Thursday, April 9, 2015

Cornbread Waffles with Chili & Fixins'


It's that time of year!! The 19th Annual National Cornbread Festival is coming (April 25th & 26th)! Have you been yet? If you haven't, I hope you'll think about coming. It's good old-fashioned family fun that descends upon the small little town of South Pittsburg, Tennessee. It's also where Lodge Cast Iron is made. It is all things cornbread and cast iron at the festival. Plus there are games and rides, the Cornbread Cook-Off and food and crafts galore! The folks of South Pittsburg all jump in and volunteer to make this an amazing event. And this is the only time of year you can tour the Lodge Cast Iron foundry. I went last year and it was so awe-inspiring to see this American-made product come to life.

I was so honored that the folks at Martha White have asked me to be a judge again at this years' Cornbread Cook-Off. It is truly an honor to see home cooks creating the most mouth-watering cornbread dishes imaginable! And this year, there is a fun twist. Previous years' winners are coming back to make their winning dishes once again to see whose dish reigns supreme over them all. But let's be honest, they are all dadgum good so it's going to be a tough job for the judges. I am looking forward to some good eats and cheering on all my fellow home cooks!
To celebrate all things cornbread and to kick off the National Cornbread Festival, Martha White is hosting a Virtual Cornbread Potluck: 2015 All-Star Edition to celebrate the ALL-STAR winners of previous Cornbread Cook-Off winners. So a bunch of fellow food bloggers (and myself) came up with some fun recipes using Martha White cornbread mixes. Now, you can make up a good ole pan of cornbread or cornbread muffins OR you can have a little fun with your mix and make these little recipe twists! I'm sharing these Cornbread Waffles with Chili & Fixins'. See my notes at the end of the post for some ways to change this up. So incredibly simple y'all, but so stinkin' good!
Recipes included in the Martha White Virtual Cornbread Potluck:

Southern Pantry: BLT Cornbread Salad
Spicy Southern Kitchen: Mexican Cornbread Casserole
Southern Bite: Mom's Mexican Cornbread
Melissa's Southern Style Kitchen: Kickin' Crab Corn Muffins
Southern Plate: Cornbread Pan Sandwiches
Plain Chicken: Taco Cornbread Muffins

That's not all!! To celebrate the National Cornbread Festival and our own Cornbread Potluck, Martha White is offering up this prize for one Country Cook reader. A Lodge Cast Iron Wedge Pan, a packet of Martha White Cornbread Mix and the official Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook. Scroll down to the end of this post to enter!
Now, let's get to these waffles!!
INGREDIENTS:
2 packs Martha White Mexican Style Cornbread Mix
1 1/3 cups milk
2 Eggland's Best eggs
2 cans chili
Toppings: sour cream, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese
DIRECTIONS:
Preheat your waffle iron to a medium-high setting. If your waffle iron has a number setting, set it to a number 4 (higher if you want a darker, crispier waffle.) My son likes his waffles lightly cooked so I make his first. I like mine a little more well done. Also at this point you will want to start heating up your chili. Pour both cans of chili into a covered pot and heat up until warmed through or pop it into a microwave-safe bowl and heat until warmed through.
In a medium bowl, combine both packs of cornbread mix with eggs and milk. 
Stir well until combined.
Once your waffle iron is heated, spray with nonstick spray. I like the kind with flour in it.
Pour one cup of cornbread mix onto waffle iron. 
Y'all, look at these waffles. They cook up perfectly in the waffle iron.
 If you love your cornbread with crispy edges, then you will LOVE these waffles!
Have everyone top their own waffles with what they like. Chili and lettuce, sour cream, shredded cheese and diced tomatoes. This recipe makes 4 large Belgian Waffles.
Cook's Notes: This would be a great idea for a "Cornbread Waffle Bar". Just set out all the hot waffles along with all the fixins' in a bowl and let your friends and family stack it up however they like! 
Also, there are plenty of ways to change this up! Use any of the Martha White Cornbread Mixes to change up the flavor. There's Cotton Country Cornbread (this one is really good if you like a crispy cornbread - just skip the eggs part of this recipe), Sweet Yellow CornbreadYellow Cornbread, Buttermilk (skip the eggs for the Yellow and Buttermilk mixes), and now even Gluten-Free! Also, you could use a beef taco filling instead of chili! Or make it like a breakfast waffle. Use the Sweet Yellow Cornbread mix and add cooked bacon or cooked and crumbled sausage. And then serve with warm maple syrup!

