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By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal ASHLAND – Betty Ruth Carroll’s life has come full circle. For five years, she had a sweets shop in Ashland where she cooked all manner of desserts for the public. Then for 10 years, she had a restaurant on Highway 4 called Carroll’s Country Kitchen. For the next 25 years, […]

Hawaiian Fruit Pies 11⁄2 cups sugar 6 eggs 1 stick margarine, melted 1 cup light corn syrup 1⁄2 cup raisins 1⁄2 cup chopped pecans 1⁄2 cup flaked coconut 1⁄2 cup crushed pineapple 2 unbaked pie shells Combine sugar and eggs. Beat well and add melted margarine, syrup, raisins, pecans, coconut and pineapple. Divide mixture between […]

Who knows why our tastes change? Isn’t is funny how our tastes change?As a child, I wouldn’t eat fresh tomatoes, shrimp, turnip greens or squash. Today, those are some of my favorite foods. In college, my roommate, Laurie, wouldn’t eat a green salad. She said the lettuce “tasted funny in her mouth.” The last few […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal CORINTH – For more than 50 years, the historic Verandah-Curlee House was available to the public for tours. After being shuttered for eight years, it will once again open its doors. Built in 1857 for Hamilton Mask, one of Corinth’s founders, the home is significant for three reasons, said Rosemary […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – If Tom Evans hadn’t been such an inquisitive child, he might not have his grandmother’s recipes today. “My earliest memories are of standing in a chair by my mama and my grandmother as they cooked,” said Evans, 67. “That’s why I’ve got a lot of my grandmother’s recipes, […]

Old-Fashioned Lemon Cake 1 box lemon supreme cake mix 1 stick margarine 3 jumbo eggs 1 cup water 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice Zest of 1⁄2 lemon Combine cake ingredients and divide batter between 2 greased, floured cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until layers are done. Lemon Icing 1 cup […]

There was a time when my husband and I grilled year-round, no matter what the weather was doing. I have held many an umbrella over Charlie and the grill during a downpour and we have bundled up in coats, hats, scarves and gloves when we had a hankering for grilled chicken in January. Once, when […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Tickets are still available for Feast for the Farmers, the annual farm-to-table dinner that kicks off the grand opening of the Tupelo Farmers’ Depot. But this year’s event promises to be a little different. “We started to hear from the community about having a true farm-to-table dinner,” said […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal WATER VALLEY – Five years ago, Alexe van Beuren was a young mother of two who had moved to Water Valley with her husband, Kagan Coughlin, who had taken a desk job in nearby Oxford. Alexe was eager to do something outside the home, but she wasn’t sure what. Meanwhile, […]

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 […]