As we are now experiencing the long hot days of July, we can gain a perspective relating to the period involved with the Scopes Trial in 1925. People who attended the trial have told me that Dayton had a true “carnival” atmosphere during that time, and that the town was overflowing with repo…

We are going to take a little trip to the Deep South today, all the way to Louisiana and New Orleans! Everybody who has ever been comes back with wonderful food memories, unless they happen to be those people who think they have to eat a hamburger everywhere they go. I always feel sorry for …

Anyone who has ever witnessed a fire knows that it can be a destructive force which can destroy life and property, putting everything and everyone at risk. Rhea County has had many devastating fires which date back to its early history, and which provide an understanding of what life was lif…

The recipes today are some good summer recipes, and some of them have a south-of-the-border flavor. And with summer squash coming in now, you will want to look for the squash dressing and squash custard recipes, too!

Many movies and television shows have been made relating to the role of a father in the lives of his family. Perhaps one of the best loved shows was “Father Knows Best,” which actually began as a radio program. According to research, the series began in August of 1949 on NBC Radio, and starr…

Father’s Day weekend seems to be the perfect time for grilling and barbecuing, and with that in mind I have given you some good ideas for “sides” and few for desserts that will round out your cookout. The sauerkraut salad recipe today is one of my favorites and it goes wonderfully with anyth…

I love summer time. All of it. The extra daylight (except when I want my kids to go to sleep at 7:45), the extra time outside (except when the mosquitoes are ready to attack) and swimming in the pool (except when my 2-year-old decides she’s invincible and jumps in before I’m ready to catch h…

In past articles, I have shared letters and memories from William Gibbs Allen, who wrote a great deal of history relating to Rhea County. However, the newspaper articles about his experiences during the War Between the States are probably some of Allen’s most colorful work. Even though there…

Sometimes you do, and sometimes you don’t! Yes, sometimes you DO feel like spending a lot of time working on a very special dessert for a very special occasion. I know it can seem like it takes half a day to make a Lady Baltimore Cake, (which happens to be one of my very favorites) and right…

A letter which was written by Hanibal Paine to his sister, Mary Louisa (Mollie) Paine in 1863 can be found in the Rhea County Historical Society publication, A Personal Look at the Civil War in Rhea and Meigs Counties, Tennessee. According to research, Hanibal Paine (1839-1867) joined Captai…

One of my favorite things to do is sit down with someone who is passionate about cooking and likes to talk about it. I recently had that opportunity with Coach Craig Moser who is Assistant Football Coach at RCHS, Special Teams Coordinator, Head Coach at Rhea Middle, and PE teacher at Rhea Co…

This year’s theme for the Strawberry Festival is “Destination Strawberry Station-All Aboard!” With that in mind, it is always fun to remember past years pertaining to the Strawberry Festival in Rhea County and to recall those events and people which made some years more memorable than others…

Hey there! Today I have some good summer-time recipes for you today. I have also included a pressure pot adaptation for the Pepper Steak. I finally broke down and bought myself a pressure pot, and I just love it for its ease of use and for how quickly it cooks. Be sure to check out the Oreo …

During the months of May and June many cemeteries will see the addition of flowers and flags on the graves of those who are buried in those places. This is because of a tradition we call “Decoration Day,” which is said to have roots in the War Between the States.

I hope you are ready for some good recipes today because I have some really good ones for you. Let me tell you about a few of them. One time I was a dinner party where I had one of the best strawberry shortcakes I had ever eaten, and since Strawberry Time is coming, I thought today would be …

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I know, I know, it’s been a long time. But life happens, and in between a trip to Pennsylvania, a work conference in Nashville, and a kindergarten field trip to the Zoo and a pizza buffet (seriously, Kindergarten teachers are my heroes. I’m still recovering from that one), I just haven’t had…

Located north of Dayton, and east of U.S. Highway 27, Buttram Cemetery is the final resting place of many people from all walks of life. According to research, the cemetery was originally begun before 1811 as the burial site for John Howard’s wife. Then, in April of 1811, when Howard deeded …

If you are of a certain age, you probably have some very good memories of some of the things made in your school cafeteria. I know I to this day can remember some of the things the Morgantown School cafeteria turned out under the capable hands of Mrs. Howell and Pansy Dillard. Then later whe…

“Here Comes Peter Cottontail” is known as one of the most popular Easter songs of all time, and is used a great deal for TV commercials during the Easter period. This song was composed in 1949 by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins; it was first recorded by Mervin Shiner in 1950 on the Decca recor…

Easter is a joyous time and is a wonderful harbinger to spring and summer. It is a wonderful opportunity to share the day and a meal with friends and loved ones, and I’m giving you several things to think about to today.

