Areeda’s passion for carrying on the tradition of southern foods heightened when she realized her favorite dessert, fried peach pie, was becoming “extinct” from the family reunions. Using the old recipe that had been handed down from her mother and grandmothers, she carefully tweaked it and created her award-winning recipe which won Best of Show at the 2007 Tennessee State Fair, her first venture into baking competition. It, along with Chocolate Meringue Pie, tied for Best of Show. She was hooked!
As her sons, Kenny and Randy, were growing up, she was instilling in them the love of simple, made-from-scratch, tasty food. They are now good cooks using the approach taught by their mother, as well as being creative with all types of food.
Areeda’s husband, country music legend Joe Stampley, does the tasting as she works in their kitchen creating new recipes and tweaking others to add to her classic family recipes. Joe has a recipe of his own in Areeda’s cookbook – fried crappie, a delicious fresh water fish that they catch in the beautiful lakes of middle Tennessee. This busy couple loves to entertain family and friends with a delicious meal of crappie and homemade hushpuppies with all the fixings, including one of Areeda’s signature desserts.
Prior to authoring a cookbook, Areeda had a long career – almost 30 years – working in the country music industry at CBS Records/Sony Music, located at the historic Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee – home of the famed Studio B Quonset Hut.
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Areeda and husband Joe Stampley at home in Nashville