Paula Deen’s beautiful smiling face and sparkling blue eyes caught my attention at the checkout a coulpe of days ago – so into the grocery cart she went. It was the April 1, 2008 issue of one of my favorite magazines, Good Housekeeping’s quick and simple.
Her beautiful face is also inside the magazine (in an adorable picture with her husband, Michael Groover), along with a really great article/interview. As if that weren’t enough to make any Paula Deen fan want the magazine (hey, the cover alone was enough for this one), there are three SWEET Paula Deen recipes inside that’ll make you flip. The first one, as well as the first one I’m going to make, is “Southwest Georgia Pound Cake.” I love pound cakes to distraction. My favorite recipe calls for sour cream, but this one sounds pretty amazing in its own right – it calls for heavy cream along with the cast of regulars: Butter, sugar, vanilla extract, etc.
Another of the Paula Deen recipes they feature is “Tassie Cups with Lemon Curd Filling,” and you have to see the picture. They’re gorgeous! They’ll make beautiful little desserts for spring and summer.
Last, but not least – it features chocolate, so how could it be least?! – Paula Deen’s recipe for “Dummy Fudge.” With just 5 ingredients, it’s one of the most uncomplicated fudge recipes imaginable. Plus, it’s from Paula Deen, so you know it’s going to be extraordinary!
As if the magazine knew I wouldn’t stop until I’d tried each and every one of these recipes, the magazine has a great section on burning calories while you clean your house. It tells how many each chore burns along with how long you have to keep on keeping on. Fascinating (and important!) stuff.
Finally, the issue has an article called “Health by Numbers.” I lost track of the things I read that I didn’t know. While an issue is on the newstands, I don’t like giving anything away – because I want them to be able to sell as many as possible, especially when they feature Paula Deen…so they’ll see that she sells well and feature her again and again! But I thought this little gem was too important and timely to NOT pass along. According to this article (which sites its source as Mayo Clinic) – it takes 15 seconds of hand washing in order to kill sickness-causing germs. A perfect way to time yourself, the magazine points out, is to sing Happy Birthday in your head. It’d be an awesome trick to teach your children, as well. So many just throw their hands under the running water for 2 seconds and run off, wiping their hands on their clothes!
But if they were to make a game of it…a healthy game, at that….maybe they’d stick around and actually get ALL 10 fingers clean!
It’s a great issue, front to back – just look for the smile.