Once upon a time my daughter called me telling me she was to cook dinner for a friend and asking if I had any recipes to suggest. I told her to try ketchicola chicken. Once I explained to her what it was, she responded the same as everyone who has never tried this recipe, “That sounds disgusting.” I am one of those people who will taste almost anything once, so it does not sound “disgusting” to me, but I admit it does sound odd. Ketchicola chicken involves browning pieces of chicken and putting them in a baking dish or slow cooker, salting and peppering the chicken, then mixing a twelve ounce can of Coke with a small bottle of ketchup and pouring this mixture over the chicken. This combination is covered and baked in the oven for at least an hour, but longer is better. I swear it is delicious, and my daughter is now a believer, too.A couple of weeks ago one of my cousins in South Georgia wrote a FaceBook post extolling the scrumptiousness of a sandwich of fresh pineapple on white bread with copious quantities of mayonnaise (not Miracle Whip). While I have never had this sandwich with fresh pineapple, I have had it with canned pineapple and I can attest to its goodness. From my mother’s side of the family also came the white bread, mayonnaise, and banana sandwich, which is one of my favorites. You just have to try it to believe it. When I was a teenager, someone introduced me to peanut butter and banana sandwiches—delicious!! I have heard that Elvis liked them grilled. I have not tried that, but I am sure I will one day. Speaking of peanut butter, I had heard of fluffernutter sandwiches for years but had never tried it until a couple of years ago when a friend prompted me to do so. This combination of marshmallow cream and peanut butter on bread—my favorite is Health Nut bread— is great with a glass of cold milk. Thanks Alec!!There are a few of these oddball recipes that I have collected, but not yet tried. Many years ago someone gave me a recipe for pinto bean pie. This is a dessert pie made with leftover, mashed pinto beans. She swore to me it was delicious and that you would never dream it was made of beans. I have tried (and loved) vinegar pie and buttermilk pies, so there is no need to move along to pinto bean pies just yet. I do love real picadillo with almonds and raisins mixed in with the ground meat. And I love a good chocolatey chicken mole, too, like they have at Los Barrios in San Antonio. And Dolmades—Greek stuffed grape leaves—yum, yum! I love to learn about other cultures, especially the elements that make up their everyday lives. I have always loved learning how people around the world and through history have used whatever ingredients and utensils they have on hand to make delicious meals. Modern Americans have no need to be creative since we can get nearly anything we want at the grocery store. As far as I am concerned, that makes for a very dull kitchen. SpringCreekArtsGuild@gmail.com.