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Notes from the Kitchen

A Peachy Summer Recipe

by Libbie Summers

Long before my family moved to Savannah and even longer before I started working for Paula, I was introduced to her through a peach.  Her Peach Cobbler recipe to be exact.  My home base was in coastal North Carolina, but my work as a big deal cook on sailing yachts took me all over the world.  I don’t know how I ever got a hat on because my head was so big!  It was a hot August day and one of my dearest friends (who just happens to be my mother-n-law, Peggy) was visiting our family in North Carolina.  She brought with her a recipe for Peach Cobbler from a Southern cook she was so fond of.  A Miss Paula Deen from Savannah, Georgia.  “Peach Cobbler that uses self rising flour?” I asked.  I’m sure she saw the “what you talkin’ about Willis” look of skepticism on my face.  I trusted Peggy not only because she is a fantastic cook herself, but because she had already made the recipe three times!

I wish I could tell you what else we had with our dinner out on the back porch overlooking the Bay River that night.  All I remember was Paula’s Peach Cobbler.  Summer in a bowl.  The cake part so gooey and dense with the ripest Georgia and South Carolina peaches in their sweet juices floating under a cold scoop of Vanilla Bean ice cream.  That moment in time was at least 6 years ago, but I can taste it like it was yesterday.  Every summer when Peaches are at their very best, I will make Paula’s Peach Cobbler.  Just two weeks ago I was cooking for one of those big headed yachting programs and made it for 15 people!  Needless to say, there wasn’t a crumb left… You never know how you may be introduced to someone.  Introductions can even come in the form of a peach.  Thank you Paula for helping make my hats fit a little better these days. 
To make your Peach recipes the best that they can be this summer, I’ve included a few nutritional facts, a little history as well as tips for selection, storage and cooking.  Lastly, enjoy this brand new recipe from Paula for a White Chocolate and Rosemary Peach Shortcake.  It came organically out of a photo shoot we had last week.  Paula was making Peach Shortcakes for the images and she said she thought the recipe would be even better if we added some white chocolate chips (I added the rosemary…she loved!).  So we did and here it is right out of her summer kitchen for you.

• Peaches originated in China and are mentioned in Chinese writings as far back as the 10th Century BC. 
• The Peach was brought to America by Spanish Explorers
• In Queen Victoria’s Day, no meal was complete without a fresh peach presented in a beautifully stitched cotton napkin
• Various American Indian Tribes are credited with migrating the peach tree across the United States, planting seeds as they roved the country
• Thomas Jefferson had Peach Trees at Monticello, but US farmers did not begin commercial production until the 19th Century
• Today, Peaches are the second largest commercial fruit crop in the US, second to the apple.

Nutritional Facts:
• Peaches contain good amounts of potassium, vitamin C and A
• Aid in the stimulation of digestion and add color to the complexion

Selection and Storage:
• Choose peaches that are firm to the touch, but will give a little with gentle pressure
• The fruits should be free of bruises and have a fragrant peach aroma
• A mature peach will have a well defined cleft
• Although peaches will continue to ripen after being picked, the sugar production ceases once picked
• Under ripe peaches can be ripened somewhat by placing them in a paper bag punched with holes at room temperature away from sunlight. 
• Refrigeration will extend the peaches life, but not more than a day.  Peaches need humidity, so refrigerate in a plastic bag and use within a couple of days. 

• Although the fuzzy skin is edible, it becomes tough when cooked.  Remove the skin by marking an X at the end of the peach with a sharp knife.  Blanch in boiling water for one minute and plunge immediately into cold water to stop the cooking process.  The Skin should peel right off.
• The stone will give off a bitter flavor.  Be sure to remove it before canning or freezing peaches.

Paula’s White Chocolate Rosemary Peach Shortcake
Yields:  12
Level:  Easy
Prep Time:  20 minutes
Cook Time:  20 minutes

4 cups bisquick
1/3 cup Sugar
1 1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup white chocolate chips
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced
2 tablespoons melted butter

6 peaches
1 teaspoon Fruit Fresh (fruit preservative)
Splash warm water
1 1/2 cups sugar

Whipped cream:
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup sugar

Fresh Rosemary sprigs
White Chocolate curls (super fancy)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
To make the shortcakes, mix the bisquick, sugar, milk, butter, white chocolate chips and rosemary in a medium size bowl and scoop out onto a parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until done and remove from oven. Cool for 5 minutes.

