This tasty corn bread is easy to mix up. I serve it often with a meal or hearty bowl of soup as an alternative to rolls. Cheddar cheese makes it specially flavorful, and the diced peppers add nice color.
—Esther Shank, Harrisonville, Virginia
THESE UNIQUE ROLLS are tender, light and delicious, with a bit of chili tang. The zip and texture inspire requests for the recipe every time I serve them.
For a fun change of pace, I'll sometimes use blue cornmeal when I make these.
-Marion Lowery, Medford, Oregon
MY MOTHER was a great cook and loved to try anything new. At 89, she was still winning ribbons at our county fair.
We operate an independent-living retirement home. Mother helped out with the cooking, and these muffins were a frequent request from our residents.
-Pat Akers, Stillwater, Oklahoma
Our daughter made this recipe for a 4-H food show and won a blue ribbon. It's so simple to prepare, even on hurried, hectic days. We like to eat these squares with sour cream and salsa. - Tracy Johnson, Canyon, Texas
Pretty flecks of green and red pepper give these moist muffins a colorful look that friends will be drawn to. But after one bite of what a tester described as “the best corn muffins I’ve ever had,” they’ll be hooked on the flavor. —Priscilla Gilbert, Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
Spicy foods are popular here in the Valley of the Sun, and these muffins certainly aren't bland-tasting. They can easily be made into an appetizer - just split them in half and top with a thin slice of ham or cheese.
I found this recipe in an old whole-grain cookbook and changed it to suit our tastes, adding various spices and sesame seeds and replacing the salt and pepper. Now it's a family favorite, and I'm always asked for "my versions"!