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 A few weeks after I started my new job assignment as food/home/garden editor some 15 years ago, one of our regular readers stopped by my desk to tell me she appreciated the changes we were making in the Food section. She liked the recipes for more “ordinary” food as she […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal BALDWYN – Growing up, Brenda McGaha and her grandmother were the only females in a houseful of men. So McGaha quickly learned to love two things: cooking and sports. “I remember being 6 years old and cooking eggs,” said McGaha, 56. “I don’t know how old I was when I […]

I was poking around through emails I received last week and didn’t have time to open when I came across one that included a recipe for a smoked turkey club sandwich. Boring, you think, and you’d be right. But this recipe intrigued me because it had a cranberry aioli with it. (Aioli is just a […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal WINFIELD, Ala. – About 15 years ago, Lavonne Glover’s cousin from Memphis got her interested in growing hybrid tea roses. “She showed roses and she got me started growing roses and then she asked me to show in Memphis,” said Glover, who lives in Winfield, Alabama. “I did and I […]

CAJUN SHRIMP CREOLE 4 cups water 4 tablespoons Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base 1 box Zatarain’s Shrimp Creole Base (not the Creole mix) 1 large onion, chopped 1 green bell pepper, chopped 1 cup chopped celery 2 tablespoons minced garlic 8 ounces Conecuh sausage, thinly sliced 1/2 stick butter 1/2 tablespoon liquid Zatarain’s shrimp boil […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal   HOUSTON – Growing up in Mobile, Alabama, Janet Coker remembers eating a lot of seafood. “My parents both cooked,” Coker said. “They loved seafood. They were fishermen – they fished competitively. They cooked roasts and chicken, but seafood is what we grew up eating.” But, Coker said, there wasn’t […]

On Easter, we did not dine on ham or turkey or even lamb, but rather beef tenderloin. I gave up beef for Lent so this expensive cut of meat was a true treat. I have to mention here that I’ve only cooked a beef tenderloin roast one other time – for Christmas Eve three or […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal   TUPELO – Regional Rehab’s annual Kentucky Derby party features a hat contest, live music, mint juleps, live and silent auctions and derby dollars (play money) to bet on the famous horse race. But the real star of the party is the food. Most of the dishes served have been […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – A new biscuit and coffee shop named Butterbean used its soft opening Tuesday as a fundraiser for an employee. Jordan Malone lost the home he shared with family on Desoto Drive in Tupelo to a fire late Saturday night. “We’re family-based here,” said David Leathers, chef/owner of Forklift, […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal STARKVILLE – A complicated holiday dish turned out to be the undoing of a 14-year-old Starkville boy vying to become the next “MasterChef Junior.” Mark Coblentz, who had made it into the top 10 contestants from an original field of 40, failed to wow celebrity chef judges Gordon Ramsay, Christina […]