Paula Deen quotes

  • There was one thing my daddy wouldn't tolerate in any shape, form or fashion, and that was being unkind or rude to somebody. That was just very important to my folks. And as it turns out, that was a legacy that he left me that money can't buy, is how to be able to treat people.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Fashion #Daddy #People

  • Change doesn’t happen overnight. It starts with the desire, then one small step in the right direction.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Desire #Steps #Small Steps

  • Down South, even our vegetables have some pig hidden somewhere in it. A vegetable isn't a vegetable without a little ham hock.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Pigs #Vegetables #Ham

  • Well what I would really like is a bunch of little n***ers to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties. You know, in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around. Now, that would be a true Southern wedding wouldn't it? But we can't do that because the media would be on me about that,
    -- Paula Deen

    #Media #White #Ties

  • Onions and bacon cooking up just makes your kitchen smell so good. In fact, one day I'm going to come up with a room deodorizer that smells like bacon and onions. It's a fabulous smell.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Smell #Cooking #Kitchen

  • I'm so glad I'm not a dentist. How many times does someone say, 'Oh, Doc, it felt so good when you were drilling my teeth'? Never. But when you give someone a wonderful cookie, you put a little of yourself in, and you see someone's face light up - that's immediate approval.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Light #Giving #Doe

  • I is what I is, and I'm not changing,
    -- Paula Deen

  • I feel like 'embattled' or 'disgraced' will always follow my name. It's like that black football player who recently came out,
    -- Paula Deen

    #Football #Player #Names

  • I pay people very, very well - probably more than I have to. But that costs me less money in the long run because I'm not having to constantly train somebody. I pay them enough that they don't go seeking a higher scale at the next restaurant.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Running #Long #People

  • I was determined to share my positive approach and not let diabetes stand in the way of enjoying my life.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Positive #Way #Determined

  • You know, not everybody can afford to pay $58 for prime rib or $650 for a bottle of wine. My friends and I cook for regular families who worry about feeding their kids and paying the bills.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Wine #Kids #Worry

  • You know, nobody can ever cook as good as your mama.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Mama #Cooks

  • I will never use a substitute for butter. Margarine is one molecule away from eating plastic.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Use #Molecules #Eating

  • I think no matter what the occasion may be, you can never go wrong by showing up at the dinner table with a hot plate of fried chicken.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Thinking #Hot #May

  • If there's anyone out there that has never said something that they wish they could take back -- if you're out there, please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me. Please. I want to meet you...I is what I is, and I'm not changing.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Wish #Want #Stones

  • I can't, myself determine what offends another person.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Determine #Persons

  • Would I have fired me? Knowing me? No.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Knowing

  • If you have a dream, FOLLOW IT.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Dream

  • Bein' rich is having leftovers. Good leftovers make yo' tongue fly outta yo' mouth and smack yo' brains out.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Brain #Tongue #Leftovers

  • I've got two vices: cigarettes and taters.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Two #Vices #Cigarette

  • It’s just what they are — they’re jokes…most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks…I can’t determine what offends another person.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Redneck #People #Black

  • In my house, the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game have always been a grand tradition for ringing in the New Year. To serve as Grand Marshal is a dream come true and I look forward to sharing the celebration with all of the fans and viewers worldwide.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Dream #New Year #Years

  • We are our brothers keeper. Its going to be up to all of us.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Brother #Keepers

  • I'll keep peace at all cost, even if I choke to death on my tongue.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Cost #Tongue #Choke

  • I know I can cook, but the place where I cook... it's a mess! I'm very disorganized.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Cooks #Mess

  • Talking about money is garish. It's tacky.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Talking #Tacky

  • Southerners have never been afraid of seasoning. It's kind of the other way around; our seasoning is afraid of us.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Way #Kind #Southerner

  • Life is too short to wonder where you hid your waffle maker.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Life Is Too Short #Waffles #Wonder

  • Cooking has always brought me a happiness that I didn't think was available. I just fire up the stove, and things start to fade away.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Thinking #Fire #Cooking

  • When it's said and done, the one thing I want to leave on this earth is hope. I have felt hopelessness, and it's a terrible feeling. Hopelessness will destroy you. I want to bring hope to other people.
    -- Paula Deen

    #People #Feelings #Done

  • I'm more spiritual than I am religious. I don't go to church; I go to the beach.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Spiritual #Religious #Beach

  • Love is blind, but marriage is a real eye-opener.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Real #Eye #Love Is

  • I believe that everyone should be treated equal. That's the way I was raised, and that's the way I live my life.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Believe #Way #Living My Life

  • I loved my own Grandparents with all my heart. I learned important lessons from them about how to treat people, how to cook and how to work.....they showered us kids with love and left the parenting to Momma and Daddy. That's the beauty of being a grandparent - the hard work belongs to someone else. I guess I never really understood the depth of their love for me until I became a grandmother myself... it is unlike any other relationship.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Heart #Kids #Hard Work

  • Love is like smiling, it never fades and is contagious.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Romantic #Love Is #Romance

  • You know, I understand that a lot of people, especially up north, put fruits and nuts in their stuffing, which is good, but for myself personally, I love an old-timey savory dressing.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Nuts #People #Fruit

  • I have my new food line in the works - I think it's over 200 items. Hopefully I can make a difference; it's delicious food that's just so easy. I think it'll help people enjoy their lives... it's good!
    -- Paula Deen

    #Thinking #Differences #People

  • I am proud to be a Southerner. I think Southern hospitality is very... I don't think it's just a term. I think it really exists. You can come to Savannah, and the people are so sweet and so nice.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Sweet #Nice #Thinking

