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Passing on those good recipes: Mathews resident learned from grandparents, hosts family gatherings

Now a grandmother herself who really enjoys cooking, Elizabeth Jones Hayes recalls how her grandmother and grandfather cooked; "they taught me."

Elizabeth remembers that her grandmother’s biscuits "were always cut into squares. My grandfather’s specialty was pound cake, and everything in it was a pound. I can still see him weighing his ingredients. He would let me make a little small cake along with him while he was making his cake. They were both good cooks."

  

Recently, Elizabeth served as chairman and chief cook at a fundraising dinner at First Baptist Church in Mathews, where she is church clerk and a lifelong member. The menu, with all proceeds going to an upcoming baby contest, included fried chicken, pigs’ feet, fried fish, crab cakes, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, greens, green beans, rolls "made by Aunt Mary Sue," cornbread, beverages and desserts. With all this to fix and serve, the kitchen and dining are...

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