Skip to comments.Paula Deen to open eatery in Pigeon Forge
Posted on 02/26/2014 8:09:39 AM PST by don-o
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Paula Deen's comeback trail is leading her to the Smoky Mountains of east Tennessee.
The Savannah, Ga.-based celebrity cook announced Wednesday she's opening a new restaurant, Paula Deen's Kitchen, in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. A hub for tourists visiting the Dollywood theme park and the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge draws about 10 million vacationers a year.
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Pushing old Dolly out?
So then will pigeon be on the menu —
There’s plenty of room in PF and they have built a lot of road in the past few years.
The name “Pigeon Forge” comes from an iron forge built by Isaac Love (17831854) sometime around 1820. The name of this forge referred to its location along the Little Pigeon River, in the vicinity of what is now the Old Mill. The name of the river comes from the flocks of passenger pigeons that frequented its banks at the time of the first Euro-American settlers’ arrival.
Great - more fat asses walking around Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.
She's a good example of PC gone awry.
...still another reason to fire up the moving van for a return to East Tennessee!
I visited that area with my sister and our mother back in 2006. It’s beautiful there.
(But the roads were scary as hell).
but, will the liberals launch boycotts and protests and such, for her sin of having said the N word?????
Why is it okay for blacks to use this dreaded word?
She’s got great chompers...
So they are now extinct:
[P]igeon meat was commercialized as a cheap food for slaves and the poor in the 19th century, resulting in hunting on a massive and mechanized scale. A slow decline between about 1800 and 1870 was followed by a catastrophic decline between 1870 and 1890.
Interesting — As went slavery declined so did the passenger pigeons they ate or vice versa.
Home Brewed Moonshine
Can you say Chik Fil A?
yes, but she will call it squab... on second thought, she will likely call it pigeon...
i'll say... she is an Obama supporter...
Agreed - good luck to her.
Agreed. We’ve never been big Paula Deen fans, but of course we supported her 100% during the recent despicable attacks.
She should draw a good crowd there.
Her recipes still seem to be quite popular on the Foodtv site. Her meatloaf came up #1 (or very close) the other day when I was searching.
Of course I found it too complicated. I’m like the guy who told Mozart his music had too many notes, I look at a recipe and say: too many ingredients.
Great - more fat asses walking around Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.
I just wonder how many people go to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg and say they went to the mountains, without ever venturing into the park itself. There are plenty of tourists who could use some time on the trails turning their cellulite booties into buns of steel. They should be careful, however. The bears might want to hug something besides the trees when they see the large tourists.
I am glad that I can enjoy the good things in this world without having to vet every person's offerings through a political prism. This includes athletes, actors, musicians as well as restaurant owners. If they give me what I enjoy, I use it. If not, I don't.
That’s a funny sign. It kind of sounds like something you’d see in a comedy.
My mother did the driving. She’s been there before so she is familiar with those roads. I wouldn’t have been able to anyway because her car has a stick shift and I can’t drive one of those.
honestly--same here... :)
I thought they went out of business? Every time I take the family there after Church, they're closed.
Ditto that, five years ago....I was also very relieved to get out of the Smokies and onto solid flat ground.
Deen: “Jimmuh Carter was the best president we evah hay-ad!”
Love me some white-knuckle mountain roads...some of the best anywhere can be found in East Tennessee, western North Carolina, and southwest Virginia. Switchback heaven. :-)
Try my meatloaf recipe, it’s great (or so I think anyhow) and it isn’t too complex.
3 lbs of 80% ground beef, about 3/4 of 1 small zucchini (about 6-7”) grated, 1/2 of a medium onion grated, 2 Tbsp of granulated garlic, salt and pepper to taste ( I use about 1 TBSP of each), 1 egg, about 1/2 - 3/4 cup of crackers pulverized. About 8 pieces of thinly sliced bacon.
I put the ground beef in a large bowl, throw the spices in, grate the zucchini and onion on to that, throw the egg and crackers in, then mix until everything is just combined (mixing meatloaf too much makes it tough).
I form it into a huge patty about 2 and 1/2” thick in a cast iron skillet (a 12” skillet works perfectly); leave about 1” of room around the edges and make a small indentation (about 1/4” deep and a few inches across) in the middle of the patty. Place the thinly sliced bacon on top of it and put it in a 350 degree oven. Bake it for about 1 hour. About halfway through the cooking process drain most of the fat to make life simpler later.
Top it off with your favorite sauce about 15 minutes before it is done baking. I make a chili sauce/ BBQ sauce concoction that works really well with this.
If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can melt some shredded cheese on it too.
My family loves this meatloaf.
I forgot to mention, most times I use 1/2 Tbsp or so of sea salt, and about 1/2 Tbsp of seasoned salt instead of just straight salt as I mentioned initially. I do this to add a little flavor and get some iodine in there (most sea salt isn’t iodized).
“Her recipes still seem to be quite popular on the Foodtv site. Her meatloaf came up #1 (or very close) the other day when I was searching.”
If there are too many ingredients for her meatloaf, and other recipes, maybe her next venture should be prepackaged kits for her best favored ones.
She would do better in Gatlinburg as an upscale. Pigeon Forge is a money maker but I would never stay there. No mountains and one river. Phhttt!
I copied your recipe and will give it a try.
I usually make one from a recipe from the Good Housekeeping cookbook from years ago. I use a cast iron frying pan too; I really like your idea of draining the fat part way through.
Another thing a cast iron pan is great for is soda bread, I think that’s the key to it.
That’s a good idea.
I’d eat there if I ever visited.
if they cook it in a forge, it’ll be blackened
she was cluster F’ed, so I hope it does well.
I believe you are correct WRT the soda bread. Cast iron skillets are great for even heat displacement, that is probably the key to good soda bread.
When I can’t bring myself to pay the same amount or more for thinly sliced bacon and end up using thick sliced, I par cook the bacon in the cast iron skillet and leave a little of the bacon fat in the pan prior to placing the meatloaf in there.
Last time I cubed the bacon and par cooked it, then incorporated it into the meatloaf instead of putting it on the top. It is a real pain to cut through the thick sliced cooked bacon and the tender meatloaf underneath without destroying it.
Have to stop in for a bite on our next mission.
I hated PF when I was there.
She’s as RATty as you can get. She’s the spokesperson for Smithfield ham despite them being raided multiple times for illegals. She promised during both of hussein’s campaigns to have on the runners’ wives but she only had Moo on her shows both times.
Try the “Dragon’s Tail”...Highway 129 from Tallassee, TN to Deal’s Gap, NC...316 curves in about 11-12 miles....
I like the Bridgeford Bacon that you can buy at the CVS stores. It’s not too thin and not too thick. Cooks up very nicely too.
Familiar with the ‘Dragon’s Tail’, but have to drive it. Need to get out of soviet Red England and back to the USA.
Ha! We were driving down a steep, twisting mountain road in western NC. As we entered a particularly scary turn there was a sign by the road:
“Are you ready to meet Jesus?”
Thanks for the suggestion, I will take a look next time I go there (I am forced to use them as my pharmacy by BCBS).
—Every time I take the family there after Church,
Must not be Seventh Day Adventist
129...a road that’s one of the best roads for motorcycles
In the country.
Even tho I ride a Gold Wing and don’t push it like
the guys and gals on the rice rockets do.