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Oct 27, 2010 09:50 PM

Paual Deen to be Grand Marshall of the Rose Parade???

Interesting, to say the least.

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  1. Well, I suppose I can go to the kitchen for more coffee when she passes by the cameras. If she got a kickback from all of the cardiologists she keeps in business in this country alone, she could not only buy the Rose Bowl, she could buy the whole city of Pasadena!

    1. WOW ! NO KIDDING?! FOR REAL?! THAT'S AMAZING! I had NO idea they were still running that parade. You'd think after over 100 years people would've had their fill of the whole flowers on floats thing. I really need to keep up more. Maybe I should start w/ "How the heck exactly does Paual Deen grand marshalling the RoseParade affect my or anyone's life in any way shape or form ?"

      Actually the most interesting thing about this (and my use of "interesting" is as hyperbole) was Jonathan Gold's reaction : " "Paula Deen? That's absolutely horrifying, Julia Child grew up on Pasadena Avenue, just a few blocks from the start of the parade, and practically everything Ms. Deen has done both exploits and despoils the culinary movement Child did so much to prod into being. As a food person and as a Pasadenan, I should be proud that the committee is honoring somebody in my profession, but the news makes me cringe."
      The interesting part to me is finding out Gold is a fellow Pasadenan, Pasadenian? Pasadenman?

      Now excuse my while I go off to make a batch of Paula's famous chicken fried butter. Mmmm butter. Mmmm fried. Mmmm fried chicken.

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      1. re: ilikefood

        I somehow doubt that Paula Deen gives a rat's ass what Jonathan Gold thinks.


        Yes. Her life story fits the theme of the parade

        Where was all this criticism when Emeril was Grand Marshal for 2008?

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        1. re: Cathy

          Emeril has NOT been the moving force behind Clogged Arteries of America! In casw you hadn't noticed.

        2. Hoping to see her straddling an enormous fried chicken leg float. Besides, who watches the parade these days?

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          1. re: Kagemusha

            My husband and I volunteer to decorate floats with the Petal Pushers each year. It will be the 122nd parade and 97th Rose Bowl football game.

            It is New Year.

            Floats and theme were determined in February. Grand Marshal was just chosen.

          2. Personally I don't understand all of the Paula Deen bashing. Come on people while she does like foods that tend to be on the rich side, you do not have to eat that way every meal. I for one watch her show, subscribe to her magazine and have her cookbooks; but do I cook from them daily? No. However if I really want to hear my guests let out a nice loud YUM after eating something I have prepared all I have to do is pull out one of her recipes. I am not too proud or health conscious to say that I love home-style cooking.

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              1. re: swamp

                Personally, I have nothing against Paual -- in fact, I quite like her both as a person and as TV cooking personality. I wouldn't enjoy lots of the foods she prepares, but I can certainly appreciate their place in the culinary universe.

                That said, I just find her an odd choice for the Grand Marshall of the Rose Parade. She really has very little -- if any -- connection to Southern Cal, or even California.

                Yes, the obstacles she's overcome in her life make her suitable for the theme of next year's parade ("Building Dreams") but there are quite a few Californians who could also be the Grand Marshall under that thematic umbrella ...

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Being a Californian has nothing to do with being Grand Marshal.


                  Heck, the Grand Marshal doesn't even have to be a human. (1940, 1996, 2005)

                  1. re: Cathy

                    "Heck, the Grand Marshal doesn't even have to be a human. (1940, 1996, 2005)"

                    Well, then they made a perfect choice.