By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal If your 2017 resolutions include losing weight, exercising more and taking charge of your health, the road ahead of you is not going to be an easy one. “It’s hard work,” said Ginger Mark, a registered dietitian at the North Mississippi Medical Center Bariatric Center. “We want a quick fix. […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal RIPLEY – This time last year Robin Chapman had no idea her world was about to be turned upside down. The South Tippah Schools retiree answered her phone one morning and found Sam Sifton, the food editor at The New York Times, on the other end. “He started asking me […]

Cassoulet 1 small Boston butt roast Salt and pepper Brown sugar Apple cider vinegar Worcestershire sauce 1 whole chicken Olive oil 2 pounds dry Great Northern beans 4 1/2 quarts water 1 pound salt pork 6 cloves garlic 2 onions, peeled and quartered 3 carrots, scraped and cut in half 3 stalks celery, cut in […]

You would think I’d be content with the two dozen or more new cookbooks I receive in the mail every year, but you’d be wrong. I can’t resist a good cookbook. When I go into a bookstore, whether a small independent one or one in a large chain, I always gravitate to the cookbook section. […]

This is the last decadent recipe you’ll see from me in a while. I’m hoping the new year will bring the inspiration for cleaner, healthier eating and more much-needed exercise. But I can’t let 2016 go without sharing a delicious coffee cake recipe. I started this on Christmas Eve and baked it Christmas morning (the […]

Someone once said, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” I don’t necessarily agree with that. I have always believed: The more things change, the more opportunities I have to accept the fact things are always going to keep changing. Change is inevitable. 2016 was a tough year for my old neighborhood. […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – When K.C. Caldwell Grist was about 7 years old, she cooked an entire meal for her grandparents and invited them to her home to eat it. By the time she was in the seventh grade, she was making crepes and selling them to the public to earn spending […]

Jefferson Chicken Crepes 1/3 cup butter 1 cup sliced mushrooms 1/4 cup minced onion 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1 cup chicken broth 1 cup half-and-half 1 egg yolk 2 tablespoons sherry 3 cups cooked, chopped chicken 1 package of 10 crepes* 1/2 cup whipping cream, whipped (not Cool Whip) […]

Last week, a friend of mine from Alabama sent me a link to a recipe she thought I might like. Turns out she was right. And the best part is when I made this dish it looked exactly like the photo that accompanied the recipe. That rarely happens in my home. I like this recipe […]