Lonnie Morphis

Morphis Cook

Calhoun Academy senior Lonnie Morphis says he was inspired by his grandmother, the late Nettie Bumgart of Derma, to cook. He learned to cook biscuits and breakfast foods from her first, and has been cooking ever since he was little.

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Tracy England King

Tracy cook

“A lot of people have complemented my life and taught me a lot,” said Tracy England King, “and a lot of my cooking experiences came from some sweet, sweet people.”

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Kids in the Kitchen

Front, Stormy Thompson, Lilly Howell, Layla Bramlitt, Lylla Howell, Anree Massey; center, Chloe Wright, Mason Massey, Mary Katelyn Baker, Jess Russell, Samuel Nanny, Jagger Warren, Cane Necaise, Hannah Green, Coby Necaise, Jaylee Warren, Hagan Russell; back, Alyssa Green, Hayden Barnett, Jordan Dorrough, Bella Norwood, Zach Dorrough and Cambry Clarke.

4-H Kids in the Kitchen is in its 14th year in Calhoun County. The group meets once a month at the multi-purpose building in Pittsboro under the supervision of Extension staff members Trent Barnett, Emily Rennie and Stephanie Hitt. At each meeting, they prepare a meal that was decided on the month before.

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Beverly Ruth

Beverly Ruth Cook

“I did not take an interest in cooking until I was in my 30’s,” said Beverly Ruth of Bruce, “I started out frying a lot of food and making casseroles.”

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Jenabeth Peden

Jenabeth cook

Probably the first thing Jenabeth Peden ever cooked was macaroni and cheese. Now when she makes it, she likes to add garlic and Tony Chachere’s, saying she likes spicy stuff. Her brother Broc asks her to make it for him, but he doesn’t like his spicy.

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Jeff and Susan Patton

Jeff & Susan Patton

Hot wings and lasagna are hands down the family favorites at the home of Jeff and Susan Patton, according to their children, Faith and John. Susan makes the lasagna and Jeff makes the wings, which are also his favorite. Both say each other is a natural cook, but she says he is the better cook.

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Leah McCormick

Leah McCormick

After growing up on mostly peas and butterbeans, Leah Morris McCormick of Bruce has discovered roasted asparagus.

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Taylor Blue

Taylor Blue Cook

“I just wanna cook!” Taylor Blue told her mother, Lisa, who asked, “What makes you happy?” following a meltdown after an ed psych final. Taylor, of Vardaman, started out as a journalism student, but didn’t think she wanted to be told what she could and could not write, so she ventured into psychology.

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Carmon Miller

Carmon Miller

“To me, a recipe is just a suggestion,” said Carmon Miller of Calhoun City, and she doesn’t really cook by them. But she has a ton of cookbooks, so many she “needs to quit buying them,” she said, adding that the old ones are her favorites.

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Cooper Caviness

Cooper Caviness

Cooper Caviness of Calhoun City has always said he wants to be a chef. His twin brother, Conner, says he will own a restaurant in New Orleans and Cooper will be the chef.

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