By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal CALHOUN CITY – Knock on Billie Pryor Davis’ door at 3 o’clock in the morning and you’re likely to find her in the kitchen cooking. “I used to get up early to cook when my husband had to leave for work at 4:30 in the morning,” she said. “He’s retired […]

Squash Casserole 2 cup cooked squash and onions 1/2 stick butter Salt and pepper 8 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar cheese 1 egg 2 tablespoons chopped pimiento Bread crumbs dotted with butter or butter-cracker crumbs Combine squash and onion mixture, butter, salt and pepper, cheese, egg and pimiento and spoon into a greased casserole Top with bread […]

More than 10 years ago, I put out a call for a recipe for a dip I’d had at a family gathering. All I knew was the dish I ate had black-eyed peas and artichoke hearts in it. I tried to get the recipe from my cousin who hosted the gathering, but she said it […]

It’s time to come clean. I have written often about my first experience cooking in a professional kitchen. It wasn’t until we opened the Purple Parrot in 1987, and after firing our chef on opening night, that I began cooking in a commercial kitchen. To that point, the entirety of my experience in a kitchen […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal SALTILLO – Look up the word amazing in the dictionary and you just might find a picture of LaVerne Raper. The Saltillo native, who will turn 97 in December, cooks every day, puts up all manner of canned goods in the summer, keeps her own house and bakes tea cakes […]

Ripe Tomato Relish 1 gallon ripe tomatoes, peeled and diced 3 cups sugar 1 1/2 cups vinegar 1 large onion, diced 1 large bell pepper, diced 3 to 4 ribs celery, diced Combine all ingredients in a large pot and cook slowly until mixture boils. Place relish in sterilized jars and process in a boiling […]

I can always tell when my husband has a hankering to go to the Smoky Mountains: He pulls out one of his favorite cookbooks, “Smokehouse Ham, Spoon Bread & Scuppernong Wine: The Folklore and Art of Southern Appalachian Cooking” by Joseph Dabney. We bought the cookbook on a trip to the Smokies in 2001, when […]

Daily Journal TUPELO – The 17th annual Chili Fest is slated for Friday, Oct. 7 in downtown Tupelo. The one-day festival will be held on South Broadway Street between Main and Troy and will consist of lunch, music and a community chili cook-off. Hosted by the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association, the competition portion of […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal NEW ALBANY – For as long as she can remember, Christy Haynie Hall was in the kitchen with her mother. “When I was 3, she would have me on a stool at the counter and she’d let me crack the eggs,” said Hall, 31. “She’d say, ‘Put your thumbs in, […]