Coq Au Vin Marinade 1 bottle red wine 1 onion, chopped 1 carrot, chopped 1 stalk celery, chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 3 sprigs fresh thyme 1 bay leaf 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper Chicken 1 (6- to 7-pound) stewing hen or rooster Salt Freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 onion, diced 1 […]


By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Ralph Price’s co-workers love to see him coming, especially if he’s carrying a big pot of some Cajun-inspired dish for them to enjoy. “When we have potlucks at work or at church, people say, ‘What kind of Cajun food are you going to cook?’ said Price, 55. “And […]

Cheese Fudge 1 pound Velveeta processed cheese 1 pound butter or margarine 4 (1-pound) boxes powdered sugar, sifted 1 cup cocoa 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 2 to 4 cups chopped nuts (optional) Place cheese in top of a double boiler; bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cook until cheese melts, stirring constantly. […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal CORINTH – Betty James is all about being prepared. Maybe that’s because she helped her mother get dinner on the table every night when she was growing up. Or maybe it’s because she always had a hot meal in the evenings for her children when they were school age. These […]

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 […]