BHS/BMS cafeteria staff

Front, Laura Rodgers, Patrice Powell, Jacque Russell; back, Peggy Ramsey, Linda Haire, Ruby Thompson and Peggy Higginbotham.

Bruce High/Middle School Cafeteria staff is composed of seven ladies: Jacque Russell, Linda Haire, Peggy Higginbotham, Patrice Powell, Peggy Ramsey, Laura Rodgers and Ruby Thompson.

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Tillie Gullett

Tillie Gullett

“It’s a good thing I learned to cook very young because when I married Wayne, I had a whole world of opportunities opened up to me–usually with large groups!” said Tillie Nolan Gullett of Vardaman.

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Camille Gober

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Camille Gober of Bruce made up her recipes for Manicotti, Popcorn Chicken and Meatballs, which are all favorites of her family. She calls the Popcorn Chicken niece Taylor’s (Haire), and says she has a “sixth sense” when she makes it, because Taylor just seems to “show up at the house.”

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Laura Baker

Laura Baker

“Best Brownies are a lot of trouble, but good,” said Laura Bryant Baker of Pittsboro. She got the recipe from Lois Schibler of Oregon, while on a mission trip there.

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Satrina Massey

Satrina Massey

Satrina Massey of Bruce likes to start holiday traditions with food–Gingerbread and sugar swirl cookies at Christmas, and pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. She started making  gingerbread cookies about three years ago, and last year made swirl cookies with blue food coloring, but will use red this year. She makes a pumpkin pie every Thanksgiving for her dad, Joe, and wants to make monkey bread this year on Thanksgiving morning.

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Rebecca Grier

Rebecca Grier

Rebecca Grier of Calhoun City continues to make the Butterscotch Chewy recipe she got from her mom that came from a 1956 Pillsbury Bake-off book. She learned to cook from her mother and grandmother, but says when she really started cooking by herself was while in home-ec class. There she learned to make a chocolate sheet cake that she still makes.

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Brittany Griffin

Brittany Griffin

Brittany Griffin of Bruce learned to cook and make candy from her grandmother, the late Frances Weeks, who was known for her Christmas candy. While she and her mother, Joy, enjoy making some of their favorites of  Mrs. Frances’ candy (peanut butter fudge, pecan log roll balls, peanut butter balls), Brittany has branched out into biscuit making.

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Fine Arts Club gets homemade ice cream ready for Sawmill Festival

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The ladies of Bruce Fine Arts Club have been making homemade ice cream for the Sawmill Festival for the last 13 years.

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Beth Dean

Beth Dean

In 1995, Beth Dean and husband, Johnny, Hilda and Del Hemphill, Brenda and Danny  Hawkins, Jane and Charles Hardin, all of Calhoun City, were at an out-of-town restaurant, and someone in the group said, “We can cook this kind of food!” And so began their couples’ supper club held once every month for the next 10-12 years. Joining them later were Judy and Chodie  Myers and Judy and Paul Moore Jr.

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Rose Chandler

Rose Chandler

Former Calhoun City Home Economics teacher Rose Chandler was always looking for recipes that her class could make in their time frame that would be a good serving size for them. The chicken casserole recipe she got from the late Jessie Phillips proved to be a good one. “It fit the class size and time, and we used it a good bit,” adding that she still makes it sometimes for church meals.

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