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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A Texas Country Supper

Mr. Sweet and I both grew up on COUNTRY foods...
many times, we had veggie meals....NO meat.
We STILL do ALL VEGGIE meals at least once a week....
sometimes, more.
Altho I didn't care for CORNBREAD when I was younger...
I sure do love it now.
 ♥ ♥ ♥
SOUTHERN CORNBREAD....
thin....crisp...buttery...NO SUGAR ADDED !!
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Both Mr. Sweet and I grew up on this kind of cornbread...made in a cast iron skillet that's been seasoned well...
We like ours thinner than a lot of people because we both LOVE crispy !!
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup flour
1 egg, beaten
a couple table spoons of melted shortening or bacon drippings, butter
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
enough milk to make a nice thick batter..
(I LOVE Buttermilk Cornbread so this is what I use)
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Pour into HOT skillet that has a tad bit of shortening melted..
Cook at 425 for about 30 minutes...
We use a huge cast iron skillet so it will make the cornbread thinner...IF YOU LIKE YOURS THICKER, use a SMALLER skillet. It HAS to be CAST IRON, tho...
 The divided CAST IRON skillet you see here is from CRACKER BARREL and
it's a  CORN BREAD MAKIN' HONEY
......you get CRISPY all the way around ea. piece.
I LOVE IT.
I have heard that in some parts of the country, the people DON'T EAT BLACKEYED PEAS....
WHAAAAT ???
 I just can't even IMAGINE that....blackeyed peas are our favorite food on the planet.
We grew up eating them.....both our moms planted lots of BLACKEYED PEAS in their gardens.
 ..and right next to the goodness of blackeyed peas, comes 
GREEN BEANS AND WHITE POTATOES.....
UMMMM.....served together, in DIVIDED PLATES, along with ripe tomatoes....

(I say DIVIDED plates 'cause I am a such a titty baby that I don't like my foods touching....)
 SWEET TEA and....
buttered CORNBREAD....
Why, Mr. Sweet and I think we have died and gone to Heaven.
I hope you all have a BUTTERED CORNBREAD kind of day. ♥♥♥
I am joining the fun at

50 comments:

Marilyn said...

Oh my .... I would kill for my Grandmother's Cornbread but alas ..... I shall taste many cornbreads trying to find the same!! Tee Hee!! Not a bad thing!! I LOVE CORNBREAD!!
Have a Great Day!!
Marilyn

NanaDiana said...

We love our cornbread here, too, and I always add fresh (or frozen) corn kernels to the batter. MyHero likes his UNBROWNED (pffffttt) so he would eat the inside pieces and everyone else would eat the outer ones.

I never had black eyed peas until I was well into my 20's so never really developed a taste for them..so you can have my share if I ever visit you!;>)

Hope you had a wonderful day, Bj! xo Diana

Stella said...

I always make my cornbread in a cast iron skillet too. But no dividers in mine. Wish I could talk my hubby into veggie meals. He doesn't think he is eating if he doesn't have meat.

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Black eyed peas are a fav around here too..

cornbread was dessert in my grandma's house. big ole glss of cold milk and a slab of cornbread- yep, it was wonderful.

we also use divided plates, neither me nor the kids can handle our food touching.

that plate looks yummy..

LV said...

Country eating at its best. Been there and done it all. None better.

Loretta said...

Now, this is some cooking... blackeyed peas and cornbread...Mmmm
Mmmm! Girl you know you can cook! You can tell we're from the south cause southern women can cook!! Luv you!

TexWisGirl said...

i had some black-eyed peas just recently that were the first ones i actually liked. of course, they tasted like bacon... :)

love the corn bread maker...

Stacey said...

I could totally be in hog heaven eating that meal!

On Crooked Creek said...

BJ,
Don't know about goin' to Heaven...more like a weekday kinda' meal where I grew up in South East Kansas. My MoMa had Southern influence in her upbringin' and we learned early to eat black~eyed peas. I love 'em...just not on New Year's Day! Cornbread is one of "Mr. Ed's" specialities!!! Set a couple more of those divided plates...'cause we're on our way over!
Fondly,
Pat

Sharon said...

Sure looks yummy to me...my mom cooked like that all of the time when I was growing up!
Sharon

Deb said...

My kind of meal. I love the 'no meat' thing. Those divided plates are so cute. I should look for one for my grand-daughter, Riley. Oh..now I'm hungry again. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x4

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love cornbread but black eyed peas are not my favorite, I grew up on Pinto beans...YUM!! I like that cornbread pan, may have to visit Cracker Barrel. hugs, Linda

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I absolutely cannot stand it. We have got to be related! I hate my food touching...and I absolutely will not eat after anyone...ie their fork...and I won't eat dessert on my dinner plate....
My husband says I am the Princess and the Pea!!
Oh well.....

