As a young teenager, Tegra Turner Cannon of Calhoun City, used to pretend to be a cooking show host, and her sister, Tympel, caught her once during the “taping” of one of her shows.
Trent Barnett, Calhoun Interim County Director/4-H Youth Agent since 1999, says cooking is a big part of the Extension program.
Liz Burt of Bruce browses the internet a lot for recipes–using www.justapinch.com and www.cooks.com–when looking for something new. She likes to take a new dish, especially a dessert or casserole, to church. Her mother, the late Mildred Gregory, was always such a good cook, and “I just tried to follow that example,” she said about her mother, who cooked every day.
Even though Shana Kakales has in-laws from Greece, a family Sunday lunch favorite of Greek Spaghetti, is a recipe of her mother’s, Charlotte Hill. When she was little she would sit at the bar and watch her mother, who always did, and still does, cook full meals.
Amy Gaskin Parker of Big Creek gets a lot of cooking from her grandmother, Betty Ward. She likes “from scratch” cooking–like her grandmother’s chocolate strawberry cake recipe.
“You’ll have to learn to cook now,” Barbara Swanson’s mother, Vernice Tutor, told her when she married at age 16. She could cook a little when she and Earl married, but, “you learn a lot when you have to,” said Barbara, adding that her mother and mother-in-law, the late Earline Swanson taught her a lot about cooking. Her mother also told her that anybody could make biscuits.
It’s 50-50 between cooking breakfast or grilling for Hank Thompson of Bruce. He likes to fix a good, homemade breakfast on Sunday morning, or a late Friday or Saturday evening grilling of steaks or kabobs. The first meal he ever made was breakfast. He had seen his mother make biscuits, so he knew the ingredients (milk, flour and shortening), but had never tried them.
When Sara Quillen of Bruce “lived in the great white north (Montreal, Canada)” she would take her mother, Nellie Davis’, pecan pie places and “it was a hit because it was ‘puhcan’, not ‘peecan.’” Her guests in Montreal enjoyed her Southern cooking, especially gumbo or chicken and dressing.
“We enjoy eating around our house,” said Don Hardin of New Liberty community, who also commented that he likes a variety of food. Even though he has always known how to cook, “whoever got home first would start supper,” he said.
Marianne Caradine of Vardaman almost always enters the annual Sweet Potato Cooking Contest. She keeps her eyes open year around for recipes in which she can substitute sweet potatoes.
Her Underground Surprise Pie is a sweet potato pie made with chocolate and peanut butter that she entered in 1990. It was “unusual and different, and it was good,” she said.