Deidre Hall is kitchen savvy

Soap opera diva Deidre Hall is a whiz in the kitchen. A foodie at heart, the former Days of Our Lives star knows how to whip up a 30-minute meal faster than you can say Rachael Ray.

Her love of cooking and gift of gab inspired the actress to collaborate with BFF Lynne Parmiter Bowman. “We’d sit around the kitchen cooking and chatting and kept saying to each other we’ve got to write a book!”

In Deidre Hall’s Kitchen Closeup, the BFFs share some of their fave recipes (hers is the vegetable soup) and nutritional advice. But it’s also a book full of what Hall calls her own “wisdoms.” Think relationship and style advice laced with some humor.

On Thursday, the ex-Dr. Marlena Evans will meet fans at Books & Books where she’ll join Greg Meng and Eddie Campbell, the authors of Days of Our Lives: 45 Years: A Celebration in Photos.

Hall is featured in most of their pics — after all, she was a soap staple for over 30 years.

“I was on the show for almost half of my life!” joked the 63-year-old. “It was enriching and I don’t mean in the financial sense. For me, there was a sense of family and the safety of a creative outlet.”

Hall loves meeting her fans. “Marlena is a devoted, loyal, caring, accepting woman so she attracts people like that as her fans,” she says. “It’s good news for me because what I get when I meet them is arms flung open. The most frightening thing that can happen is that I get lots of hugs!”

Nowadays the Florida gal, who grew up in Palm Beach County, enjoys spending time with her sons, David, 18, and Tully, 15.

“I have the freedom now to write my own schedule. I have one son applying to college and another who is in high school.”

So does she miss working on the Days set?

“I must say no. I miss the friendships and the creative outlet, but it’s a relief not to worry about the maintenance . . . the nails, the makeup, the hair.”

Meet Deidre Hall 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Books & Books, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour Shops.

— MICAELA HOOD

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