I was looking for a bit of traditional Southern inspiration today when I opened my copy of “Nashville Seasons Encore: A Cookbook by the Junior League of Nashville” and out slid this photograph of my great grandmama Alma Schmidt. Great grandmama Alma lived in Lincoln, AL, on the Choccolocco Creek and was an incomparable Southern cook. She commanded a team of help behind her that kept the execution of large Southern meals streaming from her kitchen with grace and ease. She earned a music degree from Huntington College and taught Sunday School for 40 years. She was a Methodist and smoked cigarillos in a faux fur coat perched in a white leather chair. Her kitchen smelled of bacon grease and she wore a brown wig sitting right a’top of her head. At one point, my great grandmama had everything in her home painted sea foam green, including her piano that looked out onto a wrap-around porch. I would give a pinky toe to be able to stand beside her in an Easter-Sunday-kitchen, today, and watch her make casseroles and hear every story behind every one of them.