My husband says this recipe is close enough to the corn bread his mother used to make, so I consider it a winner. His criteria were to "put butter on the corn bread without it crumbling to pieces" and "to be able to break it up into a glass of milk without it turning to mush."
Mother's corn bread is a special treat she made often while I was growing up and still makes today. My grandmother came up with this recipe years ago. True to tradition, I serve it frequently to my own family.
What could be more fun for a Southwestern or a cowboy theme party than corn bread shaped like cactus? Cheddar cheese mixed in makes it even more special. Guests will want seconds.
-Sandra Thorn, Sonora, California
I love to cook and have thought about submitting some of my recipes for a long time. My supportive and encouraging mom finally convinced me to stop thinking about it...and do it! I often serve this corn bread with chili.
WE HAD a lot of family get-togethers when I was growing up.
My grandmother, aunts and mom were all good cooks, and each had her own specialty when it came to bread. But Mom's was my favorite - she started making it 40 years ago. The flavors call to mind the taste of corn bread stuffing!
-Shirley Smith, Yorba Linda, California
New grandmothers sometimes get a little goofy - in my case it was "corny". Since our state is known for growing corn, I planned a corn theme dinner for our grandson's first visit. These golden mini muffins with a rich corn taste were a fun part of the meal.
-Nadine Brimeyer, Denver, Iowa