Probably the first thing Jenabeth Peden ever cooked was macaroni and cheese. Now when she makes it, she likes to add garlic and Tony Chachere’s, saying she likes spicy stuff. Her brother Broc asks her to make it for him, but he doesn’t like his spicy.
Hot wings and lasagna are hands down the family favorites at the home of Jeff and Susan Patton, according to their children, Faith and John. Susan makes the lasagna and Jeff makes the wings, which are also his favorite. Both say each other is a natural cook, but she says he is the better cook.
After growing up on mostly peas and butterbeans, Leah Morris McCormick of Bruce has discovered roasted asparagus.
“I just wanna cook!” Taylor Blue told her mother, Lisa, who asked, “What makes you happy?” following a meltdown after an ed psych final. Taylor, of Vardaman, started out as a journalism student, but didn’t think she wanted to be told what she could and could not write, so she ventured into psychology.
“To me, a recipe is just a suggestion,” said Carmon Miller of Calhoun City, and she doesn’t really cook by them. But she has a ton of cookbooks, so many she “needs to quit buying them,” she said, adding that the old ones are her favorites.
Cooper Caviness of Calhoun City has always said he wants to be a chef. His twin brother, Conner, says he will own a restaurant in New Orleans and Cooper will be the chef.
2009 Bruce High School graduates Taneisha and Kaneisha Powell do a lot of meal cooking for their grandmother, Mary Jo Thomas, now and say she will eat anything they fix.
Carla Cannon Blackwelder made a New Year’s resolution a few years ago to cook something new once a week, and said that is when she got her start cooking more.
Barry Black of Calhoun City learned to cook after he and Margaret married. He says what started it was a “discussion” over how to cook butterbeans, when hers “didn’t taste like Mama’s” (Jill Black).
Kristi Reid Shelton of Bruce is sharing “cherished recipes” of her grandmother, the late Tula Vance this week. She once told her grandmother she wanted a copy of her recipes, and about a year later for Christmas, Mrs. Tula gave her a notebook holding handwritten copies of them. Kristi said it took her grandmother a year to get them all written and put together. “Everyone (in the family) was mad,” when Kristi was given the book, and her Mamow simply said, “She’s the only one who asked for my recipes.”