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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Southern Sweet Potato Pecan Pie 1 refrigerated pie crust 1 tablespoon powdered sugar 4 large eggs 11⁄2 cups firmly packed brown sugar 1 stick butter, melted and cooled 1⁄2 corn syrup 1⁄2 cup chopped pecans 2 tablespoons self-rising flour 2 tablespoons milk 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 cup cooked, mashed sweet potatoes 11⁄2 cups pecan halves […]

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 […]

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 […]