Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Honey Buttermilk Cornbread ~ Cooking with Libby

I hope y'all are enjoying the Guest Blogger Series here on The Country Cook. I know I am. I have been loving what everyone has brought to the table so far.  The next blogger I am proud to introduce (if you don't know her already) is Libby from Cooking with Libby
Military spouses always tend to find each other and gravitate towards each other and Libby and I were no exception. Her husband is still serving our country and so I give him and his beautiful family my undying gratitude.  Libby and I share very similar styles of cooking. If you like what I'm doing over here, then you really need to go browse through some of her recipes. She's a sweetheart of a lady that is always cooking up tasty, family-friendly food.
So now, I'll shut up and let her get on with what she came here to do!
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Hello everyone :)  I'm Libby from Cooking With Libby.  I want to thank Brandie for this wonderful opportunity to do a guest post on her site today.  Brandie is such a sweet person and I am so glad I came across her blog.  I have fallen in love with all the yummy recipes she has ;)  It's such a great honor to be able to do this for her :)  Before I get to the recipe, let me tell y'all a little about me.  I'm a Military Wife of 9 years to the most wonderful man on the planet.  We are stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base in the northern part of Louisiana.  I am also a Stay at Home Mom to two of the most beautiful and crazy children who are under the age of 4.  It can be insanely chaotic over here at times, but I love it!  I started my blog in 2009 as a hobby of sorts and it has grown into so much more then that.  It truly is a labor of love and features a few cups of comfort, a pinch of healthiness, a couple of tablespoons of culture, and lots of memories ;)  My goal is to get everyone back into their kitchens to cook, cook, cook.  I hope you will follow along and join in on the fun ;)

Now, onto the recipe..........................

Cornbread and the South.  The two go together like peanut butter and chocolate.  I can't think of any dish that does not go well with cornbread on the side.  Back in my early 20's, you couldn't even get me to touch the stuff.  Then I met Husband Man and all that changed :)  Not only did I fall in love with his Southern charm, but I also fell in love with some of the foods that he enjoyed eating.  Cornbread was one of them.  Growing up, my mother never made cornbread.  We grew up in a multi-cultural home, where American dishes were mixed with dishes from the island of Guam...with a "touch" of the South thrown in for good mix.  Unfortunately, cornbread was never on the menu back then ;(  It was, however, on Husband Man's family's menu.  

This is not how my Mother-In-Law makes her cornbread.  As a matter of fact, I'm not even sure this qualifies as actual deep south cornbread...mainly due to the amount of sugar, flour, and buttermilk.  I have heard that pure Southern cornbread has a thin-like appearance, with little or no buttermilk or flour, and is sweetened just a tad.  This recipe is the complete opposite.  This one is more of a cake-like cornbread then anything and my children love to eat it because it literally does remind them of cake...lol.  In any event, this is the staple recipe we use for our cornbread and haven't used any other recipe since finding this one.  One of the things that I have learned from making this over and over again is to prep your ingredients before making it.  It's best to combine all the ingredients in the original skillet that you use in the beginning vs. moving them from bowl to bowl.  I am not sure why this is, but making it this way works for us.  One day I will ask my Mother-In-Law how she makes hers ;)  Until then, this one will have to do ;)

Homemade Buttermilk Cornbread

Ingredients:
1/2 cup or 1 stick of butter
2/3 cups white sugar
2 eggs, beat lightly
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt

Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease an 8 inch square pan.
2.  Measure out and prep all ingredients.
3.  Combine the buttermilk with the baking soda and stir until well mixed.  Set aside.
4.  Melt butter in a large skillet. 
5.  Remove skillet from heat and add sugar.
6.  Very, very, very quickly, add the eggs and beat until well blended.
7.  Add the buttermilk/baking soda, stirring until well blended.
8.  Stir in the cornmeal, flour, and salt until well blended and few lumps remain.
9.  Pour batter into prepared 8 inch square pan.
10.  Bake for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Thank you again Brandie for this wonderful opportunity to guest post on The Country Cook.  I hope that some of you will come join me and the family over at Cooking With Libby :)  We'd love to have y'all ;)
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Anyone craving cornbread yet? I know I am. Look at that picture! Can someone please pass the butter? Big thank you to Libby for bringing such a great recipe here today.  Please visit Libby's blog and if you'd like, you can even follow her around on facebook here.

36 comments:

Melynda said...

It is always a treat to meet another blogger, I have really enjoyed this series, thanks!

Patti said...

Love the post Brandie. I already have libby on my list!

Our Italian Kitchen said...

Beautiful photo! All your pictures are so natural looking! That cornbread looks so good!

Lizzy said...

So nice to meet you, Libby! I'll check out your blog next :) Your cornbread sounds delicious...just how I like it! Thanks, Brandie, for another fun guest post~

SomethingDifferentForDinner said...

LOOKS HEAVENLY!!! I am definately going to give this a go! Thanks for sharing! *Kelly

RavieNomNoms said...

I love cornbread...this recipe is really great!

Our Eyes Eat First said...

looks amazing.. love the classic buttermilk cornbread. ive tried it with jalapenos and cheddar too.. yum!

Brooks at Cakewalker said...

