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What’s in a name: Her friends and family know her as Patty Gomez of Naples, wife of Jack Gomez, but her maiden name is on her long-planned cookbook, All the Wright Stuff, featuring Wright family recipes. Patsy is her given name, “but I dare anyone to ever call me that.”

“Like the Waltons”: She was one of five children in a North Carolina farm family whose grandparents lived under the same roof. She learned to cook, starting with cornbread, at her grandmother’s side (standing on a small kitchen stool her grandfather built for her).

Fragrance of home: The kitchen was the central gathering spot for the Wrights. “Our house always smelled like wonderful food. My mother was a wonderful cook; my grandmother was a wonderful cook. I always just loved the kitchen and food.”

Family album: It’s not just a Southern cookbook, and “I don’t start everything with two pounds of butter.” It’s a compilation of 50-plus years’ worth of recipes—“from everyday to gourmet”—that her family and friends collected and cooked.

A few favorites: Chocolate chip cake, sherry chicken, cherry congealed salad (from a 1951 recipe), Charlie Bread. “If you like corn bread, you’ll love Charlie Bread.”

Save room: “My dessert section is obnoxiously large.”

Labor of love: Wright spent nearly a decade working on the book, which was delivered to her Port Royal home just before Christmas—late, and by a truck too large for the driveway. She and a friend unloaded the 750 cartons, and 10 more friends helped package and ship 500 copies she’d promised in time for Christmas.

Now available: All the Wright Stuff is for sale ($29.95) locally at BR uno, Sea Salt, Marissa Collections, Square One Salon and Day Spa, and online at www.allthewrightstuffcookbook.com. It will also be carried at Costco in Naples.

The sequel: The spiral-bound book contains 434 recipes; she had to cut 200 for space. “I do see visions of publishing another volume because I have so many good recipes I had to take out.”

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