By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – When Eden Elizabeth Garms was growing up in Tampa, Florida, she ate the meals her mother put before her, which were largely vegan. “But Mom only knew how to boil things and she cooked very plainly,” said Garms, 26. “She didn’t use a lot of seasonings.” One day […]

Sweet and Spicy Lentil Thai Curry 1 (16-ounce) bag black lentils 1 (14-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk 1 (20-ounce) can pineapple chunks, packed in juice 2 (4-ounce) jars of Thai Kitchen Red Curry Paste 1 (20-ounce) can pineapple tidbits, packed in juice 4 large carrots, cut in coins 1⁄2 large red bell pepper, cut in […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal SHANNON – All of Lisa Collins’ good memories involve food. The daughter of the late Louise and Rex Harris grew up on a farm in Plantersville and it wasn’t unusual for large crowds to show up at lunchtime at her parents’ house to eat. “If you mention my mother’s name, […]

Banana Pudding 2 cups sugar 6 tablespoons self-rising flour 4 cups milk 6 egg yolks 2 teaspoons vanilla 6 bananas, sliced 1 package vanilla wafers Meringue 6 egg whites 3⁄4 cup sugar 2 teaspoons cream of tartar 2 teaspoons vanilla For the pudding, combine sugar and flour and slowly add milk. Cook over low to […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TREMONT – The first thing Sherry Bennett will tell you about herself is that she’s not a natural cook. “All the people in my family are better cooks than I am so I have to do something to even up the game,” she said. “So I collect the best recipes […]

Coconut Cake 1 box Duncan Hines white cake mix, prepared according to directions on box and baked in 2 layers 8 ounces sour cream 16 ounces whipped topping 1 cup confectioners’ sugar 3 packages frozen coconut, thawed and divided When cake layers are cool, freeze them overnight. Using a long knife, split them in half, […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal BELDEN – Sandra “Dodie” Caldwell’s father was a chef by profession, but he also farmed full time, so she understands what having an abundance of vegetables means. “My parents had a truck garden and they supplied several grocery stores with vegetables,” said Caldwell, 73. “We had vegetables galore. My mother […]

Gazpacho 1 small clove garlic, chopped and mashed 1 tablespoon sugar (optional) 11⁄2 teaspoons salt 1 (46-ounce) can good tomato juice 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 2 to 3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 4 or 5 large tomatoes, chopped 1 cucumber, peeled and chopped 1⁄2 green bell pepper, finely diced 1⁄2 cup […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal OXFORD – When Cody Jordan was growing up, he ate the standard kid diet: chicken nuggets and pepperoni pizza. But at age 17, he began dating a girl who was a vegetarian, so he adopted her diet and stopped eating meat. The next year, the two decided to become vegans […]