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Though she needs no real introduction, we'll give it a whirl anyway. Over the past twenty years, Paula Deen has risen within the world of southern cooking to become its matriarch. After opening Savannah, Georgia's, Lady and Sons
, in 1996, she went on to become one of the Food Network's most iconic faces, starring in Paula's Home Cooking
, Paula's Party
and Paula's Best Dishes
. Recently, she's expanded her empire to include an array of cookbooks, kitchen utensils and appliances, and even furniture. Plus, she's teamed up with Philadelphia Cream Cheese, in their "Real Women of Philadelphia" campaign
, and was recently selected to be Grand Marshal of the Tournament of Roses Parade, preceding the 2011 Rose Bowl.
Paula Deen took some time out from her Thanksgiving prep at home in Savannah to chat with Slashfood about her memories around the holidays, the Rose Bowl and what she's excited about for 2011.
With the holidays approaching, how do you stay sane?
I don't know [laughs]. I really don't know. I think it probably has a lot to do with my team members. I don't micromanage them. They do their job and I don't have to give it a second thought, unless something goes amuck, which is very seldom. But I almost fainted last week...when I was on the plane with them, and I said, "When is Thanksgiving?" and they said, "A week from tomorrow, dear." And I said, "What? How can that be?" So I almost fainted.