Monday, March 25, 2013

Southern Charm Exists Y'all...

in the form of Bobby Deen. I had the pleasure of meeting him Saturday at a Giant Eagle that was near me. He talked for a while, and then he did a cooking demonstration! Let's take a step back shall we?

My mom and I love to watch cooking shows, Paula Deen in particular. She sometimes has either Jamie or Bobby on helping her cook. Let's face it, Southern charm is hard to resist. So we kind of developed crushes on Bobby.

Black Eyed Pea salad
So my dad was reading in the newspaper and saw that Bobby was going to be 30 minutes from us. This was a great time to surprise my mom! I ordered our free tickets and kept it a secret. Mom came in from being outside and we told her to get ready we were going for a ride to see Bobby. She thought we were lying.    ;)
Sweet and Savory Meatballs
So we got there, picked up our tickets, and headed to the demo area. A little after 3 Bobby comes out and just randomly starts talking to the audience. (Meanwhile, my dad got to shake his hand. According to him, he has a firm grip. So there you have it.) The Giant Eagle people had to take him back to get his microphone on. He comes back out and he talked for about 45 minutes before he started cooking. Not a problem with me, I could listen to that accent all day, but I digress. So he finally started cooking and he made 3 simple recipes, a black eyed pea salad, sweet and savory meatballs, and stuffed mushrooms. The first 2 things were delicious! I didn't get a chance to try the mushrooms.

It's a little blurry but y'all, it's Bobby Deen!
Then it was time for the autographs and pictures. Can I just tell you he was in no hurry to leave that store. He interacted with everyone and acutally took time with people. (Mind you, there was about 75-100 people there) My mom and I gave him a jar of our canned pepper relish that we make. She got the cornbread recipe of his mama's signed and I just got a personalized picture signed. (As a side note, my name sounds great with a Southern accent!) We got our pictures and then we left. It honestly was a great way to spend 2.5 hours of my Saturday.

I will do a separate post on the recipes he shared with us!

P.S. Bobby, if you're reading this, my mom and I hope you enjoy the pepper relish! If you want to come can with us you are more than welcome!

P.P.S. Us Yankee folk would say "Bobby." His mother however would say it like this "Baaabbbyyy." The difference between the North and the South y'all! ;)
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