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A late bloomer in the kitchen, Linda Wilson has mastered the art of entertaining

Although she didn’t develop an interest in cooking until after she had graduated from college, Dr. Linda Wilson has become a master of her own kitchen.

“My mother did all the cooking when I was growing up in Salem, Virginia. I had never cooked an egg until I left home,” Linda said. “She never allowed the four of us (two sisters and a brother) to cook. And those were the days when everything was cooked in a pressure cooker. My mother gave us one for a wedding present, but I never have used it except for melting wax.”

After college, Linda had a friend who “was such a fabulous cook. Every time I went to her home to dine I always brought back her recipes. Margaret introduced me to good cooking and I learned from her that I wanted to know how to cook.”

To start, Linda bought a Julia Child’s cookbook, “but after reading a few pages, I thought I can never do this.” Loving to learn, she persevered while teaching English and history...

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