When Ken Winter left Bruce almost 40 years ago, he “couldn’t boil water.” He had to call back home to ask his grandmother, the late Maudie “Big Mama”?Winter how to make cornbread, which he stills makes by her directions. He says he learned to cook because of a combination of necessity and “I want to make that.”
Pat Quillen Parvin got out her cookbook notebook and iPad to share her recipes–that’s how she cooks, she said. She loves getting recipes from Pinterest, and because she uses her black iron skillets now more than ever, she gets a lot of information from “Cast Iron Cooking” on Facebook.
Carolyn Edwards Bryant of Bruce shared a couple of recipes that are “unique to her”–scuppernong (muscadine) cobbler and her version of chicken and dumplings, and one that is just unique, Mexican Apple Crepes. She describes the cobbler as “fruity and juicy,” and says she doesn’t always make the dumplings the same way. She says she doesn’t bake much, but that the apple crepes are really good.
“If it’s a vegetable, I’m just about going to eat it,” said Dot Fleming of Vardaman. She really likes vegetables and trying different recipes for them, and she makes the green bean and the cabbage dishes quite a bit.
Pam Harrison Shaw says summertime is her favorite time to cook, and she and husband, Turner, are looking forward to warm weather when they can use the grill and griddle in their outdoor kitchen again.
Bruce Girl Scouts are getting ready for “cookie season.” At their last meeting, they made chef hats and posters to promote their cookie sales. Also at the meeting, Troop Leader Trina Griffin had available some recipes using Girl Scout cookies from the website littlebrowniebaker.com
Tesha Hailey of Calhoun City hopes to pass down a tradition of her grandmother, Carol Parker, with her recipe of Birthday Party Punch.
Easy Hamburger Casserole is a recipe Donna Walls Jenkins, got from her mother, Jean Threadgill. Jean used to make it a lot when they were young, according to Donna, and it is something she makes for her family now from time to time.
“I have no idea what possessed me to get married not knowing how to cook,” said Jo Ann Denley of Bruce. “I cleaned and ironed while my mother was cooking.”