By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Leah Herndon doesn’t necessarily cook because she has to or she wants to. It’s more like she doesn’t have a choice. “Cooking is part of what I grew up with, it’s part of my life, it’s in my DNA,” said the 33-year-old. “I’ve just always cooked.” Five or […]

Yellow Cake with Chocolate Icing 1 box yellow cake mix 3 cups sugar 1 cup milk 1⁄2 cup cocoa 3 tablespoons corn syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla 11⁄3 sticks butter Bake cake according to the package directions in two layers. Let cool. For the icing, combine sugar, milk, cocoa and corn syrup in a saucepan. Using […]

A few years ago, I got on the Pinterest bandwagon. All the folks I was interviewing at the time were raving about the website and app, which allows users to “pin” photos, recipes, crafty ideas, etc., to personalized boards which can then be shared with other pinners. I set up a few boards – recipes, […]

How far will you drive for a favorite food item or a meal? My answer is easy – 112 miles. That’s exactly how far I live from New Orleans. I grew up eating in and around the Crescent City. My mother took my brother and me there often. Her main haunts in those days were […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal PEPPERTOWN – When Connie and Wayne Lesley married almost 42 years ago, the only things she could cook were hamburgers and french fries. But that soon changed. “Wayne taught me a lot – how to make things like pork chops and creamed potatoes,” said Lesley, 59. “I gained 12 pounds […]

Blueberry Cobbler 1 stick butter 1⁄2 cup sugar plus 2 teaspoons* 11⁄4 cups Bisquick baking mix 2⁄3 cup milk 3 cups blueberries Melt butter in a deep serving dish. Combine 1⁄2 cup sugar, baking mix and milk and mix until smooth. Pour batter into the dish with the butter and add blueberries. Bake at 350 […]

This past Sunday, all the planets lined up correctly and my husband had all three of his children – plus the grandchild – home for Father’s Day. My stepdaughter, Jennifer, and her daughter, Zoie, who live in California, had been planning a three-week trip to Mississippi in June for several months now, so their presence […]

I have had a lifelong love-hate relationship with doughnuts. Actually, hate would be the wrong word. I have never hated doughnuts. No one hates doughnuts. Doughnuts are awesome. It’s just that in my younger days I could eat all of the doughnuts I wanted and easily slip into a pair of 28-inch waist blue jeans. […]

Berry tart. (Courtesy)

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – If you live in Northeast Mississippi, you are, no doubt, within spitting distance of a farmers’ market or a truck farmer or a neighbor who planted too many squash plants. Summertime reminds me of my mother and when I think of my mother, I think of fruits and […]