I first tasted this pie at Crook’s Corner, the legendary Chapel Hill restaurant that’s had my friend and colleague chef Bill Smith at the helm for more than two decades. The first forkful was a revelation, the sort of otherworldly gustatory experience that involuntarily causes heads to tilt back and eyes to roll—the OMG kind
This seafood bisque was dreamed up by one of my younger employees, Robert Gordon, at the Café and served every Friday. With tons of flavor, this decadent cream-based soup makes for a great weekend meal. Serve with crusty bread and you’re good to go! NOTE: I use fresh large shrimp, sautéed in butter and cut
This recipe is simply fantastic. A wonderful twist on the traditional surf and turf of lobster and steak. This is sure to wow any guest that you have over. Our special twist on this is to add cocoa powder to the short rib sauce to make it extra rich!
I love dates, and I love bacon, so why not marry the two and add some Cocoa-Chili powder while I’m at it? These candied bacon-wrapped dates are delicious. They are sweet like candy and give just the right amount of savory and spice to make you want to keep coming back for more!
I have used this recipe countless times. This has been a go-to item for me when I was catering, and it was an original recipe from my first episode ever of the VeryVera show! Enjoy it in a bowl, or place it in a mold. Note: These quantities are for a large mold. For
This recipe is another classic from my recipe box. I originally got this recipe from the Junior League “Perennials” cookbook in the 1980s when I first started my catering business. Since then, I’ve brought it to so many gatherings and people absolutely love it!
This simple and decadent dessert is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. In fact, at VeryVera catered parties, this was more popular than the shrimp! Some say the recipe comes from the can of sweetened condensed milk, and others say it was made popular when the recipe was published during the time the musical Hello, Dolly!
VeryVera’s Gourmet-to-Go line of products was developed with the help of staff member Susan Ely. Our Veggie Lasagna, a shining star of the GTG menu, was a weeknight favorite for our customers. It’s a perfect vegetable side and a filling vegetarian entree.
You could set your watch by it—every Wednesday at the Café, the same group of Augustans would show up for tomato soup day. This soup is a labor of love, but the result is completely worth the effort. It’s rich, full of flavor, and will fill your home with the delectable aroma of tomato and
Recipes are a sweet and lasting gift to give to someone. A meal lasts a day but a recipe lasts a lifetime. Baked fruit is an easy and delicious recipe that was given to me as a wedding gift from a dear friend. You can make this recipe all year round, and it is especially
Like any biscuit, I love these with breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This recipe takes the classic buttermilk biscuit and spins it in a different direction with a bite of sharp cheddar cheese and green onion. Enjoy these with butter or create a biscuit sandwich! One of the most popular breads in our Gourmet to Go