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Due West man welcomes everyone to his home for country cooking

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Jerry Hall cooks in his Due West kitchen on Tuesday. (Sept. 3, 2013/FOX Carolina) Jerry Hall cooks in his Due West kitchen on Tuesday. (Sept. 3, 2013/FOX Carolina)
DUE WEST, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Mac and cheese, green beans and cornbread are staples of country cooking in the South.

They're part of what an Upstate man shares with his community, serving it out of what used to be his at-home workshop.

The Due West man said he started cooking for his family after he was diagnosed with cancer. For the last year and a half, he's welcomed anyone and everyone to his home for supper.

Almost every Tuesday, friends, family and anyone who may need a good meal shows up at Jerry Hall's kitchen in Due West.

It's not a restaurant and the "patrons" don't pay, but everyone gets their fill.

Hall said on the first three Tuesdays of the month he's in the kitchen by 7 a.m., grilling chicken, smoking pork and preparing iced tea.

He opens the doors around 5:30 p.m., and with music and fellowship, Hall serves up quite the smorgasbord.

"If they're in need and would like to have a good meal, we certainly would like to see those folks come, because that's what this is all about," said Hall.

He first got interested in cooking after a bout with Lymphoma nearly 10 years ago. When his doctor told him to cut back on physical work, he turned his old air conditioning and handyman workshop into a commercial style kitchen. He said with four children and 10 grandchildren, family dinners grew and they needed a bigger space to cook.

After a few more years passed and a battle with Leukemia, he started a country cooking show for his local cable station, called Old Time Country Cooking, and opened his doors to everyone.

"It's been a great journey. I've seen a lot of new faces come through. And that's what I like about it," Hall explained.

Guests on Tuesdays include Hall's family, church friends, but also total strangers who may have heard about his meals.

"Coming to Jerry's Kitchen with all the wonderful food they prepare here, is like coming home and almost like I never left," said David Erwin, who grew up in Due West, but now lives in Abbeville.

Some of the food comes from Hall's garden or other people's gardens. Otherwise, Hall said he likes to get creative with recipes using whatever is on sale at the grocery store that week. He said it's paid for by donations or else he and his helpers foot the bill themselves.

"It's well worth it when the people come through, and they eat and you see how they enjoy it, all the fellowship that takes place," Hall said.

Hall said he usually cooks for between 30 and 50 people each week, but a couple weeks ago he held a fish fry for nearly 150 people.

And everything, Hall said, is made from scratch.

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