My Evening at Paula Deen Live

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live sign with date I was invited  to attend Paula Deen Live, the first of two shows held over the past weekend in Pigeon Forge, TN.  It was a very successful comeback judging from the size of the crowd and the reception shown by the audience.   Lot’s of “We Love You Paula” could be heard. meet & greet marked The evening began with 200 people attending a Meet & Greet with appetizers, wine, and of course sweet tea.  One of the dishes which everyone wanted seconds on was her Shore is Good Seafood Dip.    dip marked I had the pleasure of taking a Seafood Class with Paula in Savannah 10 years ago.  At the time, these were very small affairs compared to her shows and classes now.  In this class, one of the recipes featured was for this dip. Here’s the recipe for you to try at home.  Shore is Good Seafood Dip.  Other items included Fried Chicken and Chicken Pot Pie which were made with Springer Mountain Farms Chicken, a sponsor of these Live shows.  Did you know Springer Mountain Farms was the first poultry company in the world to be American Humane Certified by the American Human Association?   

A large dessert table completed the menu.  

Michael came out and posed for pictures with the crowd and talked with everyone before Paula made her first appearance.  He is such a kind and friendly, true Southern Gentlemen, who just happens to look a bit like Santa. pauladeenlivetour_june212014-317-101 During the meet & greet, we all had the opportunity of meeting Paula & Michael, getting autographs, and a professional photo.  Both truly took time to speak to each of us.  I had taken my recipe booklet and apron which I had received in my cooking class from 10 years ago.  Paula got a kick out of it and talked about how far they had come.  Theresa, a director with Paula Deen Live, remembered making those booklets.  She was kind enough to also pose for a picture with me. Theresa marked All attendees received a swag bag full of goodies including a book, a magazine, cake or biscuit mix, BBQ sauce and seasoning mix.  I think biscuits will be on the menu for breakfast tomorrow. After the meet & greet, the Live Show began with a 3 piece group, Seth & The Moody Melix.  They provided a mini concert and also helped to provide a little humor during the show.  Bantering between Paula, Michael, the band, and even the audience was mixed in with food demonstrations.  Gordon Elliott, producer of her Food Network shows stood on the sideline during the whole show.  “If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t be standing here. I thank y’all for loving me,” she said.  Through lots of laughter and tears, she was back to herself onstage in no time. Below you will find a few of the recipes they prepared on stage. collage on stage marked A few audience members were called up on stage to help with recipes and also for a little game of who knows Paula best.  Do you know who Paula’s celebrity crush is?  Blake Shelton.  He had appeared on one of her shows way back before he was well known.   108 109 Some of the highlights included a video on how and why The Bag Lady started, how Paula & Micheal met, a tour of their Savannah home, and a clip of her new Paula Deen Network.  A few outtakes from previous shows added a lighthearted humor to the evening.   network sign marked This new network, which will debut in the fall, will be available on the Iphone, Ipad, or computer.    Sign up here for the newsletter to be the first to know and receive offers about the Paula Deen Network.   107 Live Shows scheduled include:

August 6 – San Antonio, TX

August 8 & 15 – Savannah, GA

August 26 – Atlanta, GA

August 27 – Nashville, TN

September 16 – Birmingham, AL

September 18 – Jacksonville, FL

For complete details and ticket information, www.pauladeen.com/schedule I hope you try these recipes as featured during the Live Show.

Peach Trifle

A refreshing summer recipe


  • 1 poundcake, cut into chunks
  • Vanilla Custard
  • 2 pounds frozen, sliced peaches, thawed
  • Fresh Whipped Cream
  • Mint, to garnish
  • ½ pound 2 sticks butter
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 cups AP flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
  • Cream the butter and sugar together, add the sour cream.
  • Sift flour and baking soda together.
  • Add to creamed mixture, alternately with eggs, one at a time, beating after each.
  • Add vanilla. Pour into a greased and floured tube pan and bake for 1 hour 20 minutes.
  • VANILLA CUSTARD - below is a doubled recipe, Paula wants it to be doubled for trifle
  • 11/2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup A.P. flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 stick butter
  • Mix together the sugar and flour and slowly add milk.
  • This should be cooked on top of a double boiler, but you can cook over low to medium heat, stirring constantly until it thickens.
  • Do not leave it unattended.
  • Slightly beat yolks and temper with a small amount of the hot custard; stir well.
  • Add egg mixture to custard pot and cook 2 minutes.
  • Remove from from heat, add vanilla and butter. Let cool.
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla or almond extract
  • Add 2 cups heavy cream to a chilled large bowl along with ¼ cup confectioner’s sugar and vanilla. Beat with hand mixer until thickened and soft peaks appear.
  • Add one third of the poundcake to the bottom of the trifle dish.
  • Next add a layer of cooled custard, a layer of sliced peaches,
  • then a layer of whipped cream. Repeat the layers two more times.
  • Finish the top with the last spoonfuls of whipped cream and a pile of sliced peaches in the center. Garnish with mint.
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  1. Great stories…I have loved Paula Deen since her first show aired way back when! I agree I think she was done dirty , but they cant keep a good woman down! She had a special cooking class back in December 2013 for about 50 people at the house she used to shoot her show from and I was honored to attend it. I have also been to a few other events of hers like her launch of the new network party and her official launch party at her current home. It’s so amazing to have had these opportunities and I know you understand and have shared in these same moments with her too! Great blog and I look forward to reading more and learning all about you!

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