I love to watch Paula Deen cook. She's having fun and making food that makes my mouth water. I rarely ever turn to her recipes when I cook myself, though. She's so associated with food loaded with ingredients that will stop your heart that I feel it's best to not even click on one of her recipes if it comes up in a recipe search I'm doing.
Where I see a red flag with Paula's recipes, her son Bobby Deen sees opportunity. On Jan. 4, 2012, his new show, "Not My Mama's Meals," will debut on the Cooking Channel. He'll be taking his mom's recipes and making them healthier.
I think I'll be tuning in out of curiosity. And c'mon y'all, I know you're curious, too. Curious to see how he's going to transform dishes like his mom's Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding that uses two dozen Krispy Kreme donuts, a can of sweetened condensed milk, a stick of butter and a whole box of confectioner's sugar into something lighter? That's one of the recipes scheduled for the first show.
This isn't Bobby Deen's first go at recreating his mother's recipes with healthier ingredients. On the Deen Bros. website he shares with his brother Jamie, there's a section where they've "taken some of their favorite recipes of their mom's and taken them lighter, cutting the fat and calories without the flavor." Each recipe shows how many fewer calories and grams of fat their recipes have compared to Paula's version.
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