Stoplight Shrimp Orzo

Cook of the Week: Janet Coker recipes

CAJUN SHRIMP CREOLE 4 cups water 4 tablespoons Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base 1 box Zatarain’s Shrimp Creole Base (not the Creole...

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal   HOUSTON – Growing up in Mobile, Alabama, Janet Coker remembers eating a lot of seafood. “My parents both cooked,” Coker said. “They loved seafood. They were fishermen – they fished competitively. They cooked roasts and chicken, but seafood is what we grew up eating.” But, Coker said, there wasn’t […]

On Easter, we did not dine on ham or turkey or even lamb, but rather beef tenderloin. I gave up beef for Lent so this expensive cut of meat was a true treat. I have to mention here that I’ve only cooked a beef tenderloin roast one other time – for Christmas Eve three or […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal   TUPELO – Regional Rehab’s annual Kentucky Derby party features a hat contest, live music, mint juleps, live and silent auctions and derby dollars (play money) to bet on the famous horse race. But the real star of the party is the food. Most of the dishes served have been […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – A new biscuit and coffee shop named Butterbean used its soft opening Tuesday as a fundraiser for an employee. Jordan Malone lost the home he shared with family on Desoto Drive in Tupelo to a fire late Saturday night. “We’re family-based here,” said David Leathers, chef/owner of Forklift, […]

Someone once told me to make myself “available for opportunities” and they will surely come. It sounded like a bunch of new-age gobbledy speak when I first heard it, but it’s quite true. That has been the story of my life. In 1981, I flunked out of college and headed back home with my head […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal STARKVILLE – A complicated holiday dish turned out to be the undoing of a 14-year-old Starkville boy vying to become the next “MasterChef Junior.” Mark Coblentz, who had made it into the top 10 contestants from an original field of 40, failed to wow celebrity chef judges Gordon Ramsay, Christina […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal ABERDEEN – Just about anything you eat from Barbara McNeece’s table is going to be made from scratch. “I’ve been making my banana pudding for as far back as I can remember – I was probably in my early 20s when I started,” said McNeece, 73. “I cook the filling […]

Banana Pudding PUDDING 6 egg yolks 1 1/2 cups sugar 4 tablespoons self-rising flour 4 cups milk 1 teaspoon vanilla Dash of salt 4 bananas, sliced 1/2 box vanilla wafers MERINGUE 6 egg whites 6 teaspoons sugar For the pudding, combine egg yolks, sugar, flour, milk, vanilla and salt in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook in […]

Everywhere I turn these days, there is an email or a blog or a cooking magazine touting the benefits of eating a plant-based diet filled with more fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains – and less meat – to help prevent diet-related disease. I totally get this but have to admit that […]