The founder and owner of Dallas pop-up bakery Vee’s Bakeshoppe, Veronica Fletcher counts her mother and both of her grandmothers as cooking inspirations. “Even at an earlier age, I learned a lot by just watching them,” says Fletcher, adding that she’d sit by the chair nearest the stove to get a good look at the action. “As I got older, I began to ask ‘why’ as they moved through the steps to bring a dish or dessert about.”
Born and raised in Dallas, Fletcher was also influenced by Tex-Mex cooking, which she occasionally blogs about at her website, veethebaker.com. Her Mexican Manicotti recipe is a south-of-the-border spin on manicotti with pimientos, Mexican-style shredded cheese, and green onions.