Cooks Of The Week…

Our local newspaper does a little feature each week called “Cook of the Week”.  About two years ago, my daughter and I were co-featured as cooks of the week.  What follows is an excerpt from that newspaper article, including the photograph.

three generations...

What’s Cookin’

“One comment that I’ve heard over and over for 29 years, is that my daughter, Brandy, looks just like me.  Now Brandy is hearing those same comments about her own daughter, Madison, ” commented Kathy B. 

…Brandy and her mother have a lot in common besides looking alike.  They both are shy.  They enjoy reading, shopping, and vacationing, but they especially enjoy buying and selling things on eBay.  Both are avid animal lovers, which is apparent when you drive into their adjoining yards.  You will be greeted by an assortment of dogs and cats–most of which are “rescues”.

“Believe it or not, my mom and I both met our husbands on blind dates, we both worked in hospitals before quitting work to raise our families, we both waited several years after marriage to have our first baby, and we both live in houses that were built by my dad, Ed,” Brandy stated.

Neither Kathy nor Brandy learned how to cook while growing up at home.  Kathy occasionally baked brownies or a cake as a teenager, but had no interest in learning how to cook a meal.

“Two weeks before I got married, I took a “crash course” in cooking from my daddy,”  Kathy said.  Kathy’s daddy prepared most of the family meals because he worked the early shift as a guard at the local state prison, and arrived home from work much earlier than his wife, Jackie.  Kathy watched as her daddy prepared meals, and took notes in a composition book that she still has today.

Brandy also showed no interest in cooking while growing up, partly because she and Kathy mixed like oil and water in the kitchen!  When Brandy moved out on her own, her mom gave her a cooking notebook with several family recipes written in it.  Both women learned to cook on their own, through trial and error.

Kathy and Brandy enjoy being neighbors.  Since both are full-time homemakers, they have a lot of time to spend enjoying each other’s company, and cooking in their kitchens.  The two occasionally combine their meals, and eat together.

Both women enjoy baking, and they usually make something special for every holiday.  Kathy, Brandy, and daughter-in-law, Christina, always bake and decorate Christmas cookies together.  “Christina is very talented, and always decorates the prettiest cookies,” declared Kathy.

“I like to try out new recipes, while my mon prefers to stick with old family favorites,” Brandy commented.  Both women enjoy baking and making all kinds of desserts.

Recipe for Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese

12 to 16 ounces of elbow macaroni/ 1 and 1/2 cups of homogenized milk/ 1/4 cup melted margarine/ 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated/ pepper to taste/ 1 large can of evaporated milk/ 2 beaten eggs/ 1 tsp. salt/ 1 cup medium cheddar cheese, grated

Cook and drain the macaroni noodles.  I always boil 12 to 16 ounces of macaroni–depending on how many people I’m feeding. Grease the crock pot with extra butter.  Mix the cooked noodles and all other ingredients in the crock pot, but reserve about a cup of the cheese to go on top of the mixture.  This recipe is a family favorite!

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  1. How fun! Did you have to know someone at the paper to be featured there?

    • No, we didn’t have to know someone at the paper, but I used to write articles about the animal shelter, and now I am church reporter, so I know the employees pretty well. My daughter just called them and asked if she and I could be featured the week of Mother’s Day, and they said “sure”. Usually they are begging people to be featured!


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