when she learns that the TV world's greatest Southern chef is living with type 2 diabetes!
Queen Ginger can't help but love Paula Deen! She reminds the Queen SO MUCH of her dearly departed Momma G in so many ways! Just not so much the blue eyeshadow part!
Momma G kept her hair naturally white, like Paula. Momma G kept a coffee can of bacon grease on the kitchen counter. Momma G knew you can't make divinity when it's raining. And Momma G had type 2 diabetes.
And Momma G could cook up some of the best Southern dishes you ever laid a lip on!
Queen G has blogged about diabetes before, for that nasty disease has taken away too many people (and critters!) that she loved, and it's knocking' at her back door, as well!
The haters (and by haters I mean that asstit Anthony Boredom) have already started ragging on Paula, saying she should have revealed her diagnosis sooner, and that it's "in bad taste" for her to write cookbooks and host television programs heralding her delicious, if not someone unhealthy, cuisine while suffering from a disease likely caused by those foods!
Paula, in her own defense, claims that she never meant for anyone to eat her decadent specialties 365 days a year, which sounds fair, to this rather biased royal. Growing up in the South, it's not like we had a pecan pie every weekend, or fried shrimp once a month to celebrate payday! Think about it, people: the traditions of the South are rural. In the "old days" in the most of the rural South, there wasn't a hell of a lot to do, so people celebrated just about anything they could justify, and cooked special meals whenever they had the opportunity to get together with others,which really wasn't that often! To this day, Southern cooks "fix" their best recipes for visitors, and calories be damned when there's company coming!
Additionally, there's no proof that the foods "caused" her diabetes. While diet may play a part, and must be controlled to managed the disease, heredity and genetics could cause a person with the healthiest diet on earth to contract type 2 diabetes.
When Daddy G was first diagnosed with heart disease back in the 70's, it was hard for Momma G to part with her grease can, and her garlic salt, and her deep fryer- but she did it- not just for Daddy G, but for all of us. She learned to use olive oil instead of bacon grease; a "teflon pan" instead of an iron skillet; and the oven instead of a deep fryer. It may have been too little, too late, but she educated herself with fervor to learn what was rapidly being revealed back then about heart disease, high blood pressure, cholesterol, and the like.
We still got fried shrimp on our birthdays, and maybe a pecan pie at Thanksgiving, but we also learned to enjoy grilled chicken, broiled fish, and boiled shrimp. Just as, I'm sure, Paula's family does on a day to day basis!
So, go to hell, haters!! Paula is good people, and she makes good food, the traditional way. If that's a bad thing, Anthony Boredom, than you will have to prove it to me! Because I think Paula is a saint, and I hope someday, when her time on earth is done, she and Momma G have a chance to whomp up a big ole batch of fried shrimp together! I can hear their laughter in the kitchen from here!