Nagel’s love of cooking comes from family


Leslie Nagel considered going on to medical school, but decided she wanted to spend more time with her family which called her to becoming a at home physical therapist. 

Nagel has worked at  Physical Therapist at Mississippi HomeCare in Philadelphia for 15 years. 

In her free time she enjoy’s reading and fishing with her daughter and dad on his farm. Nagel’s family is also a huge fan of Disney and Disney World. 

Her family also enjoy’s going to Lovern’s Arena on the weekends. Leslie’s 9 year old daughter Halle Kate is very interested in the barrel racing and bull riding done at Lovern’s. Halle Kate and Leslie love spending mother and daughter time by baking sweet treats such as muffins and cakes.

Nagel attends church at Hight Assembly of God in Noxapater with her husband Brad. At church Leslie teaches Sunday school classes to 3 and 4 year olds. She is also the Children’s Church Director. 

Lesile’s grandmother was well known as a cook. 

“My grandmother could eat something at someone else’s house and go home and recreate it.” Leslie Nagel said. 

Her grandmother was patient and taught her the ins and outs of the kitchen. Nagel’s love of cooking has now carried on to her daughter. 

Lesile’s passion for cooking has continued to grow and she is grateful that her grandmother was so patient in the kitchen teaching her how to be the chef she is now. 

Nagel attended high school in Noxapater but grew up on the edge of the Stallo community. After graduating from high school, she went on to East Central Community Collegee and then to Mississippi State Univeristy and got a bachelor’s in science and exercise science. She then furthered her degree in physical therapy and later went on to get at doctorate in physical therapy through University Medical Center in Jackson.

 “I always wanted to do something in the medical field. I love helping people and I’ve always loved reading medical books, even as a child,” she said.


1-1.5 lbs ground beef 

1 can rotel undrained 

1/2 cup onion, chopped 

6 oz Velveeta (more of desired) 

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 

1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed 


Brown ground beef and onion.  Drain well and return to skillet.  Add in velveeta, rotel and kidney beans.  Heat on low until cheese is melted.  Pour into 9x13 inch baking dish.  Top right shredded cheese and then crushed Doritos.  Bake covered at 350 degrees  for 15 minutes.  


1 butter cake mix 

1 stick butter, melted 

1 egg, beaten 

Mix together well and pat in the bottom of an ungreased 9x13 pan.  

Mix together:

1 tsp vanilla

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 egg, beaten 

1 cup chopped pecans

1 bag Heath toffee bits 

Mix well and pour over cake mixture.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. 



4 eggs, well beaten 

20 oz can crushed pineapple, well drained 

2 cups sugar 

1 1/4 sticks butter, melted

5-6 hamburger buns, broken in small pieces 

Mix all together in a large bowl.  Pour into a greased casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.

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