Strawberry Cake 1 box strawberry cake mix, prepared 1 (16-ounce) package frozen strawberries, thawed 1 cup hot water 1 small box strawberry gelatin 3⁄4 cup sugar 8 ounces sour cream 1 (8-ounce) container whipped topping Fresh strawberries Prepare cake mix according to package directions and bake in a 9×13-inch dish. Drain strawberries and reserve liquid. […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Carrie Anderson has been cooking just about all her life and she learned at the feet of the masters: Her grandmother, Clytee Hansberger, and her mother, Lisa Hansberger. “Every female in my family cooks and when I say cooks, I mean cooks from scratch,” said Anderson, 32. “We […]

Seared Scallops with Tomato and Spinach Risotto 21⁄2 cups low-sodium chicken broth 3 tablespoons butter, divided 1⁄2 onion, minced Salt and pepper 1 garlic clove, minced 3⁄4 cup arborio rice 1⁄4 cup dry white wine, such as pinot grigio 2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped 2 cups fresh baby spinach Handful of torn basil 1⁄4 cup […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal Jerry Dewayne Porter Jr. of Corinth knew in high school he wanted to be a chef. So he figured the first logical step was to take a home economics class. “But my dad didn’t want me to cook in high school,” said Porter, 35. “He said that no boy belonged […]

Southern Blush Salad Salad 2 servings spring mix lettuce 1⁄3 cup fresh blueberries 1⁄3 cup fresh raspberries 1⁄3 cup mandarin oranges in light syrup, drained 1 cup fresh sliced mushrooms 1⁄4 cup bleu cheese crumbles 1⁄2 avocado, peeled and sliced 1⁄2 cup sugar-toasted walnuts 1⁄3 cup sunflower seeds Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette 1 cup fresh raspberries […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal ECRU – When Betty Ivy Hall was 10 years old, she cooked her first meal for her family. “It was really strange,” she said. “My mother worked in a factory and it was summertime and my dad said, ‘Girl, you better get in there and cook supper. Your mama will […]

Doris’ Old-Fashioned Caramel Icing 21⁄2 cups sugar, divided 3⁄4 cup milk 1 egg, well beaten 1 stick butter or margarine 1 teaspoon vanilla Combine 2 cups sugar, milk and egg. Beat with a spoon until egg is completely incorporated. Add butter and begin heating over medium heat. Meanwhile, in a heavy saucepan or iron skillet, […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal ABERDEEN – Tupelo native Jean Massey knew the basics of cooking when she got out on her own, but she wanted to take that knowledge a step further. So she started experimenting. “Anything that sounded like it was going to be good I’d try,” said Massey, 63. “I started buying […]

Marie’s German Chocolate Pound Cake 2 cups sugar 1 cup shortening 4 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla flavoring 2 teaspoons butter flavoring 3 cups self-rising flour 1 cup buttermilk 1 (4-ounce) Baker’s German’s sweet chocolate bar Cream sugar and shortening. Add eggs and flavorings. Beat well. Alternate adding flour and milk, mixing well. Soften chocolate in […]