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Cooking With Brenda Gantt

There are special people in this world we are so lucky to get to know. Jackie finds them to share and enjoy with you.

One of a Kind

I think Brenda took many of us by surprise at Facebook. We check out most new things and this seemed something unusual and boy, was it!

I have to admit it takes a few minutes to see who she is, but it takes no time at all to fall completely in love with her.

Sure there are cooks all over the internet and YouTube we are all familiar with. Brenda is just in a class all by herself and the way so many have picked up on that proves it.

I will just let you have a look at a few of her videos and you will be right with me in minutes I am sure.

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Family Affair

Many times Brenda's granddaughter Bank's will stop by while she cooks for us. Banks stops to say hello if she is not helping with a recipe. You will look forward to seeing her too. So sweet and Grandma loves her so much we can see. She spends the night with her many times and can come through the woods to Grandma's house. Sometimes with a friend or two. She is an ideal grandchild returning her grandma's love, clearly. She will steal your heart and make you want only the best for her.
Tons of gifts come Brenda's way and I know she has to have a special place for all the new aprons her fans send her. Almost daily she shows us a new one. Earrings are another gift she receives clearly from loving fans seeing her usually dangling earrings. I love this because I am crazy about earrings and especially dangling ones. I buy them but I won't wear them because I feel I am too old. I so admire this lady that has no such reservations!
Something that amazes me as of late is this aging grandma's looks. She appears to be getting younger by the day. What is it, I cannot figure. Yes. she has cut her hair and has a little younger style but it is her whole being and I cannot help but believe it is the love she feels from all her fans. They are growing every day and if you are not one, I am sure you know one. Whether you know it or not. Lets get to her recipes. She can really help you whether you can cook or not and many people will tell her they do not do a certain dish that way and she will tell them to just make it their way. She is showing you her way and she will make suggestions of different ways you could do it or add to a recipe but she will make her recipes to suit herself. No bullying Ms. Brenda!

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Brenda Has Over Two Million Followers

Brenda has been on Huckabee twice, has a deal with Taste of Home Magazine and White Lily Flour! She has written her own cookbook which has thrilled all of her followers.

Luckily I pretty much caught Brenda at the beginning which makes her story that much more exciting to me. Sort of living it with her. Once you know her you will see how easy that is. All of a sudden she is like family you cannot wait to see again!

I saw her go to Huckabee, taking her first plane ride! She is so openly honest. Such a good soul you can pick up on immediately. Her husband is no longer living but she talks about him, her mom, her dad. Before you know it you get to know them too.
Brenda takes you outside with her to plant her plants, shows you her yard. You get to know her dog who has a house out there that has to face her kitchen window to see her there. He gets snake bitten and she takes him to the vet and we get those days with her full of hope he will live to only lose him in the end. She mentions him now and then, we know she misses him but she is never down about anything.
She line dances and takes us with her.

Oh, did I mention this lady is around seventy-five years old? Yes, and steady as a rock! She cooks and works constantly it seems and enjoys every minute I believe. She will mention her faith and how much it means to her, but she never preaches. She is often times funny without even meaning to be and can easily laugh at herself.

Brenda on Huckabee - Twice!

Hans Urs von Baltha

“What you are is God's gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.”

Brenda - So Honest and Open

Come right into Brenda's kitchen and enjoy visiting while she shares so much with you. I am sure the whole family would enjoy these videos whether they want to learn to cook or not! Also get some soap information. If she uses it, she shares that knowledge with you. (Yes, I now have a box of this soap! She did not lie!)

I can rarely get through a day without a visit with this new friend!

Smothered Fried Chicken That Was Husband's Favorite

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A Good Twist to Chicken Soup

I love chicken soup and I make it and can some up just like the vegetable beef. This soup has ingredients I save just for my vegetable beef! I would have never thought to put tomatoes and cabbage in chicken soup!

Look at this recipe if you felt the same and you will fix it like Brenda's too I am sure. In fact, there is a winter storm headed my way to hit tonight and tomorrow so I think I will get right on it today.

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I will not cook a whole chicken just cooking for me but as Brenda says, change it up to suit you. But loving cabbage and tomatoes and cooking beef soup more because of that I will certainly get right on this!

Onions, cabbage, large can of tomatoes ( I have garden ones frozen I will use!) beans, and well just everything Brenda mentions. Because she freezes hers she will not use potatoes and though I don't freeze my soups I never use potatoes in soups anymore. You do not need them and we all know they are not good for you. I will add celery and carrots to her recipe. Now that would not bother Brenda in the least I am sure and that is the very great thing about her you will come to know really quick!

Poor soul, I am sure she must be overwhelmed with her popularity, but she handles it well!

How to Cook Chicken Soup

The Cottle House - Brenda's Bed and Breakfast

Constructed in 1905 and beautifully restored, The Cottle House (constructed in 1905 and now restored) Bed & Breakfast is a one of a kind bed and breakfast event in Andalusia, Alabama. There are three queen-size bedrooms and two full-size bathrooms in the main house with a kitchen, dining room, and entertainment room. The Cottle House has customized breakfasts fixed by Brenda herself! These are antique-filled rooms, wrap-around porch, catch and release fishing and walking trails.

