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Sonja Jenkins doesn’t mind getting her hands messy as she prepares Indian-Spiced Turkey Breast with Creamy Red Lentils from Susan Spicer’s “Crescent City Cooking” cookbook.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – One day four or five years ago, friends Grace Clark and Nancy Brown Milam were talking and the two decided they wanted to start a cookbook club. Then they mentioned the idea to fellow foodie Sonja Jenkins. “I thought it sounded fun, but you know, life gets away […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal CORINTH – If you’re a friend of Billy Carl “B.C.” Lipford and you get sick, you can just about count on him delivering a pecan pie to your doorstep. “Every Thursday morning, a group of about 30 of us meet at Martha’s Menu for breakfast,” said Lipford, 71. “If one […]

Chicken and Dumplings 4 to 5 skin-on, bone-in chicken breast halves 2 quarts water 1 large onion, quartered 3 carrots, peeled and cut in 2-inch pieces 3 large celery ribs, cut in 2-inch pieces Salt and pepper 2 cups self-rising flour, sifted 1⁄3 cup shortening 1⁄2 cup reserved chicken stock 2 to 3 tablespoons butter […]

I’m not sure if I’ve ever written about these cookies in this space before, but I should have. I found this recipe about 10 years ago. I don’t know where I got it, but I distinctly remember making the cookies for the first time for my son, Patrick, and his friend, Chandler Craig, who was […]

Everyone has that friend who is distinctively unique, opinionated, not afraid to speak his/her mind, and not afraid to call someone out when they think they are wrong. I married a person like that. I also have a friend like that. That friend for me is David Trigiani, and he’s a great guy. I have […]

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Marilyn Gurner, left, Dot Bowles and Sandy Maharrey are ready for customers Saturday at the Brewer United Methodist Church’s 8th Annual Bake Sale, Bazaar and Rummage Sale.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal BREWER – If you’re in the Brewer area Saturday morning shopping at the communitywide yard sale, you might want to swing by Brewer United Methodist Church and pick up something at its annual bake sale, bazaar and rummage sale. The event will begin at 7 a.m. in the fellowship hall […]


Chili 3 pounds ground beef 3 onions, chopped 11⁄2 cups chopped green bell pepper 4 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce 3 cups water 11⁄2 teaspoons salt 3⁄4 teaspoon pepper 3 teaspoons garlic Dash of oregano 6 tablespoons flour 3 cans kidney beans, undrained Brown meat, onion and peppers. Drain. Add remaining ingredients. Simmer at least 1 […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal AUBURN – You could say Regina Dickinson learned to cook by bargaining with her mother. “The main thing I remember is when I was a teenager, I always wanted a dress made or an outfit made,” she said. “Mother sewed all my clothes and she’d say, ‘Regina, if you want […]

Coconut Delight 11⁄2 sticks butter, melted 11⁄2 cups self-rising flour, sifted 1 cup chopped nuts 1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese, softened 11⁄4 cups confectioner’s sugar 1 (16-ounce) container whipped topping, divided 2 (6-ounce) packages frozen coconut, thawed and divided 2 small boxes instant vanilla pudding 3 cups cold milk For the first layer, combine melted […]