Friday, November 18, 2011

Gourmets 50 Most Influential Women in Food # 24 Paula Deen--Wayne's Cranberry Sauce

Paula's Cranberry Sauce
This weeks one of 50 is Paula Deen. Restauranteur, cookbook author, and Food Network star! ! She is # 24 on Gourmets list of the 50 Most Influential Women in food. 
Paula Deen happens to be one of my favorite celebrity cooks. Watching her is like being in the kitchen with a good friend.  Even though I own several of her cookbooks, most of what she cooks is not the kind of food that a nice Mediterranean girl feels comfortable feeding her family. She cooks very southern...very high in fat! Everything she makes looks luscious, however the fat content has to be high enough to set off alarms!
Paula Deen married very young and had two sons. She suffered from panic attacks and agoraphobia, eventually becoming housebound. During this time she focused on cooking for her family. Something she could do without leaving her house. In 1986, she took a job in a bank as a teller. After that she and her sons moved to Savannah, where in 1989 she divorced her husband. Paula, needing to support her sons and herself, started making sandwiches, bagging them in lunch bags, then sending her sons down town to sell them. It was the birth of her catering business "The Bag Lady".  She soon needed a bigger space so in 1996, Deen opened her own restaurant in downtown Savannah called "The Lady and Sons". Within a few years, she moved her restaurant to a larger building in Savannah's historic district. The specialty being the buffet which includes sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, deep fried Twinkies, fried chicken and so on and so forth.  I've visited her store front, wanting to have some lunch there, but the line wrapped around the block. Maybe next time I'm in Savannah I will have that pleasure. 
Paula has self-published two cookbooks "The Lady and Sons" and "The Lady and Sons Too".  Then in 1999 she began her relationship with the Food Network. She has since published several more books and has become a fixture at the Food Network. 
Because it's Thanksgiving week I chose to make Wayne's Cranberry Sauce  from her book "Lady and Sons, Too".  This was delicious and may become my new "go to" recipe when I make cranberry sauce. 
Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! Eat merry and enjoy!

Everything in the pot simmering

This is a lovely cranberry sauce, with wonderful flavor
I'm sure everyone at my table will enjoy it!

Wayne's Cranberry Sauce
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (16-ounce) bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped apple
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 orange, juiced
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated


Combine the sugar and water in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the cranberries and return to a boil, then lower the heat so that the liquid simmers. Add the apples, walnuts, raisins, Grand Marnier, orange and lemon juices, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and cook for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let the sauce cool.
Serve in a side bowl with turkey or any preferred holiday dish. 

Thanks to Mary of One Perfect Bite for this wonderful challenge. These other bloggers are also featuring the recipes of Paula Deen. Hope you'll check them out. They are all very talented ladies.

Annie- Most Lovely Things


  1. I never knew her background - thanks for sharing. How can you not love a woman who has such an overwhelming fondess for butter?
    Cranberry sauce, in my opinion, is usually the best thing on the table during the holiday season ;-)

  2. This looks really delicious and bright!

  3. So timely!! This sounds like a delicious version with the apples, the walnuts, the raisins...oh, and ESPECIALLY the Grand Marnier! ;) Delicious choice.

  4. Perfect timing for Thanksgiving! Lovely write up on Paula - she is quite amazing.

  5. This looks so good - maybe a dessert instead of a side dish?

  6. Thanks, Kathy! I was so flattered when they contacted me.

    This looks & sounds delicious with so many more layers of flavor than most cranberry sauces! It would be lovely over pound cake.

    Enjoy your weekend!

  7. Great recipe, Kathy. I love the Grand Marnier in this AND the fresh apple!

  8. This blows away the cranberry sauce in the can. I am spoiled now. I dont want it any other way.

  9. I normally make Ina Garten's cranberry sauce but I may have to give this one a try. I love a chunky cranberry sauce!

    Maria @ A Platter of Figs

  10. Kathy, your cranberry sauce recipe looks so delicious. I really love the added grand marnier.

  11. I love Paula Deen's story - she has achieved so much with her sons. I also have a few of her cookbooks and make one of her recipes when I am nostalgic about the South. This cranberry sauce has to be tasty with Grand Marnier!

  12. I am sure Paula's cranberry sauce is just wonderful! And I hope the Baker's Joy works in your annoying to have a stuck cake/bread!
    Have a great weekend~

  13. That Paula Deen story is so interesting and inspirational, thanks so much for sharing it! Your spiced cranberry sauce looks gorgeous, Kathy, I can see myself slathering this on top of all sorts of desserts :).

  14. Kathy-I never knew about Paula Deen's background, other than owning her restaurant in Savannah!
    This is an amazing cranberry sauce recipe, and you did such an incredible job on it. I absolutely love it with the apples, and the Grand Marnier!
    Thanks for sharing such a great post, and recipe!

  15. Kathy,
    Thanks for posting this cranberry sauce recipes. I make one very similar to this with the orange, apple, and nuts, and it is the best sauce I've ever tasted. It looks like Paula has made it even more delicious with those extra goodies like the Grand Marnier and spices. I'll try this one this year.