But it wasn't all smooth sailing for Deen and company, to judge by a series of jokingly angry Tweets from Deen's assistant Brandon Branch. The New York Post reports that Branch Tweeted complaints about the trip several times after setting sail on September 27.
In one Tweet, Branch allegedly compared the ship to a "floating nursing home" and asked someone to come save him. The last Tweet the New York Post captured read "Over this cruise! Trapped! Crazied! Help!!!!" Gothamist has a full list of the Tweets Branch allegedly posted near the beginning of his trip.
Yet by the time we caught wind of this story, Branch's Twitter account had already been scrubbed clean of any sour posts. There was a tell-tale blank spot between Jan. 27, when Branch Tweeted "Sailing away. I will tweet when I can." and Feb. 1, when he wrote "Just bought @nancymccarley something fancy in Mexico!" All the subsequent Tweets in January are extremely positive about the trip -- suspicious positive, wethinks. Here's the last cruise-related message Branch posted:
We're not sure Branch should count his complimentary cruise tickets before they hatch. If his fellow passengers get angry enough about his alleged nasty screed, he might not be invited back!
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This recipe starts, as all good Paula recipes do, "with a lil' butter," which translates, naturally, into an entire saucepan full.
6. Red Velvet Cake
A classic Southern dessert from the classic Southern chef.
5. Creamed Corn
The operative word in the title here is "creamed."
4. Peanut Butter Fudge
Many Paula Deen recipe titles combine a great noun with a decadent adjective. This one gloriously bucks that grammatical trend and instead combines two decadent nouns, to awesome, sexy effect.
3. Hot Artichoke-Spinach Dish
This dish nominally contains vegetables, so it's not an obvious pick for the third Deen-style sexiest dish. But it illustrates a central rule of Paula's home cooking: when in doubt, use the whole package. Also, having made this recipe before, we can attest to the fact that it is 100% decadent.
2. Fried Stuffing on a Stick
Fried. Stuffing. On. A. Stick. WTF.
If you know what a turducken is, you know that nothing in the world could possibly be more quintessentially Paula Deen. If you don't know what a turducken is, you should know that nothing in the world could possibly be more important for your life than watching this video immediately.