Gwen Fowler



Paula Deen cooks chicken bog, plays to crowd at Coastal Uncorked

Posted 5/14/2011 11:55:00 PM

Southern cook Paula Deen is known for her love of butter, and she makes no apologies for the way she cooks.

“I always tell people on my show that it’s about my mama’s cooking,” she said Saturday in Myrtle Beach, minutes before her cooking demonstration at the Alabama Theatre in North Myrtle Beach, part of the Coastal Uncorked Food and Wine Festival.

For people who say the way she cooks isn’t the most healthful way to eat, Deen’s response is that moderation is the key.

But she said, “I haven’t used that just lately.”

Don’t blame it all on the food, she said. “Back when I was a child, you didn’t sit on a sofa with a computer.”

The foods she planned to prepare for the cooking demonstration, she said, would be a spinach and strawberry salad with poppy seed dressing, peach cobbler and chicken bog.

“I don’t know why I’m coming to Myrtle Beach and cooking chicken bog,” she said, referring the coastal specialty made with rice, chicken and sausage. “This is y’all’s dish.”

Next week, Deen will start filming an ABC Christmas special in Savannah, as well as “Paula’s Best Dishes,” her Food Network program.

She and NBC weatherman Al Roker will be traveling to Birmingham, Ala., in mid-June to take two truckloads of food and other supplies, she said.

The Lee Brothers, cookbook authors Matt and Ted Lee, were opening the show for Deen, and Myrtle Beach Chef Brad Daniels of Croissants Bistro and Bakery gave her a hand during the cooking demonstration.

This is the second year of Coastal Uncorked, but Deen is the first celebrity chef brought in for the event.