Pick me, Paula! Pick me!

29 Oct

Paula Deen’s Caramel Cake in Progress:
A still life by Kim Holloway

My very first post on SSPL featured the Queen of Southern Cuisine, Paula Deen. Now 100-odd (and some even) posts later I’ve come full circle. Imagine my delight when I learned that Paula’s cultivating a new crop of bloggers for her website, and I was among the select few invited to throw my seedling into the soil. (By “select few” I mean everybody on Earth who has a blog and even folks who don’t but think they could.)

Consider this post my contest entry form and bear with me as I expound upon why I think I ought to be part of the Deen Team…

After living as a Southern expat for 18 years, I’ve lost count of the number of times folks have asked me “What’s the South really like?” A couple of years back, I started Stuff Southern People Like as a way to introduce outsiders to some of Dixie’s finest delicacies and doo-dads–from recliners to R.C. Cola. I figured folks back home would enjoy reading it, too (or at least say they did and proceed to gossip about me behind my back saying, “Bless her heart, she thinks she can write…). Along the way, I’ve heard from transplanted Yankees who appreciate the insight into their quirky new friends and neighbors. While I adore all my readers, I must confess that I especially love comments from fellow Southern expats who enjoy the “taste of home” my posts offer.

Could the Deen Team use a cultural ambassador? Someone who delights in helping people discover the convenience of dust ruffles, drive-thru beer barns, and cream-of-something soup? Someone who prepares folks for the perils of pantyhose, Walmart, and unexpected guests? Someone who offers advice on what to bring to a dinner on the ground, how much makeup is too little, or understanding the subtle differences between fried chicken, chicken fried steak or chicken fried chicken? If so, Paula, I’m your girl (out of Dixie).

Thanks, y’all. Soon we’ll be back to regular blog programming, already in progress. Plus that super-secret project I mentioned in my last post (note: this wasn’t it).

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8 Responses to “Pick me, Paula! Pick me!”

  1. Anonymous October 29, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

    Well good luck southern sister! I love your blog and I love me some Paula Deen. We just returned from a girls weekend in Savannah where we bathed in our southerness. 6 old friends uniting to soak in a Deep South city. It was bliss. We ate at Lady and Sons had some yummola fried chicken, fried green tomatoes with onion relish, every southern side dish you could dream of, and of course…Paula’s delicious buttery biscuits.

    Love your blog. It brings a little laugh into my now northern days. Makes me feel like a proud member of the southern club. Can’t wait for the surprise.

    Oh, and when I saw the beaters in your photo I wondered….is licking the beaters a southern thing? I just introduced my little niece to it last weekend. She is now hooked on beater batter!

    • Kim Holloway October 30, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

      Thanks! Getting together with old friends for a girls weekend is a great idea. I’m going to have to get the crew together and go!

      Not sure if licking the beaters is a Southern thing, but if it is, my boyfriend’s a convert, too!

  2. Tori Nelson October 30, 2012 at 4:23 am #

    Exciting! Seems like you would be the perfect fit for Ms. Deen’s site. Southern and Sassy!

    • Kim Holloway October 30, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

      Thanks, Tori! I thought so, too. 🙂

  3. Anonymous October 30, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    Yes yes yes Paula! Pick Kim. All that talent and she’s also nice. Y’all will NOT be dissappointed.

    • Kim Holloway October 30, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

      Aww, thanks!

      • Yaya November 7, 2012 at 6:06 am #

        Good luck! I think Miss Paula should pick you and I sure hope she does. I’m sort of new to your blog and I just love it!
        And yeah, licking the beaters is very southern…it’s still my favorite part of cooking.

        • Kim Holloway November 7, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

          So glad you’re enjoying SSPL, Yaya! Thanks for reading!

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