Peel, core, and slice the peaches. Immediately sprinkle with Fruit Fresh to prevent peaches from turning dark. Add a splash of warm water to the peaches to moisten. Stir the sugar into the peaches, cover, and refrigerate until ready to use.

In a large mixing bowl or mixer, combine the heavy cream and sugar, and whip until peaks start to form.

To serve, split the shortcake in 1/2 and place bottom 1/2 on a plate. Top with a heaping spoonful of the peaches and their juices, a dollop of freshly whipped cream and the top of the shortcake.  Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary and a white chocolate curl if you are so inclined.

Libbie Summers is a shameless yacht chef turned humiliated food stylist and recipe developer. She proudly serves as the Food Editor for Paula Deen Enterprises and the Head Food Stylist for Paula's Best Dishes. Originally from the show me state, Libbie now resides in Savannah, GA with her super fine husband, Josh. Their Vizsla, Emilie, runs their lives.

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Reader Comments:


I can’t wait to try this recipe.  I am such a huge fan of Paula’s… I tape her show everyday while I am at work so I can watch when I have time (which is usually around 3am when I wake up!)... my husband has become a big fan of hers also.  Thanks so much for this recipe and I can’t wait to try it…

Pat Dreyer on August 06, 2009 05:16 PM

I can’t wait to try it. My mother made Paula Deen’s peach cobbler a few days ago and it was delicious. We ate at Bubba’s Oyster Bar and Rest. last Friday when we were coming home from Florida. We live in South Carolina. I bought some of Paula’s house seasoning. I really wanted to eat at her restaurant but we didn’t have time. Me and my husband and 11 yr old daughter are huge fans of the Deen family!

Susan Borgersrode on August 06, 2009 05:44 PM

hi yall…i was wondering with all the different kinds of peaches out here..which ones make the best peach cobblers?..thanks bonnie

bonnie happell on August 06, 2009 05:47 PM

I’m sure we will all love it. I made the Chocolate Mousse Pie and it is our favorite. I live about 40 minutes away from Boston in a small town called Fairhaven MA and I wish so much that I could get to see you because you give me such joy when I watch you but I have the same thing that you had agouraphobia and I can’t go that far but I sure you will enjoy yourself. Thank you so much for all the good recipes.

Hedy Audette on August 06, 2009 05:53 PM

This sounds yummy.  Not sure how do we shape the Shortcakes…?  Can’t wait to try this.  Paula your the best.

Susan Zabala on August 06, 2009 06:57 PM

I would like an apology for the overpriced awful
meal we had at Paula’s restaurant. We ordered surf & turf, the sauce was burnt and the steak totally overcooked. The shrimp had no flavor looked like it was just boiled in a pot. Told the manager and he did nothing to make it better.

pastyme on August 06, 2009 07:33 PM

Well, I grew up in Arkansas with lots of great peaches…some were my best friends. I do love peach cobbler, peach pie and peach ice cream so I know I’m gonna love this shortcake.  Most every where I go, I get asked for my autograph because people think I am Paula Deen…this has been going on for some time now, so I really want to get to Savannah and attend one of Paula’s parties or Paula’s Cooking Schools.  Can you forward me any information on the schools and dates??Thanks so much. Gloria

Gloria wlliams on August 06, 2009 07:36 PM

This recipe sounds wonderful just as all of Paula’s other recipes. I cook with her recipes all the time. I can’t wait to try this one!  I am a huge fan of Paula’s, watch her show everyday or tape it if I’m not home. Thanks Paula

Kim Presley on August 06, 2009 07:45 PM


Martha Belton on August 06, 2009 08:45 PM

I just made Paula’s Peach cobbler last week finding fresh Georgia peaches at my local produce stand. They had California peaches also but I convinced everyone there that the Georgia peach was the best!  I added a handful of fresh blueberries to the recipe and it was fantastic! I can’t wait to try the Peach shortcake recipe in this newsletter…..don’t ya just love summer fruits and veggies???

nonna on August 06, 2009 09:33 PM

I am also a big fan of Paula Deen and her family. When i was down in Cairo,Georgia visiting my son and his family, we drove to Savannah to eat at The Lady and sons, I was so excited. The food was absolutely wonderful just as I imagined it to be and the atmosphere was warm and friendly. I can’t wait to make this peach recipe for my husband, who is also a fan of the Deen family.  Thank-you Paula for the recipes and the fun.

georgia newton on August 06, 2009 09:52 PM

Would the “Peaches” episode from the show “Paula’s Home Cooking” be considered for airing during this peach season?  Please!

