One morning last week, my co-worker Leslie Criss told me about an awesome summer salad she had made. The recipe came from a mutual friend of ours, John Bedford, who is a good cook in his own right. Leslie said this is one of those salads that’s better the second day, but I couldn’t wait […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal CORINTH – The scorching heat at Corinth’s 27th annual Slugburger Festival may have kept the lines to rides and games short, but it didn’t dampen the crowd gathered to watch this year’s slugburger eating contest. For two years straight, reigning slugburger champ Matt Stonie faced off against professional eater Joey […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal HOLLY SPRINGS – Maia Miller has come a long way in the culinary world since she wed some 34 years ago. “I didn’t cook much when I first got married,” she said. “I know Mark was worried. But now, it’s my therapy.” Indeed, today Miller is in the kitchen every […]

  The problem with having too many cookbooks – if that’s possible – is that there are quite a few on my shelf I’ve never even opened. And there are even more that I look through once and never pick up again. I need to get in one of those supper clubs where everyone buys […]

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Martha Chunn, left, stirs a skillet of green beans while her sister, Margaret, opens a package of french-fried onions that will top a chicken casserole their mother, Yonea, is sprinkling with cheese. The three often cook together in their home in the New Harmony community outside Blue Springs.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal BLUE SPRINGS – Yonea Chunn and her husband, Steve, were married eight years before they had their first child. They had just about given up hope of ever having a family of their own. “The doctor told us we’d never have children,” said Yonea, 50. “So when we had the […]

Peanut Butter Pies 1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese, softened 2 cups powdered sugar 1 cup milk 2⁄3 cup extra crunchy peanut butter 16 ounces whipped topping 3 chocolate graham cracker pie crusts Combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, milk, peanut butter and whipped topping. Divide evenly among pie shells. Freeze until ready to serve. Note: If […]

One of the perks of my job is that when I go to interview farmers or home gardeners in the summer, I often come home with a load of fresh vegetables (and sometimes canned goods). Because we don’t have a lot of sun in our backyard, it’s hard for us to grow vegetables, so we […]

Southern ladies love a club. Not a club with flashing lights, pulsating music and fruity cocktails, but a club where they join other ladies who like to dress up, meet, gossip and do whatever it is ladies do in a club. Southern ladies reach a point in their lives when nature calls and they have […]

Charlie and I were reading the paper Sunday morning, passing different sections to one another as we finished them. Then we got to one of his favorite parts – the coupons. He likes to go through them and pull out ones he knows we’ll use: Hellman’s mayonnaise, French’s mustard, Heinz ketchup and Tide laundry detergent […]