Lots of people write about their lives when they retire. Well, after 14 years as the cook in the county jail at Starkville, Minnie Fox has written a book, too. A cookbook. And it's the culmination of a life in the kitchen.
Somebody added it up one time, we spend so many days of our lives at stoplights, and so many years of our lives asleep, an so on.
Well, I figure the amount of time Minnie Fox has spent in front of a stove would be up in the upper reaches of one of those types of categories. And you don't cook as much as she has without finding reasons to like it.
"because it relaxes you," said Fox. "You have a lot of thoughts when you're doing it. And then, I love to give. And when I cook up a lot of food I just call people over and let them eat. That's my enjoyment out of it."
She started cooking at her mother's side as a child. Cooking became her duty on the farm. And she ended up cooking for the inmates in the jail at Starkville. As a matter of fact, that's where the idea for the cookbook came from.
"Doff Bryan and a couple more of the deputies, they would always ask me, they say, have you ever thought about doing a cookbook?" said Fox. "I say aw I can't do no cookbook. They say, yes you can."
And she has. Starting from her mom's kitchen as a child to recipes she manufactured while cooking in the jail, her cookbook spans her lifetime like an autobiography. And they are taste tested recipes, too.
Well I invited some people out here and I told them I'd like for you all to be honest with me because this is some of the meals that I'm going to do in the cookbook," said Fox. "So they enjoyed everything and everything that I had went in that cookbook and more."
Minnie Fox set out a mini lunch for me and couple of her and my friends, Starkville artist Carole McRenolds Davis and her husband entomologist Dr. Frank dDvis. Not only was the food good, you could taste the extra intangibles Minnie Fox includes.
"Those are the recipes I put in my cooking," said Fox. "Love, joy, happiness. I just love it."
Leaves a nice aftertaste and is a fitting tribute to a life well done.
Thursday, August 28 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-08-28 13:33:06 GMT
SPARTANBURG COUNT, SC (WYFF) - Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office. DeputiesMore >>
Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office.More >>
Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:01 PM EDT2014-08-28 03:01:35 GMT
Who wouldn't feel sorry for a man that stands in front of you, nearly in tears, and talks about how his wife died eight months ago during labor.More >>
Who wouldn't feel sorry for a man that stands in front of you, nearly in tears, and talks about how his wife died eight months ago during labor, his mother just died, and now he is a single father raising a newborn all alone.More >>
Thursday, August 28 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-08-28 20:49:29 GMT
A Jackson police officer has been hospitalized after being attacked in south Jackson. The department says it happened last night, while he was making an arrest, at the intersection of Forest Hill RoadMore >>
A Jackson police officer has been hospitalized after being attacked in south Jackson. The department says it happened Wednesday night, while he was making an arrest at the intersection of Forest Hill Road and Raymond Road.More >>
Thursday, August 28 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:26:05 GMT
This is a news release from the office of Judge Hollis McGehee Special Judge Hollis McGehee has scheduled a status conference and hearing for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, in the Circuit Court CourtroomMore >>
Special appointed Judge Hollis McGehee said he will file a scheduling order for the Chris McDaniel vs. Thad Cochran trial by the end of this week. More >>
Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:27 AM EDT2014-08-26 13:27:00 GMT
A Jackson Prep football player hospitalized following Friday night's game has died. Walker Wilbanks was transported Friday to the hospital during the second half of the school's home football game againstMore >>
Pressler says Walker's death was an "unfortunate freak event" revolving around the balance of sodium and water in the body. He says it had no reflection of being over or underhydrated.