An example of the memories shared in Ozark County Cookin’ is Times Past columnist Mary Ruth Luna Sparks’ memory, complete with recipe, of the cornbread her mother, the late Stella Luna, stirred up for her family in their Gainesville home. The recipe is shared below.
We also like to include easy but tasty recipes and stories from the not-so-creative survival-type cooks. For instance, Times editor Sue Ann Jones claims to have “zero cooking ability,” but she did manage to keep her two children fed during their growing-up years while her husband, the late Dave Jones, traveled frequently on business. Most weeks Sue Ann followed this progression of menus, which she recommends as a simple survival routine: Monday, fry several pounds of varmint-meat burger (Dave was an avid hunter) in a deep, cast-iron Dutch oven and serve it with tacos, letting each diner add spices or salsa as needed. Tuesday, use the leftovers to make spaghetti sauce and serve over (what else?) spaghetti. Wednesday, use the leftover spaghetti sauce to make lasagna with no-boil noodles. Thursday, bake potatoes and chicken (put chicken on baking sheet lined with foil, pour lemon juice over it and bake at 350 degrees about an hour). Set the oven timer, and everything should be ready when you get home from ball practice. Friday, it’s leftovers or pork chops cooked on the grill or however you can manage to cook them.
Send us your own or a family member of friend’s recipes, stories and family-dinner “survival plans” – or recipes from cooks gone by – to be published Nov. 15 in our glossy-cover, magazine-style Ozark County Cookin’ magazine, which will have color on every page. We’ll draw a name from all those who submit a recipe or tribute, and that person will win $100 – just in time for Christmas shopping!
This year’s cookbook will be distributed free at the Times office, Town & Country Supermarket in Gainesville, Cash Saver Pantry in Theodosia and anywhere the Ozark County Times is sold.
The 2017 edition of Ozark County Cookin’ is also an ideal way for area merchants and groups to advertise their Christmastime and year-round merchandise because it will be kept and used for months, even years, to come. A portion of the advertising proceeds will be donated to local charities. For more information, see the ad on page 3.
The recipe and advertising deadline is Friday, Nov. 3. To submit a recipe, tribute and photo, email them email@example.com, mail them to the Times at P.O. Box 188, Gainesville, MO 65655 (be sure to let us know if the photo needs to be returned), or bring them by our office on the south side of the Gainesville square. Call us at 679-4641 for more information.