Miles enjoys trying out new recipes
Brooke Miles is not scared to try new recipes in the kitchen.
Her friends and family know that when it comes to cooking cakes, cookies, and cupcakes, she is the one to ask.
Her love of baking comes from her grandmother, Brenda Barrett.
"I grew up watching my grandmother cook," Miles said.
Miles' favorite part of baking is decorating. Her grandmother taught her a lot about making cakes and other sweets. But cakes, cookies and cupcakes are not the only things Miles enjoys making in the kitchen.
Miles has two children, Destiny Mixon, 13, and Gunner Miles, who is 5. The children are open to trying new things and recipes that their mother cooks.
When it comes to finding new recipes, Miles uses online sources.
"I don't always follow the recipes," Miles said.
Miles adds her touch on the recipes she finds by adding flavors that she and her children prefer.
Miles is the daughter of Tammy Huber and Charlie Howell. She lives next door to her mother in the Forestdale community in Neshoba County.
"Once a week, we get together and cook," Miles said.
Anytime Miles or her mother tries a new recipe, they invite each other to test the results.
Miles' daughter Destiny has also shown interest in learning how to cook, which they now do together.
Miles's son Gunner is into anything dealing with monster trucks.
"On the weekends, we go camping and mud riding, and Gunner is in heaven," Miles said.
Gunner got a wish from the Make A Wish Foundation, and the family took a trip to Branson, Missouri, from June 27-July 4.
"He has epilepsy, and a genetic disorder called Combined Malonic and Methylmalonic Aciduria," Miles said. "He was only the 31st person in the world to be diagnosed with CMAMMA."
Miles, her daughter, son and boyfriend, John Baskin, traveled the 8 hours to Missouri to take Gunner to Promised Land Zoo.
The family enjoyed their trip and even made a couple of stops along the way to Memphis, Tennessee, and Little Rock, Arkansas.
Due to Gunner's condition, Miles is a stay-at-home mother. While at home, Miles loves baking, painting and decorating her treats.
POPPY SEED CHICKEN
3 cups Chopped, Cooked chicken
1 (10 oz) can Cream of Chicken Soup
1 (16 oz) container sour cream
3 TBS Poppy Seeds
31 Ritz Crackers, crushed
1/4 cup Butter, Melted
Combine chicken, soups, sour cream and poppy seeds. Spoon mixture into lightly greased baking dish. Sprinkle crushed crackers over mixture. Drizzle melted butter over crackers. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-40 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
STICKY CROCKPOT CHICKEN
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 TBS Paprika
1 Tsp onion powder
1 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
12 skinless drumsticks
1 chopped onion
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 TBS Ketchup
Place drumsticks in large bowl. Combine all spices and toss into chicken. Chop onion, place in bottom of greased crockpot. Place seasoned chicken on top of onions. Cook on low for 6 hours. Combine honey, brown sugar, and ketchup and drizzle over chicken the last hour of cooking time.
Loaded Baked Potato Soup
1/2 package sliced bacon; diced and cooked
5 TBS unsalted butter
1/4 cup all purpose flour
4 cup milk
6 russet potatoes; peeled and cubes
1 bundle green onions chopped
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large stock pot melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour for about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in cold milk. Continue whisking until until slightly thickened; 1-2 minutes. Stir in potatoes and green onions. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender. Roughly 15 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in cheese, sour cream, salt and pepper.