By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal GUNTOWN – When Sandra Rogers was a teenager, she loved to make desserts. Today, that’s still her passion. “Sometimes, I try new recipes, but mostly I like the tried and true,” said Rogers, 67. “The peanut butter fudge recipe I make is new to me – I just tried it […]

Coconut Sour Cream Pound Cake 3 cups sugar 1 cup shortening 6 eggs 1 teaspoon coconut flavoring 3 cups cake flour (measure after sifting) 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 8 ounces sour cream Cream sugar and shortening, then add eggs, one at a time. Beat in flavoring. In a separate bowl, sift cake four and soda […]

Indulge me if you will while I talk one more week about the joys of homemade soup in cold weather. On Saturday, when the high was somewhere in the mid-40s, I decided I wanted to try to make Julia Child’s onion soup from “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” The recipe isn’t difficult, just a […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – When Diane Weatherford was 3 years old, her mother died, and Weatherford and her four siblings went to live with their paternal grandparents, Ross and Amy Young, in Houlka. “My grandmother was a cook, now, I’m telling you,” said Weatherford, 60. “She had get-togethers every Sunday. She worked […]

Potato Salad 7 medium red potatoes, cubed and boiled 2 tablespoons diced onion 4 boiled eggs, peeled and chopped 1 large jar diced pimiento, drained 2 tablespoons sweet salad cubes (gherkins) 1 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon yellow mustard Salt, pepper and lemon pepper Paprika Combine potatoes, onion, eggs, pimiento, sweet pickles, mayonnaise and mustard. Season […]

The recent days and nights of cold, rainy weather have had me craving two types of foods: soups and casseroles. Last Wednesday, we had tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches and on Thursday, I made a hamburger casserole. On Friday we had chicken casserole and on Saturday, my husband, Charlie, made black bean soup. I […]

I don’t believe in past lives or reincarnation, but if I did I would imagine several of my former selves lived in this area of Italy. The first time I set foot on the soil of this part of Tuscany, I felt at home. Five years ago, I was in the middle of a six-month […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal As the holiday season kicks into full gear, it’s time to get out the mixing bowls and sheet pans and get to work on some festive cookies. Maybe you have fond memories of baking cookies with your mother or grandmother or siblings. Why not continue that tradition with your own […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal HOUSTON – There are some folks in this world who are made to entertain and enlighten children and some who are more suited to senior citizens. Margaret Hollingsworth handles both age groups with ease. Hollingsworth, 70, is director of the pre-school kindergarten at First Baptist Church in Houston, a post […]