Get off Paula Deen’s back!

I LOVE Paula Deen. Some of my favorite recipes in the world have come from her cookbooks. And, yes, she is a Southern Belle and some of her recipes are a little bit on the heavy side, but when you think of the South what comes to mind?

Fried Chicken, grits, hush puppies and cobbler, right (if you doubt me click here, I’ve even checked with my Wiki friends that are back online, thank the Lord)? Ham, fried green tomatoes, mint juleps and pie are also big. And, who can forget sweet potatoes, corn bread and biscuits? Anyone ever been to a pig pickin’?

Paula Deen is a Savannah restaurateur who  has built her fortune (and reputation) by being a Southern chef. Southern cuisine is not known for being light on the calories. Just look at the list above! We’ve got lots of carbs, fat, butter and sugar and guess what? The stuff tastes amazing. It’s the kind of food that people like me crave when they want to be BAD and cheat on their diets.

This week Paula revealed that she has Type 2 Diabetes and she has kept it a secret for three years. Immediately, the press started to skewer her for promoting high fat, high sugar food during that time. Some called her a hypocrite. But, I’m a little confused. Isn’t that Paula’s job? She’s built a dynasty promoting everything delectable that you’d find in the South. Doesn’t she have the right to make a living?

Yes, I know that indulging in high calorie foods can lead to obesity. And, that lifestyle choices are the #1 reason why people become diabetic. But to accuse Paula Deen of trying to make the rest of the world diabetic is ridiculous. The only person’s health she affected is her own.

That she’s admitted. And, yes, it took her a couple of years. But, don’t you think she may have wanted some privacy while she attempted to get used to the diagnosis and adjust her lifestyle. Give her a break people!

Now, I still plan to cook from her cookbooks because I am intelligent enough to know that everything in moderation is good. And, everything from her cookbooks IS good. Enjoy one of my favorite recipes.


Cottage potatoes. PERFECT for dinner with just about anything. Easy to make, kid’s love them and they are creamy and delicious (and, yes, they do have butter in them)

3 large Idaho potatoes

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1 cup cottage cheese
1/2   onion, diced
Salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Scrub the potatoes, slice them, and put in a pot with water to cover. Boil the potatoes until tender, then drain and mash them with 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add the cottage cheese, onion, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir the mixture gently, and then put in a greased casserole. Dot with the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and sprinkle with paprika. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen




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All Deb wanted to do was work, until she had Rosie. For the past decade, she's juggled a full-time career, high-profile volunteer work and mommyhood.


  1. I completely understand what you’re saying, but I can see the other side, too. As a public figure who makes her living through food, Paul Deen could have come out voluntarily with the diabetes news and talked about ways to modify her recipes so you can still enjoy them. I grew up in the South and consider myself a bit of a Southern cook, but I no longer use the high-fat ingredients I enjoyed as a child. Or I don’t use as much. For example, I like to make Tyler Florence’s candied yams for Thanksgiving dinner. The recipe calls for two whole sticks of butter. I only used one. Tasted just as good. Stil not low-cal or low-fat, but it’s not as bad.

    I wrote a story a few years back about a Latino woman who’s also a nurse and a great cook. She made her traditional cultural recipes, many of which were fried, etc. Then she had a heart attack. She didn’t want to stop eating the food she loves, so she learned how to modify her recipes. Then she wrote a cookbook, and now she gives talks to groups about how to cook healthy Mexican food.

    So I think people should cut Paula some slack, but she could spin this thing into a new venture and talk about changing her lifestyle instead of getting on a diabetes drug. Because you can actually reverse some of the effects of Type II diabetes through changing your diet. I know this to be true from personal experience with someone in my family.

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