September 2008
Sage Grass & Cedars

Good Eats From Madison County

Jean’s Ham Ball

2 cans chunk ham, drained
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard (or 1/2 teaspoon real mustard)
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup mayonnaise 
1/4 cup parsley flakes
1 teaspoon onion 

Mix all ingredients. Put in refrigerator to chill. Roll into ball or serve in a bowl.

Ann Vaughn 
Huntsville, AL
Madison County Co-op



Dee’s Mexican Dip

1 can refried beans 
1 can chopped green chilies, drained (or 1 can tomatoes/chilies, drained)
1 pint sour cream 
1 package taco seasoning 
1 can black olives, sliced
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
2 cups Cheddar cheese, shredded

Mix beans and chilies. Spread in a 9x13 serving dish. Mix sour cream and taco seasoning. Spread over bean mixture. Top with olives, onions, tomatoes, bell pepper and cheese. Refrigerate over night and serve with scoops.

Ann Vaughn 
Huntsville, AL
Madison County Co-op


Confetti Casserole

2 pounds ground beef
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon pepper
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
8 ounces medium noodles, cooked and drained
24 ounces whole kernel corn with red and green peppers, drained
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup pimento, diced

Brown beef in large skillet. Add onion and sauté until tender. Drain. Stir in milk; add cream cheese and stir until cheese melts. Add corn, pimento, soup, salt, pepper and noodles. Pour into greased 9x13 casserole. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over top. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until bubbly. If desired, place under broiler for a few minutes to brown. (Freezes well; may be frozen before or after baking.) Makes 8 servings.

Ann Vaughn 
Huntsville, AL
Madison County Co-op

In memory of ALFA friend, Dot Neal of Cullman County.



Patsy’s Potato Soup

2 quarts water
2 packs fresh shredded potatoes (sometimes found in the bacon section at the grocery)
1 can cream of celery soup
1 pound Cheddar cheese or Velveeta, shredded
1 can cream of onion soup
Salt and pepper to taste
1 large can evaporated milk
Butter or margarine, optional

Bring water to boil in large pot. Add potatoes. Cook for 30 minutes, stirring frequently. Add celery soup and cheese. Stir until melted. Add onion soup, salt, pepper, milk and butter/margarine. Cook 45 minutes, stirring often.

Ann Vaughn 
Huntsville, AL
Madison County Co-op

When my neighbor Patsy brought this over several years ago, my husband Ron said, “Get the recipe! It’s better than Shoney’s.”


Jennie’s Chocolate Cake

1 box cake mix, yellow or white
1 cup sour cream
4 eggs
6 ounces chocolate chips
1/4 cup water
1 small box instant chocolate pudding
3/4 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla

Put in mixing bowl as listed and mix. Pour into greased tube pan. Bake at 350° for 1 hour.

Ann Vaughn 
Huntsville, AL
Madison County Co-op

This is a good substitute for chocolate pound cake.

Fruit Tea

Tea bags
Sugar (using same amount you’d use for regular sweet tea)
1 large can pineapple juice
1 large frozen orange juice
1 large frozen lemonade

Steep the tea bags and sugar. Leave tea bags in and chill over night or several hours to get a strong tea. When you’re ready to finish making the tea, discard tea bags. Pour into very large bowl/pitcher for mixing. Add pineapple juice, orange juice and lemonade. Stir until mixed thoroughly. Pour into 2 one gallon containers. Stir each time before serving. Makes 2 gallons.


Ann Vaughn 
Huntsville, AL
Madison County Co-op

This fruit tea looks muddy and tastes wonderful. 
This original recipe is attributed to my mother’s friend, Mrs. Josh Kelly, Sr. of Jeff, Alabama. Miss Eula created this tea in a summer of the mid-1950s.



Oreo Ice Cream

1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream
1 package Oreo cookies (3 sections)
8 ounces whipped topping

Leave ice cream out of freezer until it is easy to stir. Thaw whipped topping. Crush cookies to desired consistency (I like mine really fine). Stir ice cream and whipped topping together. Mix thoroughly. Add crushed cookie and mix really well. Pour into containers of your choice and freeze.

Mary Alice Stephens
Greene County Co-op-Branch of AFC



We didn’t get a response from each county but we got a great response from Ann Vaughn. She sent us several recipes and, since she was the only one who sent recipes from the selection of counties for June, we have included all of them.

Our apologies to Alice Stephens of Greene County. She had faxed her recipe to us in time for it to appear in the March issue, but somehow it got caught in the office shuffle before it made it where it should have been. Sorry for the tardiness in printing your recipe, it sure looks great. Maybe it knew how much it would be enjoyed during the heat of summer!

This month’s winner of the free cookbook, Southern And Then Some, is Ann Vaughn.

The counties selected for July are: Barbour, Marengo and St. Clair. If you have any recipes (yes, you can send more than one!) that you would like to see in the Cooperative Farming News, please send them to us. We need to receive them by the 15th of each month. If you e-mail them, please include a mailing address. This will let us know where to send the cookbook should you win.


Looking forward to hearing from you.