|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.
|September 1, 2011
||To say Wanda Cobb was an inexperienced cook when she married at the tender age of 17 would be an understatement. But 40 years later, she knows her way around the kitchen pretty well and is used to cooking for a crowd.|
|August 1, 2011
||Karen Newman of Blount County says her kitchen is carrying on the same traditions she cherished as a child. |
|July 1, 2011
||Debbie Roberts of Fayette County says she didn't grow up farming, but since she married Joe 35 years ago, Debbie has been a full-time farm wife. |
|June 1, 2011
||When Chef Jim Smith plans a meal for Gov. Robert Bentley and First Lady Dianne Bentley, he's like an artist who takes color to canvas to create a masterpiece. |
|May 1, 2011
||Tammy Doughty of Pickens County says a lot of "tourists" often stop by the farm where she and her husband Jimmy live and work. |
|April 1, 2011
||Bullock County native Jackie Fuqua has farming roots that run deeper than most, and her husband Henry, originally from Barbour County, has had farming in his family for many generations as well. |
|March 1, 2011
||More than 100 entries were judged in the 2010 National Peanut Festival Recipe Contest, but there were two that stood out. One of those became the Adult Grand Prize Winner and the other was named as the Student Grand Prize Winner. |
|February 16, 2011
||In many ways, Kathy Anderson's life in Jefferson County has been a whirlwind of farming and cooking.|
|January 1, 2011
||"I enjoy being home and doing things with Frank on the farm. I enjoy the animals, and I feel blessed to be feeding somebody almost all the time. It doesn't matter to me if you're four-legged or two-legged; if you show up at my place I'll be happy to give you something to eat," she says. |
|December 1, 2010
||"The best thing that happened to us and our marriage was buying this farm," says Sheryl Childers of Morgan County. |
Now married for 43 years, Sheryl and husband Mike actually started their beef cattle operation because of their children.