The Richmond Register

Lifestyles & Community

January 16, 2014

Rogers loves cooking

MADISON COUNTY — Barbara Rogers started cooking as a teenager in high school. She was inspired to cook by her high school home economics teacher Dixie Edwards.

She also had lots of training from her aunt Anna Leach, who was an awesome cook. Later when she met and married her husband Billy, she self-taught herself as a necessity to become a homemaker.

Rogers recently retired after 36 years of teaching. But she continues to teach for Madison County Schools as a long-term substitute, simply because she loves the kids.

Rogers loves cooking because it re-creates memories from her childhood. It also creates memories for her daughter and granddaughters. The grandchildren loved to cook when they were small, but now as teenagers they only cook when it suits them.

Rogers gets many of her recipes from cookbooks, the Internet and family recipes. Rogers and her daughter cooks and tries new recipes, learning from each other.

Rogers’ husband Billy, who is retired from the Richmond Fire Department, also plays an important part in cooking. He is a great assistant and helps in all the food preparation. Billy is also a great cook and makes wonderful egg rolls and fudge.

Rogers loves preparing food from her garden. Her favorite summer foods are tomatoes and squash. She spends her summer canning green beans, tomatoes, tomato juice, salsa, pickles and corn. She cans anything she can obtain through friends and family.

Rogers loves hosting and cooking for small gatherings. She also enjoys cooking and sending food to family and friends who are sick or in need. Rogers also collects cookbooks, egg coddlers, vintage jewelry and good friends. Rogers plans on passing her secret recipes down to her granddaughters.

Rogers granddaughter, Laura Horn, hopes to one day to be able to cook like her grandmother, “’cause I love her cooking.”

Rogers makes sour dough bread every week during the winter. Her recipes makes 12 loaves of bread, that she gives to friends. She has made as many as 20 loaves, “when I have to.” She does not make bread in the summer, because it is too hot.

Rogers has shared with us her family’s favorite recipes.

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