Weekly recipe attempt: Paula's Home Cooking

TomatoesOk.  There are a couple of things I have to say here before getting into the actual recipe.  I'm not exactly a big fan of Paula Deen.  I don't know if it's her voice, her use of copious amounts of fat in her dishes, or the insipid catch phrase she uses at the end of each show, "best dishes from my house to yours," but I can't watch too much of her.  This brings me to the number of reasons for my selection of one of her recipes for my weekly attempt.

Firstly, I was tired.  It was hot here in Southern California (almost 100) and I had just gotten back from a 6 mile walk.  I wasn't in the mood to cook anything.  It's also rent paying week. That wonderful week where my latest paycheck goes toward putting a roof over my head.  I wanted to use the stuff that I already had as opposed to going grocery shopping where I would inevitably purchase more than I came in for, yet again.  That brings me to the last reason.  All the great grilling or brunch recipes or just plain things I wanted to cook are being saved for the weekend.  My friend Valerie is coming up and we are working on a special Labor Day menu for the blog.  

With all that being said, I am willing to suffer through Paula's show to get this recipe which I bring to you today:  Marinated Tomatoes.

This recipe was perfect for what I wanted last night.  I had just gone for a walk in the blistering heat and wanted something light and cool to eat.  The ingredients were easy to assemble, no cooking required, mere whisking is all this one takes.  There was quite a bit of oil in the recipe.  I wouldn't recommend eating the tomatoes by themselves.  I put them on top of some mixed greens along with some left over peas and white beans.  I used them like a dressing with big heaps of tomato.  It was quite tasty.

I give this recipe an 8 out of 10.  It gets a high score because of it's versatility.  You could even use the tomatoes a sort of a Southern style bruschetta if you put the mixture on top of toasted bread.  Hmmm....  Maybe I'll try that tonight with the left overs.


  1. Susan Abernethy Said:

    Paula, my husband and I love your show. Southern galsknow how to cook and you are the best! Do you accept recipes from viewers? I have two I would like to submit to you. One is from my Mother and the other is from my Mother-in-law. Chocolate icing and oatmeal cookies. I believe you would enjoy both. Keep up the good shows. Susan Abernethy, Dahlonega, GA

  2. Mr. & Mrs. Larry Walls Sr. Said:

    Paula, My husband and I have enjoyed the cuisine at the lady and sons, the food was out of this world every time that we have gone so You must be really proud of your staff,they really represent in your absence they are very courteous to the people that visit, especcially the lady that comes out and ask are you hungry, she really exemplifies the business to me, and I think she prepares the complimentary sides that they offer during the meal, every time that we have been there I have seen one or the other of your sons and I must say that they look even more handsome in person. May God Bless and keep you all lifted up in his arms, and continue to bless you all. We are very supportive of your shows.The Walls,Goldsboro, NC

  3. Lisa Hayes Said:

    Love your shows, try to see them all! Have a bread I would like you to try, my youngest sister borrowed it out of a magazine in a doctors office in N. Fla., and sent it to me in Indiana. Hate for you to miss this one! I have tried to find this recipe everywhere and cant. We have tried strawberry, butter pecan, and vanilla , it is one of a kind. Ice Cream Bread 1 1/2 cups of self rising flour 1pint{2cups} ice cream softened to almost melting. Stir together just until flour is moistened. Spoon into well greased and floured loaf pan.{we use throw away pans} Bake at 350o for 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.Remove from pan and cool on wire rack. You may use any flavor ice cream. DO NOT use fat free or sugar free they do not work. Enjoy!!

  4. dan gotell Said:

    Paula I try to watch your show every day I love your cooking. I commend you for your honesty and love of the art one day you shared your family recipes and you stated that you were not embarassed about the ingredients and with that you had me hooked. I understand why you are such a sucess you have not forgot where you came from. i wish you all the sucess in the future and may god bless your future. daniel gotell

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