By GWEN SISSON
If there is one dish Carol Mobley is known for, it is her spicy cheese straws.
The grandchildren love them and the cheese straws are one of the “must have” items at the bakery at the Annual Oktoc Country Store, set for Oct. 22 this year.
She makes dozens of cheese straws to sale in the bakery for the annual event that raises money for the Oktoc Community Center.
But that’s not all. Her desserts are also a big hit at the annual event. Mobley’s Sock It To Me Cake and her homemade rolls are Oktoc favorites.
Hellen Polk said Carol Mobley is known around Oktoc for her cheese straws, baked to perfection every time.
“These ‘fly’ off the table at Country Store every year,” Polk said. “I love her delicious rolls, ready to heat and eat for the holidays. Mr. Joe has one of the best gardens in the area. They provide some of the fresh produce and canned goods at various activities in the community.”
Nellah Taylor said Carol Mobley’s cheese straws are absolutely the best.
Betty Self agrees that Carol Mobley makes great cheese straws.
“Not only do they look good, but they taste as good as they look,” Self said. “She also makes wonderful lemon ice box pies and ginger snaps.”
Anna Marie Raspberry said any special occasion in Oktoc or at First Presbyterian Church just wouldn’t be special without Mobley’s famous cheese straws.
“And is seems that she always has a supply in the freezer and is so generous with them,” Raspberry said. “Carol has a host of other hand-me-down recipes that we all delight in. Whenever there’s a potluck meal, we want to know what Carol brought.”
Mobley said she really did not do any cooking until she married Joe Mobley.
“I watched in the kitchen when I was growing up but never really did any cooking,” Mobley said.
She took Home Economics during her senior year in high school and learned the requirements for a healthy meal.
Today, she loves to cook fresh vegetables from her husband’s garden and roast. She also loves to make chicken and dumplins.
Their children always loved her fried chicken when they were growing up and Mobley’s Ice Box Lemon Pie.
Her husband Joe is known for his gardening and at the Mobley house, the community would agree it works well for a good cook and a good gardener to co-exist.
Mobley will have blackberry jam available at the Oktoc Country Store from blackberries grown in Joe’s Orchard. He will also have a variety of homegrown fall vegetables, including red, yellow and green peppers available at Oktoc Country Store.
The annual Oktoc Country Store event will begin at 10 a.m. Oct. 22. Tickets are currently on sale for the annual quilt raffle. Cookbooks are also available for sale, featuring recipes from the Oktoc community, including recipes from Mobley.
Tickets and cookbooks are on sale at Montgomery Jewelry in Starkville.
For more information about this year’s Oktoc Country Store, contact any member of the Oktoc Garden Club.