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 […]

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Michelle Tehan opened the Biscuit Shop in Starkville in June 2014, and most days she sells out of biscuits well before she closes at 2 p.m.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal STARKVILLE – When Michelle Tehan was a little girl, she used to help her grandmother, Dot McMurray, make homemade buttermilk biscuits. “I sat on her counter – that’s where you could help her better. There was no stool at my grandmother’s house,” said Tehan 35. “I’d get to pour the […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal BELMONT – When Marjorie Brosious was growing up in Prentiss County, she learned how to cook from her mother like most young girls did. But she did so without electricity. “I had to learn to cook on a wood stove and it was not easy to keep it fired up,” […]

Sausage Pinwheels 1⁄2 cup shortening 2 cups self-rising flour 3⁄4 cup milk 1 pound pork sausage, at room temperature Cut shortening into flour. Stir in milk with a fork and mix until dough leaves the sides of the bowl. Roll dough out into a rectangle about 1⁄2-inch thick. Spread uncooked sausage almost to the edges […]

We enjoyed a feast on Easter Sunday that was as delicious as it was pretty. Our plates were filled with ham, hash brown casserole, green beans with shallots, glazed carrots, deviled eggs and rolls. For dessert, we had a lemon tart garnished with kiwi, raspberries, blueberries and little wisps of lemon zest. The ham came […]

If I were asked to pick a favorite season of the year it would be a tough call between spring and fall. Springtime warms the hearts of romantics (often because those romantics have been pent up in a city or town that was snowed in all winter). Some of the world’s greatest art has been […]