|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.|
|August 2, 2012
||Glenda Cardwell of Coosa County has been cooking family meals since she was 12 or 13 years old. The skills she acquired came in handy later in life.|
|July 1, 2012
||Felicia Dewberry said she was fortunate to grow up around many wonderful cooks. However, instead of learning from written recipes, she acquired her cooking skills through observation, which can make it difficult to share her family favorites.|
“My mother and both my grandmothers were really good cooks,” she said. “When you’ve learned to cook by watching, you don’t measure much.”
A lifelong resident of Clay County, Felicia says she grew up just a few miles from husband, Lamar, but they didn’t meet until high school.
|June 1, 2012
||The Alabama Pork Producers annual cooking contest challenges cooks across the state to share their most appetizing pork recipes for cash prizes, and from ribs and roasts to sausage and bacon, it seems every family has at least one pork dish that’s a staple.|
Be it the crisp cornerstone of a hearty breakfast or saucy pulled pork for a crowd, outstanding dishes from the 2012 county pork cooking competitions showcase pork’s versatility and flavor.
|May 1, 2012
||"We’re involved in a lot of things, but most all of them are related to agriculture,” Patty Lambrecht says about herself and her husband, Joe, owners of Oakview Farms Granary in Elmore County. “We started the farm in 1998 when we acquired the grist mill, and since then it seems the more we do with organizations like the Farmers Federation, the more we get excited about different things,” Patty explains.|
|March 29, 2012
||Delores Mount of Crenshaw County says she grew up helping her mother and sisters in the kitchen, so cooking has always been a part of her life. |
|March 1, 2012
||Shy and polite, nine-year-old Sydney Ginther of Headland might be the last little girl one would consider a threat. But this past year when she donned her oven mitts and spatula in preparation for the National Peanut Festival’s student division recipe contest, she proved to be one tough cookie – or cheesecake bite.|