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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Taneisha and Kaneisha Powell

Powell Twins

2009 Bruce High School graduates Taneisha and Kaneisha Powell do a lot of meal cooking for their grandmother, Mary Jo Thomas, now and say she will eat anything they fix.

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Carla Blackwelder

Carla Cook

Carla Cannon Blackwelder made a New Year’s resolution a few years ago to cook something new once a week, and said that is when she got her start cooking more.

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Barry Black

Barry Black Cook

Barry Black of Calhoun City learned to cook after he and Margaret married. He says what started it was a “discussion” over how to cook butterbeans, when hers “didn’t taste like Mama’s” (Jill Black).

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Kristi Reid Shelton

Kristi Shelton

Kristi Reid Shelton of Bruce is sharing “cherished recipes” of  her grandmother, the late Tula Vance this week. She once told her grandmother she wanted a copy of her recipes, and about a year later for Christmas, Mrs. Tula gave her a notebook holding handwritten copies of them. Kristi said it took her grandmother a year to get them all written and put together. “Everyone (in the family) was mad,” when Kristi was given the book, and her Mamow simply said, “She’s the only one who asked for my recipes.”

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Alison and Phillip Beaty

Beaty Cooks

“When I cook, I cook for an army,” said Phillip Beaty of Bruce. He doesn’t measure anything--he cooks by taste, like his mom, who is Korean.

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