Bobby Deen Gets Personal: Mama, Marriage & Kids Meals No No
Foodie Secrets from Bobby and Jamie Deen
Breakfast is best made together."My first kitchen memories are dunking the bread in the egg wash for the French toast and putting on the powdered sugar," says Bobby, who wrote the new book with his older brother, Jamie. Says Jamie, "Breakfast duties are easy for a sous chef. Kids love to break things, so let them crack a couple of eggs. That's what my 5-year-old son, Jack, does."
The secret to getting your man to cook is...Buying the groceries, says Bobby: "I hate a grocery store, and I think a lot of men feel that way." Adds Jamie, "I think it would help if a woman found a recipe, bought all the ingredients, and said, 'Honey, I'll give you a back rub if you make dinner.'"
"Thank God Mom taught us to be self-sufficient,"Jamie says. "We learned to wash our clothes and cook at young age. And she said, 'Now you can take care of yourself.' Bobby's still doing it. He keeps his house, he cooks for himself, and he wears clean clothes most of the time. You really stunt your sons by saying, 'Cooking and cleaning are women's work.'"
"We're trimming down Mama's meals— and she loves it," says Bobby. "People think she's an unhealthy cook all the time, and that's not true. Mom cooks Southern food very well, but she doesn't always use cream and butter. Our goal is to lighten up Southern recipes — we don't want to give up our history, but neither of us wants to check out early. We can't sit around eating sticks of butter." Adds Jamie, "I could stand to lose a few pounds. Bobby's in the gym five days a week. I'm just smoke and mirrors and Photoshop."
Still, nothing beats a crazy sandwich."When we were kids, Mom gave us pineapple and mayo sandwiches," Jamie says. "I still love them. She'd also make butter and sugar or cold spaghetti sandwiches. Now, anything that fits between two pieces of white bread, I'll eat it." — AS TOLD TO NICOLE YORIO
Mom's healthy trick:"Just a few weeks ago, I thought she was feeding me creamed potatoes, but it was actually creamed cauliflower," Bobby says. "I couldn't tell the difference."
"My mom's goulashis the best dish I've ever had," says Bobby. "She makes it for my birthday every year. Finally, at 41 years old, I've learned how to cook it, but it's still not as good as hers." Get the recipe at redbookmag.com/pauladeen.
"When we travel,we make trail mix with granola, pretzels, and M&Ms," Jamie says. "It keeps me away from triple cheeseburgers at the drive-through."
"The best man foodis anything with a bone in it," says Jamie. "I love food with natural handles — you can pick it up and gnaw."
"I would never visit Chicago withoutgetting the deep-dish pizza at Lou Malnati's," says Jamie. "The last time we were there, I walked 15 blocks to get a slice, and then turned around and walked 15 blocks back."
4 THINGS YOU'LL ALWAYS FIND IN OUR KITCHENS
BISQUICK: "My family does pancakes and waffles at least three times a week," Jamie says. "I dump a little milk and an egg in there, and it saves me so much time."
BLUEBERRIES AND BLACKBERRIES: "I drink a lot of smoothies," Bobby says. "Every time I make one, I add berries, so I go through them pretty fast."
BLUE MOON BEER: "It's a must-have at every barbecue," Jamie says. "I like it ice cold with an orange wedge."
BROCCOLI: "It's in my refrigerator every day of the year," Jamie says. "Jack loves it.
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