When I was growing up, beef chili was a standard meal on our table about every other week during the winter months. I think Mama made her chili from a Chili-O packet, using home-canned tomatoes. It wasn’t a gourmet meal, but it was a solid supper. Mama always topped our chili with grated Cheddar cheese […]

My son and I were having lunch the other day and he asked me, “Dad, how long has ketchup been around?” I didn’t know the answer. It’s nothing I had even thought of before. So I did what any well-meaning father would do when he wants to impart wisdom into his 13-year-old son’s quickly developing […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal New Albany home cook Renae McVay’s cherry-berry cake recipe has been awarded a blue ribbon at Just A Pinch Recipes, a recipe and coupon social network for home cooks. McVay’s cherry-berry cake was named a blue ribbon winner by Just A Pinch Food Editor Janet Tharpe. To land the award, […]

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Trentice Imbler, from left, Jim Beane, Chris Payton and Mandy Murff will be working hard to make sure the food is a success at the Junior Auxiliary's 52nd Annual Charity Ball on Feb. 6.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – If you want a chance to know what it feels like to be treated like a movie star, then put on your dancing shoes. “Lights, Camera, Tupelo,” the Junior Auxiliary’s 52nd Annual Charity Ball is Friday, Feb. 6, from 7 p.m. to midnight at the BancorpSouth Arena. Living […]

OK, so we don’t hit one out of the ballpark every time we step up to the plate. Such was the case last Monday night. I found a recipe in Cooking Light magazine for chicken cutlets with a tarragon-mustard cream sauce. It sounded easy and delicious to me. Who knew my bunch didn’t like tarragon? […]

Several years ago I was talking to a professor at the University of Southern Mississippi about travel. I was beginning to prepare for an extended trip overseas and was trying to gather all of the information I could about various countries I might want to visit. “Where is the most unique place you have visited […]

About this time last year, my husband and I did a lot of Asian cooking at home. So we started stocking the fridge with fresh ginger and scallions, and sesame oil, rice vinegar, chili paste and basmati were always in the cabinet. On Sunday, as we were returning from a weekend trip to Birmingham, we […]

“One thing I like about Argentina, they only cook with salt; that’s it.” – Robert Duvall ––––– A frequent question I receive when an interview begins to wind down is, “What is your favorite spice or seasoning?” Occasionally the question is modified by asking, “If you could only live with one spice or seasoning, what […]

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KOK and Neon Pig chef/owner Mitch McCarney sources everything local in his restaurants, from cows and pigs to fruits and vegetables to charcuterie boards and pottery.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Mitch McCamey says he’s just doing his duty. As chef/owner of KOK and Neon Pig in Tupelo, the young restaurateur says it’s his responsibility as a craftsman to source locally at his businesses. “I learned from Chris Hastings to source local,” said McCamey, referring to the Alabama chef […]