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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Dustin Vance

Dustin Vance

Dustin Vance said he had been interested in cooking since the 3rd or 4th grade as his grandmother was a dietician at the elementary school in Oxford, but in his school he really got interested in fine cooking.

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Alison Armstrong

Allison Armstrong cook

Alison Armstrong of Bruce learned to cook from her grandmother, the late Estelle Edwards, and her mother, Jennifer Glass, and has been cooking since she was seven.

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Melissa Morris

Melissa Morris cook

White Chili is a favorite of Melissa Morris and her family of Bruce. In fact, she has named it her “award-winning” white chili. It was a second place winner in the third annual chili cookoff at Parker Baptist Church’s Harvest Festival and also at a healthy chili recipe contest at Baptist Memorial Hospital-NM during one of their quarterly celebrations, which had an Ole Miss tailgating theme.

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