07/10/2013 02:55 pm ET Updated Sep 04, 2013

We Are All Paula Deen

Regardless of whether or not you are a fan of Paula Deen, let's acknowledge that we are all Paula Deen. Sadly for humanity, nearly everyone has uttered an inappropriate or unkind remark against another person's race, religion, gender, sexual preference, and so on. However, it most certainly does not make it right.

This is an opportunity for all of us to learn and grow from her highly-publicized mistake. We are all responsible for what we say. We can change anything in our lives for the better, but first we have to make the decision to try. Let's make an effort to be cognizant that negative language used to describe others who are different from us can be deeply hurtful. When we become aware of our words, we can execute a genuine change. By acknowledging our similarities, while embracing and learning from our differences, we will ultimately uplift and create a more harmonious union for all of mankind.

So, Ms. Deen, this Macedonian Fruit Salad recipe, aptly named for its divergent and exotic mix of fruits that beautifully and harmoniously meld together, is for you.

The Macedonian Empire once ruled over a population made up of a highly diverse mix of ethnicities. This recipe is a festival of several different types of fruits, comprised of unique textures, shapes, and colors. Metaphorically, like our special individual qualities, the contrasting fruits are what make this salad so interesting.

I hope you will spend time in the kitchen to find comfort as you heal during your difficult time.

Go here for Franco's Macedonian Fruit Salad.