Deen makes 1st public appearance in months

HOUSTON – Celebrity cook Paula Deen fought back tears as she was greeted by a supportive crowd during an appearance at a Houston cooking show.

Saturday’s event was Deen’s first public appearance since June when it was revealed that in an earlier legal deposition she acknowledged using racial slurs in the past. Within a few days the Food Network yanked her show off the air and Smithfield Foods dropped her as a celebrity endorser.