Daddy always told me, "NEVER follow the recipe. If you do, you will never come out with anything better than exactly what's on the page." These recipes are entirely my own or passed down from someone dear (their name will be mentioned in the title of the recipe). They are the favorites of my husband, children, and friends. If you see an ingredient and wonder "Why on Earth is THAT there?" never fear. Just try it out! That's how I create my greatest recipes: experimentation.
Tyra Leesman (or as her kids call her, Mama) was born in Vincennes, Indiana, but considers herself a Kentucky girl from Wilmore. She has picked up secrets and recipes from every place she has lived, places she has worked, and people she has met. For Tyra, there is no greater pleasure than cooking for friends and family. With the exception of EATING what she cooks, of course!