Paula Deen

Paula Deen has become an American phenomenon, overcoming poverty, doubt and agoraphobia to achieve success and acclaim she could never have imagined. A native of Albany, Georgia, she was living the American dream—married to her high school sweetheart, mother of two adorable boys – when tragedy struck. Her parents died, her marriage failed and she began a prolonged battle with agoraphobia. With her boys in their teens and her family near homelessness, Paula took her last $200 and started “The Bag Lady,” a home-based meal delivery service that marked the start of her professional cooking. With sons Jamie and Bobby delivering “lunch-and-love-in-a-bag,” beginning in June 1989, Paula turned around her life by using what she knew best, traditional Southern cooking.

Now the author of 14 cookbooks which have sold more than 8,000,000 copies, she began her bimonthly magazine, Cooking with Paula Deen, which has a circulation of more than 1,000,000 today. In addition to her own television shows, she has visited virtually every network morning show, every daytime or late night talk show, has appeared in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles and thousands of websites.

Ever grateful for all she has been blessed with, Paula and her family continue to give back to the community. Paula is a member of the board of the Bethesda Home for Boys, works tirelessly for America’s Second Harvest and partners with Smithfield Foods Helping Hungry Homes™ which has donated protein for more than 10,000,000 meals for America’s hungry.

Success hasn’t changed Paula; she is the same genuine, warm and caring soul today as she was when she first appeared on the scene.

Articles & Recipes by Paula Deen

  • PD Decadent Double Chocolate Cream Pie

    Decadent Double-Chocolate Cream Pie

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    The only thing better than a chocolate cream pie is one in a wonderful chocolate cookie crumb crust. If a person has a craving for chocolate, I don’t see the point of going halfway, y’all.

  • PD Bourbon Pecan Pie

    Bourbon Pecan Pie

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    My pecan pie has just enough goop to hold together all those good, sweet, crunchy Georgia pecans. Whether you call them “pee-cans” or “pe-cahns,” you’ll adore this rich, slightly sticky pie.

  • PD Apple Pie

    Apple Pie

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    I use brown sugar and vanilla to give the filling more richness, and I sprinkle the top crust with cinnamon sugar, which gives the pie such a pretty glitter— and a preview of the delicious filling. Serve à la mode with big scoops of vanilla ice cream!

  • PD Brunchtime Popovers

    Brunchtime Popovers

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    Recipes like this one feel as if you’re cheating: popovers rise up like they were baked by a fancy pastry chef, when all you did was whisk four ingredients together and throw them in the oven.

  • PD Flaky Pie Crust Dough

    Paula’s Flaky Piecrust Dough

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    I use chilled butter for flavor and chilled Crisco for texture in my pie dough, and just enough icy-cold water to bring the ingredients together without making things tough. Some pie doughs can get finicky on you, but this one always does me proud.

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