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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 […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Lee County Master Gardeners and the Tupelo Garden Club will host “A Celebration of Gardens” on May 16, the same morning the Tupelo Farmers’ Depot opens for the season. The two gardening groups will introduce two new public gardens: the Tupelo Community Orchard and the newly redesigned Tupelo […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal Recent warm sunny days have sent Northeast Mississippi gardeners scurrying to their local garden centers to load up for spring. “Business has been really good,” said nurseryman Byron Fellows of Mid-South Nursery in Tupelo. “All of April was good though, even though it was wet and nasty.” Fellows said customers […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal NETTLETON – As the second of six children and the oldest girl, Lela Finney was pushed into cooking at an early age. “You know how it is when you’re the oldest,” said Finney, 81. “I had to do it all – cook and clean. I got to learn everything. Back […]

Caramel Cake Icing 3 cups sugar, divided 8 ounces evaporated milk 1 stick butter or margarine Pinch of salt 1 tablespoon cold water 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring In a heavy saucepan, bring 21⁄2 cups of sugar, milk, butter and salt to a boil. At the same time, shake remaining 1⁄2 cup of sugar in a […]

Seven years ago, almost to the day, I spent the morning in Starkville in Marianne Ulmer’s kitchen. At the time, Marianne was a theater instructor in the Department of Communications at Mississippi State University and I was interviewing her as a Cook of the Week. Marianne shared several yummy recipes with me that day, including […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – JoAnne Kent of Philips Garden Center is determined to make terrariums popular again. “They have become my secret passion,” Kent said. “I’d make them all day long if I could.” Kent was reading a book not long ago in which the subject of terrariums came up. She did […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Chef David Leathers doesn’t just want to open a restaurant. He wants to create a brand. After months of keeping mum about plans for The Skillet, Leathers has finally opened up about his vision for the eatery, which will be located in a shuttered apartment building at the […]