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May 1, 2014 Dale County farmer Monica Carroll knows all about cooking squash and a host of other vegetables — for many years, Monica and her husband Chris raised vegetables on their farm. These days, they grow peanuts, corn and wheat in addition to broilers and cattle, but the family still has a large garden and buys produce from the farmers market. In the summertime, squash frequents the Carrolls’ plates.
March 1, 2014 Debbie Hinkle of Calhoun County says cooking has always been second nature to her.
“I come from a family of cooks, and I probably started cooking myself at 5 or 6, pulling a chair around to the stove to get breakfast started for Mama,” she recalls.
February 1, 2014 Each recipe LindaKaye shares this month contains honey, from the breakfast staple of blueberry muffins to the dinner entrée of Honey Chicken and Rice. And for those longing for weather warm enough to fire up the grill, her recipe for spareribs can be made in the crock pot until spring temperatures return.

January 1, 2014 On New Year’s Day, people around the world prepare for a fresh start. For Southerners, starting 2014 off right begins with a full stomach… but not just any meal will do.

December 1, 2013 Tables covered with home-cooked food always bring people together, particularly during holidays. From traditional comfort foods of family gatherings at old home places, to the festive offerings at parties with friends, food lovingly prepared for Christmas celebrations is always special. Kitchen nostalgia often runs deep this time of year, but there’s always room for a new twist on a classic dish or perhaps a new tradition to add to the season’s merriment.
November 1, 2013 In the South, food is something to bond over. For Montgomery County’s Frances Ard, food also serves as a way to share a legacy of love.
October 2, 2013 Cornbread with a Cajun flair won first place in the Alabama Farmers Federation Women’s Leadership Division Heritage Cooking Contest Sept. 5 in Montgomery.
September 1, 2013 Catfish farms have surrounded Dallas County’s Fran Pearce since 1968 when her father converted five public ponds into some of the state’s first commercial catfish ponds.
August 7, 2013 Few things epitomize the sweetness of summer more than farm-fresh blueberries.
July 1, 2013 Celebrate Good Taste!
July is Pork Month.
May 31, 2013 After working more than 25 years as a nurse, Reba Tucker said she is happy being back in Chilton County enjoying her retirement on the same land where she grew up.
April 29, 2013 Doris Prickett of Calhoun County was raised in town, but her heart has grown closer to agriculture since her marriage brought her to the Cedar Springs community.
April 2, 2013 When Madison County native Christy Jordan steps into her vintage kitchen, she’s doing more than whipping up a mouth-watering dish — she’s preserving her heritage as a ninth-generation Alabamian.
March 1, 2013 Mary Helen Benford says she’s always believed anyone who can read can cook, but her Irish and English heritage clearly influenced her repertoire of recipes.
February 1, 2013 Sue Walters of Etowah County defies the notion of farmers being solitary creatures.
“I have always liked to cook, but I really love to cook for a crowd. We love to have company and family over to eat, and I look forward to opportunities to cook for family reunions and church dinners,” she said.
January 1, 2013 Doris McGuire of Limestone County says she enjoys making things with her hands.
“I think of it as part of my heritage to make things people can wear, eat or enjoy,” she said.
Doris and her husband, Arvid, have been married 58 years. They raised cattle, goats, horses and various breeds of dogs during their time as active farmers, but Doris says the fields that mark their route to church are a joy to her every week.
December 1, 2012 Dora Rider of Monroe County loves Christmas and says the cooking and decorating of the season are some of her favorite pastimes.
November 1, 2012 Norma Davis of Elmore County describes her husband Wayne as mainly a “meat and potatoes man,” so her opportunities to experiment in the kitchen are usually carried with her out the door and to share with others.
October 1, 2012 A blueberry cupcake recipe earned Mary Helms of Houston County a blue ribbon and first place in the Alabama Farmers Federation Women’s Leadership Division Heritage Cooking Contest, Sept. 6 in Montgomery.
September 1, 2012 September is National Honey Month, a time for the spotlight to shine on Mother Nature’s natural sweetener. The rich taste is often a favorite substitute for sugar in morning coffee. It can offer relief from seasonal allergies, and it’s even thought to have some amazing antiseptic and skin healing properties. But for beekeeper Bill Mullins, the tempting taste gets his day started off right and keeps him healthy.

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