The Sweet Lovin' Man & I have had a WEEK!
For the SLM, it's been an ongoing battle of dental work to end all dental work. For me, it started with the Topsy Turvy Cake & zero sleep. Then my delightful and delicious friend Brandy (aka: B. McKay) visited me from Los Angeles, we 'partied hard,' and then the following two days I drove out to Arlington Heights (a good hour & a half) at the buttcrack of dawn to earn my Illinois Food & Sanitation Certificate. The results haven't come in yet on my exam but one official result from this lack of sleep? A COLD.
Needless to say, my honey & I were sore, whiny, sniffly, loopy, whiny and stir crazy.
I wanted my mommy but she's in New York!!! So instead I made some homemade chicken rice soup (we had a bird in the fridge-- how could I not?) & also this amazing buttermilk cornbread I got from All Recipes.
I'd never made homemade chicken rice soup before with an entire chicken. I looked at A LOT of recipes-- some called for cooking up the bird & then using the bones. Others called for chopping up the bird & browning it in butter. I opted for the 'throw everything in the pot, bring it to a boil and then let it simmer for an hour method."
There's Helga the chicken.... lots of onion, celery, rice, carrots... for seasoning-- thyme, sage, bay leaves, salt & pepper. It was pretty tasty!
But the real star of the show was this cornbread. The Sweet Lovin' Man thought it was the best thing I'd ever made. Another reason I like my men drugged.
So here she is! A delightfully moist & delicious cornbread that was like a hug from mom.
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup white sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
- Preheat the oven to 375. Grease an 8in round cake pan.
- Melt the butter in a large skillet. Remove from heat and stir in sugar.
- Quickly add eggs and beat until well blended.
- Combine buttermilk with baking soda & stir into butter sugar egg mixture.
- Stir in cornmeal, flour & salt until well blended and a few lumps remain.
- Pour batter into greased pan and bake for 30-35 minutes.
Sniffles & whimpers,
Miss Mandi *cough* Crocker *whine*