In New Orleans, after the cake is baked a tiny toy baby is often inserted into it. Whoever gets the piece with the baby is supposed to have a year of good luck. The catch is they must also throw a Mardi Gras party next year. — Stacey West-Feather, Jay, Oklahoma
"Our daughter Kaitlin created this moist bread," says Lauren McBride of Houston, Texas. "She loves to fix it for our family along with hot dogs and a salad. It's quick, simple, delicious and kid-friendly."
I first tasted this bread when we visited some good friends in Arkansas in the early '70's. I have made it on many occasions since then, particularly for card club and church functions. I enjoy my job as postal clerk at our local office, and spending time with our two children and five grandchildren.
Opposites attract deliciously in these irresistible beignets—crispy outside and soft and fluffy inside. Salty bacon sugar contrasts nicely with the sweet corn in the pastries.—Cheryl Perry, Hertford, North Carolina
"CORN BREAD just seems to go with chili, especially here in the Southwest, even though Mom's chili is considerably different than the kind that is normally served around here. Mom always made a fresh batch of corn bread when she'd cook up a pot of chili. It just didn't seem right to have one without the other."
This moist corn bread, which relies on convenient muffin mix and frozen broccoli, is a breeze to whip up anytime. "It's especially good in the winter with a steaming bowl of soup," relates Charlotte McDaniel of Anniston, Alabama.
Diana Leskauskas of Chatham, New Jersey bakes a big pan of this golden corn bread for her growing family. East moist square is chock-full of sweet kernels. Since the recipe makes a lot, it's handy for large gatherings...or use the leftovers in the two recipes that follow.