Erica Griffin of Bruce has been Ole Miss tailgating for a couple of years now, and she likes to have “themes” for whoever they’re playing. For the Louisiana-Lafayette game, they went all Cajun and served baked crab dip and shrimp fettucine.
These days Pat Welch of Bruce says that her cooking consists mostly of a pot of taco soup and a pan of broccoli cornbread–except for Mississippi State home football games, where she has joined a Calhoun County crew for tailgating since 2009.
Michelle Good has been cooking the Wednesday night meal at Lewis Memorial Methodist Church in Calhoun City for the past several months.
Emma Jean Tramel Taylor of Water Valley and formerly of Bruce, uses a pie recipe that you can make chocolate, coconut, or half and half.
Gail Baker of Banner is a sweet eater and a sweet maker. Chocolate is a favorite, especially brownies, but she also likes pecan pie.
“When Rick retired (in 2009) he started cooking,” said Donna Hegwood of Pittsboro, adding that prior to then he had only cooked a little, except for grilling.
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.
“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.
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.”