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Jane & Her New Wheels!

What did Jane get for her 3 1/2 year birthday? HOT WHEELS!! We are all so excited about Jane's custom chair complete with her name on the back and of course in her favorite color, bright pink! The big tray on the front will allow Lucy, her "big" little sister, to share toys and have tea parties! The milestones with Jane are so different than her sister's; however, they are equally rewarding.

Jane has influenced each of us with her resilience and determination. I'm looking forward to burning rubber with Jane!!

An Evening to Remember

Last week I had the pleasure of preparing dinner for one of my very favorite people, Dr. Bleakley Chandler, in honor of his eighty-eighth birthday. Bleakley, who has been a good friend and client for many years, and his precious wife of sixty-one years, Jane, were kind and gracious hosts. 

The birthday boy and king of the household, Bleakley, is as energetic and spry as the first time I met him. From brisk walks in his neighborhood to quickly responding to emails, he is, no doubt, more on the ball than you or I. 

So, is age just a number? In Bleakley's case, yes; absolutely. 

It was a wonderful and unforgettable evening, and I so look forward to Bleakley's eighty-ninth!

 

VeryVera Fall Cooking Classes for Kids!

School is in session! That's right, VeryVera's Fall Cooking Classes, starting this month, include:
- HARVEST TABLE, SEPT. 20
- HALLOWEEN, OCT. 18
- THANKSGIVING, NOV. 15

Classes, 9 am-1 pm, include a recipe packet, snack, lunch & a bag of goodies to take home. Ages 6 - 14. Sign up for individual classes OR if you register for the entire semester all (all 3 classes), you receive $25 off w/ code SEMESTER. Register now: www.veryvera.com.

Family Tradition: Four Generations of Cooks

Many of you remember Melissa Carden, my Commissary Director for several years at VeryVera. Melissa and her husband headed to Birmingham with The Southern Company and she and I have remained in constant contact, especially regarding all things FOOD. I couldn’t resist sharing this sweet picture of her 3-year-old Mae Margaret sporting the apron that Melissa wore as a child. Her grandmother Ruth Roberts is a wonderful cook and great grandmother Nell McBrayer was the family cooking-inspiration. Nell McBrayer even has a family cookbook in her honor, Fine Southern Recipes McBrayer’s Grocery, edited by Melissa and written by her sister Aimee. I’m not sure if there are still copies for sell, but it is a GREAT cookbook. I have used many of the recipes myself and have featured quite a few on The VeryVera Show.

We Are Family!
Vera & Siblings, Family Reunion

I'm sure many of you have had opportunities over the summer to reunite with family members. I just returned from seeing all of my brothers and sisters and a few of the nieces/nephews and their children. What a wonderful time we had catching up, reminiscing, and telling on each other. I've lost count of the number of times I heard, "I never knew that!" 

The years may have changed our appearance, but our personalities remain the same. I am so very grateful for our hosts Bitsy, Jeff, Harry, and Vern. In case you have forgotten the namesakes of those delicious VeryVera pound cakes, here they are, listed by birth order: Bitsy (Amaretto Pound), Trip (Lemon Crisp), Vera (Chocolate), Harry (Old Fashioned), and Lou (Cream Cheese).

Each sibling will get an opportunity to write a blurb about his or her cake in my upcoming cookbook . . . as long as the stories do not involve tales about little Vera!

 

Vera Stewart

2014 June Cooking Camps Report Card

How did the June Sessions of Cooking Camp go? Beyond what I could have imagined--they were absolutely splendid! I have received so many kind notes and emails, including this one from Angel, the mother of Kayla who was one of our VeryVera Summer Cooking Camp Campers of the Week! This email just warmed my heart. 



"We are very proud of Kayla and her accomplishments . . . Kayla wants to be a chef and own her own restaurant so this really inspires her . . .Thanks so much for continuing to organize this camp. She really enjoys it. We will definitely see you next year in the Advanced Class."

I just cannot express how much joy I receive working with and teaching these kids about cooking, and how proud I am of all of my campers. Congrats to you, boys and girls, for a job well done! Each and every one of you received an A+ in my book.

 

~ Vera Stewart

THE Summer Must-Have Item

What will all the cool kids be wearing this Summer? One of these . . .

I am proud to present the new VeryVera Summer 2014 Cooking Camp tees, designed by the team at Wier/Stewart! Each child who attends camp receives a free shirt, recipes, cooking instructions, and much, much more. The first camp is only one week away, so be sure to register today before we are sold out!

June 9 - Beginner Class
June 16 - Pre-Beginner Class
June 23 - Intermediate Class

July 14 - Beginner Class
July 21 - Advanced Beginner Class
July 28 - Advanced Class

*The Beginners, Advanced Beginners, and Intermediate Classes run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Pre-Beginners Class runs from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Every child attending camp must fill out a registration form. If you need a form, please email Nicole@veryvera.com and she will email you one! Register on our website: www.veryvera.com

What Time Is it?
It's VeryVera Cooking Camp time! Well, almost . . . I just cannot believe that this is our 11th year and that the first camp starts next month - June 9! 

Our Summer classes will be limited to 18 students and we have four rooms that will be utilized with groups of 6 working together. The Beginners, Advanced Beginners, and Intermediate Classes run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Pre-Beginners Class runs from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Each week is described in the schedule on our website. Please sign up using the DEPOSIT product and pay the BALANCE DUE the week before camp. You can pay for both at once, if you'd like.

Space is limited, so be sure to register today on our website: www.veryvera.com. And remember, we have a new location: The Cottage, 2708 Wheeler Road, behind the old Wife Saver on Highland Avenue. Parking available in that lot.
A Masters Week Tradition: The Green Jacket Salad

½ cup vegetable oil

1/3 cup red wine vinegar

1 Roma tomato, diced

1 teaspoon Lawry's seasoned salt

1 teaspoon dried oregano

¼ cup chopped green onion, about 1 onion (use lots of green top)

¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

2 12-oz bags prepared Iceberg and Romaine salad greens

1 pita bread, split in half, toasted and broken into bite-size pieces or Naked Brand Pita Chips

Parmesan cheese for garnish

 

Combine vegetable oil, vinegar, seasoned salt and oregano in a wooden salad bowl and mix with a flat bottom spoon. Add in green onion, tomato and parsley and continue to grind and stir until thoroughly mixed. Place greens and Pita chips and toss until well-coated.

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