Saturday, April 16, 2011

May Celebrity Cook-Along!

Hey Y'All! Let's get loud and shake things up a bit on May 15th! How about cooking something from
Paula Deen! She's a true character that's loving life, and I've liked every recipe of hers I've tried!
**Note, since the 15th is on a weekend, linky will be up on Friday 5/13 and it will run through 5/16.
The preface to her book It Ain't All About The Cooking really caught my eye:
I never call myself a chef, never went to chef school... I'm a cook. 
Learned at my Grandmomma's stove. 
But I can cook honey, cook rings around all those tall-white-hatted chefs.
I love that!

I thought I'd suggest something we could whip up and take out onto the porch to nibble on. You know, while enjoying the weather and a nice cold beverage of choice. I'm a sucker for a great appetizer, not to mention bacon:@) Or pick any Paula recipe of your choice!

Sweet Chicken Bacon Wraps
1 1/4lbs Chicken, cut into 1" cubes
1lb bacon, cut into thirds
2/3 C brown sugar
2 Tblsp chili powder
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Wrap each piece of chicken with bacon and secure with wooden pick.
  3. Stir together brown sugar and chili powder.
  4. Dredge chicken in mixture.
  5. Coat a rack and broiler pan in non-stick cooking spray.
  6. Place chicken on rack and bake 30-35 minutes, until bacon is crispy.
You can watch the video of Paula making these HERE.
If you're new to the Celebrity Cook-Along you can click HERE for details.

So, let's put on our aprons and cook something! (Tall white hat optional:@)

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The Winner!
Ok, I don't have a cute dog or parrot to fetch the winner out of a bowl...
If you've been around Pig In Mud for a while you know that Earl is no stranger to duct tape...

While it may not be dignified... I wanted him to choose the winner for April's give-away,
so I put all of the names in a bag and dropped him in... ah, let's say... caboose first...

the winner is:
Thanks so much for playing along La, I'll e-mail you for your address:@)


  1. Hi Lynn,
    I just made her recipe for baked spaghetti and it was wonderful. I just love her and her style.

    congrats to the winner.


  2. This Celebrity Cook-Along sounds great! I'm looking forward to participating.

  3. LOL! That Earl is amazing and so useful! :)
    I love Paula Deen and like you, every recipe I've tried has been delicious!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  4. I just love La, Earl, ya done good!

    Ooooh, I already have a Paula favorite too.

    Very fun....

    xoxo Lynn,


  5. What a great way to pick a winner! I wonder if my dane would let me put duct tape on her butt all for the sake of a giveaway! Prolly not! Congrats to La! Now to go and find a Paula recipe! Love and Best Dishes Y'all!

  6. Love your method, too funny!

    I am sure I'll find something loaded with buttah to make! :)

  7. I love Paula Deen! I hope to join in for this party. I was being a new Grandma and missed April's. Good choice! hugs, Linda (PS Tell Earl he did a good job of choosing a winner)

  8. That Earl is up to any job! Congratulations to La! ~ Sarah

  9. Congratulations to La! You know, so many of the popular chefs did not go to cooking school - Julia, Paula, Martha, and last night I saw Patricia Wells speak. She also learned to cook when her husband was transferred to Paris. I guess the lesson here is to do something you are passionate about! I just read Savannah Style, honey, so I'll be joining the fun with y'all. And what does Earl think of your choice of appetizer? Linda

  10. Girl you and Earl are too much!! I had to wait to comment. Had to stop laughing first.
    Paula is a love. She and all three of her men have been good publicity for Savannah. She is always doing for others.
    BTW, not a lot of people in Savannah sound like her but we DO have our accents.
    The recipe sounds great and easy. Don't know how I missed that one.

  11. I LOVE Paula and this time I AM playing along. I have never made anything of hers but I always watch her show. This recipe sounds delicious...I am sure my family will love it. Thanks Lynn


  12. Poor Earl....he was really busting hit butt to help out! LOL

    Congratulations to LA!!

  13. I love Earl! So much fun to have come out the winner from him! Congrats on the winner, I love her recipes! Thank you for coming by and for the lovely comment sweetie!
    Happy Easter.

  14. Congrats to La! Looking forward to the Paula Deen cook along. Poor Earl :(

    Now to go shopping for all that buttah!

  15. Thanks for that recipe! I love coming here for cooking inspiration!!

  16. Oh I love Paula! I am so excited to participate in this celebrity cook along! For several years now I go to Savannah in early Spring, and always take the Paula Deen tour and eat at Lady and Sons! I have most of her wonderful cookbooks, so this will be great fun!!!!!!
    HOPEFULLY, my kitchen will be done in time!
    Count me in. I'll advertise this on my sidebar, too!

    xo Yvonne

  17. I'll have to try to join this one too. The last one was fun. Glad Earl's butt picked La, she is so

  18. This recipe looks yummy! I think I could have 75% of my meals as plates of appetizers! LOL Congrats to the winner. And I have your Paula Cook Along button up on my sidebar!

  19. Love that chubby caboose, Lynn! Congrats to sweet LA.
    Have a beautiful week ~
    TTFN ~

  20. Hey Paula Deen!!!! I almost screamed outloud when I saw 'Earl'!!! lol Hope you're having a great weekend...Picket

  21. Poor little Earl. You fixed him up nicely. This recipe sounds delish. I love Paula Deen,

  22. OOOOHHHHHHH------now I am all over this one!!! I just l-o-v-e Paula Dean!!!

  23. What Earl won't do to pick a winner - LOL! Congrats to your winner and I hope I can play along next month!

  24. Too funny, Lynn!!! Earl certainly has a sense of humor. And ya know I LOVE that Paula- She was such a gracious, sweet person! Kinda like my friend, La. Now THAT girl is a hoot! You know she is is a fellow Buckeye blogger, don't-cha? hugs, Sue

  25. I don't just love Paula Deen and her food, but I love her story too! I also love that her sons have joined her on the cooking show. Sounds like fun - how about her Deep Fried Butter!! She is one naughty girl!

    Earl, you are too funny!

  26. I sneak on to the computer to see what is going on in the World of Blog while I am on vacation just to see that my love, Earl has chosen me to win your fantastic giveaway. Sooooweee! ;o}

    Paula Deen....better make sure I have plenty of butter! Hope you are having a great week!

  27. I just saw the post over at BJs about your cook along. We love love love Paula Deen here at our house. We went to Savannah a couple of years ago and ate till I thought we'd burst!

    Hoping to join your cook along. :)

  28. I would like to join in, but have never participated in a I post the recipe on my own site and link here?

  29. I want to cook a Paula Dean recipe on the 15th!!! I'm new to your blog (I followed you), but here's my funny Paula Dean story. My uncles' assisted living facility called & asked if I'd like to bake a pumpkin pie for the contest during their fall festival. I agreed, then later remembered I'd never made a pumpkin pie evah! So I went online and found Paula Dean with a recipe - of course my pie won first prize!!! You gotta love Paula, right?!?!
    Mary @ Redo 101.blogspot

  30. Just found out about your celebrity cook-along. Just might join in this weekend!


  31. Honey, everyday is a good day to whip up one of Paula's recipes. She's my idol! I made her mother-in-law's Banana Cake and it was so good.


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