Show 710 – Cooking with Brenda Gantt

It all started with one video about how to make biscuits, which Brenda Gantt shared at the request of her fellow church members. Thanks to her true Southern charm, inspirational messages and easy-to-follow instructions, her following quickly ballooned to an audience of more than 1 million. She now shares daily cooking videos on her “Cooking with Brenda Gantt” Facebook page.

Once a year, Alabama’s Capital City becomes a hot spot for opera stars and up-and-coming talent. The Vann Vocal Institute brings top names from the opera stage to Montgomery for a kickoff concert. The next day, those professionals trade in their roles as performers for the roles of coaches as they teach burgeoning talent during a free, two-day, intensive workshop.

When they started dating as teenagers, Joe and Ashley McCraney laid out plans for their future. Before turning 30, they’d already accomplished most of their dreams, including owning their own farm. The couple, with their three children, were named runners-up in the Alabama Famers Federation‘s 2020 Outstanding Young Farm Family competition.

Plus, 2021 Alabama Young Farmers Committee Chairman Brady Peek discusses more about the contest and educational opportunities available through Young Farmers.

Springtime means farmers markets will soon be back to their full-time operating hours with all kinds of wonderful, fresh produce, including corn. Stacey Little of SouthernBite.com shares tips for enhancing corn’s natural sweet, starchy flavors with his recipe for Fried Corn. It’s the perfect way to prepare those ears you buy from the local farmers market.

Need help finding a local farmers market or farm stand near you? Just visit SweetGrownAlabama.org. They sponsored the broadcast version of this segment!

For all the Southern Bite recipes featured on Simply Southern, visit southernbite.com/simply-southern-recipes.

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