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Something Old & Something New


Y’all may have noticed there’s a little less of me to love these days. I have lost 40 pounds, and best of all—I’ve maintained it! It was hard work because I was used to eatin’ traditional Southern meals cooked in delicious fats that just aren’t good in big quantities.

Since my weight loss journey began, I’ve learned this wonderful word “moderation.” It was never a diet; it was a lifestyle change. I realized that if I ate a little healthier more often, that I could still enjoy some of my old favorites. Whoever it was that said “ too much of a good thing isn’t always good” was right. But now I’m on the right track to becoming healthier each and every day.

In honor of my new lifestyle of moderation, I’m sharin’ two versions of some of my classic recipes. Something old represents the original version of some of my most popular recipes, and something new represents my new, healthier take on life—and recipes! I’ve had friends try my old and new recipes side-by-side, and most couldn’t tell the difference. I dare you to try both and see what you think!

You can find Paula Deen Cuts the Fat at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Evine Live, and wherever books are sold.


Something Old

Baked Beans

The Lady’s Chicken Noodle Soup

The Ultimate Lady’s Cheesy Mac and Cheese

Dry Rub Baby Back Ribs

Benne Seed Cookies

Sassy Strawberry Pie


Something New

Paula Deen Cuts the Fat Baked Beans

Paula Deen Cuts the Fat Down-Home Chicken Noodle Soup

Paula Deen Cuts the Fat The Lady’s New Cheesy Mac

Paula Deen Cuts the Fat Memphis Dry Rub Ribs

Paula Deen Cuts the Fat Benne Seed Wafers

Paula Deen Cuts the Fat Old-Fashioned Strawberry Pie

Paula Deen - As a young girl growing up in Albany, Georgia, Paula Deen never dreamed she would become an American icon. As a young mother, Paula was living the American dream — married to her high school sweetheart and raising two adorable boys — when tragedy struck. Her parents died, her marriage failed and she began a prolonged battle with agoraphobia. With her boys in their teens and her family near homelessness, Paula took her last $200, reached deep inside her soul and started The Bag Lady, a home-based catering company that marked the start of Deen's professional cooking career. With sons Jamie and Bobby delivering lunch-and-love-in-a-bag, beginning in June 1989, Paula turned her life around by sharing what she knew best, traditional Southern cooking.