I have the hardest time being creative when it comes to side dishes. I tend to make the same things over and over. If I’m serving chicken, I’ll likely fix rice. If we’re having pork or beef, we’ll have some sort of potato dish. Fish might be served over a bed of cheese grits or […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal NEW ALBANY – When New Albany Presbyterian Church members welcomed a new minister in the fall of 2014, they got more than a spiritual leader: They also got a good cook. “All my life I’ve been interested in cooking,” said Mark Miller, 35. “My Grandmother Pearl pretty much raised me […]

MACARONI PIE 8 ounces elbow macaroni* 8 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar cheese 16 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese 1 stick butter Salt 4 eggs 1 cup whole milk 1 small can evaporated milk Cook macaroni according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water in a colander. Grate Cheese into a large bowl. Set aside. Layer […]

I have, for the most part, ditched the sniffles and finally felt like cooking again this past weekend. The first recipe I wanted to try was for a dish called Chicken Tikka Masala, or chicken in a creamy tomato curry. This is not a dish to make for a busy weeknight. The chopping alone of […]

I have written often about breakfast being my favorite meal of the day. There is something about the freshness-of-the-morning aspect to it that holds great appeal to me. Breakfast foods appeal to me, too. My inner carboholic appreciates the breads that are available in the morning. Pancakes, French toast, and waffles are great. Down South […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal HOUSTON – First United Methodist Church in Houston will host its annual Parish Fall Bazaar in the Family Life Center on Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Three charges in the parish representing 10 active churches will come together for the event. The day begins at 6:30 with a […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Debbie Hall likes to make traditional Southern fare the old-fashioned way, but she’s also mindful of modern-day conveniences. “It’s 2016 and God has given us a plethora of conveniences at our fingertips,” said Hall, 51. “But I don’t want to get away from those old flavors, either. Things […]

Chicken Pasta Salad 3 large bone-in chicken breast halves 1 box bowtie pasta 1 (16-ounce) bottle zesty Italian dressing 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese 2 cups grapes, halved 2 cups mayonnaise Boil chicken until tender. Remove from broth and when cool, debone. Cook pasta until tender in chicken broth. Drain. Toss pasta with 1/2 […]

I’ve spent the past two weeks looking through dozens of cooking magazines and cookbooks for new things I want to try. I’ve also spent the past two weeks dealing with a nasty cold that has left me tired, cranky and on some days, voiceless. So early in the morning, just after the meds kick in, […]