Chicken and Dumplings 4 to 5 skin-on, bone-in chicken breast halves 2 quarts water 1 large onion, quartered 3 carrots, peeled and cut in 2-inch pieces 3 large celery ribs, cut in 2-inch pieces Salt and pepper 2 cups self-rising flour, sifted 1⁄3 cup shortening 1⁄2 cup reserved chicken stock 2 to 3 tablespoons butter […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal AUBURN – You could say Regina Dickinson learned to cook by bargaining with her mother. “The main thing I remember is when I was a teenager, I always wanted a dress made or an outfit made,” she said. “Mother sewed all my clothes and she’d say, ‘Regina, if you want […]

Coconut Delight 11⁄2 sticks butter, melted 11⁄2 cups self-rising flour, sifted 1 cup chopped nuts 1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese, softened 11⁄4 cups confectioner’s sugar 1 (16-ounce) container whipped topping, divided 2 (6-ounce) packages frozen coconut, thawed and divided 2 small boxes instant vanilla pudding 3 cups cold milk For the first layer, combine melted […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal FULTON – When Mary Lou Knight was growing up in Itawamba County, there were no formal cooking lessons to be had. She just watched her mother and learned. “I was the oldest of three kids and the only girl,” said Knight, 70. “Daddy had a cotton patch and Mother worked […]

Southern Tea 3 family-size tea bags 2 cups boiling water 1 cup sugar 12 ounces pineapple juice 12 ounces frozen lemonade Cold water to fill Add tea bags to boiling water. Add sugar to the tea, then the pineapple juice and lemonade. Add cold water to fill a 1-gallon container. Hawaiian Sunset Cake Cake 1 […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal CALHOUN CITY – Sheila Langston Ratliff grew up in the small town of Calhoun City, then moved away for 40 years for school and work. In 2008, she got the opportunity to move back home and she jumped at it. “This is my family homeplace,” said Ratliff, 65. “There was […]

Green Bean Casserole 3 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon sugar 1⁄2 teaspoon grated onion 1 cup sour cream 2 cans French-style green beans, drained 2 cups grated Cheddar cheese 1⁄2 cup buttered cornflake crumbs or bread crumbs Melt butter on low heat; stir in flour, salt, […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal BOONEVILLE – Ann Simpson makes no bones about it: She grew up poor. “I mean we were very, very, very poor,” Simpson said. “There were six of us kids at home and we all had jobs to do. We cooked from scratch, grew our own vegetables, raised our own chickens […]

Pork Chop Potato Bake 6 to 8 pork chops Seasoned flour Vegetable oil for frying 1 (30-ounce) bag shredded hash browns, thawed 1 can cream of celery soup 1 cup milk 1 (16-ounce) container sour cream 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper 21⁄2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided 1 large can french-fried onions, divided Dredge […]