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Spring Chickens

By Paula Deen

I think y’all know by now that I’m no spring chicken. I’m 69 years old after all, but I like to think that I’m still young at heart. I’d even say that I’m younger than some people 10 years my junior because I am always on the go. In addition to dancin’ with my darling Louis (y’all might have caught me on Dancing with the Stars), I’m always travelin’ around for television appearances or vacation or to meet with all of you. But even when I’m home, you won’t find me sitting around—ok, occasionally you might. I love playin’ games on my tablet. It’s a guilty pleasure. Anyways, like I said, I don’t sit around too often. I’m always picking up a new hobby, playing with my dogs, or working in the garden.

Since we’re on the topic of spring chickens though, I thought I would share another pleasure of mine: spending time in my chicken coop collecting my chickens’ beautiful eggs, all brown and covered in speckles. I love my chickens! They are actually rescue chickens, and let me tell you—they are enjoyin’ life these days in their spacious coop. I try to spoil them with plenty of chicken food and some good ol’ ear scratches. I bet y’all didn’t know chickens like their ears scratched as much as any dog does! And every now and then, I’ll head out in the evening time and sing them to sleep. The great thing about chickens is that they don’t have a bad thing to say about my singin’ voice!

But aside from their companionship, I have to say that there is nothin’ like fresh eggs when you’re whippin’ up something in the kitchen, like scrambled eggs, quiches, and casseroles. You really wouldn’t believe the difference it can make! In honor of my sweet chickens contribution to my kitchen, I wanted to share some of my favorite egg dishes with y’all! Enjoy!

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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