Oh Cornbread…Why do I even try baking?

So for years all I knew of cornbread was the kind from the box. You know the Jiffy kind with one egg, some milk, stir, bake, finished. I always liked this cornbread, so I’m not sure why I’m messing with it. Well I do know. One day about two years ago I was happily eating my left over Jiffy cornbread during my lunch break. One of my co-workers came in and asked me what kind of cornbread I was eating and proceeded to tell me how I should really make my own because it is super easy and better than the box. Well I took this as a challenge…perhaps I should have remembered that I am not a good baker. Or iced drink maker. That’s a story for a different time though. Anyway, I have tried several cornbread recipes over the past few years, but have never found one I liked. Plus the fact I always run in to the same problem…you have to melt butter and add it to eggs. Sounds easy enough. Not so, for me. I always end up scrambling the eggs no matter how long I think I have let the butter cool.

Anyway. I have tried several recipes including the Neely’s honey cornbread, and Ina Garten’s Cheddar Dill Cornbread, and Rachel Ray’s Cracked Corn and Cheddar Cheese Squares, but I have yet to find one that I like as well as the box. So as I have my new cookbook (as previously mentioned) I was excited to try Katie Lee Joel’s cornbread recipe. While it was different than the others (I got to use my cast iron skillet), it wasn’t quite sweet enough for my liking. Although my husband and little cupcake ate it up! So my quest continues.

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Sweet Tea

It’s January which means the return of two of our household favorites: Project Runway and 24. We are an eclectic mix aren’t we? We celebrated the return of Jack Bauer with our usual Jack Bauer Quesadillas, and this year our little cupcake enjoyed a quesadilla with us as well (minus the hot sauce and jalapenos)! I was trying to find a recipe that would go well with this post, and since 24 is all about secrets and Project Runway is all about deliciously fabulous fashion, I thought I would share my husband’s secret recipe for delicious sweet tea. In my new cookbook that I got for Christmas (Katie Lee Joel’s The Comfort Table), she shared her recipe for sweet tea, and commented on how all southerners have their variation. While my husband isn’t exactly “southern”, I have to say he makes the best sweet tea I have ever tasted (and we have plenty of southern friends that agree!). Part of it is the ingredients…the other part is the method…oh and make sure you use good filtered water. If you know my husband you aren’t surprised by that! HA!

Sweet Tea

You’ll need a gallon size pitcher to make the tea, or you will have to divide it among two smaller pitchers.

Ingredients:

1 gallon of filtered water

4 Luizanne Decaffeinated Family Size Tea Bags

1 cup of sugar

Instructions:

Place water in a large soup pot on high heat. Pour sugar in gallon size pitcher. As soon as water reaches a boil add tea bags and immediately take off heat. Let steep for exactly five minutes, remove tea bags, and then pour tea in gallon size pitcher (the one that has the sugar in it). Stir sugar and tea and let sit out until cool (about an hour).

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