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Trisha Yearwood…How DID we live without her?

My ring is negative carats...I can only admire.

Okay...I know I'm funny.

Trisha, when I say squeeze it...I mean REALLY squeeze this!

Who knew Trisha Yearwood was even from Georgia? I guess I always had in my head that she was from Oklahoma or Tennessee. One of those “country singin’ ” states. But, last Friday, in the middle of winter, in walks an out of season Georgia peach to Paula’s house…(with an entourage from those “country singin’ ” states.)

Trisha was a guest on Paula’s Best Dishes. I didn’t really get what all the fuss was about. The production company were way more “New York” than usual. And, you would have thought that royalty was coming the way Brandon did up Paula’s master bath as Trisha’s greenroom. Yes, she has an AMAZING voice. Yes, she is stunningly beautiful….but can she really cook?

Fast forward 4 hours through hair and makeup, lunch, walk throughs, cooking jalapeno hushpuppies, resetting jalapeno hushpuppies, cooking catfish, resetting catfish, cooking stewed collards, resetting stewed collards and cooking chocolate cobbler (that by the way was to die for) I can tell you this…GET TRISHA YEARWOOD A TIARA! She is royalty! My girl can cook up a storm with the ease of a kitchen staff of 12. She and Paula hit it off like they were long lost cousins and had so much fun cooking and visiting together. They were a joy to watch and I can’t wait for you all to view the episode in a few months.

When I overheard Trisha say she and her crew were going to The Lady and Son’s Restaurant for dinner before they got back on the plane…all this while she was helping clean up Paula’s kitchen counter with Martha and I AND taking pictures with the crew I couldn’t help hum to myself…”How DID we live without her.”

Buy a country record and eat something homemade,



John Besh…still dreamy

Yes, I’d love to come in and sample whatever is on that plate.…_a_dream/


The New First Lady and me

I was fortunate enough a few months ago to work with our new first lady.  I was walking her through the recipes she would be cooking with my wonderful boss, Paula Deen.  It was a special and crazy day.  Luckily one of the cameramen kept their camera rolling during the set up.  I won’t bore you with the entire thing, here are just a couple of grainy stills taken from the tape and a few things I remember about Michelle Obama and that day.

*Like Princess Diana (me shamelessly telling you I met her in Vail years ago) Michelle Obama is even more beautiful and stately in person.

*She’s TALL…I’m 5’7”…as you can see from the photo she is towering over me at 6′

*She was nervous…like they all are before they have to cook on camera…they don’t realize the director will cut a ton of times and they don’t have to memorize anything no matter how many times you tell them.

*She insisted on using Purell to wash her hands and not the clean towel I had supplied Paula

*Her staff was young,cute, full of energy and gracious

*Secret Service wanted to get their photos taken with Paula

*The place was a zoo with GMA, Inside Edition, Secret Service, Bomb detection dogs and a ton of cameras when it was supposed to be a closed set, our camera men could barely move around to get what they needed for the show.

*After seeing all of the hard work that goes into two simple cooking segments, she stopped on her way out and thanked me personally…I’ll consider that a job perk.

Me 5'7'' short....

Me 5'7'' short....

Pointing to the deep fryer...not fencing.

Pointing to the deep fryer...not fencing.

Paula’s Best Dishes

Fab Savannah locals Jaime and Becky had a get together at their home for the crew of this #1 Food Network Show. The crew comes from all over the United States to work on the show, and you become a family for the weeks you are together. Wrapping up today makes me happy and sad to see people leave. It was a fun, crazy, boring, shitty, cold and an absolutely fabulous week. I’m honored to work and be in their presence. Until next time.

Courtney, Jaime, Brandon, Aimee and Sara

Missing: Courtney, Jaime, Brandon, Aimee, Sara, William, Thomas and the sweet sound guy who's name I never remember