Cook of the Week: Cafeteria cook can prepare a meal or two, 50 or 1,000

Adam Robison | Buy at photos.djournal.com Carol Edge, the lead cook in the cafeteria at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville, got her recipe for peanut butter pie from her co-worker, Mary Walker.

Adam Robison | Buy at photos.djournal.com
Carol Edge, the lead cook in the cafeteria at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville, got her recipe for peanut butter pie from her co-worker, Mary Walker.

By Ginna Parsons

Daily Journal

Carol Edge of Booneville helps prepare about 1,000 meals a day for hungry students at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville.

So you’ll have to excuse her if she doesn’t feel like going home and putting a meal on the table each night.

“Usually by the time I leave here, I don’t really want to cook a whole lot,” said Edge, 57. “I might cook three times a week.”

Edge works for Sodexo, the company that provides cafeteria services for NEMCC and various other colleges, institutions and businesses.

“I cook for 350 to 450 at breakfast and 600 to 700 at lunch at the beginning of the year,” she said. “It falls off a bit after school starts because kids drop out.”

Edge, who lives near the Big V community but was raised in Jumpertown, is the oldest of six children born to Shirley and Hardy Plaxico.

“My dad was the real cook in our family,” she said. “There were six of us kids and my parents both worked, so I helped him out a lot. My dad made wonderful soup and we made our own sausage. My mama could make a mean peach cobbler. Everybody in Jumpertown knew her for her peach cobbler.”

Edge admits she’s not one to follow recipes very closely.

“I don’t measure anything,” she said. “It’s a pinch of this and a dash of that and if it looks right and smells good, I usually let it go. I will try a new recipe once a month or so. I like a recipe I can tweak to my own taste. That’s why I like casseroles. I can adjust them to suit myself.”

Edge and her husband, Keneth, who have been married 36 years, share seven children, 23 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

“Every once in a while, I’ll have the kids for Sunday lunch, but Keneth usually takes me out on Sundays,” she said. “When we do have family dinners, I take my taco casserole. But you should be there at Christmas. We can’t have it at the house anymore because there’s too many of us. We usually have it at the church. When we’re all together, there’s more than 50 people.”

And if there happens to be a potluck at church – the Edges attend Reach Out Family Worship Center in Booneville – she’s got to take a peanut butter pie.

“Everybody wants my peanut butter pie,” said Edge. “I got the recipe from Miss Mary Walker, who’s over the bakery here. I work with a lot of good people and we swap lots of good recipes back and forth.”

Do you know a good cook? Send your nominations to Ginna Parsons, Cook of the Week, P.O. Box 909, Tupelo, MS 38802. Or you can fax them to (662) 842-2233 or email them to ginna.parsons@journalinc.com.