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Nancy Diffee, center, one of the original cookbook chairmen, looks over scrapbooks chronicling the history and sales of the cookbook

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – After 25 years, the Symphony League’s “Great Performances” cookbook is making its last curtain call. Hundreds of volunteers, including committee members, tasters, testers and contributors, came together in the late 1980s to put together the recipe book, which had two printings: 10,000 copies in November 1990 and an […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Carrie Anderson has been cooking just about all her life and she learned at the feet of the masters: Her grandmother, Clytee Hansberger, and her mother, Lisa Hansberger. “Every female in my family cooks and when I say cooks, I mean cooks from scratch,” said Anderson, 32. “We […]

Seared Scallops with Tomato and Spinach Risotto 21⁄2 cups low-sodium chicken broth 3 tablespoons butter, divided 1⁄2 onion, minced Salt and pepper 1 garlic clove, minced 3⁄4 cup arborio rice 1⁄4 cup dry white wine, such as pinot grigio 2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped 2 cups fresh baby spinach Handful of torn basil 1⁄4 cup […]

I got an email from my friend Mike Armour a couple of weeks ago that contained a recipe for Crock-Pot Gumbo. Armour is always sending me jokes and I thought this had to be another one of them. Everyone knows gumbo is an all-day process where you plan to spend many hours at the stove […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal Jerry Dewayne Porter Jr. of Corinth knew in high school he wanted to be a chef. So he figured the first logical step was to take a home economics class. “But my dad didn’t want me to cook in high school,” said Porter, 35. “He said that no boy belonged […]

Southern Blush Salad Salad 2 servings spring mix lettuce 1⁄3 cup fresh blueberries 1⁄3 cup fresh raspberries 1⁄3 cup mandarin oranges in light syrup, drained 1 cup fresh sliced mushrooms 1⁄4 cup bleu cheese crumbles 1⁄2 avocado, peeled and sliced 1⁄2 cup sugar-toasted walnuts 1⁄3 cup sunflower seeds Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette 1 cup fresh raspberries […]

How many times have you been to a restaurant and had a dish that was so good and thought, “Wow, I wish I had this recipe?” Of course, I’m never bold enough to ask. I mean, these folks make a living preparing delicious meals for us to enjoy. Why would they want to give away […]

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Co-owner Mitch McCamey grills Smash Burgers.

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Exactly 2,200 miles separate the contenders for’s best burger in America, but Tupelo has some home field advantage. Neon Pig Café has been battling Causwells of San Francisco for the top spot on the website’s search for the nation’s best burger, beating the competition of 31 […]

I grew up in the Hillendale neighborhood of Hattiesburg in the late 1960s and ‘70s. It was a unique place in an unmatched era. I truly believe there is nothing comparable to the eight-block radius that was my childhood universe, before or since. There isn’t one thing I would change about my childhood surroundings and […]