Saturday Mornings…in Color!

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By Michelle White

Saturday morning.

One of my favorite things to do on a gloomy weekend is go to the beach. Most people run to the beach on a sunny, bright day - the beach gets crowded, hot, bright, loud (which are pretty much things I enjoy at the beach when I’m looking for some sun) but on a cold, overcast day it’s interesting how different the tone is.

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I take my camera, jump in the car, and make my way down to the coast. I usually stop any place that jumps out at me along the way. I love stopping by a farmers market unexpectedly. That’s a funny thing about gloomy days, unlike sunny days, I never feel this urge that I HAVE to get a list of things done. It’s like I have a free pass to ease on through the weekend.

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One thing that is so great about a farmers market is the colors of the veggies and fruits. They usually look so great in their raw state. So much prettier than the grocery stores. Red onions with much of their dead skin stripped, baskets of fresh grain breads, fresh raspberries and black berries in their bright containers, fresh fava beans, beautiful green celery bunches, Chinese radish with all it’s curly roots. I love how the colors can be so bright, yet so earthy and organic.

I love finding color inspiration in food. It’s funny, we take a lot of our “style” inspiration for Paula Deen from Savannah - inspired by the colors of the historic homes, the lush Live Oak trees covered in Spanish Moss, the marsh grass that decorates our city, and the rich ironwork you see everywhere. But we are also a company built on food, so I love getting inspiration directly from the source. When we are designing products for the kitchen or the table, food is great resource.

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I’m also a sucker for presentation. Presentation let’s you know how much people care about what they are showing you. At a farmers market the people selling goods are usually so proud of their product they display it so neatly. Here are people who I’m guessing haven’t been trained on presentation, but they have incredible pride and love for what they do. It’s not often that you see produce displayed better at a large chain grocery than a booth at a farmers’ market.

A gloomy Saturday is a great time to find all the little pleasures that you enjoy… and let them inspire you!

Michelle White, Creative Director for the Paula Deen brand and originally from New Orleans, found her way to Savannah (and Paula Deen) by the charm of this beautiful city. Now living in Los Angeles, Michelle oversees product development and branding for Paula Deen. From packaging to photoshoots to cookware to kitchen towels her work is building a unified “Paula” image across all mediums. Michelle loves the ‘out of the box’ beauty in things.
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I JUST HARD THAT YOU HAVE DIABETERS .I LOVE YOUR SHOW AND WATCH EVERYDAY I THINK YOUR HEALTH PROBLEMS ARE ON ONE BUSINESS AND EVERY ONE SHOULD KNOW WHAT THEY CAN EAT OR NOT , IHAVE MADE SOME YOUR RECIPES BUT CHANGED THEN TO MAKE HEALTHER AND I ONLY COOK ORGINIC FOOD , I WISH THE OF HEALTH AND HOPE THAT SHOW IS AROUND FOR A LONG TIME . YOU A BUITFUL LADY .GOOD LUCK

By fila storrs on January 19, 2012

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My family loves you Paula. Watching Bobbie's new show at this moment. Wishing him well. God bless you and fam. Don't pay the player haters any mind. Mom and nem new how to cooking. Now we eat in moderation.

By janet on January 18, 2012

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I Have enjoy your cooking for years,you keep doing your thing ,nobody does it better. We are responsible for ourselves,paula deed is not. keep on cooking girl,people always talking about something.God bless you.

By bennettannlee@yahoo.com on January 18, 2012

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PAULA, I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A FAN OF YOURS UNTIL I HEARD THAT YOU HAVE HIDDEN DIABETES FOR 3 YEARS. EVEN THOUGH YOU WERE AWARE OF THE DAMAGE PROMOTED BY YOUR FAT,BUTTER AND SUGAR LADEN RECIPES,YOU NEVER TRIED TO CHANGE YOUR RECIPES TO HEALTHIER LEVELS. WHY HAVE YOU NOT APOLOGIZED TO YOUR FANS FOR DELIBERATELY DECEIVING THEM WITH THIS UNHEALTHY DIET? I TOO HAVE HEALTH ISSUES- I HAD A HEART ATTACK 10 YEARS AGO AND I STOPPED SMOKING AND NOW PROMOTE HEALTHY EATING FOR MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS. AN APOLOGY WOULD BE NICE.

