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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tasty Tuesday Recipe


Another installment from my twin sister Alaine. Hope you enjoy the recipe (if not the commentary). hehe.

I'm trying to convince her to start a blawg, so if you have any words of inspiration or reasons why the Blogosphere is a wonderful place to hang out, please pass them on to her via the email at the end of her cookin' instructions.


Alaine’s Cajun Cornbread

1 box Jiffy Cornbread Mix
½ cup milk
1 egg
1 can cream corn
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 stick of butter
Tony Charchere Seasoning
2 jalapeño peppers
cracklin crumbs (amount up to you, but at least 1 cup)


* Preheat oven to 325°. Put half the butter in an iron skillet (**yankees will probably go ahead and use some sort of T-Fal type bakin’ thang, but be warned: NO self-respecting cornbread has ever been produced in anything other than a real-live iron skillet.) Place skillet into oven.

* Pour canned corn into a colander and rinse ‘cream’ off. Sauté chopped peppers in rest of butter. After 3 minutes, add in corn and “fry” til light brown. Mix remaining ingredients in a bowl. When corn/peppers are brown, add them too.




(I don’t have the energy to educate **yankees on the origin and definition of cracklins, so y'all just scoot over HERE for some schooling at deltablues.net! They'll learn y'all all the important information. Pretty dayum funny, too.) ps: Don’t embarrass yaself by referrin' to them as, “cracklings,” neither. They are CRACKLINS. Period. ‘Bout as stoopid as sayin’, “pee-can” or “crayfish.”)

* Add two (Southerners, add the real amount) shakes of Tony’s. Again: Tony’s is a necessary Southern ingredient. Part of the holy trinity spice group—Tony’s, garlic, Tabasco-(duh!).

* Mix ingredients and pour into skillet. Bake until golden brown. Pairs up well with white beans containing leftover Welcome Home Ham from last week. (Bean recipe, another day.)

**Yankees who can’t cook beans yet, go on and serve cornbread with chili or whatnot. Just not nothin’ like pate’, or Chilean sea bass, or tofu surprise. (Yeah, there's a surprise fer ya. Tastes like catfish guts if anything at all!)


Y'all enjoy now! alainedb@cox.net

 
[Alaine’s usual disclaimer-explanation-don’t-sue-me-thingie: **“yankee” refers to all y’all people up in the cold dayum north, all y’all ‘coasters’ livin’ on a coast other than the Southern one, and the rest a y’all in the middle states. And yes, only Southern is capitalized.]




31 comments:

Scott said...

Angie - your sister is just lucky that this Yankee has southern parents! We always had white beans with cornbread growing up, and turnip greens, black-eyed peas, and all the other good southern dishes, even if we did live outside of Chicago.

BTW - Mom never made the cornbread in a skillet. She had her cornbread pan, would melt the shortening in the pan, swirl it around to coat, and then dump the melted grease into her cornbread mixture and drop by large spoonfuls into the pan. YUM. Oh, and she didn't really have a recipe, she just threw things in. Hate it when that happens.

I'll have to make this recipe in my cast iron skillet that has two purposes: fried chicken and cornbread!

Eileen Astels Watson said...

Looks wonderful! I'll have to research those definitions later. Too fun!

Kathryn Magendie said...

*LAUGHING!* Alaine! get a danged blog woman! I want to read more of your AWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!


And mine was in an iron skillet so I ain't no yankee: http://tendergraces.blogspot.com/2009/10/southern-cornbread-recipe.html

Angie Ledbetter said...

Scott - I love that you have a special reserve skillet for certain foods. :) No matter where you live, you're still a southern boy at heart!

Eileen - I went to the cracklin site and it was pretty fun reading and good pics to go with the process.

'Ats what I tole her too, Kat. (She's on FaceBook.) No ma'am, you could never be anything but a southerner. Too much Blackfoot and southern genes in your pool. *grin*

Tamika: said...

Alaine, thanks for making my mouth water! I love cornbread, especially with those bowl of black eyed peas I see in the picture.

