Roasted Pecans 2 cups water 1⁄4 cup salt 4 cups pecan halves Bring water and salt to a boil, stirring to dissolve salt. Turn off heat; add pecans. Let stand 5 minutes; drain. Spread pecans out on a cookie sheet. Bake at 250 degrees for 1 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Cool and store in […]

The recent flurry of football activity has created quite a disturbance in the Parsons-Langford household. It wasn’t bad enough that I’m an Ole Miss grad and my husband, Charlie, graduated from Mississippi State. Now, our daughter, Mary, is a junior at UM and our son, Patrick, will be headed to MSU next fall. The Egg […]

Several years ago, I attended a cooking class at A Cook’s Place and Kathleen Kennedy was the instructor. I don’t remember everything Kathleen prepared that night, but I do recall she made a risotto that she stirred on the stove for more than half an hour. The result was undeniably delicious, but rather time consuming […]

In 1971 Hattiesburg, Mississippi, was a meat-and-potatoes town. It’s not because we weren’t well traveled or suffered from low exposure. It’s just that exotic foods weren’t readily available. My across-the-street neighbor, Barbara Jane Foote, steamed artichokes and served them with drawn butter. That was a food that seemed exotic and from another world. My neighbors […]

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Brittany Rogers, of Tupelo, sets up the Rogers Reality tent at this year's Chili Fest. Their theme was Chili Vanilli.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Rain was in the forecast at lunch Friday, but that didn’t stop hungry folks and chili competitors from turning out for the 15th annual Chili Fest downtown. “All the teams have shown up and I was a little worried about that,” said Jessica Hollinger, marketing associate for Downtown […]

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Once again, bowls of chili with fixings from Bar-B-Q by Jim will be served at Chili Fest in downtown Tupelo. This year's event is Friday.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association is gearing up for the 15th Annual Chili Fest on Friday. The lunch event is from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and the dinner event runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Everything takes place on Broadway between Main and Troy streets. “We […]

I just love those days when my husband sends me an email with a recipe and a note at the top that says, “I want to cook this tonight.” Last week I got just such an email. The recipe he wanted to cook was Craig Claiborne’s Smothered Chicken. Charlie is much more adventurous in the […]

Every aspect of life has a peak. Professional singers reach a point in their careers when their voice is in top form. They have trained and practiced for years to reach a place where their talent is maximized. After that is a slow decline. The same goes for major league pitchers, quarterbacks, and basketball players. […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal BREWER – This time last year, as the cooks at Brewer United Methodist Church were preparing for their annual bake sale, bazaar and rummage sale, they were hoping to make enough money to help the church retire its building fund loan by Christmas. And they did just that. So this […]