Ginna Parsons

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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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Stories Written by Ginna Parsons

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal ALGOMA – Mike and Teresa Montgomery and their daughter and son-in-law, Jill and Scott Foster, took a huge leap of faith when they bought Seafood Junction in 2010 from the original owners, Jimmy and Carolyn Higgins. “We had never been in the restaurant business,” Teresa said. “The Higginses took us […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal BELDEN – Kylie Boring would probably not like being referred to as a “foodie,” but that’s what she is. She prepares gourmet meals for her husband, Chris, and 6-year-old son, Van Michael, on the weekends. She likes cooking shows, preferring to watch “Extra Virgin,” “Barefoot Contessa” and Giada De Laurentiis […]

Artichoke-Blue Cheese Bisque 1 tablespoon butter 1 onion, chopped 1⁄3 cup of vermouth 2 (8-ounce) packages frozen artichoke hearts 3 cups low-salt chicken broth 1⁄4 teaspoon dried thyme 1⁄4 cup whipping cream 1⁄4 cup crumbled blue cheese (about 2 ounces) Salt and pepper Chopped fresh chives Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. […]

Nobie Gunter came in the Journal one day last week and brought me a jar of tomatoes she had canned in the oven. Nobie said she’s been canning tomatoes this way for more than 10 years now and has never had a problem. She got the recipe from Polly Thomason, who got it from her […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Jerry Thompson says he has a small tomato hobby. His neighbors refer to it as an addiction. No matter what you call it, there’s no denying his backyard full of tomato plants that are already 9 feet tall and just getting started good. “I’ve been a gardener my […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal VERONA – Jerry King could be the poster child for the Continuing Education program at Itawamba Community College. First, he took a small engine repair course so he could learn to work on the shop equipment he has at his home in Verona. Next, he took a class to catch […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal HOUSTON – Joan Young Parks graduated from Mississippi State University in the 1980s with a degree in home economics, but she wasn’t ready just yet to put those skills to use. Instead, she moved to Virginia, where she stayed for 12 years. “I moved to Virginia because I’d always wanted […]

Strawberry Pizza CRUST 2 sticks butter, softened 2 cups all-purpose flour 3⁄4 cup chopped pecans FILLING 1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese, softened 1 (12-ounce) container whipped topping 2 cups confectioners’ sugar TOPPING 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 3 tablespoons cornstarch 1 small box strawberry gelatin 1 quart strawberries, sliced Fresh berries, for garnish (optional) […]

Because today is National French Fry Day, I’m going to share with you the story of the night I set my kitchen on fire. It was a balmy evening in September 2000. I was the news editor here at the Journal and Charlie was the copy desk chief. Our children, Mary and Patrick, were 6 […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal WALNUT – Betty Harrison can remember the exact day she got serious about cooking. She was 12 years old and her family had just relocated to Brighton, Tennessee, where her grandparents lived. “Dad had gone into farming with my grandfather,” she said. “My mother and father were in the fields […]