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Southern Fried Goodness


I’m known for quite a few dishes these days—mac & cheese, peach cobbler, biscuits, gooey butter cake. But it’s my fried chicken that I think I may be most known for—well, that and my love of the real-deal butter, of course. While I know people aren’t necessarily eatin’ fried chicken for every meal, I think you’re hard pressed to find someone who plumb doesn’t like it. That Southern fried goodness can be a shared love among a whole heap of different folks.

While these days, I eat a heck of a lot more fruits, veggies, and lean meats, I still treat myself to some Southern fried goodness in moderation. After all, it’s those foods that helped me to make a name in the food world and those foods that my mama and grandmothers used to make for me when I was a girl. They return me to my roots, to simpler days when I had not one care in the world besides what game my girlfriends and I would play next. Sure, fried food isn’t good for our waistlines, but I know for a fact that it’s good for the soul, and if you ask me, our souls sometimes need a little feeding, too.

Today, I was inspired by that fried chicken and its fried friends that will always have a home in my heart and on my plate, and I thought that it sure would be nice to help my friends feed their souls with a little Southern fried goodness of their own. So today, if you can, consider making one or two of these delicious fried dishes. And before you go, I’d love to hear what dishes feed your soul. Let me know in the comments, won’t you?



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.

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