Four-Layer Lemon Pie 11⁄2 cups self-rising flour 11⁄2 sticks butter, melted 1 cup chopped pecans, plus more for garnish 1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese, softened 2 (8-ounce) tubs whipped topping, divided 1 cup sugar 6 egg yolks 2 cans sweetened condensed milk 3⁄4 cup lemon juice For the first layer, combine flour, melted butter and […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal BALDWYN – The way Susan McBride figures it, she learned to cook by osmosis. “Mother is a fantastic from-scratch cook who can open an empty cupboard and have the table loaded,” said McBride, 70. “Her sisters and her mother were the same way. I was always in the kitchen with […]

Mother’s Coconut Cream Pie 1 cup sugar 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour 1⁄4 teaspoon salt 2 cups milk 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten 2 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 (6-ounce) package frozen coconut, divided 1 (9-inch) baked pie shell Meringue 3 egg whites 1⁄4 teaspoon cream of tartar 6 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla Combine […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – David Barnes’ introduction into the world of restaurants wasn’t very glamorous. “I started at Red Lobster in Florida out of high school as a pot scrubber,” said Barnes, 52. “Then I graduated to dishwasher.” Barnes was a pre-med major at Florida State University, working in restaurants to help […]

Olive Salsa 1 cup chopped grape tomatoes 1⁄2 English cucumber, diced 1⁄2 bunch cilantro, chopped 1⁄4 cup coarsely chopped kalamata olives 1⁄4 cup coarsely chopped green olives 1⁄4 cup coarsely chopped black olives 1⁄4 cup coarsely chopped Spanish olives 1 medium red onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Mark Coblentz can remember going to his grandmother’s house when he was about 2 years old and helping her make cookies. “I think she let me get an egg out of the fridge,” said Mark, 12. “But then I lost interest in cooking for a while. When I […]

Grandma Sue’s Carrot Cake Cake 2 cups sugar 11⁄2 cups vegetable oil 4 eggs 2 cups all-purpose flour 1⁄4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 2 cups grated raw carrots Icing 1⁄2 stick margarine, softened 1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese, softened 1 cup confectioner’s sugar 2 teaspoons […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – When Tarlyn Gates was born, her mother was just 17 so they lived with Gates’ maternal grandmother, Pearlie Carr, in Houston. “We were in the house with my grandmother until I was 12,” Gates said. “She basically raised me. I think I was like 3 – I wasn’t […]

Festive Chocolate Cake Cake 21⁄2 cups sugar 1 cup Wesson oil 2 cups cake flour, sifted 3 tablespoons cocoa 1 tablespoon baking powder 4 eggs, lightly beaten 1 tablespoon vanilla Icing 4 ounces cream cheese 1 stick butter 3 to 31⁄2 cups powdered sugar 3 tablespoons cocoa Toppings 11 Kit Kat bars Decorative ribbon 1 […]