By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal SALTILLO – Carol Bearden of Saltillo has had both knees replaced and battled breast cancer twice, but she’s not letting surgery get in the way of a productive life. “I’m ready for anything,” the 67-year-old Bearden said as she did a little twist. “I stay busy.” The mother of three […]

Strawberry Cake 1 box strawberry cake mix, prepared 1 (16-ounce) package frozen strawberries, thawed 1 cup hot water 1 small box strawberry gelatin 3⁄4 cup sugar 8 ounces sour cream 1 (8-ounce) container whipped topping Fresh strawberries Prepare cake mix according to package directions and bake in a 9×13-inch dish. Drain strawberries and reserve liquid. […]

I was perusing a new cookbook that was sent to me the other day when I came across a recipe for chicken breasts stuffed with provolone cheese and sage, wrapped in bacon and topped with a marsala sauce. My, I thought, that sounds like it would be good tonight. I made a photocopy of the […]

I once went on a six-year streak in which I ate really bad food almost every week day at noon. Microwave faux hamburgers that were probably 50 percent beef and pizza that was so soft and rubbery it had to be folded like a sandwich. Pizza purists can save the email explaining how Brooklyn-style pizza […]

Daily Journal TUPELO – Registration is under way for the 16th annual Chili Fest. The Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association’s one-day festival will be Oct. 16 on South Broadway between Main and Troy streets and will consist of lunch, music and a chili cook-off. Teams of four members will compete against other teams for prizes, […]

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Nancy Diffee, center, one of the original cookbook chairmen, looks over scrapbooks chronicling the history and sales of the cookbook

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – After 25 years, the Symphony League’s “Great Performances” cookbook is making its last curtain call. Hundreds of volunteers, including committee members, tasters, testers and contributors, came together in the late 1980s to put together the recipe book, which had two printings: 10,000 copies in November 1990 and an […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Carrie Anderson has been cooking just about all her life and she learned at the feet of the masters: Her grandmother, Clytee Hansberger, and her mother, Lisa Hansberger. “Every female in my family cooks and when I say cooks, I mean cooks from scratch,” said Anderson, 32. “We […]

Seared Scallops with Tomato and Spinach Risotto 21⁄2 cups low-sodium chicken broth 3 tablespoons butter, divided 1⁄2 onion, minced Salt and pepper 1 garlic clove, minced 3⁄4 cup arborio rice 1⁄4 cup dry white wine, such as pinot grigio 2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped 2 cups fresh baby spinach Handful of torn basil 1⁄4 cup […]

I got an email from my friend Mike Armour a couple of weeks ago that contained a recipe for Crock-Pot Gumbo. Armour is always sending me jokes and I thought this had to be another one of them. Everyone knows gumbo is an all-day process where you plan to spend many hours at the stove […]