Enjoy!


Disclosure: Eggland’s Best provided me with eggs for this recipe.

193 comments :

  1. I like any kind of cornbread---sweet or unsweet!

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  2. As long as it is good old fashion cornbread, it doesn't matter which. Love it even as dessert with blackberry jam and butter on it.

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  3. I am so jealous you get to judge the competition! I like my cornbread a little sweet in most applications. But I will eat it either way ;-)

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  4. Yes, I want this on my plate VERY soon, yum!

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  5. I like both. I've attended the National Cornbread Festival many times. Great fun and good food! I plan my visits to TN around festival time.

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  6. If I am eating with my Mother I like the cornbread unsweet and if I am eating with my MIL I like it sweet! We love cornbread made in the waffle iron…

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  7. I have never had cornbread waffles, but am going to try soon.

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  8. LOVE cornbread waffles and chili. So much fun!

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  9. I like sweet cornbread, unless it's going in milk then I want plain and simple cornbread.

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  10. I did not realize how badly I need a waffle iron!

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  11. It doesn't matter to me. I love cornbread in all kinds of ways.

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  12. Cornbread waffles what a fabulous idea !

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  13. Guess I like sweet cornbread, but I only use about 1-2 TB per my small skillet recipe - so it's not too sweet.

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  14. It depends on what I'm cooking but I usually go for sweetened.

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  15. Any cornbread is delish!!!

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  16. This is my first time on The Country Cook site but I have "wandered" around and I love it. I also love all kinds of cornbread and would love this Gift Set!

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  17. Sweet. What other kind is there?

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  18. First time on your web site,and
    impressed with the recipe for waffle tacos.I have to say I like both kinds of cornbread,but sure would love to have a waffle maker.

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  19. That sounds like a festival I would enjoy. I don't own a waffle iron but pinned it anyway.

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  20. I like my unsweetened. :)

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  21. Love cornbread - this will be fun to try

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  22. That looks scrumptions! When is dinner? I like cornbread a little sweet, but not so much if it's too sweet. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  23. This recipe looks like it is good, will be trying it soon.

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  24. I love sweet cornbread. Even better coated in butter an honey!

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  25. I like cornbread either way. It just depends on what I am eating it with.

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  26. Unsweetened...good ole' homemade buttermilk cornbread!

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  27. These look delicious! Will definitely be trying this!

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  28. Unsweetened with sweetened whipped butter 😝😋

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  29. Sweet with lots of butter, but I also love Mexican style!

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  30. Unsweetened is my cornbread of choice. But, I'll eat it sweet if that's what's available.

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  31. We like ours sweet with a touch of honey...

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  32. We like it sweet (made with honey) and with lots of butter!
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    {in the contest I am Margot Core on the Rafflecopter}

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  33. I like my cornbread a little sweet, just the way my West Virginia momma made it. =^..^=

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  34. I love both, but especially unsweetened with syrup over the top for dessert!!

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  35. I'm all about the sweet cornbread! The waffles and fixin's look great- and thanks for a great giveaway!

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  36. I prefer unsweetened cornbread. It goes so well with milk yum

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  37. I prefer my cornbread a little on the sweet side but I never turn up my nose at any cornbread.

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  38. I like unsweetened cornbread since I can pour maple syrup on!

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  39. Never tried Cornbread but always fancied trying it

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  40. I like unsweet personally. My husband likes unsweet also. He is from Tennessee and introduced me to bluegrass music, Rhonda Vincent, and the Martha White theme song.

