Between reading her books, dining in her restaurants, sampling her brand-named products and being with her on a few occasions — including this fun one about five years ago (don’t miss the recipe there) — I thought I knew a lot about her.
She’s hilarious, serious, bawdy, sweet and profane, all at the same time. She’s charming, delightful and beautiful in that Southern Mama way, and it’s no surprise that until the diabetes debacle, most non-cooks loved her.
But while perusing the shelves and coolers at the Smithfield Ham Shop in Williamsburg, Va., a few weeks ago, I learned some new, interesting facts:
First, you can buy an entire bucketful of Paula Deen:
And second, she comes in several flavors: