Sausage Pinwheels 1⁄2 cup shortening 2 cups self-rising flour 3⁄4 cup milk 1 pound pork sausage, at room temperature Cut shortening into flour. Stir in milk with a fork and mix until dough leaves the sides of the bowl. Roll dough out into a rectangle about 1⁄2-inch thick. Spread uncooked sausage almost to the edges […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal AUBURN – When Marc Helms was in school at Mooreville, his home economics teacher assigned the students a project: They had to make character cakes. “I did like a Ninja Turtle and it was so fun,” said Helms, 34. “I got to be creative. I came home and was talking […]

Peanut Butter Silk Cake 1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist yellow cake mix 11⁄4 cups water 1 cup creamy peanut butter, divided 1⁄3 cup vegetable oil 3 eggs 1⁄2 stick butter 1⁄4 cup packed brown sugar 1 cup whipping cream Chocolate Buttercream Icing 1⁄2 cup vegetable shortening 1 stick butter or margarine, softened 3⁄4 cup cocoa […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal ETTA – Every Sunday, Lyndie Herod gathers with her family for a big meal at lunch. The number of folks eating easily hits 30 each week. “It’s my family, my brother and sister and their families, my aunt, my parents and my cousins,” said Herod, 33. “One week we do […]

Broccoli Salad 2 heads fresh broccoli, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces 1 bottle real bacon bits 2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese 1⁄2 cup raisins 1 cup mayonnaise 1⁄2 cup sugar 2 tablespoons cider vinegar Mix broccoli, bacon bits, cheese and raisins. Set aside. Combine mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar. Pour over salad and refrigerate overnight. […]


By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal SALTILLO – When Dedra Rainey was a small girl, she loved to watch Julia Child and The Galloping Gourmet cooking shows on television. The problem was, the shows came on during the day. “That’s one of my earliest memories,” said Rainey, 54. “On days I would fake being sick so […]

Red Curry Shrimp and Vegetables 3 cups water 2 cups Jasmine rice 1 (13-ounce) can coconut milk 2 tablespoons red curry paste* 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 cup sugar snap peas 1 cup bamboo shoots 1 cup red bell pepper slices 1⁄4 cup fresh Thai basil 1 to […]

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Claudia Jackson of Tupelo, left, and Johnnie Rogers of Aberdeen always please when they serve their oven-fried drumettes and chocolate chess pie.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – When Jan Rogers decided to nominate a Cook of the Week, she couldn’t decide between her mother, Claudia Jackson, and her mother-in-law, Johnnie Rogers. So she turned in their names together. “Both of these women are very special to me and wonderful cooks,” Rogers wrote. “Claudia is a […]

Oven-Fried Drumettes (Claudia Jackson) 3 packages drumettes Salt water 3 cups self-rising flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 2/3 cup canola oil Soak drumettes in salt water overnight in a covered dish. The next morning, rinse drumettes and place in tap water until ready to prepare. Combine flour, salt and pepper and set aside. […]