And my delicious rendition of a refreshing summer cocktail, the Whiskey Sour.
It seems to me, the biggest life lessons we learn are often the hardest and watching a shaky and broken Paula Deen in yesterday's apology video I could almost feel sorry for her. Knowing a bit about her past and the struggles she's faced with her own mental health, the crisis worker in me took notice and worried about whether or not she has the emotional fortitude to get through this.
That being said, she did what she did and no amount of apology will ever make me understand how a public figure (or anybody) could think that hosting a plantation party with African American servants dressed in stereotypical period costumes would ever even remotely be okay.
Let's not even get started on her use of the N word.
Do people actually still talk and think like that in 2013?
Apparently Paula Deen - who admitted in court earlier this week that "Of course she has used the 'N word' in the past" - still does. In her deposition she also said, “It’s just what they are — they’re jokes ... most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks ... gays or straights, black, redneck, you know, I just don't know — I just don't know what to say. I can’t, myself, determine what offends another person."
Miss Paula, if you were intelligent enough to amass a fortune in the food industry that has been estimated by Forbes at around 17 million dollars, I would think you have enough smarts to determine that racist jokes might be offensive.
And I don't care where a person grew up or what generation they're from ( hoping to quiet the controversy Deen’s reps said her use of the word was the product of her upbringing in the deep South). In this day and age we all know the difference between what is hateful and what is not. If you choose to embrace the negative and use unacceptable language in public or in private, eventually those chickens will come home to roost and all the southern frying in the world ain't gonna gloss it over.
Added to that, this is a woman who has made a career out of cooking the traditional food of the American south - food with roots that trace back in every way to the people on the other end of her disparaging remarks.
So where does Deen go from here?
We know the Food Network has shut the door on her without even so much as a "Best Dishes" but I wonder what Fox will be doing about her upcoming appearance on MasterChef. If any network is going to be on the forgiving side, sadly, it might be them.
As for me, I've never been much of a Paula Deen fan; not only because she has always come off as disingenuous to me, but because her recipes have never really appealed. While turducken sounds interesting on paper, it has never been on my bucket list of things to try. Ditto for casseroles made with mayonnaise, or deep fried butter balls.
Yes, there really is such a thing.
And on that note, I think it's time to wash it all away with my cocktail!
Please enjoy my easy to follow step by step video.
Visit the printable recipe here: Whiskey Sour
Ingredients for the Lemon Simple Syrup
- 1 1/2 cups fresh mint leaves
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- zest of one lemon
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- Bring the water, sugar, and lemon zest to the boil and boil until the sugar is dissolved.
- Remove from heat. Add the mint leaves, cover and let steep for 10 minutes.
- Strain the simple syrup into a large mason jar or a bottle and add the fresh lemon juice.
- Refrigerate for up to one month.
- 2 ounces bourban
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 3 tbsp lemon simple syrup
Place all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Give it good shake and serve in a cocktail glass with additional ice.
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