I am not a barbecue snob. There are plenty of them out there. Barbecue has grown into quite a booming industry. Years ago there were barbecue joints in most Southern towns. I never remember hearing about a barbecue cooking competition before 1983. Maybe they were being held, but it wasn’t the beast it is today. […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Chef David Leathers doesn’t just want to open a restaurant. He wants to create a brand. After months of keeping mum about plans for The Skillet, Leathers has finally opened up about his vision for the eatery, which will be located in a shuttered apartment building at the […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal SALTILLO – Cathy Miller first got interested in cooking when she was 9 years old. Her father had had surgery and was home recuperating for the summer and he let Miller, the youngest of seven children, help him in the kitchen. “Daddy would let me stand in the chair and […]

Italian Sausage Pasta 2 pounds ground Italian sausage 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1 orange bell pepper, chopped 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped 11⁄2 zucchini, chopped 4 Roma tomatoes, diced 1⁄2 white onion, chopped 1 teaspoon basil pesto 1 teaspoon minced garlic 2 cups tomato juice 1 box penne pasta, cooked and drained Brown sausage; […]

Those of you who are fans of Sister Schubert’s Rolls (and who isn’t?) will have the chance to meet their creator on April 30 at Reed’s Gum Tree Bookstore in downtown Tupelo. Patricia “Sister Schubert” Barnes will be there for a book signing from noon to 1:30 p.m. “This is the first time she’s been […]

For the past three years I have served a formal dinner to large groups of my daughter’s friends in our backyard. The first year we hosted a prom dinner I was a little troubled. The restaurateur in me was wondering why these kids weren’t going out to eat – whether at my place or another […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal CORINTH – As a conductor for the Norfolk Southern Railroad, Z.B. Alexander finds every day to be an adventure. “I don’t know where I’m going to work that day until they call,” he said. “They give me an hour and a half to get there.” The 33-year-old might find himself […]

Sweet Mashed Potatoes 8 to 10 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cubed 1 sweet onion, diced 1 stick butter, divided 1⁄3 cup dark brown sugar 1 cup heavy whipping cream, or to taste Salt and pepper Boil potatoes until tender. Drain potatoes and return them to the pot. In a skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of […]

You sweet, sweet readers. Last week I asked you to send me some recipes for leftover ham and you did. They came by email, snail mail and fax and they all sound delicious. Janet Bland, a former Cook of the Week, even sent this tidbit, which she attributed to the late humorist, Erma Bombeck: “Definition […]