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  41. I much prefer it sweet, however everyone else in my family growing up preferred it unsweetened

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  42. I love unsweetened cornbread as then I can add anything with it , sweet or savory.

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  43. I like sweet cornbread

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  44. I like my corn bread sweetened with a tish of salt .

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  45. I LOVE ALL CORNBREAD!!! However, I suppose I'd have to say I'd take Sweet Cornbread, if asked. I love the sweetness and golden brown look! Yes, it tastes like cake, that's alright....I could eat it like a piece of cake any day!

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  46. I like my cornbread like I like my tea-sweet!

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  47. yum, hot cornbread and butter...takes me back to my childhood

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  48. I like sweet and moist! : )

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  49. Sweet or not, as long as it's fresh, I'm in!

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  50. I love sweet cornbread.

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  51. Fun way to use cornbread. can't wait to give it a try.

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  52. Cornbread is one of my favorites! If I have to choose I would say I like it SWEET! :)

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  53. I love cornbread and it's always better in a cast iron skillet

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  54. I like it sweet better but I'm from the north. I do make it southern style in a skillet though too.

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  55. We like corn bread with creamed corn and jalapenos in it ..Even some bacon !!
    Thanks for the chance to win ....

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  56. Unsweet please! I like the "savory" direction.

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  57. I Love the Sweet ..... Just melts in your mouth !!!! Keep those Recipes Comin !!!

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  58. We love Cornbread...not too sweet though!

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  59. Love cornbread...making some for dinner to go with my wilted lettuce....yum.......fry some bacon and add the bacon grease to my lettuce and have cornbread and it is so delicious......gotta add some onions tho.....

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  60. My husband and I love cornbread. We break it into pieces and mix it into our chili. Not too much mixing, just a tad. There is usually not enough leftover corn bread to go with the leftover chili, so I generally make more the next day.

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

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  61. I love sweet cornbread

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  62. I prefer unsweetened cornbread, but eat any kind!

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  63. I like any kind of cornbread but if I have to choose it would be sweet!

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  64. not sweet yuck love cornbread with pinto beans yum

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  65. Janice (Jet) WoodsApril 9, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    I never met any cornbread I did not like. A little bakery not far from me makes a corn cake. Might put you in mind of an English muffin but cornbread and you do not split in half. They are wonderful warmed a little with butter or jam and just as good with chili.

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  66. I have never had sweet cornbread!!

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  67. I like an unsweet cornbread. I can always pour honey over it.

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  68. I like both sweet and regular, if I am making potatoes and having stewed potatoes and corn bread or pinto beans and corn bread, then I use the regular one but if I am serving corn bread with a complete meal then I use the sweeten kind. Love Martha White products

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  69. One of those pans would be so handy!

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  70. I like sweet cornbread. I an not a huge fan of cornbread, however, my hubby and son love it sweet too :)

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  71. I tend to like the sweet cornbread more, but sometimes the other works better, depending on the meal.

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  72. My mother always made us sweet cornbread, and I love it. I also love unsweetened cornbread, too. Please do not make me choose. Although, if you do make me choose, I'll say sweet.

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  73. Cornbread has sugar in it already. Do bakers add more and call it sweet or do some leave it out? I'm confused and I've eaten it for 60+ years.

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  74. This looks like something I would REALLY enjoy. I can't stand chili without cornbread. This puts everything to the test! Best of everything!!! I wish I could go with you to Tennessee, one of my favorite places (after Virginia, of course)!

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  75. I like good old southern cornbread (no sugar) with butter!

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  76. What brand of Waffle Iron do you have? I have looked at several and can't make up my mind. I want one that will work correctly! Thanks!

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  77. We mainly like it unsweetened...if sweet we like just a hint of sweetness!

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  78. I like both depends on what I am having with it.

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  79. We LOVE Cornbread! I only make it in a cast iron skillet. That is the way my great grandmother, grandmother & my mother used to make it! Love to make it with a pot of white beans and taters! That is a meal in in self!! We are from Tennessee and all my family is from here also.... LOVE CORNBREAD!!!

