Fast Corn Bread


I have been reading a lot lately about cooking and blogs.  Future posts will tell you more!

The book about blogs said that the first thing you need to do to have a successful blog is to get your office in order.  As I looked at the barbells on the  floor and my daughter’s history homework strewn over the desk mixed in with my recipes I was using that day,  I thought that maybe the author was right!  I needed more order in our office.  My husband always wonders how I can think with all the “piles” everywhere, but I have a method.  Yet it really was not effective, so I decided to organize, but on the cheap!

I found the perfect bookshelf at the Lion Surplus Store.  Seven feet tall, all the shelves were there, it just needed some love (cleaning, sanding and stain).  With half prices baskets from Michael’s (where all piles will go), I knew that I could make it look positively Pottery Barn-ish.  Then I thought, how can I put the bookshelf into a room that was really crying out to be painted?  I could not!  After 11 years of use, the walls needed to be freshened up.  Same paint color (or the closest I could find) and, to add interest, an accent wall.  It took some time to decide the color, but a green wall is now occupying the newly organized and cozy office.  All recipes get their own basket.  As well as homework.  The barbells have a new home.

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So why is this post about corn bread?  I have not had a lot of time to cook this week.  Today was a lovely day in Happy Valley, but a bit on the cool side this evening.  I had some hamburger in the refrigerator so I made Mickie’s Chili, a mild chili that even kids will love and served it with Fast Corn Bread.  You don’t need a mix for this bread.  If you have cornmeal, you will have the other ingredients.  It’s quick to make and is a good accompaniment to the chili.   Dinner was a winner for the family.  Now, on to better blogging!

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(I am also trying to learn how to take better photos!)

Fast Corn Bread

1/2 cup butter

2/3 cup sugar (this is a sweet bread;  using only 1/3 cup works great if you want it less sweet)

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup buttermilk (or just mix about 1 Tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice and enough milk to make the equivalent of 1 cup)

1 cup cornmeal

1 cup all purpose flour

Melt the butter in a bowl in the microwave.  Add the sugar and mix well.  Add the eggs one at a time and stir well.  Combine the milk, soda and salt in another bowl, then add to the butter mixture.  Stir in the cornmeal and flour.  Pour into a 8 inch greased pan.  Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.

Mickie’s Chili

1 and ½ pound ground beef

½ cup chopped onion

¼ cup chopped red or green pepper

1 large can (28 ounce) whole tomatoes

2 bay leaves

1 8 ounce can tomato sauce

½  teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons chili powder

2 (1 pound) cans red kidney beans

Saute the onions and peppers until soft.  Add the ground beef and brown, then mix the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 1 hour.  Serves 6- 8.  *Note:  sometimes I use only 1 can of beans for those picky bean eaters!

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