Duste Gore of Vardaman said his knowledge of cooking began as a teenager during hunting season watching folks like Randall Langford doing “camphouse cooking.” Now Duste does a lot of cooking for benefits, which he enjoys because he likes helping somebody that needs help. He is accustomed to cooking big quantities and sometimes does pulled pork barbecue and has grilled steaks for a group, but the people’s favorite is his Boston Butt.
Spring has nearly sprung, but recipes for cold weather comfort food are always welcome!
Coach James Ray of Bruce cooks a lot when it’s not football season–especially on the grill. He says he can’t kill enough deer to make all the deer kabobs they could eat.
One of Leigh Ann Nix’s favorite things to make is muscadine cake. She got the recipe at the Tupelo Flea Market at a booth that was selling “Post Familie” muscadine juice.
Jessica Sullivan Barefield said her family and friends will “spit their coffee out” when they see her as Cook Of The Week, because she doesn’t cook that much. She does like to, but says that things don’t taste like everyone else’s when she makes them.
Poppy Seed Cake is a dessert Lori Peden and her mother, Katie Jones, love to make. It has become a family favorite which is made from a recipe that has been in their family for over 50 years. Lori was very proud the cake tasted like her mother’s the first time she made it. She loves to make desserts at Christmas time and sometimes bakes the poppy seed cake for friends for gifts.
The Calhoun City United Methodist Women’s cooking group enjoys the fellowship as they work together preparing meals for others.
Diane Harrison of Calhoun City got started making her cookbook, “Diane’s Favorite Recipes”, just recently when she had her mother, Nida Weaver, to show her step-by-step how to make chicken and dressing. At this time Diane began getting some of her recipes onto the computer, and besides this work in progress, she says she has a “library of cookbooks.”
Twelve years ago, John Wooten wasn’t sure why they included a kitchen in their new house, but that changed on January 19, 2008 when wife, Deanna, “woke up and saw the light.” She decided right then to go for it, by beginning to watch what she ate. She tried to keep her caloric intake under 1,500 a day, and began walking and exercising that April.