dinner, paula deen style

For my birthday, Mom bought me this beautiful teal enamel-lined cast-iron dutch oven from one of Paula Deen's cookware lines. Yay! I had been wanting one of these pans for a while, so that I could give soup-making a try (among other things)...and Mom picked the perfect one out for me.

And to go with that - a Paula Deen cookbook! I had borrowed this cookbook from the library, and when I realized how many of the recipes I wanted to make copies of, I decided it would probably make sense to simply get my own copy. (Or, in this case, ask for a copy for my birthday.) Just look at all those dog-ears!

So it was with great amusement that I realized I'd be making a Paula Deen recipe for chili (albeit not from the cookbook) in my Paula Deen cookware.

I made "courage chili" with a side of cornbread muffins - it was the perfect dinner to share with some of my student staff on a cold rainy night. And I was impressed with how simple it was to make - even with my love's help - just three steps to hearty deliciousness.

And then...in my search for a dessert that would complement the chili...I found a yummy-sounding recipe for lemon bars. In - what else? - my new Paula Deen cookbook. These were equally easy, and equally delicious.

Ahh, Paula Deen. What inspiration she provides for my cooking!


Catt Larson said…
That is the SAME dutch oven that I have. I LOVE IT!!! Mine is a dark red though. Use it a lot! Now I need that cookbook, just pinned it! hehe

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