PayDay Cake 1 box yellow cake mix 1 egg 1⁄3 cup water 2 sticks margarine, divided 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring 3 cups miniature marshmallows 2 cups peanut butter baking chips 2 cups salted dry-roasted peanuts Combine cake mix, egg, water and 1 stick of melted margarine and mix well. Press into a greased 9×13-inch pan. […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – That Kathy Williams Ferris cooks and shares what she makes with people in her community can be traced directly to her mother’s influence. “Mother was always taking something to people,” said Ferris, who will be 59 on Thursday. “Her ministry was taking someone a loaf of bread. I […]

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Mama's cheese straws and Grandmama's buttermilk pound cake.

Glazed Sugar Cookies 1 cup shortening (in pre-measured sticks) 2 cups sugar 3 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon nutmeg 41⁄2 cups all-purpose flour Glaze 1 cup powdered sugar 2 teaspoons milk, or more 2 teaspoons light corn syrup 1⁄4 teaspoon almond extract Cream together shortening, sugar, eggs, […]

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Cook of the Week Nancy Cooper.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal BLUE MOUNTAIN – Nancy Cooper came onto the cooking scene a bit later than some others, but now it’s what she does for a living. Cooper and her husband, Dan, own and operate Daylight Donuts in Ripley, which they started in 2004. “We do a big lunch business with soups […]

Cranberry, Sausage and Apple Dressing 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed 1⁄2 stick butter 6 cups coarsely chopped leeks 3 tart apples, peeled, cored and chopped 2 cups chopped celery 4 teaspoons poultry seasoning 2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed 1 cup dried cranberries 12 cups cooked, crumbled cornbread Salt and black pepper to taste […]

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Miranda Georges of Tupelo makes her own red velvet birthday cake every year because she hasn't found one at a bakery that she likes as much as this one.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Miranda Georges has learned many things on her journey to a healthier lifestyle and one of them is that she can make many store-bought items at home. “I can make my own bread, cookies, cakes and creamed soups,” said Georges, who turned 33 on Saturday. She can also […]

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Red velvet cake.

Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas 2 (10–ounce) cans green enchilada sauce, divided 1⁄2 cup honey 1⁄4 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 large limes) 2 tablespoons low–sodium taco seasoning 2 pounds cooked, shredded chicken breast 12 to 16 (6–inch) corn tortillas 11⁄2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese Sliced green onions, chopped tomatoes, salsa, sour cream (optional) Preheat […]

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Mike Lail of Tupelo adds creamy Italian dressing to chicken breasts for Italian chicken, a dish his family eats every week without complaint.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Even in high school, Mike Lail was the guy who cooked. “I was the one my friends asked over when their parents went out of town,” said Lail, 52. “I’d get there and do two things: clean out the fridge and cook for them so they’d have something […]

Stir-Fry with Ramen Noodles 1⁄4 cup peanut oil 2 tablespoons sesame oil 1 to 2 tablespoons minced ginger 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 zucchini, sliced lengthwise in 2-inch pieces 12 to 15 baby carrots 8 to 10 mushrooms, sliced 1 onion, quartered and separated 10 to 12 sugar snap peas 1 broccoli crown, cut in […]