In back are Hannah Turk, Tiarra Black Rissa Smith, Nekkita Beans, Hannah Ward, Kathryn Hillman, DeKota Jackson and Caitlin Bounds. In front are Bailey Wilborn and Molley Bailey.
In back are Hannah Turk, Tiarra Black Rissa Smith, Nekkita Beans, Hannah Ward, Kathryn Hillman, DeKota Jackson and Caitlin Bounds. In front are Bailey Wilborn and Molley Bailey.
Pound cake, chocolate pudding and taco soup are among the favorite recipes of the 10 contestants in next week's 2014 Distinguished Young Women Program of Neshoba County.

The event is set for Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in the Philadelphia High School auditorium.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. for ticket sales. Tickets will be $13 and program books, $7 each.

This year's theme is "Beach Bash."

Contestants are Hannah Renea Ward, Molley Bailey, DeKota Rose Jackson, Kathryn Elizabeth Hillman, Caitlin L. Bounds, Nekkita Shonta Beans, Clarissa Faith Smith, Bailey Lauren Wilborn, Hannah Eleanor Turk and Tiarra Keylee Black.

Miss Ward is the daughter of Barry Ward and Tonia Holley. She has shared her recipe for Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats.

Miss Bailey is the daughter of Dr. Chip and Laura Bailey. Her favorite recipe is Cheese Petit Fours.

Miss Jackson is the daughter of David Jackson and Shauna Walker. She has shared Mammaw's Sugar Toast with our readers.

Miss Hillman is the daughter of Charles and Alice Hillman. Iron Skillet Chocolate Pudding is a favorite at her house.

Miss Bounds is the daughter of Bruce and Christy Bounds. She has shared a recipe for Mexican Corn Dip.

Miss Beans is the daughter of William Monroe. She has shared a Cheesy Chicken Bake!

Miss Smith is the daughter of Bobby and Laura Smith. She has shared her favorite recipe for Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich.

Miss Wilborn is the daughter of Jimmy Wilborn and Mandy Massey. Our readers will enjoy preparing her favorite Cheese Ball recipe.

Miss Turk is the daughter of David and Angela Turk. A Cream Cheese Pound Cake is her favorite.

Miss Black is the daughter of Jowaski and Tina Black.

The 2013 Distinguished Young Woman of Neshoba County is Anna Leigh Whitney. Daughter of Mark and Tammy Whitney. She will be entertaining by playing "My Devotion" on the alto saxophone. She is a senior this year at Neshoba Central High School.

Mammaw's Sugar Toast

6 slices of bread



Preheat oven on Broil high. Spread butter on bread. Sprinkle as much sugar as you want on top. Place bread on pan. Watch closely as the sugar melts and the bread turns golden brown, Remove from oven and enjoy!

- DeKota Jackson

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

1 1/2 cup softened butter/margarine

8-ounce package cream cheese-softened

3 cups sugar

6 large eggs

3 cups all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs one at a time, beating just until yellow disappears.

Combine flour and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Spoon batter into a greased and floured 10-inch pan.

Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour and 45 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Garnish each serving, if desired.

- Hannah Turk

Iron Skillet Chocolate Pudding

1 1/2 cups sugar

3 tablespoons self-rising flour

3 tablespoons cocoa

2 eggs, beaten-add one at a time

1 1/2 cup milk

Mix ingredients in the order listed above in a large iron skillet. Cook over medium heat until thick, stirring constantly. Add two or three tablespoons of margarine and 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring. Delicious served warm or cold.

- Katie Hillman

Cheese Petit Fours

3 loaves Pepperidge Farm very thing white bread

4 sticks soft butter

4 jars Kraft Old English cheese spread

2 teaspoons Tabasco

1 tablespoons onion powder

1 teaspoon cayenne

Trim crust from bread, stack slices by three. Combine other ingredients and spread mixture between each slice, sides and top like a cake. Cut into four squares, place on wax paper and freeze. To bake: sprinkle tops with additional cayenne pepper and bake at 300 degrees for 15-20 minutes. If frozen, allow to thaw about 10 minutes prior to baking.

- Molley Bailey


1 pound lean ground beef

1 large onion

3 cans of mexican style chili beans

16-ounce can whole kernel corn, undrained

16-ounce can chopped tomatoes

15-ounce can tomato sauce or two 8-ounce cans

1 to 2 cups water

4 2-ounce can chopped green chilies

1 package of taco seasoning mix

1 package of ranch style salad dressing mix

Toppings: tortilla chips, shredded cheese, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes,

sour cream, chopped avocadoes

Cook ground beef and onions. Drain. Stir in remaining ingredients. Let it come to a boil and reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve with desired toppings. Makes three two-quarts. Taco Soup can be frozen for up to three months.

- Caitlin Bounds

Mexican Corn Dip

2 12-ounce cans Mexicorn

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup sour cream

4 green onions, chopped

3 jalapeno peppers, chopped

1 small can green chili peppers

10 ounces grated cheddar cheese

Mix all ingredients well. Chill and serve with your favorite dipping chips.

- Caitlin Bounds

Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats

3 tablespoons butter

10-ounce bag of mini marshmallows

1/3 cup dry yellow cake mix

5 cups of rice krispie cereal

1.75 ounce container of sprinkles

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over low heat and add marshmallows. Stir until they begin to melt and add in dry cake mix one spoon full at a time.

Stir in cereal so it is completely coated with the marshmallow mixture. Sprinkle in half of the sprinkles and mix them. Press into a baking dish and top with remaining sprinkles. Let them sit for about 30 minutes before cutting.

- Hannah Ward

Cheese ball

2 8-ounce packages cream cheese

1 small bunch green onions, chopped

2 tablespoons Accent

1 package thinly sliced dried beef

Soften cream cheese at room temperature. Combine cheese, chopped dried beef, chopped onions and Accent; mix well. Shape into a ball and refrigerate overnight. Serve with Sociable crackers.

- Bailey Wilborn

Fried peanut butter and banana sandwich

Two slices of bread

Peanut butter

One banana



Steps needed to prepare:

Toast bread in a toaster

Slice banana longwise (for less mess)

Put frying pan on oven. Set your heat as you please. Load frying pan with butter (more butter the better).

Put banana slices in pan to fry a little but not for too long. On one side of one slice of bread, smear on peanut butter. On the other slice, smear on honey (for extra sweetness).

On the slice with the honey, also put your slices of banana.

Then put your slices together and fry sandwich. Once completed to golden perfection, you may now enjoy your delicious creation

- Clarissa Smith

Cheesy Chicken Bake

16 ounces Velveeta Cheese

1 pound grilled chicken

2 cans of Rotel tomatoes

2 cans of cream chicken

1 pack of cooked rotini noodles

Stir cooked chicken and noodles in a pot. Add cheese, rotel and cream of chicken.

When cheese is melted place in casserole dish and bake in over at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

­- Nekkita Shonta Beans