It's so nice to meet you Libby. I love military spouses and the food they prepare...it's made with LOVE! I know this, because I'm the son of a military wife and mom's home cooking is like a warm blanket. Thanks Libby for the recipe and to Brandie for the introduction. Somehow I think we'd all get along splendidly!

Holly said...

Nice to meet Libby! I love me some cornbread : ) Yummo

Jill@MadAboutMacarons said...

Brandie, thanks for introducing us to Libby. Libby, well done on that beautiful cornbread and well done for all the crazy energy you must have to accomplish all of this plus being a superMum!

Leanna @ Raptortoe said...

I love cornbread. I love any bread. Nice recipe!

Kimberly said...

Great post Libby and Brandie! I love cornbread, and this one looks fantastic!!

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

Libby- I bet you are so glad that your husband man introduced you to to the deliciousness of cornbread :) thanks for sharing your recipe.
Katie

carolinaheartstrings said...

I love meeting guest bloggers. Nice post and great looking recipe.

Becky said...

I just happen to have a new box of cornmeal in the pantry, begging to be made into cornbread. Now I have the best recipe. Nice to meet you again, Libby.

Brandie, Great guest blogger.

Veronica Gantley said...

That is a fine looking cornbread. Some of us southerners like it with a bit of sugar.

Betty @ scrambled hen fruit said...

I'm a girl from the south, but I still like a little sugar in my cornbread. :) This looks so good!

Major Mom said...

Yay Air Force spouse! I'm one of Brandie's high school friends -- sort of, but that's another story, and I'm also an Air Force wife, my DH is currently stationed at Hurlburt Field.

Ironically, DH has had orders in hand to Barksdale not once, but twice. Both of them canceled/switched. First switch was to Fort Polk just to the south (boo!), the second switch was for him to go to graduate school in Raleigh, NC (yay!).

While we were at Fort Polk, he had to do his paperwork up at Barksdale and we always enjoyed the area. We just spent Thanksgiving there; our oldest son's godparents are currently stationed there and we had a nice visit.

It's awesome you got to guest post with Brandie, and I look forward to trying out your recipe. The family always enjoys ribs and cornbread here!

Bo said...

Cornbread rocks! From scratch is always better than a mix...Brandie thanks for sharing Libby's blog.

southernlady64 said...

Hi Brandie, This is such a great guest post from Libby. The photo makes my mouth water and the recipe sounds just wonderful. Thanks Libby for sharing a great recipe with us and for a great post.

Libby said...

Thank you everyone! And thank you Brandie for allowing me this opportunity to guest post on your blog ;) If you make the recipe, I hope you enjoy it and I hope to see y'all over at Cooking With Libby ;)

@ Major Mom-I'm from NC and moved down to Barksdale right after I married my hubby ;) I'm glad to meet someone who knows the area around here ;) That's awesome ;)

Mary said...

It's always so nice to meet another blogger. I'm heading over to check the site as soon as I finish here. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

spcookiequeen said...

I confess I don't make the best cornbread, I blame it on not being from the South. I'm saving this one, I will go say Hi to Libby. A Mama With Flavor is another military spouse, and she is so sweet. Thanks for sharing Libby with us Brandie.
-Gina-

MrsJenB said...

Oooh I love cornbread so much! So, so...so much. I wish I could reach right through the screen to grab a hunk of this! ;)

Annie's Dish said...

What a wonderful guest post! Pleased to meet you Libby! I am going to scoot on over to your blog now.

Candace said...

What a wonderful recipe! It's nice to meet you, Libby! Thanks, Brandie, for introducing us. It has given me a little taste of home. :)

scratch-made wife said...

Thanks for introducing us, Bran! I'm so glad I found this post. I have leftover buttermilk that's just burning a hole ... in my fridge? Pocket just doesn't seem appropriate. Anyway, thanks again. This looks great! :)

A little bit of everything said...

what a wonderful post, it;s always a pleasure to meet another blogger.
the cornbread looks great. thanks for sharing.

Elisabeth said...

Love the cornbread, and the great recipe. Looks so moist and yummy!
So nice to meet you Libby, I will check out your blog.
Thanks Brandie, for having such a nice guest blogger.
Great post!

The Country Cook said...

Thank you everyone for such lovely comments! I am so happy Libby visited and shared such a fantastic recipe.

Tina said...

We're retired military and were stationed at Barksdale too! I was just down there last week! Small world huh?
I'm going to hop over to her blog now...thanks Brandie for introducing us to her! Great to meet a new blogger friends!

Maureen said...

Wow, haven't had buttermilk cornbread since I left Tennessee back in the last century. thanks for reminding me how special it was. I'll have to make some now.

Dee Dee's Delights said...

This sound great, I am hosting a linky party called Sunday Buffet, Your welcome to add these to the Buffet line! http://deedeesdelights.blogspot.com/p/sunday-buffet.html

Cakewhiz said...

Great post! i love cornbread and this one looks so soft :D

Cheryl and Adam @pictureperfectmeals.com said...

And this one will do very nicely thank you! Love cornbread, especially when it's sweet and your recipe looks delicious!

The Mom Chef said...

I never really had cornbread until I moved south to NC. I love the stuff and this looks like a fantastic recipe. Thanks for guest blogging and introducing us to this fantastic recipe!