There are two dishes that always please in my family: baked cheese spaghetti and homemade tacos. So when I came across a recipe that combined the two, I figured I had hit on a winner. I got an email last week with a couple of dozen recipes for jazzing up pasta – taking it past […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal STARKVILLE – A Starkville teen is trying for a second time to make a name for himself in the culinary world. Mark Coblentz, a 13-year-old at Armstrong Middle School, has been chosen to be among 40 young chefs competing for a coveted spot in the Top 20 on the Fox […]

The items we assign value to tend to change throughout our lives. In 1987, I was 26 years old and had just opened our first restaurant. My dream at that time was to one day own a restaurant in Aspen, Colorado, and a restaurant in Destin, Florida. The idea was that the seasons are so […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal If your 2017 resolutions include losing weight, exercising more and taking charge of your health, the road ahead of you is not going to be an easy one. “It’s hard work,” said Ginger Mark, a registered dietitian at the North Mississippi Medical Center Bariatric Center. “We want a quick fix. […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal RIPLEY – This time last year Robin Chapman had no idea her world was about to be turned upside down. The South Tippah Schools retiree answered her phone one morning and found Sam Sifton, the food editor at The New York Times, on the other end. “He started asking me […]

Cassoulet 1 small Boston butt roast Salt and pepper Brown sugar Apple cider vinegar Worcestershire sauce 1 whole chicken Olive oil 2 pounds dry Great Northern beans 4 1/2 quarts water 1 pound salt pork 6 cloves garlic 2 onions, peeled and quartered 3 carrots, scraped and cut in half 3 stalks celery, cut in […]

You would think I’d be content with the two dozen or more new cookbooks I receive in the mail every year, but you’d be wrong. I can’t resist a good cookbook. When I go into a bookstore, whether a small independent one or one in a large chain, I always gravitate to the cookbook section. […]

This is the last decadent recipe you’ll see from me in a while. I’m hoping the new year will bring the inspiration for cleaner, healthier eating and more much-needed exercise. But I can’t let 2016 go without sharing a delicious coffee cake recipe. I started this on Christmas Eve and baked it Christmas morning (the […]

Someone once said, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” I don’t necessarily agree with that. I have always believed: The more things change, the more opportunities I have to accept the fact things are always going to keep changing. Change is inevitable. 2016 was a tough year for my old neighborhood. […]