|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.|
|February 1, 2012
Growing up with three sisters on a farm, Annie Lou Harris of Cleburne County said she learned to cook and help out on the farm at a young age.
“We didn’t have any brothers, just girls, so when Daddy needed help on the farm, we all had to pitch in just like we did inside,” she says.
|January 1, 2012
When I was younger, all my friends said they would never marry a farmer, but I felt exactly the opposite,” says Patty Marsh of Limestone County.
|December 2, 2011
||Good food is an ingredient to any successful holiday meal. Members of the Alabama Farmers Federation staff share some of their favorite Christmas recipes in this expanded edition of Country Kitchen.|
|November 1, 2011
||Charlene Roney of Houston County always said she'd never marry a farmer. |
"So don't ever say what you're not going to do," she laughs.
After 36 years of marriage to her farmer husband, Sammy, Charlene has long eaten those words and now serves on the Houston County Farmers Federation Women's Leadership Committee.
|October 1, 2011
||Two of Alabama's tastiest crops, peanuts and pecans, were ingredients in the winning recipes of the Alabama Farmers Federation's Annual Heritage Cooking Contest in Montgomery Sept. 1.|
Dawn East of Cherokee County won first place and $150 with her Butter Pecan Bars. Shirley Ezzell of Franklin County won second place and $100 for her Apricot Sour Cream Tea Cookies, and Felicia Dewberry of Clay County won third place and $50 for her Salted Peanut Chews.