Cooking with NC Products You Know and Love - Carolina Country

Cooking with NC Products You Know and Love

Neese’s Country Sausage, Krispy Kreme, Bone Suckin’ Sauce, Mt. Olive Pickles

By Wendy Perry

Cooking with NC Products You Know and Love

To highlight just a few of the distinct North Carolina brands we’re all so proud of, we asked Wendy Perry, a regular contributor to our Carolina Kitchen section, to come up with some recipes that bring these ingredients to life.

Neese Hash

Get the recipe for Neese’s Sausage Harvest Hash

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Neese's Country Sausage

Rise and shine, it’s breakfast time! For a century, folks in North Carolina have started their day with the aroma and sizzle of Neese’s bacon, sausage or one of their other savory products like scrapple and liver pudding. Generations of us have grown up seeing their signature trucks out and about daily, delivering to our local grocery stores. And who hasn’t grabbed a sample at their NC State Fair booth?

Few things have changed over the years. Neese’s has been made at the same Greensboro location since 1933. And 4th generation Neese’s still use recipes perfected by the First. Congrats on your 100th Anniversary, Neese’s. Here’s to the next 100! 

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Krispy Kreme

Eighty! That’s how many years ago Vernon Rudolph bought a recipe from a New Orleans French chef, and aren’t we glad he did? The aroma of his baking started teasing the Winston-Salem neighborhood and folks were knocking on the door asking to buy some. So the smart businessman that he was accommodated and cut a hole in the wall to sell there. And the rest is history. For many of us now, nothing can be finer here in North Carolina than a glowing “Hot Doughnuts Now” neon light! Happy 80th Birthday, Krispy Kreme. Keep that light on, we’re on our way!


Bone Suckin' Sauce

Take a delicious family recipe, a family with a proven track record of market success (Ford’s Produce), and gumption to join forces … what do you get? Bone Suckin’ Sauce! Thank goodness local real estate developer Phil Ford had a brother and sister-in-law (Lynn and Sandi) who knew mama’s sauce he perfected was a winner. They convinced him to join forces to put it in a jar and spread the love. With more than a dozen products, they now ship to 80 countries worldwide! Keep making sauce, and we’ll keep suckin’ bones!

Swiss Pimento Cheese

Get the recipe for Creamy Swiss Pimento Cheese

Mt. Olive

Mt. Olive Pickle Company

“We’re #1!” Yep, North Carolina’s own Mt. Olive Pickles can claim that title as the number one pickle brand in the USA. Their company principles have brought much success, and they are celebrating their 91st anniversary this year. Growing from their initial one acre to now 150 acres, their multiple tanks can store over 40 million (!) pounds of cucumbers. Goodness gracious, THAT is a whole lot of cucumbers!

About the Author

Wendy Perry, a culinary adventurist and blogger, chats about goodness around NC on her blog at

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