Tuesday, February 7, 2012

In defense of Paula Deen

Poor Paula Deen. That's what I thought when I first heard about the scandal around her revelation that she has diabetes. I watch her show religiously, turn to her cookbooks often, and have a special place in my heart for her delicious accent and chubby cheeks. Maybe its because I hail from Georgia myself and her Southern drawl makes me feel like I'm home again. Maybe its because I know to make her recipes in moderation, and I know to balance them out with healthy foods and a fair amount of exercise. Or maybe its because all of her recipes taste so damn good! Not a single one of her recipes has ever failed me and she's made me look like a rockstar in the kitchen numerous times, and for that I'm forever grateful.

Sure, as a public figure, she probably should have disclosed her condition earlier. Sure, she should probably talk a little more about moderation and throw in some healthier recipes as well. Sure, making money from some pharmaceutical company after all this, that's not so cool either.

But, the Super Bowl was this week - a day of cold beer and good old American indulgence. So, in her honor, I made Paula's Bacon Wrapped Breadsticks. I couldn't find the thick sesame breadsticks her recipe calls for, so I wrapped the bacon around a bundle of skinny ones and then ended up cutting them in half after they cooled, making them almost like little savory bacon lollipops. They were as divine as I could have imagined. Thanks, Paula, for another killer recipe. Now, I'm off to the gym!

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