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Paula Deen is spunky, likable, gracious, kind, and absolutely beautiful inside and out. She’s a warm-hearted mama and Grandmama to the core! Most people know her for her delicious recipes and cooking shows. Over the course of her career, she has written 15 cookbooks, opened two restaurants, and hosted multiple TV Shows. Behind her success are some interesting facts:

Her career started as a catering company.

It was in June 1989 that Paula launched her home-based catering company called The Bag Lady. She cooked and packaged delicious southern meals while her sons delivered these bagged meals for her hospital colleagues. This was the start of her professional cooking career.

She started her first business with $200.

The Bag Lady certainly had humble beginnings.

“We started the business with only $200, and to this day, I can still tell you how I spent it, almost to the penny. I spent fifty dollars on groceries, about forty dollars on a cooler, and the rest on a business license and incidentals. While the children were out running their routes, I was in the kitchen cleaning it from top to bottom and beginning the next day’s preparations.”

Before her success as a chef, she tried several other gigs.


In an interview with Success magazine, Paula explained that before her cooking career she “tried hanging wallpaper, selling real estate, insurance, and working as a bank teller where she was robbed at gunpoint.

For 20 years she was afraid to leave the house.

From Agoraphobia to Fame |

After losing both of her parents by the age of 23, Deen spent the next 20 years struggling with agoraphobia, a fear of public spaces that kept her trapped at home. After 24 years of marriage, she went through a divorce and was unable to support herself. She then turned to what she knew how to do best -cooking.

She opened her first restaurant inside a Best Western.

Just before her divorce, Paula gathered the courage to finally leave the house. It was then that she opened her first restaurant called The Lady and Sons. It soon became a local sensation and was later moved to a prime location in downtown Savannah, Georgia.

Paula Deen has also appeared on the silver screen.


She appeared in the 2005 movie, Elizabethtown with stars Orlando Bloom, Alec Baldwin, and Kirsten Dunst.

She won an Emmy award for her television show.

Paula Deen of Paula’s Home Cooking |

In 2007, she was awarded a Daytime Emmy Award: Outstanding Lifestyle Host for her show Paula’s Home Cooking. The following year she won the Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Host.

Despite being in a position that she could retire, Paula Deen continues to cook and share her mouth-watering recipes. Here’s one of her favorites and ours: Southern Fried Chicken!



  1. 1 cup salt.
  2. 1/4 cup black pepper.
  3. 1/4 cup garlic powder.
  4. 1/4 cup onion powder, optional.


Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Southern Fried Chicken

By Paula Deen

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 10 to 14 minutes

  • Servings: 10


Paula Deen‘s House Seasoning
2 1/2 lbs cut into pieces chicken
2 cups self-rising flour
1 cup hot red pepper sauce
3 eggs


Heat the oil to 350 °F in a deep pot.
Do not fill the pot more than 1/2 full with oil.

In a medium-size bowl, beat the eggs. Add enough hot sauce so the egg mixture is bright orange (about 1 cup). Season the chicken with the House Seasoning. Dip the seasoned chicken in the egg, and then coat well in the flour. Place the chicken in the preheated oil and fry the chicken in the oil until brown and crisp. Dark meat takes longer than white meat. Approximate cooking time is 13 to 14 minutes for dark meat and 8 to 10 minutes for white meat.

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