Irene on August 06, 2009 10:31 PM

I’m glad we weren’t the only one to experience a bad meal at the Lady and Sons.  My friends and I traveled from Michigan specifically to come to “Paula” territory and we were very disappointed in our meal.  I’ve several others complain since then.  We also spent plenty of money in the store.  Uncle Bubba’s Seafood house was much more enjoyable.  Sorry Paula.

Gloria Mendham on August 06, 2009 11:04 PM

Hi Paula,

Wondering if you are doing an appearance or a signing while in Boston.  I live nearby and would love to see you in person.  I’m always ssying…“She is always appearing on a ship or somewhere far away,” why not Boston??  Thanks for all the fun, love what you’re doing.  Joanne

Joanne Lepke on August 06, 2009 11:16 PM

I was just in Savannah last week with 2 friends. I can’t tell you how many times we ate at Lady & Sons in a 4 day stay! We’d even stop in just for dessert anytime they had an opening! We have stood in line, last year & this, & will do it next year! We’re never let down by the great food,wonderful staff & friendly atmosphere! I must say those with bad experiences must give u another chance, they wont be dissappointed! We love you Paula, BOBBY & Jamie! Cya next year all the way from Pittsburgh!

Jennifer Klinsic on August 07, 2009 07:34 AM

I absolutely love watching your show and have all of your books.  You are down to earth and cook for real people.  Cooking and making people feel good is a passion of mine and I love using your recipes.  My husband is travelling to Savannah later this year and I’m going to take off work and go with him just so I can eat at your restaurant.  Thanks for hours of enjoyment.

Marcee Moore-Prattville, Alabama 7 Aug 2009

Marcee Moore on August 07, 2009 08:14 AM

Just wanted to tell you how much my family, friends and I enjoy your recipes. My 9 yr.old granddaughter and I watch your shows together and we cook a lot of your recipes together. My friends call me the Paula Deen of our county. I have not had the pleasure of eating The Lady & Sons, Savannah; but, did get to eat at the new one in Tunica.  My husband and I loved it; in fact, we are getting ready to go back this month.  Thanks again for all your great recipes and encouragement.

Jane Mann on August 07, 2009 08:16 AM

Hey yall. My friend and i just love your show and all your fabulous recipes. I have a sister that lives in Rome, GA and we talk about you all the time. Keep up all the good recipes and maybe you will make it down here to Louisiana.
Wanda-Kolin, Louisiana

Wanda Mayeux on August 07, 2009 09:42 AM

I love you Paula! I watch your shows over and over again.  I have tried alot of your recipes and they have all been wonderful.  I fixed the peach cobbler last year but read the recipe wrong and added too much sugar.  Other than that, it was wonderful.  I would love to get to Savannah someday to meet you.  Will you be in NC or VA soon? I hope you’ll be back in our area soon.  I would love to meet you!

Jean Cook on August 07, 2009 01:15 PM

I had a wonderful time in Savannah, Ga….going to The Lady and Sons as well as Uncle Bubba’s. Loved it all!!!!!! I can’t wait to return. I also met Paula and Michael at a book signing and had Paula sign some cook books for Christmas gifts.

Janet Huba on August 07, 2009 03:21 PM

Hi Paula, I’m a devoted cook-book collector, so I have many of the Deen cookbooks. I love them all. From the broccoli salad all the way down to the pie, it’s all wonderful. I haven’t been to the resturant as yet, but will eventually when down in that area. Love ya Paula!