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  80. I love my cornbread unsweetened with a big cast iron pan full of fried potatoes and a glass of milk with a sweet vidaida onion

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  81. I like unsweetened cornbread. If it's sweet then it must be cake.
    Can't wait to try the cornbread waffles and I have always wanted one of the wedge skillets.
    Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  82. I prefer my cornbread unsweet, please.

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  83. I love the iead of your recipe! Can't wait to actually try it.

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  84. I love cornbread sweet or savory but a little sweet is my favorite. Love to have it as a sweet accompaniment to chili especially but any way is great.

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  85. Waiting to try mixing in some fresh corn. Yum

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  86. I love non sweet cornbread

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  87. Sweetened with honey!

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  88. I love cornbread any way sweetened or unsweetened <3

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  89. I like my cornbread a little bit salty with a dash of sweet.

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  90. I like sweet cornbread unless it's the kind my Mama used to make in the frying pan, then I like it savory~

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  91. unsweetened. Sometimes I add japalinos.

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  92. I like a little sweetness to my cornbread.

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  93. I like both but prefer unsweetened that way it goes well with honey and lots of butter, also chili or beans and ham.

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  94. I prefer sweet cornbread.

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  95. I am an unsweetened cornbread girl - hushpuppies too!

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  96. I love corn bread sweetened with some fresh corn mixed in!

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  97. I love sweet cornbread but not too sweet. Love Cornbread and Cast Iron. Woot

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  98. I love cornbread, I love to make it with lots of butter.

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  99. I like unsweetened with lots of butter!

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  100. we love SWEET Cornbread here ! with lots of butter o top

    ! !

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  101. I love some sweet cornbread with a big pat of butter. :)

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  102. I confess to being half Yankee, but my maternal Southern half has loved cornbread my whole life. Nothin' much better!

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  103. P.S. Sweet or unsweetened...love it all!

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  104. P.S. Sweet or unsweetened...love it all!

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  105. I will take cornbread anyway I can get it. I love it. I use it a lot as a base for my navy beans. Stack cornbread, beans, fried taters and then use as a spoon a Vadila Onion that has been taken apart. :)

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  106. I like both, but I think sweet is what like best.

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  107. Sweet is the Best!

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  108. I prefer sweet cornbread :)

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  109. I love the really sweet kind that tastes almost like cake. I think though that if it is to be eaten with chili on top not so sweet would be better.

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  110. Seeing this awesome cornbread waffle idea makes me giddy! Brilliant! I am most definitely a SWEET cornbread gal.

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  111. I like a sweet cornbread. My goodness I never thought to do this with my waffle maker. This sure does look good. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe and giveaway!

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  112. I love all kinds of cornbread!

    This is a great giveaway and I hope I win this.

    Keep up the great work!!

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  113. I LOVE UNSWEETENED CORNBREAD MADE WITH WHITE CORNMEAL.

    I LIKE SWEETENED "CORNCAKE" MADE WITH YELLOW CORNMEAL.

    I EAT CORNBREAD 90% OF THE TIME AND CORNCAKE 10% OF THE TIME.

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  114. Oh Yea....I LOVE unsweetened cornbread. I will eat the sweetened kind if I'm at some else's house but I like the unsweetened better.

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  115. I LOVE CORNBREAD! Sweet, unsweetened, fried, baked, cornbread dressing, cornbread muffins, cornbread pancakes ... eaten alone or with a large glass of homemade sweet GA tea!! YUMMY!!!!!

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  116. I love sweet cornbread with lots of butter and honey!

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  117. Sweet with pats of butter

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  118. Our favorite is sweet.
    I would LOVE to win this!
    Marilyn

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  119. I prefer sweet cornbread.
    amyc

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  120. No sugar in my cornbread. If it has sugar then it must be cake.

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  121. I like my cornbread both ways - always with butter no matter what!

