Sunday, December 2, 2012

Paula Deen's Sand Tarts #SundaySupper

This week's #SundaySupper is all about Celebrity Chefs.  I've always been intrigued by television chefs.  I grew up watching the Mr. Food segment on each of the daily news broadcasts, and my Grandpa loved the Cajun Chef, Justin Wilson.  "I Garontee" that when we went to visit Grandpa, Justin Wilson would make an "appearance" at some point or another. 

I also spent my young adult years watching the Food Network and PBS cooking shows.  To be honest, I really don't have a single favorite chef, but I know that the style of cooking I like best is "real" cooking-- things that remind me of family potlucks.  If the recipe could be in a country cookbook or the local church fundraising cookbook, then I'm probably going to like it. 

For me, Paula Deen is the chef that represents this real, down-home cooking.  Also, I never trust a thin cook-- and with a bit of meat on her bones, you know that her cooking is good! 

Paula is also an amazing business woman.  Most of you have seen the bit of "controversy" around her diabetes diagnosis.  She has made a huge change to her cooking style lately, however the down-home feel hasn't changed.  Also, her boys have their own "Not my Moma's Meals" spin-off where they take her taste and make it healthier.  I'm really happy to see the Deen Dynasty moving in that direction.... however... these Sand Tarts are definitely not diet friendly.  They are so full of butter that Julia Child would be proud.

Seeing as it's the holiday season, I thought that these Sand Tarts would be a perfect way to feature a recipe from a Celebrity Chef.  I didn't make any alterations to Paula's recipe-- it's perfect the way it is--they're so buttery and light that they literally melt in your mouth.  I make numerous batches of these each holiday.  Despite being Jewish, I look forward to "Christmas cookie season" just so I can eat these cookies.  Don't tell my Rabbi, okay?

To find the recipe for these amazing cookies, I'd encourage you to check out Paula's website directly. 
Her "Grandma Paul's Sand Tarts" can be found by clicking HERE.

When you're done looking at her recipe, make sure you stop back here to check out all the other fabulous celebrity chef inspired posts.  The #SundaySupper crew has really gotten fired up this week-- there are some great recipes and some even better stories of "chef inspiration". 

Starters or Snacks :
Martin at ENOFYLZ Wine Blog - Oyster and Brie Soup and Wine Pairings for Celebrity Chef #SundaySupper
Linda at The Urban Mrs. - Inspired by Bobby Flay, Lobster Chowder with Roasted Corn Salsa
Erin from Dinners, Dishes and Desserts - Rachael Ray’s Cinnamon Popcorn
Cindy over at Cindy’s Recipes and Writings - Jamie Oliver’s Bread and Tomato Soup
Jeff at The Catholic Foodie - Drop Biscuits – Breakfast with Chef John Besh
Renee over at Kudos Kitchen By Renee - Giada De Laurentiis’ Garlic Toasts With Red Pepper Aioli

The Main Dish:
Sheila at Cooking Underwriter – Paula Deen’s Chicken in a Crock Pot w/ Sauerkraut and Apples
Laura over at Small Wallet Big Appetite – Martin Yan’s Beef Chow Fun
Sarah over at Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends - Michael Symon’s Lola burger with crab tater tots
Susan at The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen - Ina Garten’s Baked Shrimp Scampi
Tammi at Momma’s Meals – Lee Drummond’s Sloppy Joe’s
Lane over at Supper for a Steal - Bobby Flay’s Rosemary Bricked Chicken
Tara from Noshing with the Nolands - Michael Symon’s Pork and Apple Scallopini
Shannon at Country Girl in the Village – Simple Red Sauce over Rigatoni. Inspired by, Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos
Kris over at In the Kitchen with Audrey and Maurene - Rachael Ray’s Muffin Tin Meatloaf
Nicole from The Daily Dish Recipes - Paula Deen’s Slow Cooker Pulled Pickled Pork Sandwiches
Becca from It’s Yummilicious - Ina Garten’s Grown Up Bacon Mac & Cheese
Alice at Hip Foodie Mom - Sunday Pot Roast with Risotto Cakes from Kelsey Nixon
Jen over at Juanita’s Cocina - The Neely’s White Turkey Chili
Brianne from Cupcakes & Kale Chips - Crockpot Beef Pot Roast with Mushrooms inspired by Giada DeLaurentiis
Isabel at Family Foodie - Polenta with Garlicky Shrimp inspired by Chef Todd English
Wendy from The Weekend Gourmet - Shrimp Penne in Pesto Cream Sauce, From Emeril Lagasse
Bobbi over at Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen - Cheesy Poblano Chicken
Patti at Comfy Cuisine - Tyler Florence’s Chicken Francese
Roxanne over at The Roxx Box - Jambalaya Pasta with Penne, Chicken, Shrimp and Andouille
Sue from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz – Rachael Ray’s Spicy Corn Chowdah Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Jamie at Mama Mommy Mom - Penne with Asparagus, Smoked Gouda and Prosciutto. Adapted from, Giada De Laurentiis’
Tora over at Tora’s Real Food – Pork and beans with Alton Brown’s pickled pork
Elisabeth over at The Hand That Rocks The Ladle - Emeril’s New Orleans Style Red Beans & Rice

