My grandmother, Winnie Farley Bullard, known all over North Birmingham in Alabama as a great cook, my mom’s mother, called Nannie by the grandkids,
with Cage Earl Bullard, my grandfather, known as Popie, my mom’s father, who never cooked a day in his life.
Nannie was the Thirty-Fifth Avenue Baptist Church hostess for decades, cooking dinner for Wednesday night prayer meetings and any other gatherings that involved food at this large church, right across the street from where she lived. She was the cook for the North Birmingham Chamber of Commerce for decades, cooking for the business owners and managers every Tuesday for their noon meetings. Being her helper during the summer at these luncheons is where I learned to set a table and the palate pleasing value of arranging food on a plate by color. She paid me and I felt rich!
She loved to cook and good cooks like to talk about food, exchange recipes, cut recipes from magazines, and read cookbooks, Nannie was no different. There is a special companionship among cooks. Perhaps if one cook did not give another cook tips and techniques about cooking, good recipes might not be with us now.
Here's to the inspiration from Nannie and good cooks everywhere, Cheers!