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Dependable Skillet Cornbread April 29, 2012

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Skillet Cornbread

Last week we did a post on an American classic, Jambalaya, which we served at a dinner party with skillet cornbread, another homegrown American classic.  As promised, we’ll now see how to make this wonderful dish.

Skillet cornbread is primarily a Southern dish.  In the North, the tendency is to bake a sweeter, muffin-like concoction.  In the 1700 and1800’s, it was an incredibly simple dish – corn meal, eggs, milk, salt, sugar and a fat of some type – usually lard.   Today, most recipes (but not all) use butter instead of lard and they usually add flour with the cornmeal.  This produces a much lighter texture. (more…)

Parker House Rolls – An American Classic April 14, 2012

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Parker House Rolls

A friend asked, irreverently, if there were any rhyme or reason for the posts we have been doing.  I told him that he had missed the point, as he had most of his life.  For others of you also wandering in the wilderness, 2012 is the year of the Great Bravado Classics.  We will be looking at famous dishes from France, Italy, Spain and America.  We’ve already done a number of French classics (Tarte Tatin, Beef Bourguignon, Onion Soup, Coq Au Vin, Gratin Dauphinois and Coquilles St. Jacques).  We’ve done two Spanish classics – Gazpacho and the Tortilla Española.  We’ve also done two American classics –  Mac and Cheese and Chicken Noodle Soup.  By the end of the year, we will try to do 12 from each area – 48 great classics. (more…)

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