Gayla Bennett

“My mother says I’ve always had  a ‘creative flair in the kitchen’,” said Gayla Tutor Bennett of Bruce. And at a young age, Darlene (Denton) gave her “total and complete freedom in the kitchen.”
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Susan Penick Leachman

“The Penick ladies were known for their cooking,” Susan Penick Leachman of Bruce and formerly of Vardaman, said, especially of her grandmother, Grace Ferguson Penick, for whom the Sweet Potato Banquet cooking award for the best recipe, “Mama Grace,” is named.
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Angie Burns

“Food makes a memory and it makes a connection,” says Angie Burns, who said she started “really” cooking about 10 years ago.
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Geraldine Clark

Geraldine Clark of Bruce cooks every Sunday for “the whole bunch.”
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Wade Shoemake

Wade Shoemake’s  interest in cooking started when he was watching his dad, Gary, fry bacon in a black skillet.
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Brandy Baker

BBQ is Brandy Baker’s favorite, and she learned to make it from her dad. His has a sweet taste that she likes, so that’s how she does it for all the family get-togethers.
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Bridgett Fulton

Bridgett Brown Fulton loves to cook when she has the “hankering” and the time, and “when I cook, I cook.”
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Betty Hill

Betty and Charles Hill married when she was 17 and she had never cooked before then, except in Rose Chandler’s home ec class. She didn’t have a cookbook, so she learned on her own.
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Kimberly Ruth

Sausage balls, corn dip and Tink Massey’s chocolate chip pound cake are three things Kimberly Watkins Ruth of Calhoun City takes most often for tailgating at Mississippi State.
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Penny Nichols

“I do as much as I can in the crockpot,”  said Penny Nichols of Calhoun City. She put a new recipe, Pineapple Chicken, in the crockpot Friday morning to have for supper before the football game.
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