Posts Tagged With: Baking

Dad Recipe: Mexican Cornbread

Fresh jalapenos and home-ground yellow cornmeal are key for this yummy south-of-the-border one-pot supper!

Fresh jalapenos and home-ground yellow cornmeal are key for this yummy south-of-the-border one-pot supper!

Our friend Lisa at Happy Place Organics hooked us up the other day with some fresh-from-the-garden jalapenos, and whenever there are jalapenos around Mullins Manor you can bet this dish is pretty sure to follow.

The dish itself is a family favorite, and relatively common summer fare where I grew up in the mountains of eastern Kentucky – although I’m not sure of the particular folkways that would account for its prevalence there.  Each person making it seems to have a slightly different take on ingredients, but generally there’s always meat, always some cheese, (almost) always whole kernel corn and definitely always jalapenos – the fresher the better, and the ones from Happy Place Organics were about as fresh as they come.  I think there might have been thirty minutes, if that, from garden to pan.

It’s an easy dish, has lots of flavor and very minimal clean-up.  Enjoy!


  • 1 lb. ground beef (although I used chorizo)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 can cream-style corn
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 c. cornmeal (I’m really lucky to have home-ground from my parents’ garden!)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. canola oil, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. diced jalapenos (or to taste)
  • 1 1/2 c. grated sharp cheddar cheese


  • An iron skillet is a BIG plus for baking this (or any) cornbread!  Otherwise, use a 9×13 pan.
  • Pan for browning hamburger
  • Mixing bowl
  • Oven at 450

Brown and drain your hamburger meat and onion.

Combine (in your mixing bowl) corn, eggs, cornmeal, baking powder, milk, salt, peppers and 1/4 c. of oil.

Heat the other 1/4 c. oil in your skillet or pan.  Pour half of the batter into the pan.  Layer meat/onion mixture and cheese, then top with the other half of the batter.  Bake at 450 for 45 minutes or until golden brown.

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Dad Pic(s): Fourth-Generation Baking

Katie-Bug Rolling Out the Gingerbread (Photo by the Author)

This afternoon while Mama and Violet-Bug were taking a nap Katie-Bug and I made us a batch of gingerbread men.  We cook together quite a bit, and she’s getting to be quite handy in the kitchen.  As I watched her working with the rolling pin to flatten out the dough, I suddenly realized I was watching family history in the making.  You see, the rolling pin belonged to my grandmother – Granny Ethel – and so what’s actually happening in this picture is a fourth generation of Mullins bakers in action!

The author with Granny Ethel, several years back. It's her rolling pin that Katie's using in the pic above. (Thanks to my cuz Deanna for scanning and uploading this pic!)

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