Tag Archives: Paula Deen

Grading The Food Network Stars

20 Jul
I’m gonna do this very quickly — call it a “gut” reaction:

So let’s hear it, folks. I want your own ratings on this.

Who’s first???

Paula Deen’s Boys Come to Fairhope

25 Sep

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The Deen boys were in town yesterday evening to promote their new book titled “Take It Easy.” Paula’s sons have been doing quite well on their own – thanks to their uber-famous Southern Mama. The guys turned out to be friendly and very down to earth. Bobby was kind enough to pose for a photo and chat a bit with my son Travis. Travis wants to be a Food Network chef when he grows up, so it was a thrill for him. Thanks, Bobby!

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The above is one of 3 Deen Boys cookbooks now in release

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Taking some questions from the audience

Last night’s appearance took place in the scenic French Quarter courtyard in downtown Fairhope. The event was hosted by the wonderful Page & Palette bookstore here in town. Panini Pete’s, perhaps our favorite Fairhope eatery, provided some culinary assistance. They prepared a couple recipes from the Deen’s latest book including a Three Bean Ham Salad and some little Grilled Cheese and Tomato Sandwiches. The guys fielded questions from a rather large crowd on hand. Most of the audience was female and in the 45-65 age group. They asked a lot of questions about Paula … as you might imagine. “Is she as sweet as she seems?” YES. “Does she have a cholesterol problem?” NO. “Where is she today?” PHILLY. “When did you last talk to her?” THIS MORNING.  

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The Deens with a hard-working Panini Pete’s employee

The Deen’s had been on the PR trail for about a week now and were looking forward to returning home to Savannah. It was a fun evening but quite sticky in the Lower Alabama humidity. No, Fall has not reached us yet!

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Smithfield Foods Closing 6 Plants

18 Feb


This is a sad state of affairs, y’all. Even the mighty Paula Deen (a paid spokesperson for Smithfield) couldn’t prevent this from happening. What is the world coming to???

SMITHFIELD, Va. — Smithfield Foods Inc. said today that it plans to cut 1,800 jobs and close six plants, including a plant in Elon, N.C., affecting 160 employees, as part of a restructuring.

The company said it would save about $125 million a year by 2011.

The plants are expected to close by December, the company said. The packing plant in Elon, which handles country ham, is slated to close by late summer.

Other Smithfield plants in North Carolina are expected to gain production from the closing of a packing plant in Smithfield. The other plants being closed are in Plant City, Fla., Great Bend, Kan., New Riegel, Ohio, and Hastings, Neb. The company said it offer the opportunity to transfer to another plant to an “undetermined number of employees.”

The company also said it is combining seven of its independent operating companies into three main units: The Smithfield Packing Co., John Morrell & Co. and Farmland Foods Inc.., with John Morrell and Farmland combining sales forces.