Amazing Sides:
Megan from I Run For Wine - Curtis Stone’s Acorn Squash Roasted with Thyme
Sandi over at Midlife Road Trip - Gabriele Corcos’s Gnocchi di Patate
Shelby at Diabetic Foodie - Orange Pecan Black Rice, adapted from Ina Garten
Katie from She likes Ruffles, He likes Truffles - Chef Fabio Viviani’s Spinach and Artichoke Risotto

Sweet Endings:
Renee over at Magnolia Days – Brownie Tart
Conni at The Foodie Army Wife - Inspired by Ree Drummond – Scrumptious Apple Coffee Cake
Paula over at Vintage Kitchen Notes - Bill Granger´s Cherry Tart
Pam from The Meltaways – Savannah Sheet Cake
Katy over at Happy Baking Days - Mary Berry’s Treacle Tart
Jaime over at Mom’s Test Kitchen - Southern Tea Cakes
Amy over at Kimchi MOM - Crack Pie, I Can’t Quit You
Lyn from The Lovely Pantry - Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Squares
Melanie at From Fast Food to Fresh Food – Sand Tarts

Wine Pairings:
Martin at ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
Please join on us Twitter for #SundaySupper.  In the evening, we will meet at 6 PM CST for our weekly #SundaySupper live chat. All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag or you can follow us through TweetChat.  See you soon!



  1. "...never trust a thin cook" - that cracked me up! I wonder about skinny chefs myself. Wish I could be that way.

  2. I have seen her make these sand tarts before, they look so delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  3. The name itself is tantalizing. I love this, so simple and melt in your mouth good!

  4. Melanie~ I agree with you. Paula Deen is such an inspiration... I am in awe of what she has done not only for herself but for her family!

    1. I know many people that don't know her story-- it is inspirational!

  5. Sand tarts are so good I'll bet Paula's are awesome!

  6. Yum! Paula Deen is always a great inspiration, and I love her love for everything to do with food!

  7. My dad LOVED Justin Wilson! I watched him so much. Thanks for the memory.

  8. I love how simple these are. Just a few ingredients. And sometimes you just have to go with the butter.

  9. It's unfortunate the amount of flak she has received whether it's about her food or about her health. I haven't watched the Food Network in a while but it's encouraging to hear that she has changed the way she cooks, but has maintained her style!

    These cookies sounds simple and amazing! THanks!

  10. Paula has countless great recipes and this looks like another winner. Thanks so much for sharing on #SundaySupper!!

  11. I can tell I'll love these cookies based on the powdered sugar sprinkle on top!!!! Yummmm

  12. I make snowballs for my mom every Christmas. They sound just like these, except I make balls instead of crescents. Paula certainly is who she is!!

    1. You're right- they're similar, but the snowballs that I've had don't have nuts. Not sure what you're are like?

  13. I luuuuuurv these. We've made them before and they're a favorite. Life without buttah is useless.

  14. Yum, these remind me of one of my favourite Christmas cookie. And the best part is they are very simple to make.

  15. Christmas Holiday cookies can easiy be called holiday cookies. Levi will know both Christmas and Channukah so he will have the best of worlds. And no I will not tell your Rabbi. You are killing me with these sand tarts because I want them pretty badly right now. Almost to the point where I will drive to 4 hours north and knock on your door.

    1. You can knock on the door, but I won't give you cookies!!! :-) You've come too far! (okay-- maybe I'll let you have one..)

  16. YUM!!! I have to try these cookies out. I always make snowballs for Christmas but this is a new spin on my favorite holiday cookie!

  17. These look so good. A new cookie to add to my Christmas baking list. lol Well with all that buttery goodness they can be a new cookie that I add to my year round baking list. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Who doesn't love Paula? And wow! Love these sand tarts!! I am soooo making these when I get to my parents house for the holidays! LOVE this!