Yummy...

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

My poor kids grew up in fear of using my "bread" iron skillet! :)

Jennifer Shirk said...

Mmm...that sounds good! I'd love to make it with my chili recipe.

Jeanette Levellie said...

Yum, yum! Thanks for sharing.

I couldn't get through the email link, but please tell your twin she'll bless alotta yankees and others if she opens a blawg. We need to laugh more, and she's great at making us giggle!

Jen
Audience of ONE

Deb Shucka said...

I've always loved reading recipes, but Alaine's are the best. As a Yankee to the core, I appreciate the cultural elucidation. I'd read her blog gladly.

So, the two of you, growing up in one house. I'm guessing lots of stomach aches from laughing, and lots of craziness. ? :-)

lakeviewer said...

I got the recipe; but I filled up with your Southern chatter, or is it tak? Can't get enough, addictive actually.

If your sister doesn't blog yet, she will. This blogging is tasty stuff.

Marguerite said...

Yum-yummmm! Looks like a great recipe, Alaine! I usually make mine from scratch, but Jiffy is the next best thing, for sure. Also, love the commentary, Angie. You sure set dem Yankees straight on a few things!

Suldog said...

Well, this Yankee (I say that in the general sense, not in the New York sense - ugh) loves some good cornbread, except we mostly call it johnnycake. And our beans are Boston Baked, thanks.

(All kidding aside, looks good. And get a damn blog, woman!)

Diane said...

I guess I'm too blinded by your Southern charm to be insulted that I'm a yankee. :O)

Texas Playwright Chick said...

*drool* I have been cravin' red be-annes and cornbread too, ya'll! Thanks for the recipe! Your twin sis SHOULD start a 'blawg'! YUMMYOLA!

Robyn Campbell said...

Alaine, great recipe. Yum! And I'm from Florida(the keys) living in NC, so not sure where I am on the list. But wherever it is, I'm a fan of yours. If ya get a blog, I'll follow! :)

Laura Martone said...

Aw ma Lawd! I love me some cornbread - it's one of my favorite things in the whole wide world - just ask the hubby. And the Jiffy box was a fixture in my house when I was a kid.

If Alaine's recipes are this awesome, she should TOTALLY have a blawg of her own!

darsden said...

Yum :-) I can see I am going to need to go on a diet if I insist on hanging around here...which I insist I do.

Mississippi in the house...does it get any more Southern ;-)

Good thing I am typing this and not talking. You would be here all day!

Elizabeth Bradley said...

Yummy, yummy.

Deb@RGRamblings said...

Love it-great recipe and a chuckle. What could be better? More--that's what : Alaine needs to get a bloggin' :)

Karen said...

Twin, you GOTTA get a blog!! Love, love, love cornbread and your additions are wonderful!

PS-GO LSU!

A Mom on Spin said...

Anything that starts with a box, I can do. . .

Oh My Goddess said...

Cheese and Cracklin Crumbs? I'm in!

All Things Southern said...

Hi Angie,

Just found your blog yesterday. Love it, I will def be following. Nice to meet another blogger from Louisiana.

Sandra Leigh said...

Oh, yummy. Your cornbread recipe reminds me of one I used to use when I had kids at home. I must show it to my friend Angel May (http://angelmaysgrowingpains.blogspot.com/) who lived in Alabama until just a few years ago and has Very Strict Ideas about what constitutes True.Southern.Cornbread. Better still, next time I see her, I'll make her some, and I'll use your recipe. ;>)

Lola said...

This looks delicious!

t i m said...

i didn't know you were a twin, cool - she'll inevitably blog, i resisted for a while but eventually i succumbed :)

Angie Ledbetter said...

