Kalyn Sims and Blaine Parker

Kalyn & Blaine

When they were little, sisters Kalyn Wright Sims and Blaine Wright Parker always made something for the annual Sweet Potato Cooking Contest in Vardaman with their grandmother, Mary Lee Wright.
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Colbi Ferguson

Colbi Ferguson

“Making a casserole drives me insane because I still don’t like for my food to touch,” said Colbi Parker Ferguson of Bruce. That’s one reason she likes the one dish chicken and veggie dish so much--the three items are separated in the pan.
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Tewkunzi Marks

Marks Cook

“A lot more cooking went on before Andrew,” who is now two years old, said Tewkunzi Marks of Bruce.
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Lois Jones

Lois Washington Jones Cook

Lois Washington Jones pours her heart into her work when she is baking cakes and cooking, and it’s a good time for her to meditate.
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Kasey Camp

Kasey Camp

“I really do like to make desserts,” said Kasey Camp, 15, and she likes to make them for other people. She made several for a recent Bruce High School Band bake sale and she found a lot of ideas for them on Pinterest.
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Debbi Harrelson

Debbi Cook

“Nothing I make is complicated,” said Debbi Harrelson of Bruce, “I cook what we like, things that are common to me, and I am not a fancy cook.”
Her submitted recipes are the “stuff she uses.” She was the youngest of nine children and cooking supper was “her chore.”
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Fay Nolan

Fay Nolan Cook

Johnny The Wop is loved by all of Fay Nolan’s grandchildren. She doesn’t have a clue where her mother got the recipe or where the name came from, but it’s like a layered spaghetti dish.
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Jessi Parker Stevenson

Stevenson Jessi

“I think everyone can cook, I just think some people do not trust themselves in the kitchen,” said Jessi Parker Stevenson of Saltillo and formerly of Bruce. “That is the one place in the house that shouldn’t have rules, except to clean up after yourself.”
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Nolan Baker

Cook Nolan Baker

Nolan Baker said his official start to cooking was helping his dad, Mark, at The Countree Store in Bruce (formerly Bruce Jr. Food Mart), and watching Food Network, namely Bobby Flay and Guy Fieri. At the store he would help with breakfast, and late night food like chicken and hamburgers.
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Taylor Blue

Taylor Blue Cook

What’s new with Taylor Blue of Vardaman? This culinary student of The W was Cook of the Week in The Journal a year ago, and she has been posting lots of good food on Instagram.
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