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

Your post made me hungry for cornbread, good tomatoes and summer. Usually at our house we eat slightly sweeter cornbread, but I like any kind. Loved your divided blue and white plates, I've never seen divided plates in that pattern. They have such a good old-timey feel.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I am so tickled that you're lovin' that cornbread skillet! OK, maybe you'll share the black-eyed peas recipe next time? This Yankee did not grow up on them and is curious:@)

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

We like all kinds of cornbread! My husband likes it a little sweet and I think my favorite is when it is almost gritty with cornmeal. I love it when it is made with creamed corn in it and with butter and honey! We love veggies too and are perfectly happy without meat. We do that often in the summer when the produce is fresh and yummy!

Gina said...

That country dinner looks SO delicious! It has been a while since I've made black-eyed peas. I have some in my pantry and now I want to make them soon! I've never seen a cornbread pan like that. I like how you can make individual slices.

Blessings,

Gina

Blondie's Journal said...

This looks SO good, BJ. We like to bake our cornbread, then fry it in a little butter! Yum! I made ham and bean soup with the ham bone from our dinner last week. It's such a good feeling to be able to use every bit of that expensive ham! And it was good! How do you make your black eyed peas? I have only had them in 15 bean soup that comes with all the seasonings.

XO,
Jane

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

That looks so good and nourishing. FIlling home cooked meals are what I grew up on and what I continue now. DInner as at five every night.

Kris said...

That's good eatin' right there! My Mom and Nana and their "kin" are from Texas! We eat our blackeyed peas with tomatoe and onion slices! Yum! I make my cornbread just like you, not sweet like cake, crispy and wonderful slathered with butter! Daddy used to crumble it into milk. I grew up on Southern cooking. My Nana used to say that every good cook worth her salt had a coffee tin with bacon drippings in her fridge for cooking with! I no longer do that, but boy was it the best. Green beans with bacon grease.....yesiree!!!

Kris said...

That's good eatin' right there! My Mom and Nana and their "kin" are from Texas! We eat our blackeyed peas with tomatoe and onion slices! Yum! I make my cornbread just like you, not sweet like cake, crispy and wonderful slathered with butter! Daddy used to crumble it into milk. I grew up on Southern cooking. My Nana used to say that every good cook worth her salt had a coffee tin with bacon drippings in her fridge for cooking with! I no longer do that, but boy was it the best. Green beans with bacon grease.....yesiree!!!

sabri said...

I have been waiting for you to post your cornbread recipe...it looks so yummy with the beans..

CAS said...

Oh my goodness, BJ, now you've gone and done it! Again! I wanna come to your house for dinner!
CAS

Mindy said...

Yum, yum, and more yum! I'm comin' to your house for dinner!
We actually had black eyed peas with dinner last week. And cornbread to go with them, of course! So good!

al and sha said...

surprise! I love cornbread too and had some today with a pot o stew. I also make mine in a cast iron skillet-my recipe is the same as yours. But, hey, I'm a Texas girl too, you know. the left over cornbread is mighty good in a glass of that buttermilk.
al

xinex said...

I love divided plates. I use them all the time. I have some white and Polish pottery blue and white ones that John and I use almost everyday. I love your Blue Willow ones, BJ and that corn break looks yummy!...Christine

pat said...

That cornbread looks delicious.
I grew up in IN
Did not hear of black eyed peas until we moved to TX

Melody said...

Hi BJ! What a yummy post! When I was a kid I hated green beans, potatoes, and Ham...Mom always added Cottage Butt, but today I make it at home..in my Lodge Dutch Oven...ummmmm
Love those plates, but don't feel bad I', the same way ;)

Love Of Quilts said...

I grew up on this kind of supper too...nothing better...oh but maybe milk and cornbread.

Kathleen Grace said...

I love an all veggie supper, especially in the late summer when it all comes from the garden. I love cornbread too, but the sweet northern kind I was raised on. Forgive me, I have never had black eyed peas, maybe some day I'll come to your house and you can cook me some of that southern food I've never tasted:>)

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

I am going to add black eyed peas to my bucket list and think of you when I eat them! We drizzle honey on our cornbread as soon as it comes out of the oven. Love it! Have a wonderful day!

Jojo said...

Cornbread....yum! Nothing beats it!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

bj! Darlin'! You don't like your food "touching?" What do you think happens when it gets all chewed up and into your tum tum??? Hmmmmmm??? :)
I know whatcha mean...just teasin' you!
It's your right to be a titty baby if you want. Everything looks delicious! You and Mr. Sweet sure do know how to eat well oout thar in Texas!! :)
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Mona

PEA said...

