Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Skillet Corn Bread (Page 600)

  • Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2007 -- 8pm
  • Location: Cutler, Maine
  • Kitchen: Somerled House
  • Fellow Chef: Matty
  • Dining Companions: Brad, Deniz, Wes, Karen H, Dave, Serrana, Nicholas, and Enzo
  • Recipe Rating: B

I have been wanting to make this cornbread for ages (I love cornbread!) but I couldn't because I don't have a big cast iron pan. However, the vacation house in Somerled that we were in last week did! So I made this cornbread, and some chili to go with it, for dinner one night. This cornbread was good, but not amazing. The texture was spot on: moist and a little bit crumbly on the inside, and just slightly crunchy around the edges. I found the flavor a bit lacking though. I like cornbread to have the wonderful, deep cornmeal flavor. I found this recipe to be a little bland. It made me wonder if it just needed a bit more salt to bring out the flavor of the cornmeal. I wouldn't make this recipe again, but I did eat a bunch of it the next day, warmed up and drizzled with honey, which wasn't bad at all!

Here is the recipe.

As I write this, I am making my first recipe from The Book in my new apartment. It's a chicken. Chicken with forty cloves of garlic actually. I have now been to 4 different grocery stores in Bloomington, carefully examining what can be purchased in each one. The one thing I haven't found so far is a grocery store with a good butcher. But, I did find some nice looking chickens, hence the selection of recipe this evening. My new kitchen is fancier than anywhere I have lived before. I am still marveling at having a dishwasher. I can't decide which I like better: the dishwasher, or the crushed ice dispenser on the door of my refrigerator. Probably the dishwasher is a bigger thing, but I love having my beverages really cold, so I am pretty excited about the ice.

If you walked into my apartment right now, you would find that my priorities are pretty clear: the only room in my apartment that is completely unpacked is the kitchen. There are boxes strewn throughout the rest of the place, but the kitchen is completely clean -- dishes in cupboards, food on shelves -- everything in its place. It's important to be able to cook (and eat)! Speaking of, my oven timer is beeping. My chicken is ready to be eaten!


Anonymous said...

Good luck and happy cooking in your new apartment!

Teena said...