Dolly Parton Reveals Her Simple Hack for Making Perfect Scrambled Eggs

Dolly Parton is a legend on stage and in the kitchen!  In an interview with Insider about her new Duncan…


Lauren Jo Black

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February 21, 2022


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Dolly Parton is a legend on stage and in the kitchen! 

In an interview with Insider about her new Duncan Hines cake mixes, the country music icon dished on her breakfast-making skills and shared her go-to kitchen hack for making the very best scrambled eggs. 

Dolly Parton - Run Rose Run; Photo Courtesy Butterfly Records
Dolly Parton – Run Rose Run; Photo Courtesy Butterfly Records

“Somebody told me this once and it works,” Parton said before sharing her secret. “When you crack your eggs in the bowl, say if you’re going to scramble them, use ice water. Put a few drops of ice water as you’re cooking them and that makes them fluffier — it really does!” 

“So put a little ice water in that, it’ll fluff them up for you,” she added. 

The 10-time GRAMMY winner makes breakfast for her husband, Carl Dean, every weekend, and while scrambled eggs may be her specialty, she’s also good at whipping up other breakfast favorites. 

“On Sundays, I make French toast, and I love that with bacon,” she shared, adding that she always uses white bread when making that morning staple.

“This is not diet food now, mind you,” she quipped. 

Dolly Parton Cookbook
Dolly Parton Cookbook

Parton is known for her Southern cooking. In 2006, she released her very first cookbook, Dolly’s Dixie Fixin’s: Love, Laughter, and Lots of Good Food. The book includes 125 recipes from Parton, her mother Avie Lee Parton, her mother-in-law ‘Mama’ Ginnie Dean, Dollywood restaurants, and more. 

“I still like to try new foods as often as I can. But when it comes to cooking for myself and my husband Carl and my great big extended family, which numbers into the multiple hundreds these days, what we really want to eat is what comforts us most: good, hearty food rooted in Mama’s cooking and those country gatherings of my childhood,” she shared upon the release of the cookbook. “It’s the food from those Mom and Pop joints that welcome you in as if you’re family. We really just want food that is lovingly made and joyfully served up.” 

Dolly Parton; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Dolly Parton; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

All the proceeds from the book go to support Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Parton’s book gifting program for children. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.