There is a saying that states, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, and finding out about a picture can speak volumes when it comes to family history. This happened when a picture of the J.W. Gillespie Camp was found among some things belonging to a distant cousin of mine. Helen Thomison M…

Many of you have mentioned to me how much you enjoyed the “White Lie Cake” story, so I have another one for you today, which also happens to be food related. Annie McCoy sent me this one. I think you’ll like it.

Each week for the past five weeks, I received a beautiful flower delivered to my office. Nothing extravagant, just one simple flower with some filler greenery.

There’s a wee bit of Irish in each of us, and we all like to show that Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day, March 17. Since my name is Patricia, I have always been interested in the origin of this name, along with the history of Saint Patrick’s Day.

I am dedicating the column this week to my favorite Irish friend, and she knows exactly who she is!

Another article written by H.A. Crawford gives additional information relating to the Hiwassee Garrison. This narrative was found in the Crawford papers which have a wealth of information about the Crawford family. In this document Crawford tells that Hiwassee Garrison was built sometime bet…

Hey there! I have a couple stories to share with you today along with some great recipes. One of the stories is rather funny, but it does make a good point. Read on and you’ll see what I mean. And then the other one is about Grandma’s Apron. Except for when she was dressed up to go to church…

Historical information is found in many places, often at times when one is not searching for such things. This was the case with the following news article found while researching another topic at the Chattanooga Public Library. The narrative was listed as being written for the “Dayton Leade…

I went hunting this morning. Recipe hunting! And I have brought back some really good ones for you today. The recipes today are ones that I have saved because I like them, and I hope you will, too. The Buttermilk Pie was one of my mother’s go-to recipes, so I have known it all my life. Don’t…

When I first heard about Paul Soyster’s good cooking I quickly asked him if he would be willing to do a column with me and share some of his recipe favorites. I was delighted when he agreed to. You may know Paul’s wife, Tiffany, from the Herald and also from her work as Education Director at…

Believe it or not, every once in a while, I run out of things to say. I run out of things to write about. I feel like I’ve been standing on certain soap boxes for so long, there just isn’t anything left to say. There’s nothing new, and I feel that people are tired of hearing me say the same …

In looking back to the days of “glory” in the town of Washington, we see that it was a thriving metropolis, and worthy of remembering during its heyday. According to research, Washington boasted four inns or taverns, two blacksmith shops, two cotton gins, a large tan yard (for tanning hides)…

In recognition of Presidents’ Day most of the column this week is devoted to recipes related to the presidency, and certainly not to be overlooked are the First Ladies who have played such a vital role in our nation’s past.  I often think of Martha Washington—the first—and how she had no oth…

In today’s world of technology our society believes itself to be the smartest and most educated of any on the planet. We pride ourselves in not having to speak to each other, but rather “talk” via electronic devices, and even our vehicles are operated by computers! Also, textbooks can be fou…

With St. Valentine’s Day almost here, I thought about a few recipes today that might make for a special Valentine treat to bring to your table. And I am convinced that the secret ingredient to any good recipe is LOVE. Make it with love and offer it from your heart, and it will be delicious!

I rarely get political. In my opinion, there are enough people trying to pull us apart, and my goal is to unite us behind a common cause, namely, the success of our youth. But yesterday, as I perused the news, I literally had to pick my jaw up off the floor.

The town of Washington was the first organized settlement in Rhea County, and became the county seat for a time. It has much history to give us, if we will only “dig” for it. I found an interesting item which dates back to the early 1800’s and seems to have no authors name associated with it…

It is mostly about EASY again this week, but first I must tell you about two special recipes this week.

You’d think by now nothing would surprise me. I mean, from being a mom of three very different kids, to working for 10 years with teenagers, to being the primary care giver to my elderly grandmother for two years, I shouldn’t be surprised. Yet, here I am, shaking my head, at one of the lates…

Most of us are familiar with the antibiotic, Penicillin, but one woman in the Rhea County area knew about it in a very personal way. Mrs. S. E. Paul, from Spring City, was given the “new” drug in 1943 at Thomison Hospital in Dayton. She had contracted a staphylococcus blood stream infection …

This column today is NOT about cooking! Well, not really. What it is about is those time when you have to take a dish somewhere or you just want something quick and easy, and with Super Bowl coming up, you just might need a quick fix or two. but for what ever reason you either can’t or don’t…

During the beginning of each new year, many a bride-to-be is busy making preparations for her wedding to be held during the next few months. Naturally, she is thinking about an expensive dress and all the exciting elements which go with a splendid wedding. Even though a wedding is costly tod…

In many ways the column today is like a pot luck supper, for there is no rhyme or reason to why I put these particular things together. The truth is, I went through some recipes and just pulled things that for whatever reason sounded good to me today.

There’s a good chance that you are still recovering from the hustle and bustle of the holidays. And, if you’re anything like me, you still have a houseful of decorations and even some leftovers still in the fridge. I’m ashamed to admit that actually, I just found some leftover Thanksgiving c…