January 18, 2012 |
A cold, hypocritical media manipulator? Or a suffering Southern lady in distress? Which shoe fits Paula Deen ? The popular Food Network star revealed this week that she has type-2 diabetes - but not before signing a no doubt lucrative contract to promote a diabetes drug. A cynical move? Not as cynical, says University of Pennsylvania bioethicist Arthur Caplan , as Deen's decision to keep her illness a secret for three years - during which the Georgia-born chef continued to push recipes for high-calorie down-home cooking.
September 8, 2013 |
Who's laughing now, Hartford? Camden is. A fair portion of comedian Dave Chappelle's triumphant show at the Susquehanna Bank Center on Friday night was devoted to his infamous appearance last week in Hartford, where in the face of sustained, rowdy yelling from the audience, he walked off stage. But as Chappelle pointed out Friday in a bit about losing an argument with his wife, he's got "a creative outlet" as a performer. In other words, a guy who goes to work every night with a microphone will always get the last word.
July 4, 2013 |
"It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that is pretty important. " - Martin Luther King Jr. In the half-century or so since John Lewis had his head bashed in on Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge, the Deep South has undergone a stunning social, cultural, and political transformation. Just ask Paula Deen. Her black patrons, if she has any left, are free to go inside her Savannah restaurant, request a table, and pay for the privilege of her heart-attack specials.
December 10, 2009
Uber-chef Thomas Keller takes on American comfort food, with 350 pages of lush photos and laborious recipes for classics like fried chicken and split pea soup - and trust us, Paula Deen it's not. Moosewood Restaurant dishes out another vegetarian cookbook, this time with less cheese, more whole grains, even more vegetables - and some very tasty recipes - in its charming no-frills design. And the Lee Brothers give us another gem: quick and easy Southern dishes updated from the long-simmered and the deep-fried, presented along with charming food memories from the South.
October 23, 2003 |
Imagination and creativity in food as well as in decorations and costumes are key to the success of a Halloween bash. Consider succulent "eyeballs" of cherry-stuffed litchis as a stunning garnish for cocktails. Or add a wine-enriched red beet "blood" sauce to a harvest entree of roast chicken, sausage and root vegetables that is both tasty and colorful. Serve it on a "stake" if you're smitten with vampires. These and other eerie offerings are the tricks up celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse's sleeve on "Emeril Kicks Up Halloween," an episode of his Emeril Live series that was taped at Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary in July.
June 28, 2013
THE PAULA DEEN empire has crumbled like corn bread. First, the Food Network dropped the "Queen of Southern Cuisine" amid revelations that she'd used racially insensitive language. Then, Smithfield Foods, which sold hams with her name and image, cut Deen loose. That was followed by Caesars Entertainment, which has not one, but four Paula Deen Buffet restaurants. Finally, the biggie happened: Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, cut ties. "We will not place new orders beyond those already committed," said Dave Tovar , a Wal-Mart spokesman.
January 26, 2012
WHEN Paula Deen announced her Type 2 diabetes last week, outrage erupted worldwide. Coming as healthful New Year's resolutions are eroding like melting snow, the news struck a chord. That's because Deen preached a comfort-food gospel heavy on butter, sugar, meat and other "down-home" delights that many work to minimize. And she knew her condition for three years before revealing it - once she had a gig hawking diabetes drug Victoza.
September 17, 2013 |
IT WAS a weekend of D-list bold-faced names behaving badly. Atlanta police arrested rapper Gucci Mane (a/k/a Radric Davis) on weapons and drug charges. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV said that an Atlanta police report shows that officers responded to a call shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday in southwest Atlanta from a friend of the rapper who was concerned about his behavior. The police report said that Mane, 33, became "increasingly agitated with officers and began cursing and threatening them.
November 23, 2012
Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Salma Hayek Pinault; Nick Offerman; KISS performs. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Sarah Silverman; Paula Deen; Lyle Lovett performs. Jimmy Kimmel Live (midnight, 6ABC) - Robert Pattinson; Chris Hardwick; Ben Folds Five performs. The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:35 a.m., CBS3) - Actress Sarah Shahi; Tenacious D performs. Last Call With Carson Daly (1:35 a.m., NBC10) - Actress Katey Sagal; the Stepkids perform.
February 14, 2014 |
Dollars for Deen Embattled cooking queen Paula Deen has found the bucks to resurrect her career, which took a severe hit when she admitted to using racial epithets, the Associated Press reports. The Savannah, Ga., celebrity cook said Wednesday that Najafi Cos., a private investment firm, will provide at least $75 mil to bankroll a new company, Paula Deen Ventures, which AP reports will oversee Deen's restaurants, cookbooks, product endorsements, and other parts of her media empire.