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Happy Paula Deen Day!

Big discovery this morning: it's Paula Deen's 64th birthday. In honor of our favorite butter-loving Southern belle (born Paula Hiers), we've declared it Paula Deen Day. So be sure to wish your friends a Happy PDD! We'll take this opportunity to spotlight some of our favorite Paula creations. Try to integrate them into your diet today if you feel so celebratory. More

Homemade Kit Kat Bars

Every now and then, you come across a recipe so ridiculously indulgent and unabashedly excessive that you simply must prepare it immediately. A perfect example? This recipe for homemade Kit Kat bars, adapted from Paula Deen, and loaded with peanut... More

Video: Paula Deen Makes 'Halloween Snakes' on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Oh, Paula. She was a guest on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night where she made "Halloween Snakes," or Pillsbury crescent roll burritos stuffed with meat, cheese, and mustard. And olives for eyeballs, naturally. During the segment, we get to watch her drop an earring ("Oh no, my earring broke!"), twist open a Pillsbury tube (the pop gets us every time too), and make awkward double entendres about snakes. She also shared her Halloween dress-up plans—she's gonna be a fairy princess, y'all! Watch the clips. More

Paula Deen to Launch a Line of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Paula Deen is "working with farmers and other food producers to come up with a line of fresh fruits and vegetables." And no, there's no butter on them. Yet. But maybe I shouldn't poke fun. Perhaps her packaged broccoli will help rushed cooks get healthy food on the table, and encourage her many fans to include a little greenery in their dinners. Would you buy Paula Deen's veggies? More

As Imagined: 'Pole Dancing with Paula Deen, Y'all!'

[Photograph: pauladeen.com] The latest installment of McSweeney's "Short Imagined Monologues" series gives us an idea of what a pole-dancing lesson with Paula Deen might be like: OK now, you're going to grab on to your pole about head-height, swing yourselves out and WRAP your body around the pole—that's right, just wrap yourself around it like a slice of bacon 'round an ear of sweet corn. Good, y'all! Now kick up that outside leg and float around to the ground ... nice and light, just like you're folding mayonnaise into sour cream. That's it! Related Mixed Review: Paula Deen's Sweet Potato Biscuits Paula Deen's Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cakes Paula Deen is Trying to Kill Us, Parts 1, 2, 3, 4,... More

Mixed Review: Paula Deen's Sweet Potato Biscuits

"Paula's face smiled up at me from the packaging, her familiar gray bob frozen into place, her lips shellacked with frosted pink gloss." [Photographs: Lucy Baker] Last week, in Ed's Brooklyn Star review, Ed deemed chef Joaquin Baca's biscuits "probably the best in newly biscuit-crazed New York." This so-called biscuit craze isn't limited to the Big Apple: all over the country people are harkening back to a time when food was simple, unfussy, and honest. Out with the fusion and small plates, in with the fried chicken and family-style menus. It's no wonder then that the humble biscuit is having a renaissance. Is there a more modest, straightforward food out there? I don't think so. Of course, biscuits are a... More

Video: Paula Deen Making Pumpkin Rolls with Conan O'Brien

Paula Deen was on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien last night, trying to show Conan, Andy, and guest Garry Shandling how to make pumpkin rolls from her new book, Paula Deen's Cookbook for the Lunch-Box Set. It was a mess of a performance, as the three boys tried to follow her frazzled directions (which included such orders as "grab your nuts!"). By the end of it, Conan was downing Kahlua straight from the bottle and Paula was chugging back whipped cream straight from the can. Watch the video, after the jump.... More

Cook the Book: Paula Deen's Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cakes

This is the only Paula Deen recipe I've ever made and every year I do, I think, really? Two sticks of butter? And a whole box of powdered sugar? And four eggs? And a brick of cream cheese? Yes, just go for it all. They're pretty decadent but only relatively speaking for Paula (there's no mayo or deep-frying involved). One little square is powerful—definitely more intense than pumpkin pie. And when you get tired of the pumpkin, just sub in another form of gooey. More

Paula Deen Is Trying to Kill Us, With Cookware!

[Photographs: pauladeen.com] Though her methods usually involve deep-fried butter balls, this time Paula Deen is trying to kill us via cast iron cookware. As Diner's Journal points out, Deen started selling cast iron products through QVC in March, but buyers were recently alerted of a recall on three of the items, which can reportedly "crack or shatter during heating." Related Paula Deen is Trying to Kill Us, Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6... More

Paula Deen's Husband Will Write 'My Delicious Life with Paula Deen'

Photograph by Rachel Been Michael Groover can probably be summed up in three important facts: he's a tugboat pilot in Savannah, he looks like Santa, and he's married to Paula Deen. The last one means he, naturally, has a lot to say about waking up to the smell of ham hocks in the deep fryer with his spouse joyfully cackling in the background. Seriously, it must be a trip being married to Paula Deen. In this long interview with the couple on AOL Food, we find out that while Paula is busy launching a line of nuts and seafood, her husband is authoring a book called, My Delicious Life with Paula Deen. Sadly there's no cover image on Amazon... More

Paula Deen's Food Lover's Cruise Set for January 2010

Heeeey y'all!! It's time for midnight buffets at sea with Paula Deen, her husband Michael and two sons, Bobby and Jamie. Yes, you can travel with the whole darn family to the Western Caribbean from January 24 to 31, 2010. According to the Alice Travel website: Life doesn't come with guarantees but holidays should. This winter-busting cruise with Paula Deen is sure to be a Wow of a trip...Celebrity's brand-new Solstice is the perfect ship for this culinary adventure; bright and spacious, fabulous entertainment, and multiple restaurant venues to choose from. To stay alone in the "Sky Suite," it's $6338, but don't worry, everyone gets an individual photo with Paula (you know those priceless ones before everyone boards and is... More

In Videos: Melanie Hutsell Impersonates Paula Deen on 'Paula's Best Dishes'

Two Paulas in one video? Yes, I too am mildly frightened. Comedic actress Melanie Hutsell recently guest starred on Paula Deen's Paula's Best Dishes while putting on her best Paula Deen impersonation...and cooking alongside Paula. In a similar outfit. If I just listen to the audio and don't watch the video, I don't know who I'm hearing. Not until I get to the recipe for a chocolate-covered stick of butter, at least—even that's a little too far for the real Paula. Watch the video after the jump.... More

In Videos: How to Top Paula Deen's Deep-Fried Mac and Cheese Bacon Bites

A couple weeks ago, we alerted you about Paula Deen's deep-fried mac and cheese bacon bites. How could you one-up that big chunk of crispy awesomeness? Brad and Lily have figured it out. But since they were created through an insta-movie program, the conversation is all in robotic computer voice. Lily's "YES YES YES," in reaction to the buffalo sauce and Ranch suggestion, sounds more like a math teacher lecturing on cosine. She even throws her hands in the air like only a computerized, unfeeling woman can. Watch the video, after the jump.... More

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