Benita McCoy Lyons is a fourth generation descendant of the Hatfield-McCoy feud of American folklore, but you will find that she would rather feed a Hatfield than shoot one these days. You that know about the famous feud, will also love knowing about the rich culinary tradition of her native Appalachia.
Cooking comes naturally to Benita. Her nature is to give and to share, so it was fitting for her to start writing down and measuring ingredients to write her first cookbook Scratch Cooking in 1989. You will find her cookbooks have healthy, traditional and easy to follow recipes that your family can enjoy as well.
Benita grows her own vegetable garden and orchard on her land here in Kentucky and harvests the foods used in the recipes that are in Scratch Cooking, just like her native ancestors of Appalachia.
Benita has been given award winning status for many recipes and her excellence has been recognized by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. This recognition certified her as an official Kentucky Food Producer, which of course allows her products to bear "The Kentucky Proud Label."
Benita teaches cooking classes throughout Kentucky. She enjoys catering special affairs. Her newest cookbook Scratch Cooking 2 is the text for her classes and Menus. She evokes the unique beauty of Kentucky Scratch Cooking as she instructs techniques such as summer bounty, harvesting fresh produce, canning and preserving these ingredients, keeping track of the methods used by her ancestors which has become a lost and dying art to today's generation.
Benita in the Kitchen
Cooking with Benita on WKYT-TV at Noon-Lexington, KY