“Teachers and coaches are the biggest thieves because they always take each other’s ideas–it’s the same thing with cooking!” said Jordan Graham, who says he likes to try and recreate things he eats or sees somewhere.
Deanna Denley Clements of Tuscaloosa, and formerly of Bruce likes to bake cookies or make fudge for her kids, especially when they’re home unexpectedly for something like a “bad weather” day.
Nancy Fugett has been working in the Vardaman Elementary School Cafeteria for 13 years. The Peanut Butter Bar recipe she is sharing is from the cafeteria from several years back that she broke down to make one 9×13 pan full.
Stephanie Lucius of Calhoun City says her favorite time to cook is for the holidays, but she and a big group of Calhoun and former Calhoun countians also enjoy cooking for lots of Mississippi State tailgating.
Chicken Parmesan was the first main dish Amanda Collins Vanlandingham of Bruce learned to cook, saying she and husband, Jay, “lived off of it for awhile!” She still makes it sometimes and their kids, Trey, almost 7, and Dani, 2, love it.
Velala Langford of Calhoun City uses Old Plantation sausage seasoning when making chicken and dressing, as her mother Dottie Parker, did, and has stayed with it. The seasoning makes the dressing hot, and her family likes it that way.
One of the first dishes Delinda Hodge of Calhoun City learned to cook that she really liked and still makes after 26 years, is Hawaiian chicken. She describes herself as “a not very adventurous eater.”
Maggie Rennie calls herself a “perfectionist.” The Calhoun City eighth grader likes everything “nice and neat” from her room to her raspberry tarts. She adapted a fruit tart recipe to her liking, using her favorite, raspberries, and drizzles “a pretty design” on them with a chocolate glaze.
Kathy Quarles Baker of Banner home-schooled their three children, Christopher, Rebekah and Benjamin, and she liked to incorporate cooking into some of their work, especially at Christmas time when she makes a lot of candy and cookies. Now she says that Rebekah cooks a lot; Benjamin, a little, and Christopher is their griller.
Two weeks ago Janae Harrelson Winter learned to make her granny, Evelyn Harrelson’s yeast rolls, and, “I have the pictures to prove it,” she said. She was at her granny’s from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. learning how to make the family favorite she has for them every Christmas. The next thing Janae wants to learn to make from Granny is homemade donuts. She has given up sweets for Lent, and after that she will be giving them a try.