Mark Twain once said the coldest winter he ever spent was a summer he spent in San Francisco. I have spent a few frigid summer nights in the City by the Bay and it is certainly cold. I have walked head first against the winter wind on Michigan Avenue as the bitter air blew off […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal Oxford Bureau OXFORD – Oxford Restaurant Week will aim both to raise funds for food charities and to promote eating out during a traditionally slow time. The event runs Jan. 25-31. “We are thrilled about the second Oxford Restaurant Week presented by Sysco and think January is a great time […]

The week before Thanksgiving, my husband took our 15-year-old beagle, Eleanor, for her last ride. In the last couple of years, Ellie had lost most of her sight and hearing, but not her sense of smell. The little white tip of her tail would wag furiously when she tracked squirrels in the backyard. But a […]

                    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 […]