Pam Shaw

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Pam Harrison Shaw says summertime is her favorite time to cook, and she and husband, Turner, are looking forward to warm weather when they can use the grill and griddle in their outdoor kitchen again.

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Bruce Girl Scouts

Front, Gemi Moore, India Hatchett; standing, Kaitlyn Kincade, Lillian Baker, Alexis Edwards and Myisha Williams.

Bruce Girl Scouts are getting ready for “cookie season.” At their last meeting, they made chef hats and posters to promote their cookie sales. Also at the meeting, Troop Leader Trina Griffin had available some recipes using Girl Scout cookies from the website littlebrowniebaker.com

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Tesha Hailey

Tesha Hailey cook

Tesha Hailey of Calhoun City hopes to pass down a tradition of her grandmother, Carol Parker, with her recipe of Birthday Party Punch.

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Donna Jenkins

Donna Jenkins

Easy Hamburger Casserole is a recipe Donna Walls Jenkins, got from her mother, Jean Threadgill. Jean used to make it a lot when they were young, according to Donna, and it is something she makes for her family now from time to time.

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Jo Ann Denley

Jo Ann Denley

“I have no idea what possessed me to get married not knowing how to cook,” said Jo Ann Denley of Bruce. “I cleaned and ironed while my mother was cooking.”

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Suzanne Oakley

Suzanne cook

Chocolate Chip cookies were the first thing Suzanne Oakley learned to cook without supervision and are still her favorite to “bake and take.”

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Laura Edwards and Shirley Bratton

Laura and Shirley

Laura Bratton Edwards and her mother Shirley Bratton of Calhoun City say their family “looks for reasons to eat,” and “it’s always potluck.” They have family get-togethers for everybody’s birthdays, and “we give ‘not nice’” birthday cards.”

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Holiday recipes from some of our featured cooks

Ellen Jeffery Shaw

A few previous featured cooks share some of their favorite holiday recipes.

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Kathleen Welch

Kathleen Welch cook

“All Granny’s kids had to cook!” said Kathleen Welch of Pittsboro, who has been cooking most of her life. “If you don’t know how to cook, you’ll never get a grandchild,” her late grandmother, Gracie Pearson, told them.

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Emily Hardin Hicks

Emily Hicks cook

Emily Hardin Hicks of Saltillo and formerly of Vardaman, had a blue ribbon winning recipe this year in Vardaman’s Sweet Potato Cooking Contest.

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