Lesson 1219 – Frank Underwood and Paula Deen

My son and I are HUGE House of Cards fans. We had been hearing about this series for a few years but only recently decided to look into it. Honestly, the show had me even before the opening credits rolled onto the screen.

All I can say is that I should have watched it earlier (although now I can binge watch all of the episodes in the first 3 seasons.)

“Cards” is easily one of the most intelligent and entertaining shows I’ve seen in a long time. It makes you physically squirm with anticipation and yell “Booyah!”, when a trap previously set snaps shut effectively ensnaring its prey. Absolutely outstanding.

And of course, because we are becoming mini-obsessed fans, I thought I’d pick up a Southern Style Cookbook in honor of the main character Frank Underwood who is an elected Congressman from the deep south. I mean, there is only so much mention of ribs, cornbread, slaw (always slaw) and sweet ice-tea that anyone can take before they start salivating.

Still not quite sure what a pork rind is, but I think I need to try one.

In honor of “Cards” I decided that we needed some southern food in our diet. I’m fully aware that if you’re going to cook southern food, you might as well do it the right way with butter, cream, and whole milk, right?

Um, knew I’d need a little guidance on that part.

When I was recently at our local Goodwill, I perused the cookbook section hoping to find a southern gem that would help me out and lo and behold, I found one of the undisputed modern southern cooking bibles.


There on the shelf sat Paula Deen’s Kictchen classics, which includes The Lady & Sons Savannah Country Cookbook along with The Lady & Sons, too! Between the covers of this book, you can find sauces, rubs, soups, and plenty of meat recipes. It doesn’t have a recipe for sweet tea (doesn’t everyone in the south have their own preferred way of making sweet tea?) but it does include recipes for barbequed short ribs, fried spare ribs, and The Lady’s Oven-Roasted Ribs, along with ten different recipes for cornbread.

Not one tiny mention of low-fat anything.

This little House of Cards fan is going to be in hog heaven.

Know what else I found in that book? This.

Say what you will about Paula Deen, but I’ll tell you that anyone who signs her book, “Best Dishes,”  certainly deserves a coveted spot in my cookbook collection.


Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

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2 responses to “Lesson 1219 – Frank Underwood and Paula Deen

  1. Marcia

    What a great find! I came across one of my favorite cookbooks at a church rummage sale a few years back. It is “The Yellow Farmhouse Cookbook” by Christopher Kimball. And it is also signed! They had a slew of hardcover cookbooks for about $2 each and I came home with some real treasures. Bargains are so much fun, especially when you truly enjoy what you found.

  2. Hi! I originally came here because your article was one of the few related results when I tried Googling which House of Cards episode has a scene at Freddy’s BBQ where Freddy asks Frank if he wants slaw and Frank replies, “Always.” Don’t suppose you’d know offhand? 😛 But yeah, your article was an entertaining read! Any time I see Freddy’s food on that show, I always get crazy for southern cooking and soul food. And congrats on finding an autographed Paula Deen book!

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