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This school lunch tray prepared at Pierce Street Elementary School contains all the components of a healthy lunch: a chicken sandwich on a whole grain-rich bun, sweet potato fries, fresh vegetables, fresh orange slices, canned pears and a fat-free milk.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Students in Mississippi’s public school cafeterias will see a few changes on their plates this fall. “These are being implemented as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010,” said Lynne Rogers, director of food service for the Tupelo Public School District. The district has slowly been […]

In my book, rainy days and Crock-Pot meals just go together, even in summertime. So on Friday, as I was doing some work from home, I decided I’d put something on to cook so I’d have a no-fuss meal ready for supper. Of course, the first thing that came to mind was a pot roast, […]

YPRES, Belgium Five days into the Battlefields and Baguettes tour and everything is running smoothly. I wish I had the University of Mississippi International Studies logistical team handling details every time I travel. Our group of 18 has reached the midway point of a trip taking us to World War I and World War II […]

One morning last week, my co-worker Leslie Criss told me about an awesome summer salad she had made. The recipe came from a mutual friend of ours, John Bedford, who is a good cook in his own right. Leslie said this is one of those salads that’s better the second day, but I couldn’t wait […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal CORINTH – The scorching heat at Corinth’s 27th annual Slugburger Festival may have kept the lines to rides and games short, but it didn’t dampen the crowd gathered to watch this year’s slugburger eating contest. For two years straight, reigning slugburger champ Matt Stonie faced off against professional eater Joey […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal HOLLY SPRINGS – Maia Miller has come a long way in the culinary world since she wed some 34 years ago. “I didn’t cook much when I first got married,” she said. “I know Mark was worried. But now, it’s my therapy.” Indeed, today Miller is in the kitchen every […]

  The problem with having too many cookbooks – if that’s possible – is that there are quite a few on my shelf I’ve never even opened. And there are even more that I look through once and never pick up again. I need to get in one of those supper clubs where everyone buys […]

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Martha Chunn, left, stirs a skillet of green beans while her sister, Margaret, opens a package of french-fried onions that will top a chicken casserole their mother, Yonea, is sprinkling with cheese. The three often cook together in their home in the New Harmony community outside Blue Springs.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal BLUE SPRINGS – Yonea Chunn and her husband, Steve, were married eight years before they had their first child. They had just about given up hope of ever having a family of their own. “The doctor told us we’d never have children,” said Yonea, 50. “So when we had the […]

Peanut Butter Pies 1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese, softened 2 cups powdered sugar 1 cup milk 2⁄3 cup extra crunchy peanut butter 16 ounces whipped topping 3 chocolate graham cracker pie crusts Combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, milk, peanut butter and whipped topping. Divide evenly among pie shells. Freeze until ready to serve. Note: If […]