How many times have you been to a restaurant and had a dish that was so good and thought, “Wow, I wish I had this recipe?” Of course, I’m never bold enough to ask. I mean, these folks make a living preparing delicious meals for us to enjoy. Why would they want to give away […]

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By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Exactly 2,200 miles separate the contenders for’s best burger in America, but Tupelo has some home field advantage. Neon Pig Café has been battling Causwells of San Francisco for the top spot on the website’s search for the nation’s best burger, beating the competition of 31 […]

I grew up in the Hillendale neighborhood of Hattiesburg in the late 1960s and ‘70s. It was a unique place in an unmatched era. I truly believe there is nothing comparable to the eight-block radius that was my childhood universe, before or since. There isn’t one thing I would change about my childhood surroundings and […]

Daily Journal TUPELO – It’s the All-America City versus the City by the Bay. The Neon Pig’s Smash Burger is a finalist for the “Best Burger in America” by the closest margin yet in the contest. Neon Pig won with 54.43 percent of the vote against Santa Fe Bite’s Green Chile Burger in Santa […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – More than four years ago, the Lee County Master Gardeners decided to compile recipes for a cookbook. A week ago, the fruits of their labor arrived in big boxes. “Mastering Mealtime and More with Lee County, Mississippi Master Gardeners” has more than 450 recipes provided by the Master […]

Eggplant Parmesan (Susan Tackett) 3 to 4 large eggplants, sliced into 2-inch pieces 1 cup flour 4 eggs, beaten 11⁄2 cups seasoned breadcrumbs 1⁄2 cup fresh parsley, minced 1 teaspoon fresh oregano 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated Salt and pepper 1 (32-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce 1 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded 1 (8-ounce) package noodles, cooked […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal ECRU – When Betty Ivy Hall was 10 years old, she cooked her first meal for her family. “It was really strange,” she said. “My mother worked in a factory and it was summertime and my dad said, ‘Girl, you better get in there and cook supper. Your mama will […]

Doris’ Old-Fashioned Caramel Icing 21⁄2 cups sugar, divided 3⁄4 cup milk 1 egg, well beaten 1 stick butter or margarine 1 teaspoon vanilla Combine 2 cups sugar, milk and egg. Beat with a spoon until egg is completely incorporated. Add butter and begin heating over medium heat. Meanwhile, in a heavy saucepan or iron skillet, […]

My husband sent me a link earlier this week to a recipe for a summer salad he wanted to try. On the website, the recipe author writes, “It’s tough to improve on a classic Caprese salad of ripe summer tomatoes, fresh Mozzarella cheese, basil, and olive oil, but it’s pretty darn easy to make a […]