2009 Bruce High School graduates Taneisha and Kaneisha Powell do a lot of meal cooking for their grandmother, Mary Jo Thomas, now and say she will eat anything they fix.
Carla Cannon Blackwelder made a New Year’s resolution a few years ago to cook something new once a week, and said that is when she got her start cooking more.
Barry Black of Calhoun City learned to cook after he and Margaret married. He says what started it was a “discussion” over how to cook butterbeans, when hers “didn’t taste like Mama’s” (Jill Black).
Kristi Reid Shelton of Bruce is sharing “cherished recipes” of her grandmother, the late Tula Vance this week. She once told her grandmother she wanted a copy of her recipes, and about a year later for Christmas, Mrs. Tula gave her a notebook holding handwritten copies of them. Kristi said it took her grandmother a year to get them all written and put together. “Everyone (in the family) was mad,” when Kristi was given the book, and her Mamow simply said, “She’s the only one who asked for my recipes.”
“When I cook, I cook for an army,” said Phillip Beaty of Bruce. He doesn’t measure anything--he cooks by taste, like his mom, who is Korean.
“Santa came early to our house and brought me a Kitchen Aid stand mixer,” said Christy Carr Scribner, of Eupora and formerly of Bruce. “It has a pasta maker, ice cream maker and meat grinder and we will have a lot of fun with it.”
Arlene Castleberry of Banner started teaching grandsons, Lucas and Rudy Ferguson, how to cook some of their favorite foods after she had a stroke in 2008. “She coaches, while we cook,” was how they described it.
Lisa Hill of Calhoun City loves peanut butter fudge and makes it, along with several other kinds of candy for Christmas. Divinity, fudge, cornflake candy and dipped pretzels are among the ones she likes to make.
Jennifer Melton is in her third year of teaching nutrition, family dynamics, health and also drama at Bruce High School. In nutrition, students start with basics like how to read a recipe, measuring and sanitation. They also take a regular recipe and try to come up with ways of making it more healthy.
Greg Pollan of Calhoun City does a lot of experimenting in his attempts to duplicate things he’s eaten, but the kitchen agreement at the Pollan house is whatever mess he makes while cooking, wife Andria has to clean it up. And he says he makes a lot of mess.