My roots are deep in Nashville, though I never lived here. My mother’s people all come from Nashville. When I was a child, my grandfather, who grew up on the banks of the Cumberland River, told me stories about life in and around the hilly woods of Tennessee. His childhood, and the landscape and terrain […]

Grilled bacon, egg and cheese sandwich. (Photo courtesy of "The Loving Kitchen")

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal September is National Better Breakfast month. I know the point of this push is to get some of the 31 million Americans who are not eating breakfast to do so, and I applaud that effort. But at my house, we do have breakfast. Every morning, my husband, Charlie eats two […]


Maple Bacon Muffins 12⁄3 cups all-purpose flour 1⁄3 cup firmly packed brown sugar 2 teaspoons baking soda 1⁄8 teaspoon salt 1⁄2 cup whole or 2 percent milk 1⁄2 cup pure maple syrup 1⁄3 cup butter, melted 1 large egg 1⁄2 cup bacon, cooked and crumbled (about 6 slices) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease or […]

This past Saturday, I received the news that June Groover, my “second mother,” had died in my hometown of Dothan, Alabama. I spent much of the day crying.The Groovers moved across the street from us when I was about 9 years old. Their second-oldest child, Merry, was my age, and once we discovered we both […]

I have become bored with lackluster food. I don’t know if it’s an age thing or that my taste buds have dulled over the years, but bland, lifeless, boring food just doesn’t cut it anymore. This thought occurred to me as I was having dinner with my wife in the new Indian restaurant that opened […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Ten downtown Tupelo restaurants will spend this week trying to lure customers into their eateries with specials, discounts and new menu items. The third annual Restaurant Week kicks off Monday and goes through Saturday. The participating businesses are Bar-B-Q by Jim, Earnest B’s, Fairpark Grill, Frutalicious, Kermit’s Outlaw […]

I wrote last week about our abundance of little orange cherry tomatoes in our backyard garden. These two plants show no signs of slowing down.So I’ve been substituting cherry tomatoes for regular tomatoes in all manner of recipes I’ve been using. And I have to tell you that the flavor of these tomatoes cooked is […]

Our office receives odd requests on a weekly basis. The most frequent inquiry we receive is about cooking demos or dual demos. The dual demos are my favorite. My friend and collaborator, watercolorist Wyatt Waters, and I have done over 100 dual demos over the past 13 years all over the country. I cook, he […]

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Steele's Dive owner Jason Steele and his restaurant manager, Melissa Dunlap, pose outside the restaurant, which opened a year ago in west Tupelo.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – For more than five years, Jason Steele was known for the homemade plate lunches that came out of Endville General Store he operated in Pontotoc County. “I feel like I cut my teeth out there,” said Steele, 36. When he decided to go bigger and open a 200-seat […]