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  122. I like both ways, but my husband likes it sweet
    sunniewoodyplus2 atmsn.com

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  123. I would soooooooooo love to win this and make cornbread waffles. I love cornbread and making the waffles into tacos would be so different and delicious

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  124. I love sweet cornbread, but will eat either. But sweet is just a little bit better to me.

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  125. Always make a sweet yellow corn meal cornbread.

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  126. I like to make sweetened cornbread from scratch! can't wait to try waffles with it!

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  127. I love both kinds of cornbread but might lean a little to the sweet side.

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  128. Wow! this looks so good, Brandie! What a great idea! I can't wait to try it!

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  129. Sweet cornbread is my favorite. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  130. I love a sweet cornbread! Loving that you are using a waffle iron! Awesome!

    heatherp626@msn.com

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  131. I like both, but my favorite is unsweetened!

    Samfor3@frontier.com

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  132. I love any kind of cornbread, but prefer sweeter kinds.

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  133. I like any kind of cornbread! Its according to what you are eating with it as to which sweet or regular. I guess if I could only eat one I would go with sweet only because I could not do without sweet cornbread at all.

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  134. i love them both!!

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  135. This recipe looks delicious. I like cornbread, sweet or not. I would love to win the skillet, mix and cookbook.

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  136. Although not a fan of jalepeno in my cornbread- I'm seeing a lot of possibilities.

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  137. I love sweet cornbread with fresh corn added to it.

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  138. I love any kind of cornbread. But my favorite is tex-mex or taco cornbread. YUM!

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  139. I love sweet cornbread with honey butter.

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  140. https://www.facebook.com/jenny.boone.58April 11, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    I LIKE BOTH, IT REALLY DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU ARE GONNA EAT AS TO WHICH TYPE OF CORNBREAD GOES WITH THE FOOD!

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  141. I love unsweetened cornbread made with yellow cornmeal. Those recipes look so delicious. thank you for posting them.

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  142. I like cornbread both ways, it all depends on what I am serving it with.

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  143. I live in South Dakota your recipes remind me of being a little girl in Louisiana.Any cornbread is great, but sweet is the best.

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  144. I love a sweet onion cornbread

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  145. I love a sweet onion cornbread

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  146. I love both depending on what I am eating it with

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  147. Sweet cornbread is my favorite! This recipe looks delish! I can't wait to try it.

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  148. Any cornbread is wonderful to eat. Love the cast iron cornbread maker. Would love to win, as everyone else who signed up, lol.

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  149. Mostly sweetened. But unsweetened if I'm making good ole Southern Cajun Cornbread Dressing

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  150. I am not fussy...I will eat any form of cornbread! Love it all!

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  151. I love all kinds of cornbread! I'm looking forward to trying this recipe. It sounds so good!

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  152. Idon't care I jusy love Cornbread.

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  153. Either! I just love cornbread!

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  154. Unsweetened with butter and honey!

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  155. I've never tried cornbread waffles so I will have to try this recipe. I like a little sugar in my cornbread. Thanks

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  156. We love all cornbread in this house. When I was a young girl we used to eat cornbread and milk on Sunday night after church oh the memories!!

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  157. We love cornbread sweetened with just a bit of honey and slathered with melted butter. Delish!

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  158. I,ll eat either but I prefer sweet cornbread I like to put a couple of drops of vanilla extract to my batter it gives my cornbread a wonderful slight flavor

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  159. I love this. Thank you. Sweet cornbread is my favorite.

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  160. I love Sweet cornbread!!

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  161. I could eat cornbread (sweet, unsweetened or savory) with almost any meal!

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  162. I love them both.

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  163. I wondered a while back if the waffle iron could be used to make cornbread. Right now, I don't have an oven, and we have really missed eating cornbread with many of our meals. I will try this and see what the family thinks. Frying it makes it a bit too greasy, but I think this will work. Thanks.

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  164. Oh that is wonderful Linda Sue! The waffle iron is great for so many things, not just waffles. I hope you can get your fix soon. Missing out on cornbread is just not acceptable.

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