So besides being a baker in training I'm also a food network addict and my favorite kitchen diva is Paula Deen so I when I saw an ad for The Great American Food and Music Fest in June at the new Meadowlands stadium I had to go. It was a hit list of Food Network greats, Tom Colicchio, the Neely's and Duff Goldman and a chance to taste some of their food, plus the bonus of an amazing beer & wine tasting. My husbands palate is not diverse by any means so I had to convince him this was part of my research as long as there was chicken available he was in and after he herd about the beer tasting, Sold!
I was so excited for this I had my Paula Deen recipe books ready to get signed. I love Paula and her recipes. My favorite are her butter cake recipes. They are sinful and divine the way you would expect any recipe with 2 sticks of butter to taste. It was a humid rainy overcast day but that was quickly forgotten once we entered the air conditioned wine tasting area. I sampled some champagne, watched Duff Goldman make a huge burger cake (that's him in the pic) then we went over to the book signing to meet Ms. Paula. Hitting the wine tasting area first was definitely the right course of action because I didn't even mind the long line or the fact that my husband & I looked like wet dogs since we were the only people not wearing a poncho. The only issue with wine tasting first was my husbands picture taking skills which are displayed below.
So we finally get there and I tell Paula all about how I love her recipes and that since I've become a domestic diva I've spent more time in the kitchen and that I use her fried pumpkin layer cake one to make my cake pops and she asked me what they were! Although she didn't know what they were her husband Michael did and she was gracious enough to listen to me explain them and The Cake Pop Cottage. And then she gave me some kind words of encouragement and told me if I just make the best cake pops I can my business will be successful.
As you can see from the pictures my husbands picture taking was a bit off, off with Paula's hair and off with Michael's head. I don't know if this counts as a picture "with" Paula but that's me on the left (blond stands, purple shirt & hands).