Coin Toss Cookin’

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By Paula Deen

Ready . . . set . . . HIKE! Or HUT! Or something like that. The point is y’all, Super Bowl Sunday is upon us and whether you’re a football fan or just lookin’ for an excuse to throw a party, it’s time to get ready.

Y’all may not believe it, but I’m a fan of game day. Tossing that coin for the Rose Bowl was just about the most exciting thing I’ve ever done. Course, I have no axe to grind when it comes to choosin’ sides, but I get involved all the same. And I especially like this game-day cookin’ because everybody likes it cozy and casual. They want it that way. Nobody wants a fancy-schmancy table setting. Hardcore football fans won’t lift their behinds off the sofa and walk five steps if it means they might miss a single play. It’s a hostess’s dream, really. If it can’t be served in a bowl and set within reach, it’s gonna go to waste. And nobody wants to bother with keepin’ track of a fork for hours on end. Fingers work best in this kind of situation and you never have to worry about misplacing them (you high-society folks can opt for disposable toothpicks). Remember, I raised two boys. Half the time, the food doesn’t even get to their mouths. Jamie will sit frozen, holding a tortilla chip with a heap of my South Georgia Caviar right near his mouth, waiting for a play to end. If it ends in his favor, the chip (and dip) goes flying. As long as I keep a stack of napkins handy, my sofa and I just may survive another Super Bowl.

If your house is like mine, half the family prepares for the big game by making bets and the other half is making dip. Every kind imaginable. And the more variety the better because I like a little something for everyone. No one wants to spend four hours eating plain ol’ chips and salsa. Worse yet, if your idea of an appetizer is cheese puffs and pre-sliced salami, y’all need to think outside the plastic container. Serve up a big pot of soup, some easy appetizers, and any number of my favorite dips. With little-to-no effort, your guests will think they ate a five-course meal and you’ll earn you some high-fives of your own.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I do get into the game. I get in on the betting pools (I choose my team by the color of their jersey) and that ol’ high school cheerleader in me can’t help but break into a cheer when things get exciting. And just when I think I got this football thing figured out, Bobby informs me that those boys are just runnin’ to the locker room for halftime. It’s just as well, really, because the halftime show is my favorite part. That’s when us girls push the boys off the sofa and keep our eyes pealed for wardrobe malfunctions. This year, when the Black Eyed Peas perform, I’m planning on doing my own little “Boom Boom Pow” just to show ‘em that this ol’ cheerleader still has some shake in her.

The Super Bowl is an American tradition and it’s always been one that my family celebrates together. We huddle around the TV yelling and screaming, eating and drinking ourselves silly. And there’s laughter. Lots of laughter. I may not be able to tell you with certainty what teams are playing and the next day I’m bound to ask, “Who was it that won again?” But for me the game is really beside the point. The point is that we’re together being a little bit loud and a little bit crazy. I say, “Game on.”

Game Day Dips:
Shore is Good Seafood Dip
Hot Spinach-Artichoke Dip
Avocado Goat Cheese Dip
Curry Dip
Three Cheese Hot Artichoke Dip
Spicy Refried Bean Dip
Lightening Fast White Bean Dip
Warm Turnip Green Dip
Chili Con Cueso Dip

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Paula, my thoughts and prayers are with you now more than ever. Love you Lots Deborah

By Deborah Dougherty on March 11, 2012


Paula, My husband and I have been fans since you started on TV. I have all of your books and cookbooks. We really enjoy trying out new recipes and ideas. Your magazine is great too. So inspiring! Thank you for your smile, ideas and sharing your family with everyone.

By Julie on February 04, 2012


Hello Paula.Just wanted you to know how much I enjoy watching your show,and you've taught me many fun,useful recipes that are wonderful. But most of all,your positive personality is so uplifting and fun. The world is a better place because of yall smile thankyou. Sally Sterling

By sally sterling on February 20, 2011


You look stunning in your wrap! Love it! Come on up to Saratoga this summer and see the oldest horse racing track in the country! Would love to meet you! We have a whole lot of great restaurants up in this part of the country, come on up and see us in upstate NEW YORK! It's the August Place To Be!

By Lynn on February 06, 2011


Ms. Paula, Every thing you cook and do is the best! You make doing thing and cooking so nice, and joyful. You have been just Great! I have all your bake ware and I can get you on TV 3 times a day and I have your cook books and I have you on tapes,Most of all I cant wait to see you in person. If the Packers win we will have to celb. Some ware. Love the Packers !!!!!! and thank you for asking!! Nancy.

By Nancy and Dick on February 06, 2011


i love all off paula cooking

By melissa provda on February 06, 2011


Paula, Would you PLEASE tell me where you got the beautiful black and white shaw you had on for the Rose Bowl Parade and the coin toss? Love it! Thanks, Suzanne

By Suzanne Harrington on February 02, 2011


Dear, Paula Deen 1 am 11 years old turning 12 on february 13th. I love to cook. I especially love going too grandmas in the summer when theres no school and watching your program. My grandma has all your pans even your knives and spatula! its funny because everymorning i spend the night she makes me waffles or pancakes so on weekends when i dont have school i some times return the favor. So when she wakes up i have breakfast for her. so she always says "did you remember to use paula". and everytime i say yes. so there is my comment for you. Dearest, Dylan Cole

By Dylan Cole on February 02, 2011


Hi ,I love the Paula Deen cooking shows. I think I've watched all of them at least once. And now that I'm going through cancer I watch a lot more. Paula inspired me to go back to college and get a degree to be a chef. well after four years of going to night college I've had to quit college for now and my job to. But I need mouth friendly recipes cause my mouth gets really sore. I've been through Radation for a Brain mass now I'm going to start Chemo for the lung cancer and adrenal gland cancer. I'm 55 years old and I love good food but it has to be mouth friendly for now. And I love sea food. so if you have any recipes please send to me. Thank you Sandra Todd

By sandie on February 01, 2011


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hi! wink i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above? thanks! wink sandra
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Hi Bubbles, You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition. Blessings and Happy Easter!!
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