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May 18, 2007 08:37 PM

Paula Deen on foodtv

Hearing she's running wild and acting crazy on her Paula's Party show (Fri 9PM and 10PM) -- true? She used to have a decent recipe or two, like pork back stew...

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  1. Yes, it's an unfortunate turn of events... She's fun to watch sometimes as a cook, even if it's just marvelling at how guiltlessly she adds butter and fries things. But her party show is a mess -- awkward, silly, recipes you wouldn't foist on your worst enemy...All the things that make her charming suddenly become caricature. I have to admit, though, that I have never been able to watch more than about ten minutes, so this is my impression from those short glimpses...

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    1. re: alaughingdog

      "All the things that make her charming suddenly become caricature."

      alaughingdog, that is a perfect way to describe the problem with Paula Dean, and probably several other food network chefs.

      1. re: debbiel

        I've hesitated to comment, as I almost feel like she is my neighbor. I grew up in the same part of the south she grew up in, and in fact she is a cousin of my former next-door neighbor.aAnd then there is her husband the barge captain. I come from a long line of southern boat people. So I feel an investment with Ms. Deen, seeing as how we are practically related. Having said that, I really can't watch her. I almost want to do an intervention with her. I think she is truy a caring person, a competent cook,and a fairly accurate representaion of the south, run amuck. But have any of you seen her show with former President Carter and his wife, Rosilynn? Beautiful, touching show.

    2. I was flipping through the channels the other night -- was this the show where the host/guy from "Diners, Dives, etc." was on as a guest? If it was, that was scary. Small doses of either can be taken for 1 minute. Together and it's like a bad carnival ride.

      1. I recently saw one of her early shows before she became so big. I had forgotten she used to be half way decent. Now with this ‘party’ show of hers it’s like she’s trying too hard. Like someone previously said she’s become a bad character. She wants to be this big sassy southern mama belle with the witty double entendres. She comes across as more like something from Benny Hill.

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        1. re: Withnail42

          Yeah, I've posted about this before, Paula is disgusting on this show. She flirts with the young guys, shoves food in her/their mouths, does things that are, IMO, undignified for her. Seems all of the food is over-the-top, yes, things that you'd never make at home. It's pure carnival, to my mind -

          1. re: aurora50

            First of all let me make it clear that I absolutely LOVE Paula Deen, so if you aren't a fan, just skip this post. Yes she does go overboard during her Party show, flirts, sticks her fingers loaded with chocolate into young, or sometimes not so young, studmuffin's mouths, but, to me, it's a "party" show and she's just having a good time. That's the nature of the show. In contrast her behavior in her Cooking with Paula Deen show, is more sedate that it used to be. It seems in that show she holds some of her lovely southern charm in check and focuses mainly on the cooking. So I guess it's a give and take type thing. Her recent "Vacation with the Deens" show (when they went to some tropical island) was rather like the old Paula, all her lovely southern charm, and natural humor coming out. Again, I'm a big fan of hers, have eaten in her restaurant, made some of her recipes, so this is just my opinion.

            1. re: aurora50

              Paula. . ."does things that are, IMO, undignified for her."

              It's sad to watch so many talented, personable cooks/chefs/regular folks pander to FN and their ratings and merchandising machine.

              Is Nick Stellino's show still on somewhere?

          2. She's a huge drag no matter what show... though worst on this party show... bring back MARIO!!! at least he's a brilliant chef- what with rachel ray, the diners and dives guy (today he was making pepperoni lasagna on his cooking show- WOW- brilliant twist on a time honored recipe- not...), and those dean boys there is VERY LITTLE real cooking going on on the food channel. iron chef and good eats are the only thing worth watching any more (actually my wife loves Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, i find her snoozy but her foods tend to look delicious). but Paula Deen, not very classy... Julia Child would shudder watching this show...

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            1. re: frankbooth

              Frank hit it on the head about there being very little cooking on the Food Network. They need to look back and see what make them so successful. I miss Mario as well.

              The only show on there I really enjoy, besides Alton B, is "Ace of Cakes, " but that could easily be on A&E and I'd watch it there as well. Also Giadas show is decent, but that travel show is a snore.

              All of this is similar to how MTV quit showing music videos.

              1. re: RaleighRocker

                Oh I absolutely LOVE Ace of Cakes. LOL it reminds me of my misspent youth, as it seems the staff takes a toke or two in the back room and then goes out to make the cakes (humor intended) In fact I inquired about purchasing a cake from them for my husband's birthday last year. I knew the cake would be expensive and was prepared for that, however, what I was NOT prepared for was the fact that they do NOT ship cakes. They deliver at a cost of something like $125.00 per hour! Doing the math on delivery time from Maryland to Alabama, in addition to the cost of the cake, made the purchase prohibitive. But I still love to watch the show. Watched it last night when Duff was making his stepmom's cake (who appears to be about the same age as Duff) with his 6 year old half-brother's help. Now THAT was funny!

            2. Her Red Potato Salad recipe is fantastic...especially for folks who are looking for an alternative to a lot of mayo. I made it for my family and they just loved it. It's actually one of the few Paula recipes that is more "heart healthier" due to its creative use of olive oil instead of all that mayo.

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              1. re: egreene2003

                Sorry, but I don't think there's anything all that creative about using olive oil in potato salad...I think most of Europe and the mediterranean has been doing that roughly since the beginning of time. I can't speak about the recipe, of course, since I have not seen or tasted it.

                1. re: New_2_718

                  I agree that Europeans have been using olive (and other) oils for quite a while, but considering that the potato was introduced to Europe (in the 1500s, I think) and is a New World food of Andean and Chilean origin, I rather doubt they've been doing it since the beginning of time!

                2. re: egreene2003

                  The only real difference (health-wise) between olive oil and mayo is the addition of eggs, unless you're using miracle whip or some sort of oil alternative in your mayo. In fact, since mayo is aerated teaspoon to teaspoon mayo has fewer calories than the equivalent amount of oil. You can use olive oil in making your mayo making the comparison even less pronounced.

                  And yes, I do feel that Paula Deen is like a caricature now, with her constant use of y'all and awwwwllll (instead of oil) and 'budder'.