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There is no doubt that the Food Network’s Paula Deen is a super star. In fact, recent polls have indicated that she is one of the 10 most popular and influential women in America. Paula’s Home Cooking and Paula’s Party are routinely two of the network’s highest rated shows, and Deen’s cookbooks are bestsellers throughout the country. In June 2007 Deen won two Daytime Emmy Awards in the category of Outstanding Lifestyle Host and Outstanding Lifestyle Program for Paula's Home Cooking.
Yes, “The Queen of Southern Cooking” has struck a cord with mainstream America, and it seems we just can’t get enough of her.
Recently Deen signed a exclusive agreement with Kaleen Rugs, a leading manufacturer and importer, to create her own signature collections of area rugs. Initially the collections will include:
- Paula’s Porch & Home – a machine-made rugged indoor/outdoor line made of 100% polypropylene
- Paula Deen’s Comfort – a machine-made, space-dyed polypropylene collection
- Paula Deen’s Signature – a hand-tufted collection that will be made in India
The first two collections mark Kaleen’s entry into the machine-made rug market, according to their executive vice president, Joe Barkley.
Fittingly, Rugs Direct will be the exclusive online retailer for Paula Deen’s new line of area rugs. It is anticipated that they will be ready in May 2008. If you would like to be notified when they become available, please sign up for Rugs Direct’s e-mail list by clicking here.
(The following autobiography of Paula Deen is taken from her website:)
Hey Y’all! You know, I meet so many wonderful people everywhere I go that are willing to share their life story with me, that I want to share a little bit of my story with all of you. Of course, there’s more in my new memoir – It Ain’t All About the Cookin’ – but, for now, I hope you pull up a chair and visit with me here for a while!
Everyone has a beginning, and mine really starts in my Grandmother Paul’s kitchen. I promise you, she knew everything you ever needed to know about making the perfect Southern meal. Every day I was amazed at all the things she knew and shared with me – cooking techniques, tips, secret recipes, and, most importantly laughter, life lessons, and love! Of course I didn’t know it at the time, but those would be the things that would always pull me through.
Following this carefree and wonderful time in my life, I graduated from high school, and married my high school sweetheart. Like all young people, nobody could tell me anything at the time, and I set out believing I’d be the perfect wife and mom and he’d be the perfect husband and father. Well, needless to say, that’s where things started to turn. First, there was the sudden and heartbreaking death of my beloved father, followed by the loss of my sweet mom just a few short years later – when our mom died my little brother Bubba was only 16, I was 23, and had two little babies of my own to raise. Everything that held me together was gone, and I truly didn’t know where to turn and felt frozen in my tracks. I managed through the next decade or so, but again things took a major turn for the worse when my husband announced one day he had taken a job in Savannah. I was 40 years old and was having such severe panic attacks that I literally could not leave my house, becoming a prisoner in my own home.
But, you know – things happen for a reason, and one day it just dawned on me: I was going to take control of my life and my destiny! So, I decided to do what I do best – taking a lesson straight from Grandmother Paul – and started The Bag Lady. With $200 and the help of my boys, the real adventure began. Of course you can read The Lady & Sons history page, but from the beginning we were blessed with faithful patrons that have become like family to us that allowed us to blossom. Our bag lunch delivery and catering service turned into a full-service restaurant and we went from leasing a place at the Best Western hotel to our very own place downtown.
During that time I’ve had my first cookbook “discovered” and more published, had the honor of receiving the “International Meal of Year” designation by USA Today, of having not one, but two of my own shows on the Food Network, and opened up another restaurant – Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House - with my little brother Bubba. And, guess what? I’ve even been star-struck myself appearing on the Oprah Winfrey show and meeting Oprah herself!
All of my dreams really are coming true. I’ve married my soul mate, Michael Groover – gaining a whole other extending family with Anthony and Michelle in the process, managed to raise two wonderful and successful boys, Jamie and Bobby, and created a wonderful career by doing what I love best. And, the icing on the cake? The birth of my first grandchild, Jack, in 2006.
But, you know what, none of this would have happened if I hadn’t of taken the good with the bad, embraced both the heartache and joy, and taken control of my life when I thought it could not have gotten worse. Most of all, during good times and bad, I’ve had the love and support of family, friends, and you – my fans. From my heart, I always wish you love and best dishes, from my kitchen to yours. And I can’t wait to continue the adventure with you!