I have become bored with lackluster food. I don’t know if it’s an age thing or that my taste buds have dulled over the years, but bland, lifeless, boring food just doesn’t cut it anymore. This thought occurred to me as I was having dinner with my wife in the new Indian restaurant that opened […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Ten downtown Tupelo restaurants will spend this week trying to lure customers into their eateries with specials, discounts and new menu items. The third annual Restaurant Week kicks off Monday and goes through Saturday. The participating businesses are Bar-B-Q by Jim, Earnest B’s, Fairpark Grill, Frutalicious, Kermit’s Outlaw […]

I wrote last week about our abundance of little orange cherry tomatoes in our backyard garden. These two plants show no signs of slowing down.So I’ve been substituting cherry tomatoes for regular tomatoes in all manner of recipes I’ve been using. And I have to tell you that the flavor of these tomatoes cooked is […]

Our office receives odd requests on a weekly basis. The most frequent inquiry we receive is about cooking demos or dual demos. The dual demos are my favorite. My friend and collaborator, watercolorist Wyatt Waters, and I have done over 100 dual demos over the past 13 years all over the country. I cook, he […]

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Steele's Dive owner Jason Steele and his restaurant manager, Melissa Dunlap, pose outside the restaurant, which opened a year ago in west Tupelo.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – For more than five years, Jason Steele was known for the homemade plate lunches that came out of Endville General Store he operated in Pontotoc County. “I feel like I cut my teeth out there,” said Steele, 36. When he decided to go bigger and open a 200-seat […]

When I was growing up in south Alabama, no one I knew had a backyard vegetable garden and there was no such thing as a farmers’ market. If you wanted peas or squash or okra, you either went to a farm out in the country and picked your own or you visited a farm stand […]

Movies often reflect reality. Though many times a substantial suspension of disbelief is required. Law enforcement and organized crime are the subject of many of today’s modern films. The military, various clandestine intelligence departments, Wall Street, and banking are also the center of a lot of cinematic attention. The restaurant business gets the short end […]

On Saturday, my sweet husband agreed to go to the movie with me to see “The Hundred-Foot Journey.” The last movie I got him to was “Up,” which was in theaters in 2009. I’ve tried over the past five years to get him to comedies, romances, action movies and animation, but he always finds an […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Debra White was born in Amory, but she grew up on a farm in tiny Detroit, Alabama (population 237 in the 2010 census). That’s the only life she knew for many years. “We grew everything we ate,” said White, 45. “We couldn’t run to McDonald’s. You can’t do […]