Second Helpings

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Second Helpings

By Paula Deen

To some, this wonderful woman may need no introduction. However, in case you aren’t familiar, I would love for y’all to meet my beautiful Cousin Johnnie. She is absolutely one of the kindest, and most loving women I know- and a pretty darn good cook too, if I must say so myself! You see, my Cousin Johnnie is practically like a sister to me. I remember growing up with her in my younger years in Georgia, running around and just having a good ol’ time like two young girls should. In fact, I remember teaching Johnnie how to shave her legs for the first time!

Well, now she’s teaching me a thing or two in the kitchen! You may already know about her bakery, Gabriel’s, up in Marietta, Georgia, but now I am just tickled to tell you about Johnnie’s new cookbook, Second Helpings. Oh, y’all! It’s such a beautiful cookbook, and I’m swelling with pride just thinking about all of the fabulous- and down right delicious- recipes my cousin is sharing. Why, I just heard through the grapevine the other day that the book is already on its second printing from publishers Thomas Nelson on account of so many copies being sold during its pre-release! Now that’s good cooking!

I tell y’all what: the title, Second Helpings, says it all. Each of the recipes in Johnnie’s new cookbook will not go unnoticed by your family and friends. They’ll keep comin’ back for second (and third and forth!) helpings until their plates are squeaky clean, and your dishes are empty. The pages of the book are absolutely breathtaking; they almost read just like a novel. My dear friend, and trusted Culinary Producer, Libbie Summers and exquisite photographer Ron Manville have truly created works of delicious art, and captured them in Johnnie’s cookbook.

Don’t take my word for it though, because I could just keep going on and on for decades about Johnnie’s newest labor of love. Why don’t y’all try a few of her recipes for yourselves? I’m honored to be able to offer a few of them on my website, like her famous Red Velvet Whoopee Pies. And of course, her Tempura Fried Okra is just simply to die for! And true to our upbringing, Johnnie uses loads of Southern love in all of her cookin’. Oh, I do hope you’ll run out and try Second Helpings and let yourselves fall in love with it just as I have; I just know that this cookbook will be a permanent fixture in your recipe files.

More of Cousin Johnnie’s fabulous recipes for you to try!
Red Velvet Whoopee Pies
Tempura Fried Okra
Caramel Apple Cheescake
White Sangria with Peaches
Pumpkin Rum Pie

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Reader Comments:

Paula’s receipes are so easy to make and absolutely delicious. My grandchildren love making paula’s desserts with me, monkey bread and bijou banana pudding have brought my family together in the kitchen.  Thankyou paula.

By Launa Baugher on October 11, 2010

Y’all should check out Johnnie’s Facebook page, too.  I just “liked” it.  Good stuff there!

By Jason on October 11, 2010

hi Paula love your cousin Johnnie’s first cookbook can not wait to get here second.  I do have just one question. I have made this red velvet whoopee pie recipe twice from your new The Deen Family Cookbook but the batter seems to be very thin and spreads out on the cookie sheet and does not rise like the picture in your cookbook or the picture with this recipe.  I checked this recipe with your cookbook and it is the same.  Am I doing something wrong?  I am an avid baker and bake all types of desserts and can not figure the problem.  Could you pleas let me know thanks I have all of your cookbooks and love them and make gooey butter bars for all of the parties i attend.  Thanks for your help and I will look for your reply

By jim glaser on October 10, 2010

i want to wedge season and roll n olive oil sweet potatoes and put on the grill would like to know what kind of seasoning would b good and would like to know what else i could make with it for the grill including what meat thank u

By jeanette schaad on October 08, 2010

Hi, I love the cheese cake, however, my daughter can not have anything with orange in it. What can i use instead of orange juice that would make this as good? thank you for all for your help and input. Have a blessed day.

By suzannah on October 07, 2010

When does Johnny’s cookbook become available?

By Sandy Smith on October 06, 2010


By MR TRACY HOWARD SAVAGE on October 06, 2010

Hi folks, sorry for the delay in getting the Okra recipe up, but it’s here now. Thanks for letting us know.

By Phil P on October 06, 2010

I wanted to try Cousin Johnnie’s Tempura Fried Oakra, but the page was blank.
How can I get the recipe?


By Betty Jean Morris on October 05, 2010

Hey ya’ll you forgot the link to the okra and red velvet whoopee pie.. yumm.. i click and get blank… I just love LOVE the newslletter and I have to share it always!
Thanks for all the hard work! I appreciate it!

By Kathi Brill on October 05, 2010

I love Paula Deen. She can make anything sound good and easy to make.This article makes you want to run out and buy the book.It’s friendly,homey and everything Paula seems to stand for. Being southern born,the recipes are home cooking for my family and I.Thank-you Paula.

By Cristi Wolfe on October 05, 2010

I can’t seem to preview the Tempura Fried Okra - that one might be enough reason for me to want the cookbook!

OOPS - did not type message in first submission.

By Glenda Garrett on October 05, 2010

Can’t pull up recipe for Tempura okra—-a blank page.  Tried 2 0r 3 times

By carolyn lawless on October 05, 2010

I was disappointed that the link to the tempura fried okra didn’t work.

By Gail on October 05, 2010

Hos much is the new cookbook by your cousin?

By LINDA NORSWORTHY on October 05, 2010

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