ATLANTA — Paula Deen is making a comeback and is ready to invite her fans back into her kitchen.
To promote the launch of her new online network, she’s going to be at the Woodruff Arts Center on Nov. 16.
Paula Deen Live! is her multi-city nationwide tour. The Southern chef and entertainer will host a 90-minute show featuring her favorite seasonal dishes, including new recipes.
“I am having the best time being on the road and meeting so many of my amazing fans during these shows,” said Deen.
Appen Media Group got an exclusive interview with Deen while she’s on the road.
Appen Media Group: What is one very Southern food you can’t stand?
Paula Deen: I’d have to say baked macaroni and cheese – don’t get me wrong, I like it alright, but I just don’t love it the way my family does. I love to make it and serve it, but I’m going to go with a baked potato any day of the week!
What is your favorite ethnic food?
Deen: It’s not a traditional Italian lasagna recipe, but the lasagna we serve at The Lady & Sons is one of my all-time favorite family recipes.
Besides butter, what is something you can’t live without?
Deen: I’ve always said that if I was stranded on a deserted island, the one food I would have to take with me is a potato! Mashed or baked, I love ’em just about any way you can fix ’em!
What is a kitchen staple?
Deen: I always have to have my House Seasoning in my kitchen. It’s a mixture of salt, black pepper and garlic powder and I use it on just about everything in my kitchen.
What’s your Achilles heel of cooking?
Deen: You know, I’m not the biggest fan of goat cheese, which is funny to me because I have a few goats at home!
Is there something you can’t get right?
Deen: I learned so much from my Grandmother [Irene] Paul in the kitchen, and try as I might, I can only one day hope that my recipes will be as good as hers.
What is something you like to eat when you get home from cooking all day, your guilty pleasure?
Deen: It might sound silly, but Michael and I love stuffed jalapeño peppers straight from our garden. We’ll seed them and stuff them with cream cheese, and then bake them off for a quick snack or when we’ve got unexpected guests.
Is there anything you didn’t talk about in your biography?
Deen: I certainly shared a lot about myself in that biography, and I’m so glad I did. But I almost feel like I need a whole other book now. So many exciting things have happened and my family has grown so much since then – there’s just so much more to share.
What can we look forward to seeing, if we go to your live Atlanta show?
Deen: Lots of fun, that’s for sure y’all! My fans can expect good food, good conversation and, most of all, a good time! We’ll be cooking up some of my tastiest dishes using delicious Springer Mountain Farms chicken, talking about food and family, playing games and even giving my fans an exclusive sneak peek of the shows that will be on my brand new digital lifestyle network, the Paula Deen Network, which launches Sept. 24.
What will your new network be like? What are you excited to show?
Deen: The Paula Deen Network is the first online network of its kind where I’ll be able to share my passion for cooking with all of my amazing fans! One thing that I think will excite my fans the most is that the Paula Deen Network is going to make finding my recipes, tips and shows, like game shows and behind-the-scenes bloopers, more convenient than ever. They’ll be able to access them all in one place – wherever and whenever they want. I can’t wait until the network launches!
What is the best kitchen tool you can give to somebody who’s just learning to cook?
Deen: Every good cook just starting out can really benefit from a stand mixer and a good old set of sharp knives. They’ll make your lives so much easier!
If you had to be stuck in an elevator with three celebrity chefs, who would you choose?
Deen: Do I have to choose just three? I may be a little biased, but it’d have to be a pretty large elevator. I would want to be stuck with my sons, Jamie and Bobby, and all of my grandbabies – who may be little, but they love getting in the kitchen to help me cook, too!
What is your favorite restaurant in Atlanta?
Deen: Whenever I’m in Atlanta, I love to stop at Houston’s for some ribs. If you have any suggestions, be sure to let me know!
For tickets, visit: Ticketmaster.
Editor's Note: The Aug. 26 show was postponed to Sunday, Nov. 16.