May 2, 2015: by Sandi Argo
What IS a kitchen~ista? It is a person (woman or man) that is renown for their kitchen (or grill) talents. In our section dedicated to these special individuals, we will share with our readers, not just recipes, but special thoughts from the hosts each month. We hope that you enjoy this monthly section. The recipes will become your treasured “secrets”, making each of us “Kitchen~istas”!
Nestled among the mesquites and oaks in the northwest corner of Jack County, lies a small and quiet community of Cundiff. Cundiff boasts of many unique qualities, there is a deep sense of pride that exudes from those fortunate enough to call it home. Among the most treasured gems found there is a special lady that many call friend. Her name is Lucille Tipton. Having the privilege of being a neighbor and friend for almost 20 years, I can testify to the wonderful things Mrs. Tipton has done. Not only has she been a supporter for causes such as the American Cancer Society, the Cundiff Volunteer Fire Department, and the Jack County Museum, she is involved with the Pioneer Days and sings in the church choir and helps with other charities when called to duty. She has spent many an hour quilting at the First United Methodist Church of Jacksboro, and is a sharp competitor in the game of Bunko (although the group that formed many years ago has since paused their play).
Tipton, and husband (local rancher, Neely Tipton) have lived on the Tipton Ranch for over 32 years. The couple raised 3 kids, and love to share with friends news of the exciting things that their families are doing. They have 10 grand children and 6 great grandchildren! With all of the family, church and social things that keep her calendar full, it is a wonder that she finds time to even step into a kitchen. She not only steps into a kitchen, she masters it! Many times I have spent in her kitchen, enjoying tasty dishes she made for the Bunko gals, not once were we ever disappointed! Diners at her table go home full and very happy!
When asked about her favorite thing to cook, she smiled and stated “At 80, I enjoy cooking anything that my family will enjoy”. Her son, Robert, prefers her to make a chocolate pie with Cool Whip, Grandson, Jake, loves her peanut butter cookies and husband Neely, will gladly take a piece of lemon pie (and he likes her eggplant casserole). Tipton says that her “go to” dish is a mac and cheese, which has made its way to many family and church functions. When suggested that she might share the recipe for this Tipton said “The only problem with that is that I usually create it as I go, so there really isn’t a “recipe” that I go by”. Tipton also agreed to “think about it”, though, she said with the smile that could melt butter!
The day that I sat with her discussing the Kitchen~ista project, Tipton served me a pie, called a Dang Good Pie. And it was for certain! The recipe, shared to her by her mother, Ollie Kinnard Damron Harper, is a simple recipe. I encourage you to try this wonderful recipe. Serve it warm or cold, but be sure to enjoy it with a friend or other loved one, your pie won’t be sweeter but your life will be!
Dang Good Pie:
- 3/4 stick butter
- 3 eggs
- 3 TBS flour
- 1 and 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup of crushed pineapple, drained
- 1 cup of coconut flakes
- 9 inch pie crust
Melt butter and mix remaining ingredients. pour filling into pie crust. Bake for one hour at 350°, or until set and brown. Enjoy!