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Country cooking a learn by doing' process

By By Steve Swogetinsky/The Meridian Star
Sept. 12, 2001
Learning to cook is not as hard as it may seem. Just start with the basics and learn as you go.
That's the advice of this week's "Cook of the Week," Evelyn Culpepper, a longtime resident of the Martin area.
Country cook
Culpepper has been cooking in the kitchen since she was seven-years-old. She describes herself as a "country cook."
Her home was located next to the Prospect Congregational Methodist Church, located on the Newton-Lauderdale County line. There were a lot of family gatherings.
Culpepper loves to experiment with her recipes, but there are two she says will never change: her homemade biscuits, and her macaroni and cheese.
She also makes mini-pecan pies and a great dish of dressing.
Evelyn and her husband, Max, have been married for 51 years. They have a daughter and a son, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
While some people like to read the late best seller from the bookstore, Culpepper loves to read cookbooks.
In her own words
Evelyn's granddaughter, Angela Benson, has enjoyed her grandmother's cooking all of her life. When recommending her grandmother to be featured as "cook of the week," Angela summed it up as follows:
Steve Swogetinsky is the regional editor of The Meridian Star. If there is someone you would like to recommend to be featured as cook of the week, call him at 693-1551, ext. 3217; or e-mail him at sswogetinsky@themeridianstar.com.

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