In 1995, Beth Dean and husband, Johnny, Hilda and Del Hemphill, Brenda and Danny Hawkins, Jane and Charles Hardin, all of Calhoun City, were at an out-of-town restaurant, and someone in the group said, “We can cook this kind of food!” And so began their couples’ supper club held once every month for the next 10-12 years. Joining them later were Judy and Chodie Myers and Judy and Paul Moore Jr.
Former Calhoun City Home Economics teacher Rose Chandler was always looking for recipes that her class could make in their time frame that would be a good serving size for them. The chicken casserole recipe she got from the late Jessie Phillips proved to be a good one. “It fit the class size and time, and we used it a good bit,” adding that she still makes it sometimes for church meals.
Nina Watts of Pittsboro says she changes every recipe to how she or her family likes it. She’s been “on a kick” the past 12 years and has been trying to cook more healthy. Her family has a history of heart issues and high cholesterol, so she uses light, sugar free, or fat free (condensed soup, Jello, etc.)
Food has truly come full-circle for members of the Lewis Memorial Methodist Church’s Costa Rica Mission Team. The team of 13 –Bro. Allen and Debra Dearing, Connie and Darby Claire Caviness, Charles Diamond, Michelle and Mason Good, Kimberly and Sarah Grace Ruth, Royce and Trista Tidwell, and Daphne and Jayden Warren–began fundraising for the July Rice and Beans Ministry trip last October.
“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.