By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal BIGGERSVILLE – For 10 years, Tara Lauderdale taught English and coached girls’ basketball at Jumpertown and Booneville. And then a year ago, her teaching career took a 180-degree turn. “Christmas of last year, the job of Culinary Arts instructor came […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Early Wednesday morning, a group of men gathered at Cafe 212 for their regular coffee klatch and raised their mugs in memory of one of their own – the late David Sparks. The coffee they were drinking – a special blend called Southern Gentleman – was also created […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – If you consider yourself a true Southerner, your New Year’s Day menu likely will include black-eyed peas, cornbread, greens and pork. I grew up eating these foods on the first day of each new year at our home in south Alabama. Mama always said the peas were for […]

Hot Black-Eyed Pea Dip 1 can black-eyed peas 1⁄2 cup chopped onion 1⁄4 cup sour cream 8 slices jarred jalapeños, chopped 1 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese 3 tablespoons salsa 2 teaspoons taco sauce Hot sauce Salt and pepper Drain black-eyed peas and partially mash, leaving some whole. Add all other ingredients, stirring to combine. […]

For the past several years, my husband, Charlie, has made batch after batch of cheese straws at Christmas. And these aren’t your ordinary cheese straws. These are Elizabeth Gwin’s Cheese Straws. I had the pleasure of meeting Elizabeth the first time in December 2006 when I interviewed her as a Cook of the Week. She […]

Sometimes it’s better to receive than give. Certainly that falls contrary to everything I have been taught all of my life. In my professional career I have tried to live by a 30-year commitment of giving back, but if one is affiliated in any way with a charitable organization, then being on the receiving end […]

I went looking for a new twist on chicken Monday night. I didn’t want to roast a whole chicken and I didn’t want to bake plain old chicken breasts. I wanted something spicy and creamy that would be good leftover as well. What I found was a recipe from The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, that […]

Popcorn is 4,000 years old. That amazes me. If someone ever asked me when I thought popcorn was invented, I would probably answer, “In the mid- to late 1800s.” That seems about right. I would have imagined there was probably some Midwestern farmer out on the new frontier who left a few ears of corn […]

Paula Jones of Tupelo, left, is one of five bloggers from the South chosen to spend two days dining and cooking with Patricia “Sister” Schubert Barnes at her home in Andalusia, Alabama. (Courtesy)

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – In the summer of 2011, Paula McTune Jones took home the top honor in Mississippi Magazine’s annual recipe contest. After that, her phone wouldn’t stop ringing. “People would call and ask for my recipes and cooking advice,” Jones said. “I was between part-time jobs at the time, so […]