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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