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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.
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.
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.
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.
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. more