ALAINE'S GOT A FEW WORDS FOR ALL Y'ALL WHO KINDLY COMMENTED. AND I'M SURE SHE'LL ANSWER THE REST OF YOU ASAP TOO:

Scott - OUTSIDE CHICARGO? HNNN. WELL, AS WE SAY DOWN HERE, “MUSS BE A LITTLE SOUTHERNER IN YER WOODPILE.”BUT, I READ YER MOMMA’S RECIPE THAT DON’T COME WITH NO AMOUNTS—CUZ ALL GOOD SOUTHERNERS KNOW THE RIGHT AMOUNTS, AND KNOW WHAT A WHALOP, A HANDFUL, AND A SHAKE A SOMETHING MEANS, THEN I GUESS YOU GOT BONAFIDE ROOTAGE.
YER IN, SOUTHERN BOY. (OH, AND TWO EXREE POINTS FOR IRON SKILLET. *WE CALL THAT A SINGLE-BARREL SKILLET (ONE PURPOSE), BUT YOU KNEW THAT, DINTCHA, SCOTT? )
(PS: *AN THIS IS PRIVATE TOP-SECRET SOUTHERN INFO FOR SCOTT’S EYES ONLY: DON’T POSE WITH THE CAT! YOU KNOW WE LIKE DAWGS BETTERN SNEAKY CATS. ‘LEAST TILL WE OLD AN ECCENTRIC, LIKE ‘CRAZY OL CAT LADY/MAN’)

Eileen Astels Watson - LOOKS? THAT AIN’T EVEN FUNNY. I *IS* WONDERFUL. DO GO ON LINE AND DO YER RESEARCHIN’. WELL WORTH THE TIME. (BTW, WHAT THE HELL KINDA NAME IS ‘ASTELS’? AINT A DROP A SOUTHERN IN THAT ONE.)

Kathryn - HEY, GIRL! COURSE YOURS WAS IN A DANGED IRON SKILLET—YOU SOUTHERN BORN AND BRED (EVEN THO YOU KIN RUN, YA KNOW YA CAINT HIDE)!. YOU TRUE-BLUE BONAFIDE.
AND NO, I AINT BLAWGIN ON NO BLAWG. YOU KIN SEE I AINT GOT NO BIDNESS BEING ON NO FACE-PLACE, NEITHER. (BUT THAS HANDY TO KEEP UP WITH THE WILD-CHILD A MINE).

Tamika - WHAT’S YER LAST NAME, TAMIKER? YOU *MIGHT* HAVE A LITTLE SOUTHERN ROOTAGE. SO SHOUT IT BACK SO I KIN DECIDE. (IT AINT ASSTELLS, IS IT?)

Carol - HNN. CAROL. NOT MUCH JUDGIN’ INFERMATION HERE. BUT…SKILLET…WELL, COULD BE, BUT YOU MIGHT COULD BE ONE OF THEM YANKEES FROM THE MIDDLE STATES. BIG DIFFERNCE IN A WAGON TRAIN COOKIN UTENSIL AND A SOUTHERN ONE………….JURY STILL OUT ON YOU. I'LL HAVE TO ASK MY SISTER!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Jennifer Shirk - PURE-DEE HUNNERD PERCENT YANKEE. ‘SHIRK’—*SNORT*

Jeanette Levellie - HEY THERE, JEN! I LIKE YOU. DON’T SMELL A DROPPA YANKEE OFF YOU. GOOD NAME, TOO. I THANK YOU REAL BONAFIDE…’LEVELLIE’…HNN. THANK SO. OH, AND ‘ALOTTA’. YEAH, YOU BONAFIDE, GIRL!

Deb Shucka - HEY, DEB. SINCE YA RECOGNIZED THE BEST WRITTEN RECIPES THERE IS, THEN I’M GONNA AWARD YOU A HONORARY SOUTHERN MEMBERSHIP. PS: KINDA LIKE YOU USED ‘ELUCIDATION’—FITS WHAT I WAS SAYIN TO A TEE: ILLUSIVE + EDUCATION = TRYIN TO EDUCATE YANKEES BOUT SOUTHERN THANGS. ELUCIDATION. HNN.
PS: I LIKE YER PROFILE BIRD.

lakeviewer - IT’S TAWK. JUSS THANKIN OUT LOUD. AND NO, I AINT A BLAWGER, JUSSA OCASSIONAL THINKER-TAWKER. GLADJU LIKE IT.