  • You don't want to make a steady diet of just lettuce. You don't want to make a steady diet of fried chicken.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Want #Chickens #Lettuce

  • On my show I share all these yummy, fattening recipes, but I tell people, in moderation, in moderation. You can have that little piece of pie.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Pie #Yummy #People

  • I'm making little changes in my life to take care of myself, like putting in a mile or two on my treadmill every day.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Two #Care #Littles

  • There's not one food that causes diabetes.What causes Type II diabetes is being overweight... I've just come to grips, over the past four or five months, with my diabetes.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Past #Four #Months

  • The first thing I did was give up sweet tea because I drank so much. I'd start drinking at lunchtime and wouldn't set it down until I went to bed. When you calculate how much empty calories and how much sugar I was consuming, it was staggering. So I haven't had a glass of sweet tea in three years.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Sweet #Giving Up #Drinking

  • I really didn't have an interest in being in the kitchen until after I was married, when I was 18. It didn't take me long to realize that Mama was not going to show up at my house every day and cook.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Long #House #Kitchen

  • It's amazing how good getting up and moving makes you feel.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Moving #Feels

  • I don't want to spend my life not having good food going into my pie hole. That hole was made for pies.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Pie #Want #Good Food

  • I am so blessed. I've been way over-blessed. At 64 years old, I look forward to going to bed every night so I can wake up in the morning and see what blessing is going to come my way that day. Because you never, ever know what God's got in store for you.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Morning #Blessed #Night

  • I am living proof that the American dream still exists. It is still alive and well. There is only one trick, you have to be willing to roll up your sleeves and work very, very hard.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Dream #Alive #Tricks

  • I know when you think about the South, you think about fried foods, but we eat a tremendous amount of vegetables. I have my own garden, so vegetables have always been a big part of my life. I love broccoli. I love fresh beets. It's not all about the fried chicken and the biscuits.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Garden #Thinking #Vegetables

  • I love Hershey's chocolate. I feel the same about chocolate as I do about wine. Connoisseurs like dark chocolate and they like nasty wine that doesn't taste good to me. I don't get it!
    -- Paula Deen

    #Wine #Dark #Chocolate

  • The thought of eating rabbit and squirrels doesn't appeal to me. And that was on our table quite often as a kid. In your uppity restaurants, they serve a lot of rabbit. But I just can't help but think of Peter. And deer, I can't go there, because of Bambi.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Kids #Thinking #Squirrels

  • People see me on TV two and three times a day, and see me cooking all these wonderfully Southern, fattening dishes. That's only 30 days out of 365. And it's for entertainment.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Two #People #Southern

  • Of course, I will continue to share my favorite Southern recipes, just like my mama, grandmother and family shared with me over the years. And now, I'll be adding a little bit of a lighter touch to some of these wonderful dishes.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Grandmother #Years #Southern

  • In order to have good fried chicken, you should wash and season the bird the morning you're preparing it for dinner. Don't wait and do it right before you start cooking. Throw it in the refrigerator, seasoned, that morning, and give it a chance to soak up all the salt and pepper and goodness.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Morning #Order #Giving

  • I have a lot of secret uses for sour cream, which is the magic ingredient in my mac and cheese. It's an old-timey, Southern version, and the sour cream makes it that much creamier. Oh, it's so good!
    -- Paula Deen

    #Southern #Magic #Secret

  • I found that when I went from Albany to Savannah, that I needed to put that white rice away, and I needed to turn that into Savannah red rice because they were big into that sausage, tomato-y, bell pepper-y rice mixture.
    -- Paula Deen

    #White #Bells #Sausage

  • I am guilty of buying way too many gadgets - way too many! And though I try to keep things nice and orderly, sometimes I get distracted and stick saucepans where the stockpots should go.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Nice #Trying #Gadgets

  • Growing up, I had a very busy social life. It wasn't until I was a sophomore in high school that I asked Mama if I could come into the kitchen and have her teach me how to cook something.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Growing Up #School #Kitchen

  • I wake up every morning happy for where I am in life. It's not all about the cooking, but the fact that I can contribute by using my influence to help people all over the country. In the last two years, my partners and I have fed more than 10 million hungry people by bringing meat to food banks.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Country #Morning #Years

  • Having an audience is almost like plugging me into an electrical outlet. People feed me so much of their energy. We have a great time. It's all about the fellowship.
    -- Paula Deen

    #People #Fellowship #Energy

  • I don't care what the haters and naysayers say. If they make jokes about me, I'll laugh because they'll probably be funny.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Funny #Laughing #Care

  • Stone-ground grits are wonderful, but because they take so long to cook, I usually go with quick cooking grits - which I also love. But I never make the instant kind - some things a Southerner just won't do!
    -- Paula Deen

    #Long #Cooking #Grit

  • It wasnt until I was a sophomore in high school that I asked Mama if I could come into the kitchen and have her teach me how to cook something. Well, I wasnt in there five minutes before she said, OK, honey, you have to go now. I made her so nervous she was about ready to throw up. So I really didnt have an interest in being in the kitchen until after I was married, when I was 18. It didnt take me long to realize that Mama was not going to show up at my house every day and cook.
    -- Paula Deen

    #School #Long #House

  • You can have diabetes and have a piece of cake. You cannot have diabetes and eat a whole cake.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Cake #Pieces #Diabetes

  • A balanced diet is a cookie in both hands.
    -- Paula Deen

    #Hands #Cookies #Balanced