I have written often about breakfast being my favorite meal of the day. There is something about the freshness-of-the-morning aspect to it that holds great appeal to me. Breakfast foods appeal to me, too. My inner carboholic appreciates the breads that are available in the morning. Pancakes, French toast, and waffles are great. Down South […]

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 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Three charges in the parish representing 10 active churches will come together for the event. The day begins at 6:30 with a […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Debbie Hall likes to make traditional Southern fare the old-fashioned way, but she’s also mindful of modern-day conveniences. “It’s 2016 and God has given us a plethora of conveniences at our fingertips,” said Hall, 51. “But I don’t want to get away from those old flavors, either. Things […]

Chicken Pasta Salad 3 large bone-in chicken breast halves 1 box bowtie pasta 1 (16-ounce) bottle zesty Italian dressing 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese 2 cups grapes, halved 2 cups mayonnaise Boil chicken until tender. Remove from broth and when cool, debone. Cook pasta until tender in chicken broth. Drain. Toss pasta with 1/2 […]

I’ve spent the past two weeks looking through dozens of cooking magazines and cookbooks for new things I want to try. I’ve also spent the past two weeks dealing with a nasty cold that has left me tired, cranky and on some days, voiceless. So early in the morning, just after the meds kick in, […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Kim Simmons has a crystal cake stand, given to her one Christmas about 15 years ago by her mother, that always has some sort of sweet treat beneath the domed lid. “If there’s not a cake or a pie or cookies or something on it, I kind of […]

Old-Fashioned Wedding Cake CAKE 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided 3 sticks butter 3/4 cup water 1 (4-ounce) bar white chocolate 1 1/2 cups buttermilk 2 teaspoons vanilla 4 eggs, lightly beaten 2 1/4 cups sugar 2 teaspoons baking soda FROSTING 1 (4-ounce) bar white chocolate 1 (8-ounce) block cream […]

Everyone has his or her own way of making mashed potatoes, or as some call them, creamed potatoes. My mother always used red potatoes and after mashing them, she added salt, pepper and butter. A cook of the week I interviewed a few weeks ago said she traditionally added butter to hers, but one day […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – In 2009, when Mississippi restaurateur Robert St. John got a call from a mission pantry in Hattiesburg saying it was out of food and desperate to serve its clients, he immediately stepped up to help. He called his food service distributor, Sysco, and within a few days was […]