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We have all vilified Sandra Lee but...

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On Paula Deen's show this A.M. she made the most disgusting semi-home-made mess I have ever seen. You can check our the recipe on the Food Network website. It is her in the garden show. It was devil's food cake from a mix made into a trifle. The cake was cut up into cubes and layered with instant chocolate pudding and (real) whipped cream. Drizzled with commercial chocolate syrup and topped with pecans and maraschino cherries.

I don't know why we hold Sandra Lee in such contempt and not Paula Deen. This is also the woman who served up Krispy Kreme bread pudding and boasted "no added sugar"!

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  1. I love Paula Dean for her "Devil-may-care" attitude toward fat/sugar/etc. even though I don't eat like that..hmm, vicarious pleasure, perhaps. Ya gotta love that personality of hers!

    But Sandra-Lee is my fave...and her house is FAB!

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    1. re: amy t.

      I don't know who Paula Dean is, but it sounds like you were describing Julia Child.

      1. re: Gary Soup

        It is Paula Deen, with two e's . Owner of The Lady and Sons restaurant in Savannah. I picked up her first cook book on a whim, not knowing anything about her but having lived in Savannah as a kid it was more a sentimental purchase. I got rid of the book pronto. I don't know where I have ever seen so many recipes that called for canned soup as an ingredient or other pre-prepared items.

        1. re: Candy

          I think Paula Deen is a phony. Waaaay to cornpone for me. And yes, her food is goopy yall!

          1. re: Robert

            Agreed, Robert. Vaudeville acting doesn't go over with a close-up camera. And her gloppy buckets of cream slop makes me want to heave.

      2. re: amy t.

        I don't think that is sandra-lee's real house...

      3. The Queen of Mayonnaise ! All hail her southern sugary fatty gloppiness . Ugh , her "food" is representative of all that is bad and cheesy about southern cooking . Rachael Ray should have been the crazed killer in " Fargo " . I'm SURE she's got some Minnesota in her . Oh ya , sure . That's aboot all , then , oh ya .

        1. Oh, don't dis the KK bread pudding. I make a version of that recipe and it is incredible. I agree with you that sometimes Paula's recipes are 'Sandra-ish', but not always. I have made many of her recipes and have had great success. I also love her personality and find her very sincere - something that Sandra just cannot claim - although, I confess, I obsessively watch the train wreck that is 'Semi-Homemade'!

          1. Actually, I hold them both in contempt.

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            1. re: JudiAU

              Me, too. Being a southerner, I hope people don't think we cook like Paula Deen (of course some do, I guess). We have so many fabulous southern cooks with great cookbooks.

              1. re: JudiAU

                +1.

                I've meet a number of very nice folks from Savanna. None of them recommend her restaurant. Nor are they thrilled with the image she paints of southern culture.

              2. Her recipes look just awful, but she seems like such a fun, good natured person it's hard to villify her. Plus, her experience running a successful restaurant gives her some credibility SL couldn't ever have.