The story of a woman and her kitchen at the service of a family

Phillip Seagraves as a child stands in the kitchen where his mother prepared the foods the Seagraves family remembers so well.

A holiday dinner in Athens in the 1960s might include chicken and dumplings, pumpkin stew, macaroni and cheese, cornbread dip, and deviled eggs.

Desserts can range from ambrosia, pound cake, 7 Up cake, and a sweet called “divinity.”

Those are the kinds of food Donny Baily Seagraves enjoyed during Sunday dinners and holiday meals at his in-laws’ modest wood-frame home that sat on a corner lot at 215 Georgia Dr. in Athens.

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Seagraves, a freelance writer, novelist and book seller in Athens, has written a family history book peppered with recipes kept by her mother-in-law, the late Annie D. Pettyjohn Seagraves.

There are also recipes donated by other family members, including numerous from Madison County’s Anne Seagraves, who is associated with the historic Seagraves Mill that once produced a popular brand of cornmeal.

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