One night last week, I got a hankering for chicken cooked with lemons. I have a standby recipe from Ina Garten, “The Barefoot Contessa,” which starts with a pan sauce of wine and olive oil, but I didn’t want the calories in that dish. I also have a Chinese recipe where chicken is cubed, dredged […]

This is part three in a series on Chicago. ––––– Two or three emails land in my inbox each week that solicit opinions about places to eat in a certain city here, or in a European country. The most frequent solicitations come from people traveling to New Orleans, New York, Chicago, or San Francisco. I […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal PONTOTOC – When Abby Ross Howell was 8 or 9 years old, she began rooting around in her grandmother’s kitchen. “Her name was Nellie Faye Scruggs but everybody knew her as Mama Faye,” said Howell, 22. “She kept a big plastic tub of canned vegetables in the kitchen and she […]

Abby’s Kickin’ Double-Decker Club Sandwich SAUCE 1 cup mayonnaise 1⁄2 cup Country Bob’s steak’s sauce 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1⁄2 tablespoon garlic salt 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon black pepper SANDWICH 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 tablespoon black pepper 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon garlic salt 12 […]

My husband and I were in Sam’s buying bed pillows Sunday afternoon when I spotted a package of pre-made chicken meatballs with pineapple, ginger and garlic. They looked and sounded delicious, but the fat and sodium contents were higher than I liked and the pricetag was hefty as well. When I got home I Googled […]

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second column in a three-part series on Chicago restaurants. ––––– CHICAGO – In this columnist’s mind, Chicago is the doughnut capital of the world. Fried bread topped with sugar and Chicago go hand in hand. Southern California might host a few of the country’s most famous doughnut spots, but that […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal SHANNON – In 1975, Larry Godfrey built Brewer Grocery in Shannon so the community would have a small country store. Various people would own the store through the years, including Faye and John Robbins and Gene and June Whitt. In 2000, Trey McMasters bought the store located in the heart […]

Hushpuppies 1 cup self-rising corn meal mix 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons sugar 1 medium onion, chopped 1⁄3 cup chopped jalapeños 2 eggs 1⁄4 cup milk, or more Oil for frying Combine corn meal mix, flour, sugar, onion, jalapeños, eggs and milk. Drop by spoonfuls into hot oil and fry until golden brown and […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal NEW ALBANY – Jane Ford likes to feed people. Whether she’s cooking for her family at the cabin at Pickwick or feeding other couples at her home in New Albany, she’s happiest in the kitchen. “I love to entertain – I always have,” said Ford, 67. “The kids used to […]