Ginna Parsons


I write about food, homes and gardens for the Daily Journal. I'm passionate about cooking, cats, yard art and antiques.

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By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – When the Junior Auxiliary decided on a blues theme for the 53rd Annual Charity Ball, Southern-style food was a natural fit for the menu. And what better restaurants could provide that meal than South and BBQ by Jim? “I knew Jim would be doing his smoked pork loin […]

Candied Yams 10 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced 21⁄2 cups sugar 1⁄2 cup brown sugar 1 pound butter, diced 2 tablespoons cinnamon 1 tablespoon nutmeg Water Place potatoes, sugars, butter and spices in a large heavy pot. Add just enough water to cover the bottom of the pot. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal NETTLETON – At 13 years old, Mallory Dabbs already knows what she wants to do with the rest of her life. “I want to go to the Culinary Institute of America in New York and then move to New Jersey and go to work for the ‘Cake Boss,’” said Mallory, […]

Coconut Cake 1 box French vanilla cake mix Milk 8 ounces sour cream 1 cup sugar 3 packages frozen coconut, thawed 8 ounces whipped topping Prepare the cake mix according to the package directions, substituting milk for water. Bake in 2 layers and cool; split the layers to make 4 layers. Meanwhile, combine sour cream […]

The Super Bowl is just around the corner and that usually means a day of non-stop stuffing of the face, usually with food that’s not particularly healthful. Here are a couple of recipes you can enjoy without the guilt. A variation on the BBQ Chicken Cups is to substitute 1⁄4 cup ranch dressing for the […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal BOONEVILLE – For years, Joyce and Bill Morgan lived on Brewer Street in Booneville with their two children, Bronzie and Steve. As they needed more space, they’d add on to the home and remodel, until that just wasn’t feasible anymore. “One morning, Bill got up and said, ‘OK, Joyce. I […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – While at Louisiana State University’s nursing school in New Orleans, Yvette Slocum met her future husband, Wayne, who was at LSU’s medical school there. “We met in New Orleans, we dated in New Orleans, we were married in New Orleans,” said Slocum, 56. “Never in my wildest dream […]

Pralines Vegetable cooking spray 11⁄2 cups sugar 3⁄4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 6 tablespoons butter 1⁄2 cup milk 11⁄2 cups chopped pecans Lightly coat wax paper with vegetable cooking spray; set aside. Combine sugar, brown sugar, butter, milk and pecans in a heavy 3-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. […]

Last Wednesday, when we had a potential winter storm forecast, I joined the masses at the grocery store, buying the requisite milk and bread. But I also bought the ingredients to make three nights worth of meals, so that I wouldn’t have to go back to the store and fight the crowds. When Saturday rolled […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal A few years ago, when trying to cut some fat and calories from my diet, I discovered Greek yogurt. Plain Greek yogurt has double the protein, half the carbs and half the sodium of the regular variety. A 6-ounce container of plain nonfat Greek yogurt has about 100 calories, no […]