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Jan 28, 2012 03:08 PM

Not my Mama's Meals.... Bobby Deen's answer to his mom Paula's foodways.

(Note: we corrected the spelling in the thread title to make it more easily found in searches. -- The Chowhound Team)

Ch'ers. Wow. I am AMAZED that in this week with all of this vitriol toward moma Dean (the confession, the drug contract, the cheeseburger photo, etc.) NO ONE has taken the time to post about the clear direction the Dean clan is taking...

Not My Moma's Meals...

I have seen two episodes so far. I almost never catch PD's show (not my style, not my calorie level, etc. all hashed ad nauseum on this site), but watched this particularly due to all the flap.

I will say, he is a bit wooden in front of the camera, and meh, the food seems like it could really use some salt, seasonings, etc. but I admire the effort. Baked not fried pies. Greek yogurt in place of mayo to re-hab a pimenteo cheese sandwich...

The MOST interesting part, to me, is that his mom shows up in cameo at the begining/end, and the second show I saw - in person, and Paula seems very natural, and VERY skeptical of the taste changes he is making, then, she is at least on camera, won over at the changes in the recipe profiles.

I know this is SO timed to arrive on camera deep in the midst of all this contraversy, but should'nt we all here ADRESS this attempt at redemption and change on her family's part?
Perhaps she is really trying to turn the tiller of a very large boat, and it takes some time? Maybe, like many, she is so entrenched in 'the world she created' that it has been hard for her to imagine/ re-imagine all those recipes with saturated fat and sugar or stop eating them - oh, pushing them too?

Not sayin' that she is any kind of saint ( in fact, a very, very savvy marketing person with that titanic of endorsements at her stern), but seems to me that this show and what it says - or doesn't - should be a topic maybe of more value than that TMZ cheeseburger photo.
Just sayin'.

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    1. I hope you won't mind (all) that I nearly ran coffee threw my noise reading all the corrective actions.

      gingers, like you I did catch the episode where Greek yogurt was sub'd and I thought the mother/son vibe was sweet but I don't believe this show has legs. Before the contro over PD's health or after it. I would only expect Paula to praise the recipes lightened during the show or give faint hearted meh...afterall supporting her family is her #1 priority; always has been. But I will also cop to the fact that FN shows, including new offerings like this, just don't do it for me anymore. I've lost faith in the FN brand.

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      1. re: HillJ

        Thank you HillJ; my latte was already through my nose at all the corrections... laugh till you cry?

        Agree the show does not have legs, tho it was clear that they were clearly trying to make out Momma (NW spelling!), Deen as a neophite on lightened recipes. Time will tell if her ' what?" attitude bears any credibility.

        FN is not a very interesting brand these days, but, clearly, it makes for CH threads!

        Thanks for your humor - of a true sort, HillJ!

        1. re: gingershelley

          Tyou! Do you ever catch any of the Cooking Channel shows? I haven't had as much time lately so I'm probably behind the current times..but when it first launched I enjoyed the Canadian shows that featured some modern men in the kitchen. David Rocco, Bill and Chuck. Although CC is associated with FN just having new faces (at least to American home viewers) was just so wonderful a change up from the same ole FN faces.

        2. re: HillJ

          Faith in the FN brand? That explains why some people are so upset. FN has become a religion. Or is healthy eating the religion?

          It explains the use of terms like hypocrisy and credibility. No wonder I don't understand why people are so upset with Paula's delayed revelation and lack of true repentance. I've been too dispassionate, looking at this as entertainment based on cooking.

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              1. i personally kinda like the idea of the show. mostly because im a health nut and its the kind of cooking that i do (aka taking these fatty recipes and making them healthier). he makes it pretty easy on himself to cut the cals and fat in half though by picking recipes that are already mega-over-the-top, which i think is kinda frustrating. plus, on the last episode, he lightened his chili dog by using a custom grinded and stuffed dog that he got to request from the butcher behind the counter. if we all had that ability, im sure we would do that too!

                i wouldnt mind meeting the girl from the butcher shop though. talk about attractive....

                but anyways!

                also, it was kinda weird how flirtatious he and daphne oz were

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                1. re: mattstolz

                  Yeah, I noticed that flirting... they were practically throwing themselves at each other.... pretty awkward to watch. The innuendo and what not is what initially made me NEVER want to watch that show with the Neely's (among other things) and I'm no prude, for sure.

                  1. re: kubasd

                    im glad someone else noticed it. doesnt help knowing that she is married. and dont even get me started on the neelys. that show just grosses me out.