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Denzel's Favorite Cook? His Wife!

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Chef Nikki Shaw: Anyone who knows me knows that I'm constantly in search of great food, fun, and adventure! I'm on overload this month, going to all the L.A. Laker games during the play-offs. Chatting with the celebrities in the V.I.P. lounge at halftime is just as much fun as watching Kobe Bryant dunk. My favorite courtside couple is Denzel Washington and his extremely cool wife, Pauletta.

denzel washington and wife paulette at a lakers game

Denzel told me that one day Pauletta asked him if she could hire a chef. He responded with "WHAT FOR! You cook better than any old chef I know!" She smiled from ear to ear when he told that story. He loves when she makes her famous fried chicken with macaroni and cheese. It feels good when people appreciate your cooking.

"NIK TIP": Pay close attention to what the special person in your life really loves (this goes for the guys, too). If they love frozen Mango Margaritas, buy a blender. If they love juicy BBQ chicken, fire-up the grill. Maybe your special person will occasionally return the favor and spoil you back.

In this bitter economy, I'll show you how to make life sweet right at home.

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Phyllis M. Wherry-Carey May 29, 2009, 10:38 AM

Very enlightening and heart warming article. It is especially motivating for couples who have been together a long time to understand the importance of continued appreciation for each other. This is certainly reflected in this article and in Nikki’s ability to be loving and selfless. Great read, short and sweet!!!!!!

Allie May 31, 2009, 10:05 AM


I know Denzel was being sweet, but sometimes we need help at home. It is difficult at times to manage work, children, marriage, and “cooking”. You really sparked my curiousity with the “occasionally” having the favor returned on being spoiled. Can you PLEASE help me make it superelectronic at my house?

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