Last night, I enjoyed a mouthwateringly delicious slice of ‘Merriment’ served up with a heap of buttery goodness when I met the Queen of Southern Cooking, the one and only, Paula Deen, y’all!
With her spirited laughter, gracious warmth, and southern charm, Paula Deen exudes merriment to the benefit of everyone around her. She greeted me with a “Hey Darlin’” as I approached the signing table and continued to bestow compliments throughout our short encounter. I could definitely learn a thing or two about how to make others feel special from Paula (my personal challenge for this week).
My snapshot of Paula with her hubby, Michael
The book signing was for Paula’s new cookbook, PAULA DEEN’S Southern Cooking BIBLE. Packed with more than 300 recipes for classic southern dishes, I cannot wait to practice my cooking skills on her divine dips, dumplin’s, and decadent desserts.
My mother and grandmothers are experts at so many of these classic southern staples, so as I flip through the pages, I feel like I’m at home learning how to master a potato salad or a banana pudding from my own family members. That’s the amazing thing about Paula Deen; she instantly feels like family with a twinkling of her eyes. Merry cookin’, y’all!
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