|February 1, 2008
||A former home economics teacher, Debbie Owens of Greene County says she never did much cooking as a little girl, but that all changed in junior high school. |
|January 1, 2008
||Delle Bean of Calhoun County says she’s not one to just clip a recipe and give it a try. |
“I think every recipe I have is one I tasted first and then asked for the recipe from friends or family,”
|December 6, 2007
||Some Christmas memories are hard to beat. Memories like the search for the family’s perfect Christmas tree, leaving treats for Santa or finally getting your chance to place the star atop the tree. Then, there are memories like the ones awaiting here in these holiday recipes for you and your family along with the prayers for a blessed Christmas from the staff of the Alabama Farmers Federation.|
|November 1, 2007
||Dora Rider’s third trip to the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Heritage Cooking Contest was a charm — and a tasty one — as the Monroe County mother captured first place in the statewide contest on Sept. 6 with her Chili Cornbread Salad.|
|October 1, 2007
||Lamar County native Gail Gosa says she and her husband Terry are nearly vegetarians. Not that they have anything against eating meat — they just love fresh vegetables that much. |
“Just give us turnip greens, fried okra, peas, or stuff like that and some fresh cornbread, and we’ll eat just fine,” says Gail.
To keep their freezers full, Gail and Terry grow much of what is cooked in their country kitchen. “We enjoy our garden, and we hardly ever eat food from a can unless a certain recipe calls for it,” she says.
|September 1, 2007
||September is National Honey Month, and Elizabeth Whitaker of Coffee County has spent nearly 10 years maintaining hives and harvesting nature’s sweetener. |
|August 1, 2007
||Nancy Farrow of Tallapoosa County says she’s like many other women in the workforce; she doesn’t get to cook as much as she would like. |
“It’s just hard after you’ve worked all day to come home and cook a meal every night, so I do most of my cooking on the weekends. But I plan to retire in a couple of years, and one of the things I look forward to most is having more time to cook,” says Nancy.
|July 1, 2007
||“My grandmother lived with us, so we cooked for a family of eight people,” she said. “My grandmother taught me a lot about cooking, but I learned to cook by watching, eye-balling ingredients rather than measuring them. It was hard for me to cook from a recipe at first, but it helped me when I married and began cooking for two people instead of eight|
|June 22, 2007
||Martha Sessions of Mobile County says she doesn’t cook as much as she once did, but she still enjoys preserving the fresh fruits and vegetables her family grows on their farm in Grand Bay. |
|May 1, 2007
||Tammy Thompson of Dale County is the kind of mother whose life revolves around her children, and much of their time together is spent gathered around the table of her country kitchen. |
|April 9, 2007
||Jo Ann Grantland of Morgan County says she never thought of herself as a great cook, but those closest to her might disagree. |
|March 1, 2007
||Sarah said she wanted to share recipes that were a little different from the norm, like Cincinnati Chili. And since Sarah often cooks for a crowd, several of the following recipes, like Chicken and Wild Rice Soup and French Toast Soufflé, are ideal for family gatherings. |
|February 1, 2007
||Originally from Bakersfield, Calif., Margaret Fox says she and husband Dave thought seriously about where they wanted to make a home for themselves and their sons before settling in Brantley, Ala. |
|January 2, 2007
||Debbie Davis Goodwin of Hartselle says her mother couldn’t get her into the kitchen when she was a girl, but there’s no denying that her mother’s cooking influenced Debbie. |
|December 29, 2006
||Jeanette Braden of Cleburne County says she’ll never act like an old lady.|
“I’m not old. I’ve just been here several years,” she says.
She and her husband, Joe, live in Heflin in Cleburne County where both were born and attended the same school.
|November 25, 2006
||“I really love kids,” says Libby Ousley of Billingsley, whose life demonstrates that love. |
After retiring from International Paper, she began substitute teaching at the Billingsley School where three of her grandchildren are students and her daughter-in-law is a teacher.
|October 9, 2006
||In Monroe County, the first and third Saturdays of every month are filled with the sweet, smoky scent of barbecue and the spicy aroma of shrimp and gumbo, thanks to the folks of Cherry Street Bar-B-Q in Monroeville.|
|September 30, 2006
||Despite being busier during “retirement” than most people, Cherokee County native Dewandee Neyman insists there are some things she’ll always make time for. |
“I believe in the family table. My boys didn’t grow up on sandwiches or food from a drive-through window. We always had meals. My grandbabies eat breakfast and lunch at my table now, so I look for easy recipes that don’t keep me in the kitchen too long,” says Neyman
|August 1, 2006
||“Family is just fun,” says Linda Wallace of Colbert County who views her country kitchen as one way to show her family how much she appreciates them. |
|July 11, 2006
||Denise Henry of Montgomery County cooks well, and she cooks big. A mother of five, she says that sometimes the greatest challenge of cooking is having the kids underfoot while trying to get supper to the table. |