Say what you will about Paula Deen—call her a Southern cliché larding up America on butter and her molasses-sweet charm—but she and her sons, Jamie and Bobby (the “Deen Bros.”), haven’t become household names because of a willingness to compromise their down-home traditions for the Cooking Light set. The Deen family understands that despite our healthful posturing, at the end of the day (particularly a long, stressful one), we just want a steaming pile of Easy Cheeseburger Casserole topped with biscuits and shredded cheddar cheese. The siblings provide this recipe in their latest, The Deen Bros. Take It Easy, an appropriately titled collection of dishes and desserts designed to take the stress out of family dinners, if not the fat and red meat. Sure, the bros offer a few concessions to our ubiquitous prole fears over obesity. But let’s not kid ourselves about whom the Deen boys are representin’. With plates like baby buttermilk biscuit pizzas and five-layer beef taco pie, you can practically hear NASCAR blaring in the background of Jamie and Bobby’s kitchen. I’ll give that a rebel yell.
THE DEEN BROS. SPEAK AT 7 P.M. AT BARNES AND NOBLE TYSONS CORNER, 7851 L. TYSONS CORNER CENTER, MCLEAN. FREE. (703) 506-2937.