Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

December 13, 2013

Cookin’ in Kerens

By Deanna Kirk
Corsicana Daily Sun

— First things first: a bit of housekeeping.

In our December issue of Explore, which contained all your fabulous recipes, we apparently left out a few uber-important steps.

I shall share those with you now.

To Diane Douglas’s sugar free peach cobbler, kindly add a cup of water when mixing ingredients. This will make a big difference in your finished product.

In P.J. Jones’s Mascarpone Cheesecake, please add these two steps. I guarantee these will make a huge difference in your finished product.

4) Pour into the prepared pan and spread evenly, then bake for about one hour or until just set. Switch off the oven but do not remove the cheesecake. Let cool until completely set.

5) Remove the sides of the pan and carefully lift the cheesecake onto a serving plate. Make the topping by mixing the mascarpone and ricotta cheese in a bowl and spreading the mixture over the cheesecake. Decorate with chocolate or white curls and fresh raspberries.

The Corsicana Daily Sun and Explore Magazine regret the omission of these crucial steps. We apologize to anyone who attempted to prepare these recipes without benefit of these steps. The January issue of Explore will also contain the recipes re-run in their entirety, if that makes things easier than just adding these steps.

Speaking of cooking, it’s a tough time of year for those of us who don’t. Oh, I still manage to find plenty to eat! More than plenty, in fact. But if you have people over, or want to take a dish to a party or gathering that has a “Wow” factor, what is a non-cooking type girl to do?

Well, you can marry a man who can cook. (Thanks, honey!) You can get it from the bakery, put it on your own plate and pretend you made it. Or you can pick up a copy of the newest cookbook out to my knowledge, “Cookin’ In Kerens.” This cookbook is chock-full of favorite recipes of those Kerensites and KESA members, and sells for only $16 (or $19 if you want them to mail it to you).

These cookbooks were put together to benefit the KESA (Kerens Ex Students Association) scholarship fund. Those folks come up with more ways to raise money! Anyway, it’s a great cause, and these would make great gifts for Christmas. They are available at Kerens City Hall, Susan’s Flowers and Gift Shop, P&S Pharmacy (in Corsicana), or call (903) 654-8138. You may also request one by mail, just send check to KESA, P.O. Box 5, Kerens, Texas 75144.

During the compilation of our recipe-laden issue of December Explore, I was shocked just how many people actually have the pasttime/hobby of reading recipes! I don’t like to read a recipe to save my life with a last meal ... but maybe I’m weird. I don’t read instructions either. But give me a good novel, and you may not see me for hours.

This December Explore has been so popular, copies have been flying out the door. Even my kids wanted to keep copies. That’s good — maybe one of them will prepare some of these cool recipes and have their ole non-cooking Mama over.

This time of year, I sure miss Fannie May Vernon. I told someone just now when Babbette Samuels brought us a homemade cake that Fannie Mae traditionally brought Loyd Cook a pecan pie, and the rest of us got sausage balls. And oh, how I loved Fannie Mae’s sausage balls!

You know, if you KESA girls put Fannie Mae’s sausage ball recipe in that book, I might actually buy a copy myself and try to use it.


Deanna Kirk is a Daily Sun staff writer, and editor of Explore. She may be reached via email at