Plan the Perfect Backyard BBQ

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By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Do you have a special person graduating in your life this year? Then you know that feeling of pride swelling in your heart when you see them float across the stage in their black robe and cap. In that moment, you’re thinking about the many years that it’s taken to get them to this point, and then you smile thinking about what wonderful possibilities the future holds for them.

Graduations are a special time when family and friends can come together and share the memories that have all amounted into the beginning of the next chapter of life for that person. Whether your graduate is moving on from Pre-K, high school, or college, we know that you want to make this an occasion to remember. We’ve got some great ideas to share on how you can turn your graduation celebration into a summertime family celebration that you’ll want to keep in the scrapbooks for years to come!

Take it out back.
Get everyone outside in the backyard. After all, the back yard is where your graduate spent hours playing hide ‘n go seek, or building sand castles in a sandbox, or playing ball with Dad. Why not invite your family and friends for a BBQ in the backyard to bring everyone together in celebration. Here are some of our suggestions:
The Deen Bros. BBQ Chicken
Grilled Tilapia with Peach BBQ Sauce
Texas Pork Ribs
Beer-in-the-Rear Chicken

Make it personal.
Details matter, and we know that you’re going to want to make this occasion as personal as you can. Go the extra mile with monogrammed napkins, for example. Or, keep it simple with these sweet and easy monogrammed sugar cookies. Let your imagination run wild with your icing possibilities!

Keep it simple.
If the BBQ is going to be your main event, then keep the rest of the food simple and light with finger foods and other party pleasers. Not only will this lighten the load in your kitchen, but your guests will also appreciate the ease of being to eat and mingle with each other. For example, an assorted veggie or cracker tray with one these dips will be a hit:
Shore is Good Seafood Dip
Creamy Scallion Dip
Crispy French Fries with Mayonnaise Dip
Warm Turnip Green Dip
Lightening Fast White Bean Dip

Congratulations to all of your graduates!!

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Beautiful graduation picture of you Paula.....

By nanette saffell on March 17, 2014

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HEY PAULA! You look like princess leia from Star Wars. May the force be with you always. Love ya! Shelia

By shelia key on May 21, 2012

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Thanks Paula your idea for the Bbq sounds great I have a Granddaughter Graduateing this year and I have a great grand daugter that won the young auther award so this will be a great way to have both here .

By anna lewis on May 16, 2012

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Paula, I have been looking for your Whiskey Steak Sauce in the stores around here and have been unable to find it. The last time I bought some we got it from Wal-mart but have not been able to find it there any more. Do you still make it. If so, please tell me where I can purchase it. Thanks

By Bob Bradsher on May 14, 2012

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I LOVE this picture of you. Gorgeous then, and even more gorgeous now. Bless you!

By Mark on June 23, 2011

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MY DEAR PAULA HI!!! I SEE YOU EVERY DAY AND I LOVE THE WAY U COOK AND LAUGH, I WOULD LIKE U INCLUDE TIPYCAL FOOD OF MY COUNTRY....DO U KNOW WHERE IS IT?? WE ARE AFTER MEXICO IN CENTRAL AMERICA, WE HAVE AN EXQUISITE FOOD HERE, MY CONTRY IS SMALL BUT VERY RICH IN TRADITIONS AND OUR PEOPLE IS SO KINDNESS AND GENTLE, WE HAVE PRE-COLOMBIN FOOD AND OUR INFLUENCE IS SPANISH...FROM SPAIN I MEAN, SO...I WOULD LIKE TO COOK WITH U SOME DAY, BY THE WAY...I WILL WATCHING YOU BY TV. IN FOODNETWORK CHANNEL..GOOD BLESS U SO MUCH AND BLESS YOU ALL...FROM THE COUNTRY OF ETHERNAL SPRING...VICTORIA GONZALEZ...

By VIKY GONZALEZ on June 04, 2011

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Paula, Just wanted to let you know that I have often seen your line in the frozen section of my grocery. This morning when I made a quick run, some of your items were marked on special, so I grabbed a 'Tilapia with Rice and Crab Stuffing' thinking "it looks good and it's Paula Deen, but it's still a frozen entree". Well.....it didn't look all that great coming out of the microwave, but what a surprise when I took the first bite. Without a doubt the best frozen entree I have ever had! I must take my hat off to you for an entree that actually tastes as good as something you might order out fresh! The steam packaging really works! You have a new fan, and I'll be visiting 'The Lady and Sons' soon as my daughter begins attending Savannah College of Art & Design this Fall! Christina

By Christina Atkins on June 03, 2011

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Hello Paula first off i would love to tell you that my mother loves your show but i have different feeling for it due to i am not a big fish or seafood lover but your recipes are great to make i am emailing you to ask you if you could make a party date for some national guards men and women in December and you don't even have to cook this time (Ha Ha) we would all love to see you and if you want you could use it on your show

By Ralph Shaw on May 25, 2011

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Paula I love to cook and I love you girl. You make cooking fun and I always feel so happy when I watch you cooking and baking.Thank you for bringing so much joy and happiness & great recipes into people's lives.Sincerely, Cindy Bene'

By Anonymous on May 25, 2011

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You look so different with the brown hair, had to look hard to see it is you in the cap and gown. Tried to come to your restaurant a few years back when I visited Savannah so disappointed when I couldn't get in. Also, such a beautiful city... Love y'all and love to watch your shows Rose Cleveland

By Rose Cleveland on May 25, 2011

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If that's your graduation picture, you sure have gotten better with age. You were pretty then but prettier now. Sorta looks like Princess Lia (or Lea) Can't remember which. smile LU

By Dinah Clark on May 24, 2011

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Paula, You look amazing in your grad photo!!!!! Beautiful. Love ya.

By Judy on May 24, 2011

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By Tammy Day on May 19, 2011

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dear mrs. plaula dean i have been waching your show since I was three I am nine now and love your mac and chese so much that I make it when ever I can. you insprered me to cook so I now have my own world famous grocamoli recipe if you send me a email I will tell you the story bhind it.

By ellison pitchford on May 19, 2011

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Paula! Is that orange and green I see on that tassel? I'm an Albany High alumni as well. Class of 1997! You have always been an inspiration of mine. Keep up the positivity!

By LaKeya Barner on May 19, 2011

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Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You Mary Ann
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I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
Melissa in Taste Testing 101 on August 13, 2014 at 8:36 am

Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
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