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Gordon-Booker enjoys cooking

Bridgette L. Gordon-Booker has been cooking most of her life.

Saturday morning, she was found near Littlejohn’s Grocery in a parking area selling funnel cakes for $5.

Gordon-Booker grew up in Abbeville.

“I made my first homemade biscuits when I was 7 years old, and then I made my first blackberry pie when I was 9,” she said.

Gordon-Booker said her grandmother and the older women in the community taught her how to cook.

“My mother got killed in a car accident when I was 19, and my grandmother has taught me how to cook since I’ve been young,” she said. “My grandmother took me in and practically raised me, because we stayed right beside my grandmother. I could just walk from my trailer to my grandmother’s house.”

Gordon-Booker said her grandmother often cleaned and fried squirrels.

“She was an old-fashioned woman who liked to cook wildlife and everything else — chicken and dressing, chitterlings, fried chicken,” she said. “You name it; we cooked it.”

Gordon-Booker said she always cooked at family reunions and other occasions. This led her to create her own business.

“I used to work at Georgia-Pacific for eight or nine years, and they laid me off three times,” she said. “I told my husband I want to cook for myself.”

Today, she operates a business called B&E BBQ and More.

“We are based in Taylor, Mississippi, and we have an 8 X 20 kitchen on wheels,” she said. “We have cooked at the Double Decker (festival). I do funnel cakes at the Double Decker and nachos. I came up with a new barbecue burger last year.”

She is currently providing food for workers at a construction site.

“Next year, I’ll be at Ole Miss, and they are going to let me sell funnel cakes at their concessions,” she said.

She said many people stopped on Saturday morning to buy a funnel cake.

“It only takes 30 seconds on each side to make it,” she said, while demonstrating how to make the cake. “This is kind of like pancake batter. I make it out of flour, milk, cinnamon and eggs.”

Funnel cakes sell for $5 each.

About LaReeca Rucker

LaReeca Rucker is a writer, reporter and adjunct journalism instructor at the University of Mississippi's Meek School of Journalism and New Media.

A veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience, she spent a decade at the Gannett-owned Clarion-Ledger - Mississippi's largest daily newspaper - covering stories about crime, city government, civil rights, social justice, religion, art, culture and entertainment for the paper's print and web editions. She was also a USA Today contributor.

This year, she received a first place award from the Mississippi Press Association for “Best In-Depth Investigative Reporting.” The story written in 2014 for The Oxford Eagle chronicles the life of a young mother with two sons who have epilepsy, and details how she is patiently hoping legalized cannabis oil experimentation will lead to a cure for their disorder.

Her website is www.lareecarucker.com.

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