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January 7, 2009 Dawn East says she’s been very fortunate to have two loving families shape her life.
December 1, 2008 Patsy Fincher of Mobile County says she can’t imagine how she and her husband John had time for anything before they retired.
October 1, 2008 As a working mother of two, Butler County native Charlene Powell says her family still finds time for a sit-down dinner most nights.
September 5, 2008 Minutes after hearing cookbook author Leslie Bailey declare that "there are no new recipes," Edwina Dykes of Barbour County proved her right by using a borrowed recipe that she personalized into a hearty soup to take first place in the Heritage Cooking Contest in Montgomery on Thursday, Sept. 4.
August 4, 2008 When Kelly Kyser graduated high school, she said the last thing she wanted to do was live in Greensboro and marry a catfish farmer. But after graduating college and starting her career, that's exactly what she did.

July 9, 2008 Ella Caraway summarizes her move from a small town in Pennsylvania to her husband’s
family farm in Barbour County in two words: very different.

June 1, 2008 It’s hard to tell if Amy Belcher of Montgomery County is more proud of her family’s farming heritage or her family’s tradition of making wonderful food.

May 1, 2008 Originally from Elmore County, Donna says she always cooked with her mother but also learned about cooking through her involvement in 4-H.
April 1, 2008 Sherri Plant of Madison County says that some of her fondest childhood memories are of long days spent on her uncle's dairy farm in Arkansas.

March 1, 2008 Donna Sanders of Coffee County says most of the 19 years she stayed home to care for her children was spent in the kitchen.
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.

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