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Albanian Publishes Cookbook (YUM!)

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Written by Bonnie Jefferson


Last week, I visited several downtown shops including The Flower Gazebo, owned and operated by Elaine and Rick Barrett.  I first met Elaine  when she was food service manager at First Baptist Church of Albany and had a number of opportunities to sample her cooking. Imagine my surprise when I discovered she had published a cook book, “In The Kitchen With Elaine”. The book was published in November last year but I don’t remember hearing anything about it. Well, I had to have a copy!

Not only does the cookbook have tons of recipes but it also contains suggestions of items to keep on hand in the refrigerator as well as the pantry.  While it contains typical sections such as appetizers, salads, meats, seafood, sides, etc., it also has a section called “Country Cooking”. There is also a section called “Tea or Coffee Party” as well as one on “Brunch”. In addition to recipes to serve your family or a crowd, there are suggestions for decorating and setting the table.  You will also find a section titled “Learn the Lingo” which explains many terms in cooking that are just not used anywhere except in relation to food. This is especially helpful for new cooks who are still learning. The cookbook also has a detailed index to assist you in locating recipes for specific foods.

There is a great deal of personal information about Elaine and Rick, their children and their extended family. But the most important thing of all is all the recipes!  I love pralines and found a recipe for them and will be making them shortly. Among the recipes are many more that I plan to make for my family.

This is a cookbook for cooks of all levels from beginners to grandmas who have been cooking for 50 years! It makes a great gift for the holidays, a birthday, or shower.

Below you will find some recipes from Elaine Barrett’s cookbook and you can purchase a copy of the cookbook at The Flower Gazebo, 313 N. Washington St. In addition, the cookbook is available at Gatewood Flower Shop in Americus, Threes Company in Cordele and the following other locations in Albany: Place on the Point, Merle Norman, and DJ’s Carwash.



1 package of English Muffins, split

1 7-ounce can Crown. Fancy white crab meat

¾ to 1 stick of butter or margarine

1 jar Old English Cheddar Cheese

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

½ teaspoons seasoned sale

1 teaspoon garlic sale


Mix all ingredients; spreade on muffins. Freeze until ready to use. Place on cookie sheet; broil until cooked, approximately 3 minutes. Cut each muffin into 8 wedges.



2 cups Biscuit

1 stick melted butter or margarine

1 cup sour cream


Stir only enough to mix ingredients. Bake in miniature muffin tins sprayed with Pam at 400 degrees about 20 minutes or until golden brown.



3 cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes

½ cup sugar

½ cup milk

½ stick margarine

½ teaspoon vanilla

½ teaspoon salt

2 eggs, beaten


Mix all above ingredients together a place in a casserole dish.



1 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup flour

1 cups nuts (pecans or walnuts)

1/3 stick butter or margarine

Mix all ingredients and pour over sweet potato mixture and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.


If you would like a copy of the cookbook, it can be purchased at The Flower Gazebo, 313 N. Washington St. You will enjoy the recipes and also help a local business keep going. Small businesses need your support every day, not just Small Business Saturday.
















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