My daughter in law is the same way, she doesn't like her food touching:-) Your meal looks sooo delish and one of these days I'll have to taste black eyed peas...yup, I had never even heard of them until I started blogging! lol I don't know of anybody that makes them around here, don't even think you can buy them in the stores here. I asked mom if she had ever made cornbread and she said once when we were little but nobody liked it so she never made it again. She doesn't remember her own mom making it. Must be just a southern thing:-)

Have a wonderful day my friend. xoxo

Theresa said...

I don't like my food touching either:) I had green beans with onions cooked in, meatloaf and grilled squash... it was mighty yummy too! I love black-eyed peas with pear relish and buttered cornbread is a must!

Enjoy your day my friend, what's for breakfast:) HUGS!

Rettabug said...

Yep, its true...us northerners don't do black eyed peas unless they grew up on them in the south. LOL I'm anxious to try yours, BJ, just so I can say I've tasted them.

Love your cute little cornbread skillet. I swear, there are more versions of cornbread than there are stars in the sky. Everyone seems to have their favorite & I can't get DH to eat it at all. *sigh* He says its "too dry".

My brother & one of my grandsons are fussy about their foods touching one another. The GS cried big tears once when I set a roll on the side of his plate & it came in contact with another food. Strange!

Thanks for teaching us about different foods & tastes. I enjoy learning from you, BJ.

Hugs,
Rett

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Love your corn bread skillet...still need to get to Cracker Barrel to see is they still carry them. Your veggie dinner looks yummy BJ!

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Looks sooo good! I still don't do cornbread, but I sure do love me some blackeyed peas! We used to do veggie nights when my sons were little but have gotten away from that. I think it's a great idea again since it's usually just the Mr.and me now. This is definitely my kind of veggie meal! Looks delicious!

"Auntie" sezzzzzz... said...

Me'thinks you have to have a old, well seasoned iron pan, to make your purrrrfect corn bread, though. The rest of us are *doomed.* -giggles-

Oh aren't those divided plates the cutest thing??? Do they make 'em for we grownups? So cute.

Gentle hugs,
"Auntie"

kijsa said...

Yummy!! this looks so good!
blessings,
kijsa

Audrey said...

Well bj ... that is my kind of dinner, but I will leave off the onions and take another slice of tomato. I can make a meal on a thick slice of tomato, salt, pepper, salad dressing between two slices of toasted wheat bread. YUM. Also like the crusty cornbread cooked in my small skillet. Need one of the divided pans for more crust.Have not heard "titty baby" in so long an it made my laugh.Hugs.
Audrey Z.

Lighthousegal said...

Wow, what a GREAT looking plate of food. Yum, Yum!!
I grew up eating the thick cornbread, it wasn't until I married (at 16) that I ate thin crispy cornbread. My mother in law cooked it that way, but with no egg. She had never heard of adding egg to the batter.
I love eating vegetables, especially in the summer when they are fresh out of the garden. I need no meat when I have fresh veggies. My Dad ALWAYS had to have some sort of meat. He was a meat and potato kind of guy.
Glad I stopped by for a visit. I really enjoyed it!!
And, Thank You for the kind comment you left on my Blog.

Kelly said...

Oh my! That food is making my mouth water. I am a southerner through and through (never lived anywhere else) and love good southern food! Black eye peas ARE a staple at my house too. One of our favorite meals is bbq porkchops with macaroni and cheese and black eye peas. You can mix the peas with your macaroni too and it's even better! My husband makes great cornbread. (He's the real cook of the house.) Thanks for sharing. I would love eating at your house!

Miss Char said...

BJ, thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment. I am a lover of cornbread and having a southern daddy I grew up on it but I must admit I want sugar in my cb. Thank you for sharing and I happy to have found your blog.

Peggy~PJH Designs said...

Oh BJ I'm so hungry now for cornbread & black eyed peas! Also, thanks for coming by and leaving kind words about my kitchen makeover. I'm a Texas girl too you know. Ya'll have a good rest of the week.

Peggy~PJH Designs said...

Oh BJ I'm so hungry now for cornbread & black eyed peas! Also, thanks for coming by and leaving kind words about my kitchen makeover. I'm a Texas girl too you know. Ya'll have a good rest of the week.

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Oh yum, that looks good!

This California girl is wishing she could have a plate of that! And I adore the divided plates - so much fun.

Happy Rednesday!

Whimsey Creations said...

YUMMY! Although I have to say I like my cornbread a teeny bit sweet LOL That looks so good!

Betty J. Gilliland said...

Looks soooo delicious! Want to try it at my place today and I hope it will be as nice as in the pics posted here) Thank you very much, you are great!

June D. Avery said...

Yummy! And it's arranged in such a seducing way...I hope I'll be фидк to create the same stuff and it will be as delicious as you have cooked it!