Viola woman has recipe in American Profile

Thursday, June 15, 2006

A Viola woman's holiday recipe is one of the many featured in the new American Profile Hometown Cookbook: A Celebration of America's Table.

Kathy Antus, 56, of Viola submitted her recipe, dubbed Mom's Cranberry Bread, last year to American Profile for its recipe contest.

"I never heard anything from the contest, but it was in the paper," Antus said. She said even though she did not win, American Profile published the recipe in its Aug. 14-20, 2005, issue.

"It's a family recipe," Antus said. "It was on my table every Christmas and Thanksgiving. She said cranberry bread is like banana bread but with cranberries instead of bananas.

Antus has written three cookbooks, one of those for the Viola Extension Homemakers and a 250-page book for her family. She said neither of them was published commercially.

"I've never cooked outside the home," Antus said. "I have a passion for recipes."

"I have gotten several calls from people from other states," Antus said. She said she received a call from a Viola native currently living in Kansas City. "She didn't know who I was," Antus said.

Antus said she and her husband, Mike, moved to Viola from San Diego, Calif., in 1996 after they retired from the California Highway Department.

"We retired at an early age. We had to move out of California for retirement," she said, explaining that the money they had for retirement would not go as far there.

She said she learned about the area through her parents who had a timeshare at Crown Point in Horseshoe Bend. She asked her parents to pick up real estate fliers while they were there and that's how they found their home, she said.

Antus substitutes at the Fulton County Extension Office in Salem and volunteers at the Fulton County Food room in Viola.

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