"Hey y'all!!" The unmistakeable voice of Paula Deen announced her arrival at the Baer's furniture store in North Palm Beach Sunday. She was addressing a long line of people who had purchased her latest book, "Paula Deen Cuts the Fat: 250 Recipes All Lightened Up." Her entourage also included husband, Michael Groover.
Not only did everyone in line get an autograph and a photo (the proof is above, by the way), but Paula and Michael spent extra time with each person, chatting just like we were sitting in her kitchen, watching her cook. Michael told me his favorite recipe from the book is on pages 22 and 23 -- "Pickled Shrimp." Paula pointed me toward pages 330-331 and the "Flourless Chocolate Fudge Cake."
Fans of the celebrity chef can find more of her recipes, podcasts and live cooking classes at the Paula Deen Club. It's everything Paula in one place.
And the best news about her lighter fare cookbook? She told me she didn't have to leave out the butter. -- Gerry
Even though Pam couldn't be there, Paula and Michael sent best wishes:
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