By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal WATER VALLEY – If you don’t believe Peggy Whiteside can cook, just take a look at all the blue ribbons she’s won for her efforts. She has taken home the Vardaman Sweet Potato Festival’s top cooking award – the Mayor’s Cup – twice, and her recipe for Cabbage Casserole won […]

Southern Sweet Potato Pecan Pie 1 refrigerated pie crust 1 tablespoon powdered sugar 4 large eggs 11⁄2 cups firmly packed brown sugar 1 stick butter, melted and cooled 1⁄2 corn syrup 1⁄2 cup chopped pecans 2 tablespoons self-rising flour 2 tablespoons milk 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 cup cooked, mashed sweet potatoes 11⁄2 cups pecan halves […]

Sunday was a bittersweet Mother’s Day for me. I was, of course, reminded once again of my own mother’s passing 15 years ago just a week before Mother’s Day. But this past Sunday was also the day that high school graduates were recognized at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, where we worship. When I saw my […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Last year, more than 21,000 people who would have otherwise gone without breakfast found a hot meal at Saints’ Brew at All Saints’ Episcopal Church. “We serve those who are food insecure,” said Mona Warlick, a volunteer for the ministry. “We have a lot of elderly, those on […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal EUPORA – From the time Cim Gore was a little girl, she knew she wanted to cook when she grew up. “That was always what I wanted to do – not be a cook in a restaurant, but just cook,” said Gore, 54. “I had a little kitchen set and […]

Coconut Sour Cream Cake Cake 1 box white cake mix Filling 8 ounces sour cream 1 to 2 cups coconut (not frozen) 1 cup sugar Frosting 1 cup sugar 3 tablespoons light corn syrup Dash of salt 3 egg whites 3 tablespoons water Dash of cream of tartar 1 package frozen coconut Prepare cake according […]

Sunday afternoon after church, my husband and I began the “What do you want for supper?” dance. I’d throw an idea, and he’d pooh-pooh it. Then he’d suggest something and I’d wrinkle my nose. This went on for a few minutes, until we finally agreed to put the entree on the back burner and just […]

Special to the Journal NEW ALBANY – New Albany’s first farm-to-table dinner will be May 22, to open both the New Albany Farmer’s Market and the Down from the Hills Bluegrass Festival, which has moved from the fairgrounds to downtown this year. The meal will be prepared by Chef John Stokes, an Oxford native who […]

Special to the Journal Join Food Network Star finalist and cake artist Chef Linkie Marais on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. for “Cupcakes for Mom,” a cupcake decorating class at Southern Hospitality Education in the Renasant Center for Ideas in downtown Tupelo. Marais, a South Africa native who lived in Tupelo and studied at […]