By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal HOUSTON – First United Methodist Church in Houston will host its annual Parish Fall Bazaar in the Family Life Center on Friday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Three charges in the parish representing 11 active churches will come together for the event. The day begins with breakfast at 6 […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal BALDWYN – The way Susan McBride figures it, she learned to cook by osmosis. “Mother is a fantastic from-scratch cook who can open an empty cupboard and have the table loaded,” said McBride, 70. “Her sisters and her mother were the same way. I was always in the kitchen with […]

Mother’s Coconut Cream Pie 1 cup sugar 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour 1⁄4 teaspoon salt 2 cups milk 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten 2 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 (6-ounce) package frozen coconut, divided 1 (9-inch) baked pie shell Meringue 3 egg whites 1⁄4 teaspoon cream of tartar 6 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla Combine […]

I’m about to share with you the most delicious recipe for potato soup I’ve ever made. And I’m going to tell you how I plan to lighten it next time because I think it would still be very good. I found the original recipe on a Betty Crocker website, but I tweaked that recipe considerably […]

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Donna Jackson of Plantersville, who works at Fairpark Grill in downtown Tupelo, was named the first female chef in the Eat With Us Group in August.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – When Donna Jackson was 15 years old, she began working at Vanelli’s restaurant in Tupelo as part of her high school co-op program. “I started out washing dishes and then moved to the cook line,” said Jackson, 48. “I waited a few tables, but I didn’t like that. […]

After 18 years of parenting I assumed I had encountered every emotion that goes along with the job. There is the sheer joy and elation that occurs during birth in the maternity room at the hospital, the first word, the first time a daughter says, “Daddy,” the pride involved when she stands up and goes […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal Shirley Reaves and her son, Ray, aren’t what you’d call new to the food world. For more than 40 years, they’ve been at fairs, carnivals, festivals and horse shows, selling their specialties. “We worked the Mid-South Fair in Memphis for 30 years,” Shirley said. “We had Ray standing on a […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – David Barnes’ introduction into the world of restaurants wasn’t very glamorous. “I started at Red Lobster in Florida out of high school as a pot scrubber,” said Barnes, 52. “Then I graduated to dishwasher.” Barnes was a pre-med major at Florida State University, working in restaurants to help […]

Olive Salsa 1 cup chopped grape tomatoes 1⁄2 English cucumber, diced 1⁄2 bunch cilantro, chopped 1⁄4 cup coarsely chopped kalamata olives 1⁄4 cup coarsely chopped green olives 1⁄4 cup coarsely chopped black olives 1⁄4 cup coarsely chopped Spanish olives 1 medium red onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped […]