Cookin’ Up Controversy!

Paula Dean has diabetes. Duh.

So, what do you you think about the Queen of Southern Cuisine keeping a little secret, y’all? I am not surprised Paula Deen–a chef who serves up Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding and Twinkie Pie with a side of sweet tea–has type 2 diabetes. Like my Mom used to say when I tried to sell tell her I was late for my curfew because I got stuck behind an 18-wheeler in my little Footloose town…I wasn’t born yesterday.

Do I fault Paula for keeping her diagnosis to herself for three years? Nope. She’s paid to cackle about her unnatural obsession with butter, make inappropriate pickle jokes, and share her down home dishes with an audience that eats them up (if they wanted healthy choices they’d tune into one of the other chefs on The Food Network). Dealing with a disease like diabetes goes against her brand of high-fat, high-calorie overindulgence…and it’s private. Just because she’s a public figure doesn’t make me entitled to her medical records.

What does make me feel like I’ve just inhaled a Paula Deen meal is the fact that she only disclosed her condition after she signed an endorsement deal with drugmaker Novo Nordisk. Adding to my need for Pepto Bismol? Her son, Bobby, debuted his new show “Not My Mama’s Meals” right before her announcement. He’s now makin’ bank lightening up his Mom’s buttery, button bustin’ dishes. This whole debacle feels like an episode of the soap opera “As My Stomach Turns.”

Am I the only one who feels a little sick that the whole Deen family seems to be capitalizing on diabetes?

***My Butternut Squash and Black Bean Chili is so healthy it would piss the old Paula off. You get what you give, Ms. Deen. Even though America’s former favorite Queen of Southern Cuisine wouldn’t serve it at her table, you should. It is beyond delicious!***

Butternut Squash and Black Bean Chili


2 tablespoons olive oil

2  1/2 cups chopped onions

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 1/2 cups peeled butternut squash, cut into 1/2″ chunks

2 1/2 tablespoons chili powder

2  1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

3 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed, drained

2  1/2 cups vegetable broth

1  14  1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice

Salt and pepper

Grated cheddar cheese for garnish


Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic; sauté until tender, about 7 minutes. Add squash; stir 2 minutes. Stir in chili powder and cumin. Stir in beans, broth, and tomatoes with juices; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until squash is tender, about 25-30 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle chili into bowls and serve with sprinkled cheese.

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7 Responses to Cookin’ Up Controversy!

  1. Michelle says:

    Great post. Pushing unhealthy meals for years, then hawking diabetes meds is what we call gettin’ em comin’ and goin’. The Deens know how to make a buck. Seem like nice people though.

    • Mommy Dish says:

      Well put. I completely agree…she’s trying to get us comin’ and goin’. So, so true. Maybe we’re supposed to inhale Twinkie pie with a diabetic drug chaser?

  2. Lisa says:

    Agreed. Total BS she’s now hawking diabetes medication. I would have respected her more if she talked about it on her show when she was diagnosed and signed a deal years later, after introducing the concept of moderation of butter usage.

  3. Julie Kates Holbrook says:

    This is a great blog entry. I totally agree. I respect Ms. Deen for building an empire that started out just her and her sons selling sandwiches. Ms. Deen endorsing diabetes medication is ridiculous. Someone said it is like breaking your leg and then endorsing crutches. It’s good to know that my mom was not the only one too smart to believe I got stuck behind a huge truck in Sharon center.

    • Mommy Dish says:

      Haha you used that excuse, too?! : )

      I agree…she is a self-made woman from humble beginnings. She crawled her way out of financial despair by hawking sandwiches via her sons because she was afraid to leave the house. Kudos to her for going from that level of fear to being in front of the camera. I am probably more disappointed in her because I didn’t think she would be the type to sell out so royally given her background. It’s a shame.

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