Today I am re-posting one of my first posts ever….. Why I love Paula Deen. I am thinking of her because she is in the news this week even more than ever. She was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. As with anyone who is in the “limelight” there are always lovers and there are haters. I happen to be a Paula Deen lover.
Do I love all her recipes? Of course not! For me, it was about so much more. I love Paula and her story. It is hard for me not to give complete respect to a woman who has risen above the odds like she did. I respect Paula for her vision and the fact that her boys were always at the center of her drive. She inspired many of us to spend more time Around the Family Table.
There is no Sugar Coating the fact that many of her recipes were not “ahem”…Healthy. But there were many that were healthy as in this Recipe that Paula wanted to serve to the President.
Reality is that we all have choices to make every day. I hope that Paula inspires us to make better choices and live healthier lives.
Here is my original Post:
Paula has always been an inspiration to me…. When most Celebrity Chefs are asked what they would cook for the White House, it goes something like this:
Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, escargot. Blah, blah, blah, blah, truffle oil. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah foie gras….Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah Blanquette de Veau….blah, blah, blah, blah!
When I saw your response in Parade Magazine, all I could think is…. This is why I love her so! No blah, blah, blah,….just straight up Good Home Cooking!
Who else has the courage to lick their fingers as they are cooking on Food Network? Your love and passion for what you do comes through with every recipe! Every home cook knows that it’s impossible to cook a meal without a little taste. How else are we supposed to know if it’s good?
“I know the president loves hot wings,” Paula said, “so I would do some with pepper-jelly glaze, watermelon salad to cut the heat, and buttered french toast.” And for dessert? “Lemon meringue pie!”
Not only are you living proof that the American Dream does exist, you’re living proof that with love for our families and lots of hard work, we will all achieve our dreams!
One of the best days for this foodie was the day that out of 1000’s of followers on Twitter, you decided to follow ME!
Thank you for the inspiration to follow my Dreams!
I love your watermelon salad recipe…. it’s so refreshing and so easy:
Watermelon Salad with Mint Leaves
Recipe courtesy Paula Deen
- 6 servings
- 1 (5-pound) watermelon
- 1 Vidalia or other sweet onion
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
- 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
- 6 whole mint sprigs
To serve, divide salad among individual plates and garnish with mint leaves.