By bobby on January 18, 2012

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To listen to some of these critics you would think you were responsible for DM all by yourself. That is like saying every pound anyone ate after going to Pizza Hut was their fault.When will peopole in the USA begin accepting responsibility for anything?????? Continue doing what you were called to do say this is the way it was done but there are other ways you can do it if you would like. No one MAKES them do anything. Do not feel guilty for being a spokesperson for a pharmaceutical company or a HAM company! Love and best DISHES!

By lindapyle on January 18, 2012

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I have had diabetis for 20 years. You keep cooking the way you always have. and like you say it's up to the person to eat with moderation. I lost my job a year ago, and there went my health insurance. Now I'm doing what I can. Yes i'm over weight, and I drink beer, I'm 64 years old.

By yolanda torres on January 18, 2012

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Paula, I have always enjoyed your entertainment and will continue to do so! Some people who have written negative comments about your decision just don't want to take responsibility for their own decisions. Come on "sweeties", common sense tells you not to eat that way all the time. Just because they advertise beer and alcohol on TV in papers, and in groceries - do I have to use it......just because I watch a movie that is about a murder do I go out and do it - H E L L O.....it's called common sense..... Enough voice for the negatives..... I have made several of your recipes - it's called a special treat and a fun thing to do. Good Luck and Diabetes just got one of the best spokespersons in the world. I'm sorry you have diabetes - but your influence will bring a great deal of attention to this disease. Novo Nordisk is a top notch company - leading the way with diabetes. My son Jason is a representative for this company and is very proud of his company and you being a spokesperson for them. Your fans will be there for you as you give them so much in life with your laughter and smile. I'm one of your fans and love your southern charm, smile, laughter and the fun you have on the show, you have a way that cheers people up and brightens their day. Thank you Paula! Sincerely Cheryl "The Card Lady" PS If you are in town for The Savannah Southern Women's Show, would love to extend an invitation to you to stop by my booth so that I can share my thoughts in person, and for you to see the most unique, beautiful cards! It is Phoenix Trading "The Card Lady". Have a blessed day, as you are a blessing to many people. Thanks for the many smiles and laughs you give me!

By Cheryl on January 18, 2012

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Paula, I simply don't care what people are saying......we love your cooking..If they don't like it..change the channel....eat one of the health food channels...I Don't get it! Don't whatch the show...don't cook it! If I didn't like Chinese I wouldn't watch Ming Sai...Don't change...Let them put on their Granny pants and blame someone else.....tg

By Terry Giboney on January 18, 2012

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Paula-sorry you have been diagnosed w/type 2 diabetes which is associated with over-weight and over-eating but this is such a good wake-up for you! Congrats on changing your diet. My husband and I have enjoyed your show due to your personality but your recipes have always been disgusting to us and a turn-off due to the amt of butter,fat, sugar, etc you include so we stopped watching you and I would never have considered buying one of your cookbooks!!! Sorry, but true. ?what audience were you aiming for? Glad you are back-peddling to correct all the horrible food/recipes you were recommending to an already very obese America!

By anne clark on January 17, 2012

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I had my first experience of seeing Paula Deen one of her TV shows when I was vacationing in the States. I loved her from the first Southern drawl. I Was in the Air Force and spent alot of time traveling in LA, MS, AK and AL, GA and Fl. I am a home taught cook from my Mother and Paula's style was right up my alley. I have purchased a couple of her magazines and really like the Southern flair. Keep up the good work and bubbly charm, it is wonderful.

By Larry Ludlum on August 30, 2011

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Paula I love your show. My husband said that you would be the only woman in the world that could steal him away from me. He loves good southern cooking. On a gloomy Saturday, I love to make a big mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows and watch old Carry Grant movies. I also like to make candy, especially Buckeyes & Fudge.

By rhonda slone on August 26, 2011

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Love Paula . She is so downhome to Earth,if you know what I mean. I enjoy reading her blogs and her recipes.

By Linda Morton on August 26, 2011

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paula i just love y'all my sweetpoatoe pie just dont look or tast cook help me y'all thank's so much tina

By tina on August 26, 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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Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
in Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes on August 15, 2014 at 10:33 am

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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