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Megan Dye, a full-time student at Ole Miss, also works full time at Kermit’s Outlaw Kitchen, where she’s a self-taught bartender.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – One evening when Megan Dye was working her regular shift at Kermit’s Outlaw Kitchen as a server, chef/owner Mitch McCamey pulled her aside. There was a private party and the regular bartender had called in sick. “I got thrown to the wolves that night,” said Dye, 25. “Mitch […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal AMORY – For some 30 years, Nettleton native Regina Blankenship and her husband, Jimmy, lived in Texas, where he was a cutting-horse trainer. When Blankenship’s father became ill, the couple moved to Amory to help her mother, Audeen Monaghan, take care of him. “After my dad died in 2009, my […]

Regina Deen’s Meatloaf 3 pounds ground chuck 2 eggs, beaten 1 potato, grated 6 organic carrots, grated 1 green bell pepper, chopped 1 Vidalia onion, chopped 1 (15-ounce) can petite-diced tomatoes 2 cups 5-minute oatmeal 1/2 cup ketchup 5 tablespoons oregano 6 tablespoons Italian seasoning 1 dash salt TOPPING 36 ounces ketchup 1 cup brown […]

Bengie Foley called me a couple of weeks ago and said her church, New Albany Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, had just published a new cookbook. “Bread of Life” has 314 recipes, covering everything from a Marinated Cheese Appetizer to Fig Preserves Cake. The cost is $15, or $17.82 if you need it mailed to you. […]

A few years ago one of the hot business buzz phrases was “collaboration.” Those of-the-moment concepts and motivational-poster affirmations can be overly simplified. What I know to be true is collaboration is fun and, in my experience, has always proven to be a more probable route to success. Most of the restaurant concepts I have […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Bonnie Green isn’t afraid to take a new recipe and make it her own. “I’m bad to change things around a little bit,” said Green, 81. “When I use a cake mix, I like to doctor it up. One day, I thought, ‘I wonder what this would taste […]

Brianna’s Bread 1 stick margarine 4 1/2 cups biscuit mix 1 cup sour cream 1 cup Sprite or 7-Up 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (optional) Combine all ingredients and spoon mixture into loaf pans, a 9×13-inch baking dish or muffin tins. Bake at 425 degrees until lightly browned. Brownies 1 pouch Sam’s Ultimate Brownie Mix […]

I have made many a potato casserole in my time. Some start with cubed hash browns or shredded hash browns, some have breakfast sausage in them, but almost all have cheese. And I love cheese. Tell me I can never have chocolate again and I’ll say, “Fine by me.” Tell me ice cream is a […]

One of the most frequently asked questions by media located outside the South is, “What is the difference between Southern cooking and Northern cooking?” If you live down here, the answer is easy: You grew up eating the difference every day. A few weeks ago I was on a panel at the Mississippi Book Festival. […]