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March 6, 2012

courtesy Cafe Cimino Melody Urbanik

If you live in the Mountain Lakes region of West Virginia, chances are good that your dinner is what people are now calling an “heirloom meal”, something your granny or HER granny may have prepared. As Andrew Zimmern showed the nation on his Travel Network show Bizarre Foods, the meals prepared by our rural areas are hearty and very tasty.

Ruby Dean Collins, author of Grandma’s Favorites,  was approached by the Collaborative for 21st Century Appalachia to compile a cookbook of regional recipes. With some contributions of recipes and stories by members of CEOS (Community Extension Outreach Service) and many of Ruby’s friends and neighbors, Mountain Family Treasures, a collection of family favorites has been published.

The cookbook is available by contacting Ruby at The price is $15 plus $5 for shipping.

Let me warn you now…..Ruby is an excellent cook. Not only does she have a marvelous business, The Baker’s Kitchen (watch for more on that to come), but she won the People’s Choice award for her Chuck Wagon Stew at the Small Farms Conference Country Roads Cook-Off!!

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Ruby Dean Collins permalink
    March 6, 2012 4:27 pm

    Thank you for all the kind words. I truly appreciate it!

    • March 6, 2012 6:00 pm

      Ruby, you do great work trying to share the heritage West Virginia recipes….thanks so much!

  2. Jeanie Hart permalink
    March 6, 2012 8:24 pm

    Congratulations Sis!

    • March 6, 2012 9:17 pm

      She’s terrific!! Glad I got to meet her at the Cast Iron Skillet cook off

  3. Herd4everFan permalink
    March 6, 2012 9:44 pm

    wtg Rubes!! Well deserved!

  4. March 12, 2012 11:29 pm

    love this blog on ms. ruby 🙂 we are so proud of her accomplishments, energy, passion and crazy fun sense of humor! ….her jams, preserves, muffins, breads and cakes aren’t bad either!!! Sellin’ like Hotcakes ’round these parts! Love from Chef Tim and Melody, Cafe Cimino Country Inn

    • March 13, 2012 7:19 am

      She gave me a half dozen of her muffins…..boy oh boy! those were good! Sam looked the next morning and the last one was a bran muffin and he said, well, I bet it will be the best darn bran muffin I ever ate! LOL

    • Ruby Collins permalink
      March 13, 2012 3:29 pm

      Can’t tell you how much your love and support have meant to me Melody and Tim. You’re very amazing people!

      As for the “bran muffins”…not sure which one it was, but I haven’t tried the that one yet. Have a feeling it might have been Apple Pecan Spice, but know Sam enjoyed it! LOL

      Thanks you all VERY much!

      • March 13, 2012 3:55 pm

        I know I enjoyed it..I ate the other one! LOL

      • Ruby Collins permalink
        March 15, 2012 11:47 am

        Will have to restock your pantry soon!!! 🙂

      • March 15, 2012 12:37 pm

        I’m waiting for the green light to come up there and see you in action dancing around your kitchen!

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