Who is Frankie Sue?
Frankie Sue was the nickname my maternal grandfather gave my beautiful grandmother, Frances Nunnally Ricks. Frankie Sue moved to Atlanta from Hampton, Georgia in her early adult years where she established herself as a talented cook and matriarch of our family. Epic Sunday dinners at her Rena Circle home showcased fried chicken, neck bones, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, corn bread, lima beans, fried corn, potato salad, peach cobbler, pound cake; you name it, Frankie Sue’s cooking rivaled any Southern restaurant in Georgia! Her love for this cuisine along with a sedentary lifestyle led to obesity, high blood pressure, and eventually congestive heart failure which took her life June 30, 1997.
I watched my grandma suffer multiple heart attacks before she passed; yet the pain I felt after losing her was masked with the same unhealthy habits that led to her death. I had to find a way to use my pain as fuel to fight for my wellbeing by getting off the couch, eating a cleaner diet, and opening up about my struggles. As a result, I created a beautiful gift I dedicate to my grandmother called Frankie Sue’s Kitchen; a celebration of wellness through food, fitness, and fashion!
The Voice of Frankie Sue’s Kitchen
I am Leslie Truesdale, Frankie Sue’s youngest grandchild born and raised in East Point, Georgia. I graduated from Westlake High School in 1997 and The University of Georgia four years later with a degree in Management Information Systems. Eager to please my family, I suppressed my desire to pursue a culinary arts career and spent a few years job hoping until 2009 when I began a career with a major telecommunications company. In my seventh year, the dis-ease of not living out my dreams was too great to bear motivating me to reach out to a former colleague who coached me through a plan to leave my job and pursue my passions. One year later, I packed my bags and moved to the suburbs of Los Angeles, California where I currently reside!