One of Leigh Ann Nix’s favorite things to make is muscadine cake. She got the recipe at the Tupelo Flea Market at a booth that was selling “Post Familie” muscadine juice.
Jessica Sullivan Barefield said her family and friends will “spit their coffee out” when they see her as Cook Of The Week, because she doesn’t cook that much. She does like to, but says that things don’t taste like everyone else’s when she makes them.
Poppy Seed Cake is a dessert Lori Peden and her mother, Katie Jones, love to make. It has become a family favorite which is made from a recipe that has been in their family for over 50 years. Lori was very proud the cake tasted like her mother’s the first time she made it. She loves to make desserts at Christmas time and sometimes bakes the poppy seed cake for friends for gifts.
The Calhoun City United Methodist Women’s cooking group enjoys the fellowship as they work together preparing meals for others.
Diane Harrison of Calhoun City got started making her cookbook, “Diane’s Favorite Recipes”, just recently when she had her mother, Nida Weaver, to show her step-by-step how to make chicken and dressing. At this time Diane began getting some of her recipes onto the computer, and besides this work in progress, she says she has a “library of cookbooks.”
Twelve years ago, John Wooten wasn’t sure why they included a kitchen in their new house, but that changed on January 19, 2008 when wife, Deanna, “woke up and saw the light.” She decided right then to go for it, by beginning to watch what she ate. She tried to keep her caloric intake under 1,500 a day, and began walking and exercising that April.
Despite the fact that Leah Easley Edington’s four children like very plain food and her husband, Walt, eats a lot of taco soup and baked sweet potatoes, she loves to cook and try new recipes.
“Our family always has ham hocks, black-eyed peas, turnip greens and cornbread on New Year’s Day for luck,” said Karan Hardin Nestor, “and ‘to keep the money from going out the back door,’ ” according to her mother, Goldie Hardin. They also finish off Christmas dessert leftovers, which usually include jam cake, a recipe of Goldie’s grandmother, Cara Bell Bailey. “This cake is the one always left for Santa by all the Hardin kids,” said Karan Ann.
Inez Murphree of Pittsboro always cooks black-eyed peas and cornbread on New Year’s for supper with as many of the family coming as can, and fireworks following. Mrs. Inez, now 80, was making chocolate pudding, cake or pie by age 8 or 9, which the whole family likes now, and when a baby is born in the Murphree family, they joke about seeing how much “Murphree” is in him by trying when he is old enough to see how much he likes biscuits sopped in chocolate gravy.