“Rusty, get out those sandwiches I got at the gas station. I’m so hungry I could eat a sandwich from a gas station.” – Clark Griswold, “National Lampoon’s Vacation” ––––– I spent six years of my life eating gas station sandwiches. My elementary school had a line-‘em-up-with-a-tray-and-go-through-the-line-and-get-a-room-temperature-half-pint-of-milk-and-eat-greens-on-the-day-they-mowed-the-grass-type cafeteria. My junior high and high school had […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – When Eden Elizabeth Garms was growing up in Tampa, Florida, she ate the meals her mother put before her, which were largely vegan. “But Mom only knew how to boil things and she cooked very plainly,” said Garms, 26. “She didn’t use a lot of seasonings.” One day […]

Sweet and Spicy Lentil Thai Curry 1 (16-ounce) bag black lentils 1 (14-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk 1 (20-ounce) can pineapple chunks, packed in juice 2 (4-ounce) jars of Thai Kitchen Red Curry Paste 1 (20-ounce) can pineapple tidbits, packed in juice 4 large carrots, cut in coins 1⁄2 large red bell pepper, cut in […]

I have generally found that people either love or hate asparagus. I happen to love it. When I was growing up, we ate it out of the can. I’m not even sure you could find fresh asparagus in grocery stores in Dothan, Alabama, in the 1960s and ‘70s. Of course today, you can find asparagus […]

The pudding family has many cousins – summer puddings, Christmas puddings, red puddings and white puddings. There is hog’s pudding and its Scottish ancestor, Haggis. Yorkshire Pudding is a hit in England, but there’s not much call for it around here. I have never eaten Figgy Pudding, though I have often stood with fellow church […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal SHANNON – All of Lisa Collins’ good memories involve food. The daughter of the late Louise and Rex Harris grew up on a farm in Plantersville and it wasn’t unusual for large crowds to show up at lunchtime at her parents’ house to eat. “If you mention my mother’s name, […]

Banana Pudding 2 cups sugar 6 tablespoons self-rising flour 4 cups milk 6 egg yolks 2 teaspoons vanilla 6 bananas, sliced 1 package vanilla wafers Meringue 6 egg whites 3⁄4 cup sugar 2 teaspoons cream of tartar 2 teaspoons vanilla For the pudding, combine sugar and flour and slowly add milk. Cook over low to […]

When I was growing up in the 1960s, about the only kind of lettuce you could find in the grocery store was iceberg. There was no spring mix, no butter crunch or Romaine. Pale green balls of iceberg were it. Sometimes, a leaf of iceberg was placed on a salad plate and topped with a […]

Fresh is always better than frozen, canned, or freeze-dried. A pea picked straight from the garden, a tomato off the vine, a fruit pulled from the tree, or a fish fresh from the water are always preferred to their counterparts in cans, bags, or freezer-proof boxes. At our restaurants we always use fresh, local seafood […]