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Annelle Lindsey

Annelle Lindsey is an active seventy-three year old African American senior citizen living in Carrollton, Georgia. Traditional recipes and baking methods are as much a apart of Mrs. Lindsey’s regional diet today as they were during her childhood. Mrs. Lindsey fondly recalls her mother using some brand specific and farm produced ingredients to bake homemade cakes, pies, biscuits, cornbread, and tea cakes in her favorite worn cake pan and perfectly seasoned cast iron skillet. Even today Lindsey uses many of her mother’s recipes for holidays, birthdays, and church dinner on the grounds. Overtime, some of Mrs. Lindsey’s ingredients and traditional recipes have evolved in conjunction with the ease of contemporary pre-packaged and frozen products, and still others have simply fallen by the wayside, opening the door for trying new recipes and cuisines. But no matter the changes to her menu, the caring sentiment behind Mrs. Lindsey’s cooking for her family, church, and community is constant and clearly reflected through more modern and complicated recipes like her well-known Friendship Cake.

Date of interview:
2002-04-02 00:00

Deirdre Haywood-Rouse


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