall of 2014, they got more than a spiritual leader: They also got a good cook. “All my life I’ve been interested in cooking,” said Mark Miller, 35. “My Grandmother Pearl pretty much raised me […]

MACARONI PIE 8 ounces elbow macaroni* 8 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar cheese 16 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese 1 stick butter Salt 4 eggs 1 cup whole milk 1 small can evaporated milk Cook macaroni according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water in a colander. Grate Cheese into a large bowl. Set aside. Layer […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Debbie Hall likes to make traditional Southern fare the old-fashioned way, but she’s also mindful of modern-day conveniences. “It’s 2016 and God has given us a plethora of conveniences at our fingertips,” said Hall, 51. “But I don’t want to get away from those old flavors, either. Things […]

Chicken Pasta Salad 3 large bone-in chicken breast halves 1 box bowtie pasta 1 (16-ounce) bottle zesty Italian dressing 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese 2 cups grapes, halved 2 cups mayonnaise Boil chicken until tender. Remove from broth and when cool, debone. Cook pasta until tender in chicken broth. Drain. Toss pasta with 1/2 […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Kim Simmons has a crystal cake stand, given to her one Christmas about 15 years ago by her mother, that always has some sort of sweet treat beneath the domed lid. “If there’s not a cake or a pie or cookies or something on it, I kind of […]

Old-Fashioned Wedding Cake CAKE 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided 3 sticks butter 3/4 cup water 1 (4-ounce) bar white chocolate 1 1/2 cups buttermilk 2 teaspoons vanilla 4 eggs, lightly beaten 2 1/4 cups sugar 2 teaspoons baking soda FROSTING 1 (4-ounce) bar white chocolate 1 (8-ounce) block cream […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal DORSEY – Last year at Christmas, Meredith Hitt received a cookbook written by Duff Goldman of the Food Network’s “Ace of Cakes” fame. So what’s on her wish list this year? Another cookbook? A kitchen gadget? Maybe a Kitchen-Aid mixer? “Actually, I want my own kitchen, because Mama is always […]