After college life from MS State to LSU, Candy Clanton (formerly of Calhoun City) was done with fast food, and began to re-create the cooking that she had observed for so many years.
Five local cooks shared some of their favorite recipes for this week’s Look Who’s Cookin’ feature.
“Before my father, J.R. Penick Sr. died in 1996, I put together a recipe book for his Wood family members, whose ancestors are originally from Martin, Tn. (where their annual reunion is held,)” said Mary Sue Penick Wells of Vardaman. I received recipes from all over the U.S. and so much family history from each person that I included, along with what I had from my dad.”
Pamela Redwine, Yalobusha County Extension Agent, presented “Crockpot Meals” at the April Calhoun MHV?Leader Training at the multi-purpose building in Pittsboro.
From a weekend spent making teacakes with her aunt Abbie Seale in Calhoun City when she was 10, Terry Wooten Davis progressed to cornbread, then biscuits, and that’s how her love for cooking began.
“I was trying to make some cute cookies for the Sawmill Festival Queen tea. Since I’m not much of a baker, I knew I needed to stick with something easy,” said Kellie Logan of Bruce. So she took a roll of slice and bake sugar cookie dough, colored sugar and a container of whipped frosting. After baking and cooling the cookies, she put the frosting between two of them, like a sandwich. “Everyone thought they were the cutest cookies. Upon first sight club member Cassie Bryant exclaimed ‘Whoopee Pies!’ I had no idea when I thought up my wonderful idea that it even had a name. She went on and on about how I went over the top with my cookies. If you need a quick and easy dessert to share, this is it. And Cassie will think you are a baking queen.”
At the Keon house in Bruce, the typical response to, “Hey, Mom, how do you…?” is “Go look it up!” according to Ariel and Erin, daughters of Scott and Vonda. Vonda always read the “old Firefox books” (about plain living) and just wanted to pass along the old-timey way to her girls. She wanted them to be self-sufficient, so she taught them how to cook and sew.
When it came time to decide on a topic for the demonstration speech in Jennifer Rogers’ class, Bruce High School ninth grader Nicole Taylor immediately knew what she wanted to do, and that was to prepare her great-grandmother Maude Crowley’s Million Dollar pie.
Retired LPN Nida Weaver of Calhoun City will be 85 in August, and jokes that when she is, she is putting up a “Kitchen Closed” sign. She says she worked all her life, and has done more cooking since she retired from nursing in 1986 because she was home more. “People always brought food to Dr. Farmer’s office,” where she worked for over 20 years, and sometimes brought the recipe, too.
Rebekah Baker Carr always watched her mother, Kathy, cook, and always helped her with supper, which is every night at their house. Rebekah was home-schooled, so she says she got to do more “home ec” than most students do now. She has always been one who liked to cook, also.