And she's back in the saddle! Paula Deen  made a boisterous public reappearance at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival  this weekend. We'll have more then-and-now photos to come, but in the meantime, take a look at Paula's most jaw-dropping photo yet (taking a swig of tequila backstage). In addition, please enjoy Paula's horseback rides on chef Robert Irvine, because, yeahhh, that happened (twice).
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Riding Irvine: Then and Now
Paula riding Robert Irvine in 2011 looks about the same as it does in 2014.
Riding Irvine: Then
Deen and Irvine were spotted messing around during a cooking demo at the 2011 SOBEWFF, and the viral sensation went on to inspire the meme Paula Deen riding things .
Riding Irvine: Now
Paula did cook during her demo at this year's SOBEWFF, but she found a minute to ride Robert for old times' sake. "I truly am ready to get back in the saddle," she explained to the crowd .
Drankin': Then and Now
At the height of Paula's days in 2011, she had plenty of reasons to toast and drink with the crowd. In 2014, it's maybe another story.
Paula Deen , drink in hand, raised a toast to the 2011 SOBEWFF festivalgoers. Its contents could have just been Coke, but she was in Miami, after all. Chances are there was a lil shot of rum in there to get the Paula party started.
Backstage, prior to her demo at the 2014 SOBEWFF, Paula took a swig of tequila straight from the bottle. Some claim it was merely for courage  while others see it as a deeply troubling sign . As of last year, Paula has claimed she no longer drinks. Perhaps Paula saw it as a glorious opportunity to get people talking about her again. Whatever the case, the photo definitely elicits an "eek" reaction.