It was here in Houston that cooking celebrity Paula Deen made her first public appearance since a controversy over her use of the N-word sidetracked her career.
Sobbing into a Kleenex before an enthusiastic crowd at the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show at Reliant Center, Deen admitted she has learned a lot about herself since the scandal broke.
"This is my first time out in three months," Deen said, as the crowd cheered. "And, uh, I'm so alone that the one place that I would want to make my first step back out was Texas."
Paula Deen's show on the Food Network got cancelled and she lost lucrative endorsements after admitting in a civil deposition that she'd used racial slurs in the past.
That lawsuit - alleging racial and sexual harassment - was eventually settled.
Now Deen's fans are hoping she will settle back into another TV kitchen and keep on cooking.
"Y'know, I think it was just really blown out of proportion," said Alix Yoder. "And poor Paula, she's just trying to do the right thing and be honest. And she just really got crucified for it."
"I think she's fabulous," added fellow fan Kelly Eldridge. "And I think everybody should give her a second chance."