Ingredient Spotlight: Cornmeal 2012

Cornbread is one of my favorite and most frequently made recipes, but it’s not the only thing that can be made with cornmeal.

From breading chicken or fish to dusting the baking stone when making pizza, there are a lot of uses for cornmeal.

Here are a few of my favorite recipes:  [Read more...]

Spoon Bread with Swiss

Have you ever heard of spoon bread?

In Berea, KY where we used to live the Boone Tavern is famous for their spoon bread, a soft cornbread served and eaten with a spoon.  Traditionally, the dish doesn’t have any cheese in it, but I found a version with cheese in an old cookbook of mine.

The Country Gourmet Cookbook calls for Colby, Fontina or Romano.  I used Swiss because that’s what I had available and it turned out great.  I served it with grilled ham and Spicy Skillet Turnip Greens from Add a Pinch (they were delicious!).

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more...]

Salmon Patties – Quick and Healthy

Salmon patties are healthy, inexpensive and a quick dinner to make.  I like to serve them with mac & cheese that’s kind of runny so I can dip the salmon patties in the cheese sauce. You all know my love for cheese, so this is probably no surprise.  My kids like to have ketchup with their salmon patties.

This recipe is adapted from Whole Foods for the Whole Family.  Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more...]

Ingredient Spotlight: Corn/Cornmeal

We don’t eat a lot of corn as a side dish (unless you count fresh corn on the cob in the summertime).  But I like to use it as an ingredient.

And I use a lot of cornmeal.  Cornbread and cornbread muffins are staples around here.  I prefer yellow cornmeal, but I’ve had trouble finding it lately and have had to buy white.

Here are a few of my recipes that use corn or cornmeal: [Read more...]

Make Your Own: Cornbread Muffin Mix

Cornbread muffins are an easy way to round out a meal.  I decided to save a few steps by making my own mix.

One note: Don’t leave out the butter when you mix them up.  We had company the other day and I served these muffins.  Right before we sat down to eat, I discovered the melted butter that was supposed to be in the muffins sitting in the microwave instead.

Please tell me I’m not the only one to have trouble talking and cooking at the same time!  I once melted a Tupperware bowl in the oven because I was talking on the phone and not paying attention.  I meant to turn the oven on to about 200 degrees and then turn it off again, to rise some bread dough.  The key is turning the oven off!

I’d love to hear your stories of distractions that led to cooking disasters!  But first, let’s get to the recipe.  Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more...]

Cornbread Muffins

Does anything round out a meal as well as cornbread?  Maybe it’s just my Kentucky roots.  (My mom’s family is from Kentucky, so I can claim that.)  Or the fact that we’ve lived here for 20 years.

Or maybe cornbread just really does round out a meal better than most anything else.

Usually, I make Southern Cornbread or Cheddar Muffins or sometimes, Hoe Cakes.  This time I wanted a muffin without the cheddar.  And I wanted a little sweetness. (I actually put a bit of sugar in the cornbread.  Like a Northerner!)

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more...]

Cornbread Pizza

cornbread pizza done

My friend, the Invisible Woman gave me the idea for this recipe.  I’ll explain at the end of the post why I call her the Invisible Woman.

She said she made a cornbread crust and layered on sliced tomatoes and other veggies.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have any tomatoes the night I decided to make this.  I still want to try the veggie version, because I think it will be grand.  Especially with garden fresh tomatoes.

This version is a fast way to make homemade pizza.  It made the kids happy too.

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Hoe Cakes

hoe cake done

Dick stole the hoe cake

Ran through the meadow with it

Hid it in a brush pile

And swore he never meddled with it

From Granny Will Your Dog Bite and Other Mountain Rhymes

Hoe cakes are just another way to fix your cornbread, a good variation on a mealtime staple.  When I was growing up, we ate them just like cornbread but you can also have them with syrup if you like.

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Yeast Cornbread

Next time, I’m going to double this recipe.  This bread is good stuff.  I made it on Thanksgiving Day to go with our soup.  My mom gave me the recipe, but I think it originally comes from Taste of Home Magazine.  Don’t be afraid of the yeast in this recipe.  It’s very easy to make. [Read more...]

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