Patriot and Home Cook: Leah Herron
I’ve been cooking since I was nine years old when my mom taught me to make cinnamon rolls!
My teen years were spent on my parents small farm in northwest Arkansas where we grew most of our fruits and vegetables and raised our own beef. I may be the only person in history who complained that we ate steak to often! My mom taught me the art of down home cooking and how to use ingredients on hand to make a great meal.
Through the years of raising my family and traveling, I have developed a love of recreating Italian, Mexican and BBQ dishes at home. I know I have perfected a recipe when we eat out and my first thought is, “I could make this better at home!”
I’m a non-politically correct, gun-toting, Tea Party Republican. In today’s world, being a political junkie requires therapy, and lots of it! I spend a lot of time traveling with my job and cooking.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow me on Twitter: @LeahHerron
Molon Labe and Bon Appetite
Patriot and Home Cook: Starla Brown
Starla learned to cook watching her father, mother and grandmothers who are all from the South. The influence of cajun cuisine came from her family’s time spent in Louisiana where her father frequented Don’s Seafood Restaurant in the early 60’s and purchased a cookbook.
As a child in Mississippi, she stood on a step stool to stir the pot and watch. In recent years she has also stirred the pot in the political world as an activist for the conservative cause.
Southern Cooking is a way of life and a focal point of both families and social gatherings. Rich flavors and the mindset of “homemade” are a staple in Southern dishes and a proud people whose traditions are as high as the calorie intake.
While she makes it just like Mama, she also makes it just like Daddy did, and many of her recipes are stored in memory from days gone by. Her contributions to this site are a way to preserve those memories in written form.