It’s better with Butter

Down South, even our vegetables have some pig hidden somewhere in it.
A vegetable isn’t a vegetable without a little ham hock.

American celebrity chef and cooking show television host, Paula Deen, was born on this day in 1947.

Deen lives in Savannah, Georgia where she owns and operates The Lady & Sons restaurant and Paula Deen’s Creek House with her sons, Jamie and Bobby Deen. She has published fifteen cookbooks.

Here’s Paula’s recipe for Moist and Easy Cornbread

Ingredients
6 tablespoons melted, plus butter for baking dish unsalted butter
1 cup cornmeal
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large lightly beaten eggs
1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Directions
Preheat the oven to 425ยบ. Lightly grease an 8-inch baking dish.

In a large bowl, mix together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, buttermilk and butter. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the cornmeal mixture and fold together until there are no dry spots (the batter will still be lumpy). Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.

Bake until the top is golden brown and tester inserted into the middle of the corn bread comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the cornbread from the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes before serving.

But first, coffee

“Coffee – the favorite drink of the civilized world.”

– Thomas Jefferson

Coffee. Is there a better way to start your day?

The smell of coffee, the warmth, the caffeine.

Much has been written about coffee. No one knows exactly where the first coffee was brewed. The cultivation and trade of coffee began in the Arabian

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Peninsula.

Soon there were coffee houses.

Today from Starbucks to the local boutique coffee houses, the sharing of a cup brings many folks together.

Let’s meet for coffee.

Writers find solace and inspiration in the warm cup.

Employers even provide for coffee breaks.

Whether you like it strong and black or whether you need to add a little coffee to your cream, it’s a drink to be savored. A drink to inspire. A drink to warm.

What’s your favorite way to brew or drink coffee?

Let us know in the comments.

Today is Irish Coffee Day

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True, you don’t have to wait until January 25 to celebrate and enjoy Irish Coffee.

The origins of Irish Coffee go like this. In 1942 some weary travelers visited a pub operated by Joseph Sheridan in a southwest Ireland airport. To warm them up he served them Irish Coffee topped with whipped cream. There’s a lot of speculation on how the drink got to the United States, but it was introduced in San Francisco’s Buena Vista Cafe in 1952.

The original recipe as described by Joseph Sheridan went like this:

“Cream as rich as an Irish brogue; coffee as strong as a friendly hand; sugar sweet as the tongue of a rogue; and whiskey smooth as the wit of the land.”

There are plenty of Irish Coffee recipes out there on the Internet. Have one of your own? Share it in the comments.