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    >>> affair.

    >>> and one of our favorites around here, paula deen , is recovering this morning after she was hit in the face with a flying ham. it happened monday in atlanta where she was helping to unload a truck of food for the needy. that's when an eight-pound ham hit her, and in her words, knocked her cuckoo. it really hurt, but she was not seriously injured. and no, she's not hamming it up there. it was really painful. anyway, she's going to be cooking ham the next time she comes here, i bet you.

    >> she likes pork.

    >> she does. i feel bad for the guy who threw it. he thought it was

updated 11/24/2009 9:54:25 AM ET 2009-11-24T14:54:25

Celebrity chef Paula Deen got an unexpected serving of ham — across her face.

The Food Network star was helping unload 25,000 pounds of donated meat for an Atlanta food bank on Monday when someone threw one of the hams like a football and accidentally smacked her.

Deen tells WGCL-TV: "I thought it busted my lip, but it didn't."

Though smiles and laughter, Deen added: "I'm OK. It just knocked me for a little bit."

She says she was unloading hams when she tossed one to a man, who then said "Back at 'ya." Thinking he meant it only as a sentiment, she turned around to get another ham when the errant swine came at her.

"He really meant, 'Back at 'ya.'"

Later, she tweeted: "I haven't met the ham that could stop me yet!"

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