Marguerite - WELL, COURSE I MAKE MY CORNBREAD *AN* BISCUITS FROM SCRATCH, MARGUERITE PRISSY-POT. BUTCHA CAINT TEACH YANKEES EVERYTHANG! WE GOT TA KEEP SOME A OUR THANGS SECRET. WHERE YOU FROM? I SMELL HUNNERD PERCENT SOUTHERN, SO MAYBE I’LL SCUSE YA FER THE ‘FROM SCRATCH’ SNIT.

Suldog - SULDOG, WELL, HNN. HATE TA INFORM YA, BUT BOSTON’S UP IN REAL REAL YANKEE PART OF THE MAP. NOT QUITE AS BAD AS NEW YAWK, BUT DAYUM CLOSE. (AND CAINT UNNERSTAND A DAYUM WORD Y’ALL SAYIN—“CAAAAH”. HELL, IT’S CAR. RHYMES WITH BAR AND TAR. LEAST YA LIKE CORNBREAD, SO THAT’S SOMETHIN. AND YA NAME AINT ‘SULCAT’. NUFF SAID. (CEPT PLEASE EXPLAIN TO SCOTT UP AT THE TOP OF THE BLAWG LIST).
PS: YOU AINT SINGLE, ARE YA, S-DAWG? (SHIT FIRE. MY YANKEE MAN’D POP MY ARSE FER THAT, SO JUSS IGNORE. LOL.).

Diane - THASS OK, DIANE. CAIN’T ALL OF US BE SOUTHERN. SOME OF US GIT STUCK UP IN THE FROZEN BUTTHOLE OF THE MAP—NEW YAWK. (AN I LIKE YA, CUZ I COULDA SAID, AHOLE.). SORRY YOU AINT A SOUTHERN GIRL. THINK YOU’D LIKE IT ALOT. HOW BOUT A HONORARY MEMMERSHIP?)

Texas Playwright Chick - HEY THERE, TEXAS GIRL. THANKS AND GOTTA SAY, Y’ALL GOT SOME PERDEE DAYUM FINE BARBEQUE OVER IN TEXASS. (WELL, THE REAL KIND—WITH SAUCE, NOT THAT RUBBED ON SHITOLA, SCUSE MY FRENCH).

Robyn Campbell - THANX, ROBYN. AND YOU CLOSE NUFF TO THE SOUTH TO BE INCLUDED—ALMOST SOUTHERNER. HEY! AND AINT MAYBERRY RFD LOCATED UP IN NORTH CAROLINA?

Laura Martone - HEY LAURA. GLADJU LIKE MY LIL TAWKS. BETCHU GOT SOME DAYUM FINE FAMILY RECIPES OF YER OWN, AINTCHA? YOU IN, GIRL!

darsden - MADE ME LAUGH. HUNNERD PERCENTER. YOU ALL THE WAY IN, GIRRRRRRRRL. KNOW YOU GOT HOLT OF THE BESS GRAVY RECIPE OF ANYBODY!

Elizabeth Bradley - SHO IS!

Deb@RGRamblings - AWWW HELL. AINT GONNA BE NO BLAW.

Karen - THANX, GIRLLL! GLADJA ENJOYED!

Anonymous said...

angie ledbetter, i am puttin on my pointy cowboy boots RITE now to come and kick yer butt. HARD. this was fer yer eyes only!
tell yer blawger friends g'bye fer a week, cuz ya aint gonna be able to sit an type to 'em!!!!!!
dayummmmmm blabbermouth.

Janna Qualman said...

Nummers! Oh man, I'd like a slab with some beans right now, please.

Alaine, if you're anything like your twin, we'd love to have you! There's always room for more fun, more insight, more love. And more cornbread!

Hugs, Ang.

Char said...

Cornbread is the bread of life! I make mine from scratch and jus add a dollop of sour cream. mmmmm

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