Friday, May 17, 2013Author: Richard Daugherty
(Last modified: 2013-05-17 14:43:05)
Source: The Herald-News
One of the finest cooks I ever knew was my sister-in-law Gladys Daugherty who lived in Lake City, Fla. There was no finer food anywhere than a meal at Gladys’s, and her dining room was the perfect setting — dark polished woods, floral draperies, wooden plantation shutters, fine china and crisp white table linens. Back in the day when I was fortunate enough to eat one of her meals, I had never really thought about recipe collecting, unfortunately; but all these years the memories of her fine cooking remained with me. Not long ago on a trip through Florida, I had the inspiration to try to track down some of her recipes through her daughter. A phone call yielded a “reunion” of sorts, and Barbara Ann graciously agreed to share some of her mother’s favorites with me. I can’t begin to tell you how excited and pleased I was to finally have in my hands the recipes for some of those delicious things Gladys used to fix, and I can honestly say that to this day I have never eaten any chicken dressing that I liked better than hers. Some of these recipes are ones that Gladys collected from her mother and grandmother, so they are some real “Old Florida” treasures. Enjoy them, and let them inspire you to start your own collection of family heirloom recipes!
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