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.
LaDonna Williams of Vardaman loves to grill, is not much on changing recipes because she likes to stick to “what she knows tastes good,”doesn’t like coconut or really care for casseroles because she likes to see everything she is eating. Her favorite dessert is fresh apple cake and Big Bertha candy. She got the candy recipe from Patty Reedy at a 4-H Banquet, and she makes it a lot for the holidays and takes it to family gatherings. She says you can’t each just one piece.
Courtney Griffin of Bruce says for next weekend’s Egg Bowl, her Mississippi State family members will join them in the Grove for tailgating. “It will be interesting,” she said. Besides the Mississippi State cake her family says they are bringing, the menu will consist of a mixture of finger foods, kind of like they serve when the family gets together for Christmas.
Turducken? Allen Dearing, pastor of Lewis Memorial Methodist Church in Calhoun City, has made it once, but says he probably won’t again. Turducken consists of deboned chicken, duck and turkey, with a layer of dressing between each.
Willie Isbell of Bruce is the oldest of nine children and started cooking about age 9. His mother, Mary, showed him how to make peas and cornbread so he could get meals ready while she and his father worked in the field.
Casey McCoy of Calhoun City likes to get recipe ideas from Pinterest, but tends to stick to those that are “tried and true.”