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 […]

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Cook of the Week Reid Roberts

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal BALDWYN – Reid Roberts grew up eating off the family farm, with a mother and two grandmothers who were both good cooks. But he didn’t take an interest in cooking until he got out on his own. “Basically, I was eating baked potatoes and canned soup,” said Roberts, 53. “A […]

Grilled Jerk Chicken 1⁄2 cup Caribbean Jerk seasoning 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 1 small bunch green onions 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves 1 small bunch fresh cilantro, leaves and stems 1⁄2 cup molasses 1⁄4 cup […]

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Cook of the Week JoAnna Ohler

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal BLUE MOUNTAIN – Joann Ohler has been cooking for a crowd for as long as she can remember. As the fourth of eight children (and “the favorite”), she stayed in the kitchen in the mornings and cooked while everyone else was out in the fields picking cotton in the Buena […]

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 […]