Nita Dyer’s Marinated Shrimp 2 pounds raw shrimp, unpeeled 2 quarts water 1 tablespoon crab and shrimp boil 1⁄4 cup Old Bay Seasoning 1 cup thinly sliced onion 5 bay leaves 11⁄2 cups vegetable oil 3⁄4 cup white vinegar 1 bottle of capers with liquid 21⁄2 teaspoons celery seed 2 to 3 shakes of hot […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – New Jersey native Lee Hartmann is humbled to live in the South, where she’s surrounded by good cooks. “I cannot compete,” said Hartmann, who moved to Tupelo in December 2013 to take a job as the regional director of field operations for United Blood Services. “I always test […]

Squash Casserole 6 yellow squash, sliced 1 medium onion, chopped 1 tablespoon margarine 1 teaspoon salt 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper 1⁄4 cup chicken broth 1 egg, beaten 25 bacon-flavored Ritz crackers 1 cup shredded cheese Sauté squash and onion in melted margarine. Add salt and pepper and broth and simmer. Combine egg, crackers and cheese and […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Leah Herndon doesn’t necessarily cook because she has to or she wants to. It’s more like she doesn’t have a choice. “Cooking is part of what I grew up with, it’s part of my life, it’s in my DNA,” said the 33-year-old. “I’ve just always cooked.” Five or […]

Yellow Cake with Chocolate Icing 1 box yellow cake mix 3 cups sugar 1 cup milk 1⁄2 cup cocoa 3 tablespoons corn syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla 11⁄3 sticks butter Bake cake according to the package directions in two layers. Let cool. For the icing, combine sugar, milk, cocoa and corn syrup in a saucepan. Using […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal PEPPERTOWN – When Connie and Wayne Lesley married almost 42 years ago, the only things she could cook were hamburgers and french fries. But that soon changed. “Wayne taught me a lot – how to make things like pork chops and creamed potatoes,” said Lesley, 59. “I gained 12 pounds […]

Blueberry Cobbler 1 stick butter 1⁄2 cup sugar plus 2 teaspoons* 11⁄4 cups Bisquick baking mix 2⁄3 cup milk 3 cups blueberries Melt butter in a deep serving dish. Combine 1⁄2 cup sugar, baking mix and milk and mix until smooth. Pour batter into the dish with the butter and add blueberries. Bake at 350 […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Dalarion Traylor says he was not a mama’s boy, but rather a grandmama’s boy. “I’ve been in the kitchen all my life. My grandmama says I used to crawl up her leg so she’d let me taste her cake batter,” said Traylor, 24. That grandmother is Ethel Johnson […]

Butterfinger Pie 1 (16-ounce) container whipped topping 3 Butterfinger bars, chopped 3 tablespoons caramel sauce 1 graham cracker crust Combine whipped topping, chopped candy bars and caramel sauce. Pour mixture into graham cracker crust, cover with a lid, and freeze for 1 hour. Remove and serve. Egg Rolls Ground chicken, pork or beef* Fajita seasoning […]