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Henry County’s Cooking
with Vivian Langford


By Jimmie Batchelor
Henry County Senior Services 

  Vivian Langford, born in Atlanta, was an only child who learned early on to entertain herself, such as working puzzles. She still enjoys putting together puzzles at Hidden Valley Senior Center, as evidenced in the above picture. She also enjoys all games, but especially reading.

Our Cook of the Week, Vivian Langford, is shown working a puzzle at Hidden Valley Senior Center.                                     Special photo

  Vivian learned to cook from her grandmother as a young teenager. She has shared a very special recipe with us, Peanut Butter Icing, which has been a family treasure all her life, passed down by her grandmother and now to Vivian’s son. Her youngest son makes sure that this particular cake with Peanut Butter Icing is present at all special gatherings. Vivian told me she had to call him in California to make sure her recipe was exactly correct to print for you! Two of her sons reside in California and one in Tennessee.

  She refers to the drawer full of cookbooks and recipes she has collected over the years. It was interesting that the small Revere Ware “boiling pot” that was given to her as an engagement gift is still with her.

  Vivian was married soon after graduating high school to a man who was promptly drafted. She lived in Manhattan, NY, for a stint and afterwards her husband’s camera work led them to Los Angeles. He was involved with Wide World of Sports with ABC, covered 6 Olympics and the first moon landing. In fact, the return ocean landing of the astronauts you might have watched on television was footage shot from a very high perch on the rescue ship by her husband.

  After her marriage ended, Vivian went back to school, studied Therapeutic Recreation, and worked with adult head injuries. She added, “Most of which were motor cycle accidents – take heed and please be careful if you have one!” Moving on to better support herself, she opened her own typesetting business. For those of you familiar with the “Kashi” brand, Vivian did their typesetting when they first opened. She said she was just so very lucky to be able to do business with some well-known companies. She headed this business for ten years in California before moving back to Georgia, where she lives today. Vivian felt she was being drawn back to Georgia and we at Hidden Valley are glad she was.

  Here are several of Vivian’s favorite recipes she would like to share with you. We hope you enjoy them!

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Quick Beef Stroganoff

1 lb. hamburger meat
1 chopped onion
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup sour cream
1 (3 oz. can) mushrooms, optional
2 Tbsp. ketchup
2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce 

  Brown meat, onions, and garlic. Combine remaining ingredients. Add to meat and heat thoroughly. Serve over broad cooked noodles.

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