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  • Dixie Ryan: Please forgive Paula Deen

  • There is one thing I must say before I begin this weeks article. I like Paula Deen, and I am very disgusted with Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Target and others who have eliminated her products and taken a stand against her because she said a naughty word 27 years ago.

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  • There is one thing I must say before I begin this weeks article. I like Paula Deen, and I am very disgusted with Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Target and others who have eliminated her products and taken a stand against her because she said a naughty word 27 years ago.
    At that time the word she is accused of saying was used much more commonly, particularly in the South. I am not saying it was right, but she is guilty only because of her location and circumstances. She has apologized and asked to be forgiven but these high and mighty’s are not forgiving.
    It would seem to me that a large percentage of those in charge of those places have probably used the same word she is being accused of.
    The Bible says that you must forgive or Jesus will not forgive you. It also says that if you are without sin cast the first stone. Seems as if a lot of people are in a lot of trouble. Think about it!
    Paula Deen is pretty much a self-made woman. Her husband left her with two little boys and she began making sandwiches daily and the boys delivered them to factories. That is where she had her beginning. I would say she has a good reason (or two good reasons) to hold her head high and I think we need to support her at this low time in her life.
    Today I am going to share a couple of Paula Deen recipes from one of her cookbooks, The Deen Family Cookbook. Sometimes her ideas are a little too fancy for me but many times they are my favorite recipes.
    Twice Baked Cheese Straws
    One 4 ounce box cheese straws, about 12 straws
    3/4 cup (3 ounces) grated Cheddar cheese
    Salt and pepper
    Paula’s tip: Don’t worry if you open up a box of straws and find they’re broken. Just break all the straws into pieces before you put the cheese over them. Then go ahead and serve them in a bowl.
    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with greased waxed paper or a nonstick liner. Arrange the straws on the baking sheet. Press the cheese onto the straws; sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Bake the straws for 10 minutes or until the cheese is golden and bubbling. Serve warm or at room temperature.
    Tiny Sausage Tomato Bites
    1 pound bulk sausage (hot, sweet, or breakfast sausage crumbled)
    3 cups baking mix, such as Bisquick
    2 cups (1/2 pound) grated Cheddar cheese
    24 cherry tomatoes, halved
    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl combine sausage, baking mix and cheese. Mix very well with your hands or in a food processor, until the meat and cheese are evenly distributed (the mixture will seem dry). Roll and press the mixture into 1 inch balls. Transfer the sausage balls to a baking sheet and flatten each on with the palm of you hand. Make a small indentation in each patty with your thumb and nestle a tomato half, cut side up in the indentation. Bake until the meat is cooked through, 15 to 25 minutes. Serve hot or warm.
    Page 2 of 2 - Pray for Paula Deen, and I will see you next week.
    Dixie Ryan lives in Odessa and has enjoyed sharing her cooking talents and secrets with readers for many years.
     
     

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