“It’s hard to pass up a good cookie with homemade ice cream,” says Savannah Pratt of Bruce, who makes a lot of sweets, and says cookies are her weakness. The Chocolate Chip Oreo Cookies are great for school functions, commenting that her students loved them when she brought them to school.
“If anybody can read, they can cook,” Billy Van James told some home health nurses who were talking to his mother, the late Mary James, about cooking around 10 years ago.
Ouida Moore, of Calhoun City, believes almost every recipe can be tweaked for taste and convenience, so even the pass-along recipes she uses are uniquely hers.
Sandi Stewart Shelton of Bruce is one of several members of Old Field Methodist Church who brings a dish for supper there every Wednesday night. “We always have a great meal,” she said about the potluck meal they have been having for several years now. One of her favorites to take is mini ham and cheese rolls.
Maggie Liles Ellard likes to add cream cheese to almost everything. Her daughter Georgia likes it, too, and will eat it right off the block.
Before their garden came in, Charles and Sandy Smith were regular participants in the new Bruce Farmer’s Market. They took homemade honey wheat bread, fried apple and peach pies, salsa, homemade jelly, squash pickles and even teacakes.
New Chicken Bone Fire Department member Jodie Rogers of Bruce has now learned to make the banana pudding and butterfinger cake the ladies serve when the department has a fundraiser cooking or caters an event. She joined the fire department in February and learned to make those desserts from member Connie Rogers.
Martha Cannon and Linda Doler started the Happy Homemakers’ Club in 1977. According to Cannon of Calhoun City, they are a very close-knit group and they depend on each other, saying there is a great camaraderie and they share a lot of recipes with each other.
Macey Chrestman, 15, received three blue ribbons and sister, Madison, 20, won four in last week’s Calhoun County Fair baking exhibits. The Chrestmans, of Bruce, had more fair entries this year and have been participating about five years. Mother, Jeannie, says she just coaches them when they prepare for the fair.