Brenda has this bed and breakfast there near her in Andalusia, Alabama, where you can enjoy the southern comfort and beauty of this old restored home. Our friend Theresa, here at HubPages (aka Faith Reaper) who also lives in Alabama, says she may visit here this coming summer. If so I hope she will give us a full report.

Brenda herself cooks you breakfast and as delicious as that would be I would as much enjoy the time spent visiting and talking to this special woman!

Please watch the video to see just a few of the antiques Brenda has filled it with for your pleasure. (Hers too, I am sure!)

A tour of Brenda's Bed and Breakfast!

Healthy Carrot Salad for Church

Watch Brenda make this easy and delicious salad and chat while she works!

She added apples and raisins and of course you can leave out what you don't like.

See her new apron some fan sent her. She has many, I enjoy seeing them.

Carrot Salad

White Lily Flour Products

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Brenda Bringing Millions of Cooks to White Lily

This is Brenda's flour of choice and she will make it yours. She is absolute on her choices and as of yet I have found no fault. White Lily flour is the best! Now I make sure there is a bag up on the bag I am using on.

Facebook is lite up with it practically.

1. Which to use, self rising or all purpose?

I haven't used the all purpose because I rarely use all purpose. If it calls for salt and baking powder I just omit those and go with self rising.

2. Where can you find it?

People tell the stores they find it at but even then not always so Amazon is no doubt your best bet and as with most things Amazon just beats anyone's price online.

3. What other White Lily products are a must have?

There is meal and also new are the cake mixes. Brenda has been trying those out online and I want to get the cinnamon streusel. She added pecans and it looked so good!

Brenda has asked others to help answer questions these new cooks have and she has so many fan clubs I couldn't even venture a guess, seeing a new one or two every day!

Many online are having trouble finding these flours, meals and cake mixes in stores but Amazon seems to be the go to place to find anything today, doesn't it?

Brenda and Daughter

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Brenda and Daughter Hannah About Recipes to Store Forever

Here Brenda and her daughter tell how it is so important to you and future generations to keep a good recipe box or folder. Make things very clear of what kind of pan to use, whether to grease it or not, if you need to flour your hands. Things like that you take for granted because you know, you assume they will know. And they will not. So be very clear and complete for the recipes you will leave behind to be copied and used for hopefully decades if not centuries.

Finding a recipe they wanted of Brenda's mother that was unclear about a number of things brought this video about.

Brenda Gantt Recipe Box

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Spend the Day with Brenda, Hannah and Banks!

Many times Brenda's granddaughter Bank's will stop by while she cooks for us. Banks stops to say hello if she is not helping with a recipe. You will look forward to seeing her too. So sweet and Grandma loves her so much we can see. She spends the night with her many times and can come through the woods to Grandma's house. Sometimes with a friend or two. She is an ideal grandchild returning her grandma's love, clearly. She will steal your heart and make you want only the best for her.
Tons of gifts come Brenda's way and I know she has to have a special place for all the new aprons her fans send her. Almost daily she shows us a new one. Earrings are another gift she receives clearly from loving fans seeing her usually dangling earrings. I love this because I am crazy about earrings and especially dangling ones. I buy them but I won't wear them because I feel I am too old. I so admire this lady that has no such reservations!
Something that amazes me as of late is this aging grandma's looks. She appears to be getting younger by the day. What is it, I cannot figure. Yes. she has cut her hair and has a little younger style but it is her whole being and I cannot help but believe it is the love she feels from all her fans. They are growing every day and if you are not one, I am sure you know one. Whether you know it or not. Lets get to her recipes. She can really help you whether you can cook or not and many people will tell her they do not do a certain dish that way and she will tell them to just make it their way. She is showing you her way and she will make suggestions of different ways you could do it or add to a recipe but she will make her recipes to suit herself. No bullying Ms. Brenda!

You will so enjoy this!

Watch Brenda get out of the shower and Banks and she put on make-up and the cooking is happening. She is in and out and so much fun!

Spend the Whole Day With Brenda

Pineapple Delight Congealed Salad and Brenda Looking Good!

I am going to make this one absolutely! It will be better for summer I think and I may keep it made but I just have to try it now!

You leave it in the fridge overnight to set up.

It has Jell-O, lime and lemon flavor, pineapple with the juice, cottage cheese (which I will keep secret from family), lemon juice (and pecans are optional). May be served with whipped cream on top. I cannot wait!

She shares family tales, shares a few problems and tells about her line dancing. She also mentions her faith and we nearly always get to watch her sampling her dishes. A real joy to watch.

She will steal your heart and keep you smiling! I just have to have a dose of her every day!

Congealed Salad

Brenda's Soap of Choice

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I Got Mine at Amazon

Amish Farm Soap is hand-made in America with natural ingredients and no harsh chemicals. Brenda uses it for her sensitive skin and the often outbreaks she gets on work outside. She says it clears her right up and I have also read about it being used for shampoo and clearing up the scalp. I use it too now but think I will start getting more serious about it. I may even try it for a shampoo at least once! Will let you know how that turns out.I ordered mine from Amazon and got several different colored bars in a box. The bars are so big they will last forever! Wish they had smaller bars easier to handle. If you have found smaller ones, let me know! I have to rub it on a washcloth to use it, being sort of big and bulky. Maybe I will try cutting mine. I can get twice as many bars! Great idea really, especially if you are putting it out for company.


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