Justin Moore

Justin Moore Cook

If Justin Moore of Calhoun City had to name one family favorite, it would be stuffed jalapenos, especially of his wife, Lori. And for Ole Miss tailgating the jalapenos are a must-have. Normally he will also smoke Boston Butts and take BBQ.
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Betty Edwards

Betty Edwards

Betty Edwards of Slate Springs made butter roll every Monday morning for 12 years when she worked at Roscoe’s.
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Tony Parker

Tony Parker

Three things Tony Parker of Calhoun City has never gotten tired of eating are fresh peas, tomato sandwiches and fried chicken. The only thing he will not eat is celery, “a vile weed,” he calls it.
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Patrick Crowley

Patrick Crowley

“Don’t say you don’t like it until you’ve tried it!” says Patrick Crowley of Calhoun City,  “Yes, Lord, I like anything. I am not above trying anything.”
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Bill Fleming

Bill Fleming Cook

Retired teacher, coach and administrator Bill Fleming of Calhoun City “always tweaks recipes and loves it. I love to trade recipes and make things better.”
He made his first chocolate cake when he was about four, assisted by his mother, the late Ruth Ann Fleming. In the past, he has made pies, as many as 25 a week, for Cagni’s, which he also learned from her.

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Jan Cook

Jan Ward Cook

Jan Cook of Vardaman always uses the sweet potato casserole recipe of Mrs. Laudrey Alexander that was the first Sweet Potato Cooking contest winner in 1974.
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Haley Bollinger

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In the sixth grade at Vardaman, Haley Bollinger did her class “how-to presentation” on making cornbread. She cooked a small skillet of cornbread in a toaster oven for the demonstration.
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Melissa Edmondson

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“All of my daddy’s family say that I cook more like my Mamaw Altha Morgan than anyone else in the family,” and that’s why Melissa Edmondson says she always get the task of making the dressing for family gatherings.
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Tania Nelson

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Tania Nelson of Vardaman learned mostly on her own to cook, but as an adult she got a lot of help from Jeannie Winter. Growing up eating peas, butterbeans, tomatoes, and salt and pepper, Tania said Jeannie taught her to “throw a little garlic salt in everything!”
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Award winning pies

Jan Cook, Melissa Edmondson, Peggy Whiteside

Recipes released for award winning pies in Vardaman Sweet Potato Festival recipe contest.

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