Pecan Pie 1⁄2 stick margarine, melted 1 cup sugar 3 eggs, beaten 1⁄2 cup light corn syrup 1 cup chopped pecans 1 unbaked (9-inch) pie shell Combine margarine, sugar, eggs, corn syrup and pecans. Pour mixture into unbaked pie shell. Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour. Corn Dogs Aunt Jemima pancake mix Milk Bryan […]


By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal ABERDEEN – Like many women in Northeast Mississippi, Maxine Sykes learned to cook from her mother. By the time she was 10 or 11, Sykes could put a meal of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and English peas on the table for her family. But at age 19, Sykes found herself […]

Quick Chicken Spaghetti 3 cans Chicken a la King 12 ounces vermicelli, cooked 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided 1 can white-meat chicken 1 cup milk Salt and pepper Worcestershire (optional) Pimientos (optional) Sliced mushrooms (optional) Combine Chicken a la King, cooked pasta, 11⁄2 cups cheese, canned chicken, milk, salt and pepper and optional ingredients. […]

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Cook of the Week the Rev. Paul Stephens of All Saints' Episcopal Church.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – The Rev. Paul Stephens was almost 40 when he felt called to the priesthood, but he found his niche in the kitchen much earlier than that. “My mother had rheumatoid arthritis and often it was debilitating and she couldn’t do much,” said Stephens, 58. “As the oldest of […]

Crawfish Pasta 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut in 1-inch pieces 12 ounces penne rigate pasta 1⁄4 cup olive oil 1 teaspoon butter 4 green onions, chopped (reserve 1 for garnish) 1 shallot, diced 3 to 4 cloves garlic, chopped 1⁄4 cup dry white wine 2 cups heavy cream 1⁄2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes […]

Cook of the week Lisa Stevens

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal BOONEVILLE – Lisa Garner Stevens has a very vivid memory of Christmas Eve when she was 13 years old. After everyone else in her family went to bed, she crept into the kitchen and got down her mother’s cookbooks. And she came across a recipe for homemade caramels. “We had […]

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New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp with cheesy grits.

New Orleans-style Barbeque Shrimp with Cheesy Grits Shrimp 2 pounds fresh, jumbo shrimp 1 stick butter, melted 4 tablespoons chili sauce 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons Worcestershire 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon liquid smoke 1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon oregano 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce 5 cloves fresh garlic, minced […]


By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – These days, Lois Sanderson is all about color on her plate. “You eat with your eyes first, so a plate should never be the same palette,” she said. “You need different colors and textures. Color lets me know if I’m going to have a scrumptious meal or a […]

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 […]