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Henry County’s Cooking with
Debbie Crabtree


By Jimmie Batchelor
Henry County Senior Services 

 Debbie Crabtree has worked with Henry County Transit for 24 years this coming January. She is the Accounts Administrator and works on the grants, payroll, accounts payable and receivable. She tracks everything concerning the buses doing trips, their gas and maintenance and everything to do with invoices and money. The other ladies who work in the Transit office call her the “Office Mom.”

Our Cook of the Week, Debbie Crabtree has some great recipes.                    Special photo

  Debbie enjoys every aspect of her job, especially the tracking she does daily for her department. She also mentioned all the friends she has met during her 24 years and all the changes she has witnessed over the years.

  She reminded me of some history of Transit, before my time with the county. Our Transit Department used to be “Senior Services” and just grew into its own separate department in 1999.

  Debbie was born in the Atlanta area and has spent her growing up years in Clayton County with three older siblings, leaving home after high school graduation. She and her husband, Danny have celebrated 27 years of marriage.

  Standing on a stool beside her mother, she learned to cook, starting with biscuits. “I can still make the biscuits, but they never tasted as good as my mother’s.”

  “My favorite dish to prepare is crockpot pot roast with carrots and potatoes. It is so easy to prepare and let it cook while I’m at work. Aside from the crockpot, my favorite cooking partner is my food processor.”

  Good ole country cookin’ is her favorite food to eat, vegetables and cornbread especially. She still has two cookbooks from the past that she refers to, “Taste of Country” and “Generation,” put together by the Senior Services at that time, “Silver 60’s Club.”

  Debbie’s tip to all of you cooks is to “Relax and enjoy cooking, have some fun!”

  Her very favorite memory, which brings sadness and joy at remembering, is  every Christmas Eve spent at her mother’s house. Her mother always made rice pudding and everyone else brought something to make a wonderful spread. She said that if she could, out of all the chefs out there, she would want to have her mother cook that rice pudding for her again.

  Debbie has contributed many recipes, some of which will appear below and she hopes that you will be inspired and enjoy them.

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Blueberry Pie

1 9” unbaked pie shell
1 unbaked pie crust
4 cups blueberries
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
2 tsp. lemon juice
2 Tbsp. butter 

  Mix the sugar, flour and lemon juice together and toss the blueberries in it and pour into pie shell, drizzle with butter and top with second pie crust, pinch edges together and bake at 425º for 30 - 45 minutes.

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