Cornbread is one of those classic food items that people seem to have a bond with. They either grew up munching on the drier more savory cornbread slathered with butter or the sweet cake-like cornbread drizzled with honey or, in Craig’s case, Karo syrup (I kid you not).
I grew up with the dry cornbread that my mom made in an old cast iron pan with the bread poured into corncob shapes. Very cute, but the dry version just wasn’t quite my cup of tea. I later discovered those little boxes of Jiffy Cornbread Mix and swooned. Of course it helped that you could buy them four for dollar when on sale. (They’re still only about fifty cents when not on sale.)
I’d whip up the batter and pour it into my cast iron pan to make it look like the more traditional skillet cornbread. Then, when I really got confident and wanted to show off a bit, I’d add corn and chopped jalepeño peppers.
Now I usually make cornbread muffins (aesthetically they just look so cute and there’s a bit more portion control) from scratch. It’s almost as easy as ripping open that Jiffy cornbread box and I can better control what’s going into it. I picked up this recipe from Dreamy Dish and tweaked it a bit to make it a low fat cornbread (since we usually eat cornbread with bbq or chili I thought it would be a great way to sneak out some fat and it wouldn’t be missed with all the other flavors going on – in fact, eating these alone you’ll be hard pressed to determine that you’re even eating low fat cornbread, they’re just that good). Craig had no idea that these were low fat and gobbled up half of them before I could stop him and tell him that they were supposed to go with the pulled chicken bbq that I had made for dinner. Aaargh!
Synonym – A word or expression accepted as another name for something.
What does the word and definition of synonym have to do with relationship advice you ask? Well, I’m bringing this up because I have yet to see someone compile a list of words that are acceptable and unacceptable synonyms for the sexy parts of the opposite sex. This can be a really important piece of knowledge in some relationships. Trust me, call your boo’s sexy place the wrong thing and not only could the mood be ruined…the relationship could be over too.
Muffin: Vagina – Acceptable if said by man or woman to a woman. This term has been around so long that it has multiple positive connotations.
Monkey Mounds: Breasts – Unacceptable. If said within earshot of a woman you will have no chance in hell of even having your existence acknowledged by that woman. Say it to her directly and you’ll probably be cleaning blood out of your shirt and having to get your broken nose reset at the hospital.
Love Muscle: Penis – Unacceptable. If a guy refers to his penis with this moniker to a woman, she’ll give an over exaggerated eye roll and will turn and show her backside quicker than if you had said something really flattering to her. If you talk about your junk using this term to other guys, they’ll laugh it off but will really think that you’re a douche bag.
The Situation: Abs or penis – Unacceptable – in either case. Referring to yourself, or your member, in the third person is a major turnoff anyway, but bogarting a self-imposed nickname from a cast member of The Jersey Shore to refer to yourself in the third person displays such a lack of creativity men or women could only imagine that your refrigerator contains nothing but a six pack of Budweiser, an aerosol can full of cheese and an unidentifiable green blob in your crisper drawer. (It’s going to be another night of internet porn for you buddy.)
Guns: Arm muscles – Acceptable. Anyone who has worked hard enough to develop muscular arms would be beyond flattered to have his/her arms referred to as guns by a member of the opposite sex. Let the sexy times ensue.
Makes 12 cornbread muffins
Adapted from Dreamy Dish
- 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
- 1 Cup Cornmeal
- 1/4 Cup + 2 Tablespoons Sugar
- 1 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Cup Buttermilk*
- 1 Large Egg (lightly beaten)
- 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
- 1/3 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Farenheit.
Spray muffin tin with oil or lightly coat with butter.
In a medium size bowl, thoroughly stir together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. (Stir together for at least 1 minute.)
In a large measuring cup (cuts down on the number of dirty dishes) combine the buttermilk* and egg (lightly beat the egg in the milk). Then add the applesauce to the mixture and stir to combine.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Add the shredded cheese. Stir to combine thoroughly. This won’t be doughy, it will be more like a batter.
Fill each muffin cup with enough batter to be 3/4 full.
Bake for 10 – 15 minutes. The edges will brown a bit and the tops will have fine cracks in them. A toothpick inserted in the middle should come out clean.
Remove from oven and let cool for 5 – 10 minutes and serve. Or let cool completely and store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
*If you don’t have buttermilk on hand you can make a perfectly good substitute. In 1 cup of milk, add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice. Stir together and let sit for 5 minutes before adding to the recipe.