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There are probably as many recipes for cornbread as there are southern cooks. Although it’s not strictly a “southern thing,” cornbread is very widely served throughout the south. It’s so very good with a plate of southern-style vegetables like peas, fried okra, and greens.

And, there are many different kinds of cornbread. There is the old fashioned type like I’m going to show you here. Then there is corn pone which is basically just cornmeal, water and salt formed into “pones” like thick little pancakes and cooked in the oven. There are corn sticks and corn muffins as well. And don’t forget about hush puppies! They are essentially cornbread, too. Actually, my favorite is what we call “lacy cornbread.” Lacy cornbread is cooked in a skillet on the stovetop. It’s a very thin, light batter that is poured into hot oil and fried quickly to a golden brown. It takes skill and practice to make lacy cornbread.

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crmuffins_finalAt our house, we call these muffins, THE carrot-raisin muffins. That’s how much we enjoy them. Years and years ago, before there was Google, before there was Twitter, before there were blogs, there was Prodigy. You have to be pretty up there in years and have been a very early user of the internet to remember Prodigy. It was back in the day with CompuServe. Before AOL even. See, I’ve always been a tech geek. I started playing around on the internet before there were browsers, when it was not much more than a few universities swapping text files and home enthusiasts with their BB’s (bulletin boards). You used your 1200 baud modem and dialed up the phone number for the BB you wanted to connect to. We were so cool.

 
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