Robertson enjoys comfort of cooking
Kailynn Robertson enjoys the comfort of cooking since she enjoys making things for people and it makes her feel closer to her grandmother.
“My grandmother got me into cooking since she cooked for me and my family for every meal we ate and I picked it up from her,” Robertson said. “She has since passed away, but when I cook I feel close to her and it’s very comforting.”
Robertson was born and raised in Philadelphia and works as a teacher’s assistant at Neshoba Central. She is aiming to graduate from Mississippi State University this spring and become a full-time teacher. She also enjoys spending time with her fiancé, Zack Graves, and plans to get married to him in April.
Robertson said she learned to make things like chicken and dumplings, homemade cornbread, pecan pie, and more from her grandmother.
“I enjoy making Southern comfort food,” she said. “These days I like to make things like sweet potato dumplings, Philly Steak and Cheese sliders, and I make a lot of dishes in the crock pot. I also enjoy making pasta. I don’t make a lot of desserts at the moment.”
Robertson said she cooks around four days out of the week and her fiancé assists her by grilling foods while she works and finishes her degree at MSU.
“I like to bring people comfort and I just make food,” she said. "I grew up with the Neshoba County Fair so food was a big thing to there. I overall just like to make things for people.”
SWEET POTATO DUMPLINGS
Sweet potato patties (cut in half)
2 cans crescent rolls
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 sticks of butter
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp corn starch
2 tbsps cinnamon sugar
Roll sweet potatoes in the crescent rolls and place in a glass pan. In a sauce pan, combine water, sugar, and mix well. Add the butter.
Over medium heat, stir occasionally until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves. Pour mixture over the crescent rolls and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top when done.
PHILLY STEAK AND CHEESE SLIDERS
4 thin Philly sirloin steaks
1 12-pack Hawaiian rolls
Pepper jack cheese
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
Tony’s salt and pepper
1 tbsp butter
Place frozen steaks into a pan with butter. Cook for 3 minutes on each side. Break steaks apart with your spatula. Add Worcestershire and soy sauce. Add Tony’s salt and pepper for taste.
Open the Hawaiian rolls and spread meat evenly on the bread. Put pepper jack cheese on top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
CROCK POT CHICKEN RANCH PASTA
4 chicken breasts
2 dry ranch packets
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
8 oz cream cheese
1 cup Rotini noodles
Salt and pepper
Place chicken breasts, dry ranch, cream of chicken, cream cheese, and chicken broth into the crock pot. Cook on high for 5 hours or on low for 8 hours.
Boil Rotini noodles and add to the crock pot. Mix well.