ROBERT ST. JOHN: Holding back the years

Opening Caveat: Longtime readers of this column know I typically go to great lengths not to mention my restaurants by name. I always hope...

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Sanctuary Hospice opened in 2005 with 16 patient rooms. In 2012, it opened an addition with eight more patient rooms. Sanctuary has been a community effort, with thousands of volunteers and donors working to create a peaceful setting for the dying and their families.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – The Bakery at Celebration Village needs the community’s help to make it successful again this year. “We need cakes, iced-layer cakes, Bundt cakes, breads, muffins, cookies, brownies, frozen casseroles and soups, chicken and dressing – anything people want to make,” said Reta Doughty, chairman of the volunteer group […]

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Craig Murphy, a branch manager at Enterprise Rent-a-Car, pours the team's chili in the crockpot at Chili Fest on Friday in downtown Tupelo.

By Zack Orsborn Daily Journal TUPELO – Area businesses gathered for the 16th-annual Chili Fest in downtown Tupelo on Friday with hopes to win the coveted People’s Choice Award for having the best chili recipe in town. Cooled by a slight breeze, businesses and chili enthusiasts set up elaborate booths according to a theme of […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – When Mildred Barton wants to try a new recipe, she waits until she has a captive audience. “I only try new things at Thanksgiving and Christmas,” said Barton, 49. “That way, I can find out if everyone likes it or doesn’t like it and I know whether to […]

Broccoli Bread 2 packages Jiffy corn mix 12 ounces cottage cheese 4 eggs, lightly beaten 1 medium onion, chopped 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and drained 2 sticks butter 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder 1⁄2 cup milk Combine all ingredients. Pour batter into a 9×13-inch baking dish that has […]

If the weatherman keeps his word, we should have perfect weather Friday for the 16th Annual Chili Fest in downtown Tupelo. In years past, we’ve endured rain, high winds, bone-chilling temps and dog-day highs at the outdoor party, but a forecast of temperatures in the 70s and sunny skies for the midday meal and 60s […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Johnnie’s Drive-In has got a big birthday to celebrate this week. On Saturday, the Tupelo restaurant will mark 70 years of opening its doors to sell its famous burgers, called, among other things, doughburgers, hamburgers, Johnnie burgers, Elvis burgers and Dudie burgers. “We’re going to give away some […]

Everyone has that friend who is distinctively unique, opinionated, not afraid to speak his/her mind. That friend for me is David Trigiani, and he’s a great guy. I have written about Trigiani often. He is the person who introduced me to Italian cooking and the Italian way of living. Trigiani, a retired architect, amateur chef, […]

By Elaine Woo and S. Irene Virbila Los Angeles Times (TNS) Paul Prudhomme, the Louisiana chef who made jambalaya, crawfish pie and gumbo part of the national vocabulary through his French Quarter restaurant, cookbooks and seasonings, died Thursday in New Orleans. He was 75. His death was confirmed by a spokeswoman for K-Paul’s Kitchen, through […]

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Sonja Jenkins doesn’t mind getting her hands messy as she prepares Indian-Spiced Turkey Breast with Creamy Red Lentils from Susan Spicer’s “Crescent City Cooking” cookbook.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – One day four or five years ago, friends Grace Clark and Nancy Brown Milam were talking and the two decided they wanted to start a cookbook club. Then they mentioned the idea to fellow foodie Sonja Jenkins. “I thought it sounded fun, but you know, life gets away […]