Tamara Simms on August 07, 2009 03:58 PM

Hi Paula, just like all the other ladies I watch your show everyday and have tried many of your recipes and the Lady and Sons Chicken Pot Pie is my husbands favorite. I own restaurants so understand when people have bad experiences and the next table had great experiences. Love ya Paula

By Beth Abrams on August 8, 2009

Beth Abrams on August 08, 2009 01:08 AM

Hi Paula,I tried the summer peach recipe and we loved it. I do think next time I would use less sugar.  My husband is from Americus Ga.and has always raved about the Ga. peaches. I am from Maine and never realised the difference between Peaches. Ga.peaches are the best.
By Maxine Head

Maxine Head on August 08, 2009 09:50 AM

Well this recipe sounds to wonderful to pass up.  I hope to make it at our “new recipe” dinner.  My sister and I, along with her daughters meet once a month for dinner.  The potluck dinner has one restriction… the dish has to be something we have never make before.  A lot of Paula’s recipes have made it to our dinner table on those special nights.

Elizabeth Whittaker on August 08, 2009 07:47 PM

Had lunch at The Lady and sons….It was AWFUL and over priced…..what a let down….

Sabra Goodson on August 08, 2009 10:45 PM

Hi Paula,  As the owner of 4 restaurant, I do know how employees can not care just one day how they perform their duties as required, with your head turned observing others,  send out food not prepared according to recipes.  I have been in business 33 years so I know what I am talking about. I am planning on visiting The Lady and Sons Restaurant in Fall and will give my opinion after 2 or 3 visits. Everyone deserve a second chance.
By Beth Abrams on August 08, 2009

Beth Abrams on August 09, 2009 12:18 AM

Ate at Paula’s.  It was over priced and terrible!  I traveled all the way from Colorado to try it.  It was a wasted trip!  After watching her on TV, she certainly has changed.  Her appearance is a bit ridiculous.  No more watching her.  Sorry Paula.

elle on August 09, 2009 01:23 AM

I would like to know if Paula reads these comments or hears them?  If so, does she ever take them seriously and do anything to adjust?

Jody Ruda on August 09, 2009 10:06 PM

Hi Paula, seems like you have a few people who are really jealous of you and what you have accomplished.  You noticed that they didn’t even sign their full name like everyone else.  I really think it is someone that is just a negative person. Paula, just keep shows coming and I plan to visit you in the fall.  If you aren’t at the restaurant, I will still eat there and enjoy myself. 

Beth Abrams August 9, 2009

Beth Abrams on August 10, 2009 02:09 AM

I have been a fan of Paula’s since she first aired on Food Network.  I saw her in Nashville a few years ago at a Food show, and enjoyed the show.  I do have to agree with those who feel she is not as “real” as she used to be.  The “y’all’s” are way overdone and she has been made into a Southern Barbie doll with the fake wigs and especially those veneers.  She is no longer appealing, only annoying.

jean on August 10, 2009 07:30 AM

I have been following Paula’s show for several years now and tho I hate to I agree she isn’t the same.Far to many ya-all’s, fake hair, a bit too silly, and those awful vaneers. She has becoming a fake. I enjoy catching her earlier shows, prior to her becoming a ‘star’.Those Friday evening shows,just horrible!  I still watch on Sat mornings hopping to see those earlier episodes and the ‘real’ Paula Deen. Please Paula, get real so we can all enjoy your shows once again.

AnneR on August 10, 2009 01:33 PM

We all just want the old Paula back!  I have always enjoyed the Paula’s Home Cooking shows and love her recipes.  I don’t care for her “party” shows at all.  You lose me there.  Paula, get back in your kitchen and show us more of your good ol’ home cooking recipes!

Sheree on August 10, 2009 06:41 PM

Watching Paula is a daily activity for me.  I enjoy watching your shows and I learn so much. Your stlye of cooking is exactly what I grew up on and my family loves it now.  Even my husband likes your shows and he does not cook.  Every time I serve a new dish to my family, they all ask “is this Paula”. Thanks Paula, and keep your shows coming!!

Janice Freeman on August 11, 2009 09:50 AM

Hi Paula & Sons!

Was in Savannah last week with a great group of folks from Queen Street United Methodist Church from Kinston, N.C.  Ate at your restaurant on Monday night. Great food—wonderful desserts! The wait staff was great—Onnly disappointment was not seeing any of the Deen family.  Also, need to show you how we cook collards in N.C.—
Ham meat, little grease, drained, & chopped!

Hope to see you in D.C!
Judy Grant

Judy Grant on August 11, 2009 03:31 PM


We just love you in our home.  Every weekend I make a dessert from either your cookbooks or off of your TV show.  This is the talk of our home, the first thing they say is Paula Deen.  Paula you are the best, if I ever won the Lottery the first thing I’m doing is going to Savannah Ga, to hopefully see you and go to your restaurant.  We enjoy you everyday in our home.  God bless you!

