One of the greatest surprises of my adult life is that quicksand hasn’t played a larger role. As a kid I was a fan of Tarzan. What’s not to like? He lived in a really cool tree house, had a chimpanzee as a pet, and a smoking hot British girlfriend who swung from vines in […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – If Tom Evans hadn’t been such an inquisitive child, he might not have his grandmother’s recipes today. “My earliest memories are of standing in a chair by my mama and my grandmother as they cooked,” said Evans, 67. “That’s why I’ve got a lot of my grandmother’s recipes, […]

Old-Fashioned Lemon Cake 1 box lemon supreme cake mix 1 stick margarine 3 jumbo eggs 1 cup water 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice Zest of 1⁄2 lemon Combine cake ingredients and divide batter between 2 greased, floured cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until layers are done. Lemon Icing 1 cup […]

There was a time when my husband and I grilled year-round, no matter what the weather was doing. I have held many an umbrella over Charlie and the grill during a downpour and we have bundled up in coats, hats, scarves and gloves when we had a hankering for grilled chicken in January. Once, when […]

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO – Money raised from this weekend’s 41st annual Tupelo Hog Roast will support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Le Bonheur, North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice Patient Care and the Ronald McDonald House. The two-day event kicks off at 5 p.m. today at the VFW Hut on Mitchell Road and […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Tickets are still available for Feast for the Farmers, the annual farm-to-table dinner that kicks off the grand opening of the Tupelo Farmers’ Depot. But this year’s event promises to be a little different. “We started to hear from the community about having a true farm-to-table dinner,” said […]

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Business partners Alexe Van Beuren, left, and Dixie Grimes are pleased to serve customers at The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery in downtown Water Valley.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal WATER VALLEY – Five years ago, Alexe van Beuren was a young mother of two who had moved to Water Valley with her husband, Kagan Coughlin, who had taken a desk job in nearby Oxford. Alexe was eager to do something outside the home, but she wasn’t sure what. Meanwhile, […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal WATER VALLEY – If you don’t believe Peggy Whiteside can cook, just take a look at all the blue ribbons she’s won for her efforts. She has taken home the Vardaman Sweet Potato Festival’s top cooking award – the Mayor’s Cup – twice, and her recipe for Cabbage Casserole won […]

Southern Sweet Potato Pecan Pie 1 refrigerated pie crust 1 tablespoon powdered sugar 4 large eggs 11⁄2 cups firmly packed brown sugar 1 stick butter, melted and cooled 1⁄2 corn syrup 1⁄2 cup chopped pecans 2 tablespoons self-rising flour 2 tablespoons milk 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 cup cooked, mashed sweet potatoes 11⁄2 cups pecan halves […]