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Southern Cornbread

Let it be said that I like all kinds of cornbread from the sweet cornbread muffins I got with my meal at the Maine Diner in Wells, Maine to the Southern cornbread served by little old blue haired ladies at ‘dinner on the grounds.’

My recipe is a traditional Southern Cornbread with a little dose of healthy.

Here’s a photo of the hot cornbread I just pulled out of the oven. I cooked it in my old 9″ cast iron skillet but you can use muffin tins or whatever pan you have available.

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If you could just smell it – it smells so good that I couldn’t resist, I just had to cut myself a little slice and smear on some fresh butter – yummy!

Southern Cornbread

Start heating your oven to 450.  Grease or spray your pan or muffin tins.  I pour a little olive oil in my Iron Skillet.  I put my skillet in the oven to ‘heat’ while I mix the cornbread.

Wet Ingredients:

1 egg

1/4 Cup Oil (I use Olive oil because it’s supposed to be healthier – see notes below)

1 & 1/2 Cups Butter Milk (I use non fat Buttermilk)

Mix these wet ingredients together.


2 Cups Martha White Self Rising Corn Meal Mix

Stir just until the corn meal is incorporated into the wet ingredients.  Pour this mixture into your hot pan – I like to hear a sizzle when I pour the cornbread into the pan.

Bake about 20 minutes or until the bottom is brown and you start to see the top browning a little.

Notes:  I have used melted bacon grease and I have used Crisco and other solid shortenings in my cornbread and I can tell you that both of these options make a great cornbread!  I just wanted to be a little bit more healthy so I used Olive Oil.

Now spread on your butter and enjoy!


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It must be Apple Harvest Time!  The markets have an abundance of all different varieties of Apples.  I don’t think that apples grow in Florida or if they do then it’s not the wide variety of apples that come from ‘up north.’

I love to see a Vermont Apple Farm with a vintage red barn in the background, an old tractor, various baskets for collecting apples and a group of ruddy faced toddlers ready to ride out to the orchard to pick some apples.

As a result of my apple shopping trip today’s breakfast was an Apple Smoothie and here’s the recipe.

Apple Smoothie

1 Banana Peeled

1 Apple – cored and the stem removed – leave the skin intact

1/2 cup Greek Yogurt – unsweetened, unflavored

1 Cup ice

1/4 Cup Cranberry Juice

1 Tablespoons Protein Powder

1/2 Cup Granola

2 Tablespoons Honey (from local bees)

Dash Nutmeg

Big Dash Cinnamon

Splash of Vanilla Flavouring

I whirled all the ingredients around in the Vitamix until the ice was well blended.

I enjoy a smoothie that has bits of fruit and crunchy surprises.  If you don’t like chunks in your smoothie or you prefer to drink your smoothie through a straw you might want to omit the granola or you could put it in the food processor for a few seconds.

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