Toni Carpenter on August 11, 2009 09:19 PM

Is there some way to print this recipe without having all the other comments print. I may have just missed it.

Terri Brown on August 12, 2009 02:33 PM

Paula I know that it seems nice to hear from people that are more interested in your cooking and the truly kind and friendly person you portray on TV, instead of looking to see hair pieces and veneers. I have never thought that you seems fake.  As God says in Proverbs 16:7 People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at a person"s thoughts and intentions. Need I say anymore, God always has the answers.  Keep Cooking.

By Beth Abrams on August 12, 2009

Beth Abrams on August 12, 2009 03:19 PM

My daughter & I both love to watch your show and we have your cookbooks.  I so looked forward to your coming back to Knoxville, TN, so when I saw in the newspaper that you would be there on Aug. 28th, I went on line to buy tickets for us and they were all sold out.  I was so disappointed but hope that someday you will be back in this area and we will get to meet you.  Keep up the good southern cooking.

Gail Higgins

Gail Higgins on August 14, 2009 12:17 AM

I thoroughly enjoy all of your shows, new ones and older ones. I have tried a lot of your recipies and they have been just wonderfull.  I have been watching you for 3 years now and continue to keep watching them. Ignore the “haters” I think you and your show are terrific. Keep up the good work. I’ll be watching.

Patricia Johnson on August 24, 2009 02:51 PM

I agree….I do not watch Paula any more…she has changed into a barbi doll clown!  Fat and not entertaining…she is disgusting!

Hellen Jenkins on August 24, 2009 05:32 PM

Oh My Goodness, I cannot believe the comments posted on the 24th are so personally attacking.
If you don’t like Paula or her family just leave it at that.
We can’t please all the people all the time!

Sandi Stocks on August 26, 2009 04:05 PM

I totally agree with the negative people here.  I don’t watch her any more…she has turned into a total clown.  Remember the REAL Paula Deen in the good ole days???  She’s lost it!

bonnie edwards on August 27, 2009 02:19 PM

Do you all notice BETH ABRAMS has 4 thoughts on here?  Must be a relative!  I have to agree with the many people on here.  I do not watch Paula any more.  Her fame has certainly gone to her head.  She no longer is the REAL sweet person as when she first aired.  I love watching the old shows.  She looks almost silly now.  62 and wearing hair extensions and whit and I mean white fake teeth.  It’s not jealousy, just disappointing.

Barbara Delgado, California on August 29, 2009 09:34 AM


JAMIE SANDERS, OKLAHOMA on August 29, 2009 04:13 PM

Here’s a thought.  If you don’t like her, change the channel.  Stop ruining this site for the rest of us.

Elizabeth Whittaker on August 29, 2009 08:24 PM

Wish I was a relative or even an acquaintance of Paula Dean.  I would consider it a blessing to know such a successful and accomplished lady.  I do hope to meet her one day and visit her restaurant. You ladies that are so critical of her looks and action are watching the wrong channel, it is a Food Channel and not a Modeling School.  Learn to cook and be positive.

By Beth Abrams, North Carolina on August 30,2009

Beth Abrams on August 30, 2009 12:13 AM

First time I saw PD-liked & enjoy her, whether on the Food Network or other she might be on.  People that don’t care for her, seems pretty simple-don’t watch her then,duh. To be hatefully spoken about her, her family or other is just plain vindictive & mean spirited to say the least. People who go that ugly worded route r probably that way in mind & heart.Why watch it, feeling so negatively ugly about it.Duh
Watched PD from start & shall continue watching.

Roxann on September 23, 2009 07:27 PM

Paula Deen has turned into an obnoxious fat wanna be star.  She’a lost her charm and sweetness and I will not let my family watch her.  You never know what’s coming out of that potty mouth!  Her recipes are the same over and over…just to get the show over with.  AND the way she is always kissing JAMIE not BOBBY on the mouth!!!She definitely shows her favorite.  Those Paula Party shows wee embarrassing!  Time for you to retire Paula!

jody jenssen on September 23, 2009 07:39 PM

Totally in agreement.  She needs to retire~~

Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania on September 23, 2009 07:42 PM


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