"All of a sudden this ham... hit me full long in the face and 'bout knocked me cuckoo."
--Celebrity cook and Food Network star Paula Deen, who was hit in the face by a ham today while volunteering at an Atlanta food drive. Deen, who was helping to unload 25,000 pounds of meat donated to a local food bank, was the honored guest at a recent "Fortune Most Powerful Women Evening With..." dinner in Atlanta, where she told the guests, "Ladies, I have got a revelation: Eat the cookies. And chase them with bacon." (Click here for Pattie's post about Deen and the career wisdom she served up at the event.) --Jessica Shambora
by Patricia Sellers
The best stories of personal success defy the odds and the career rulebooks.
Paula Deen takes the cake.
The silver-haired, Southern-cookin' star of the Food Network, has sold more than 8 million books. She's got licensing deals with Wal-Mart (WMT) and other major companies. She has a magazine, Cooking with Paula Deen. And at 62, she has more fans on Facebook than Bill Clinton. And more followers on MOREPatricia Sellers - Nov 12, 2009 1:29 PM ET
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