Our state trails only Vermont in the production of maple syrup in the U.S. I have many childhood memories of tapping our maple trees in early spring and watching the sap come out. Corn bread, or johnnycake as it's called here in scenic Mohawk Valley, was a staple of the men fighting in the Revolutionary War. The volunteers, who were known as "Johnnys", carried their rations with them, and the johnnycakes held up well for days.
Arkansas is called "razorback country", so this recipe seemed appropriate to represent our area! This dish is almost a meal in itself, but I serve it with mashed potatoes, fresh peas or butterbeans and cabbage slaw. I recently took it to our Senior Citizens Club and received lots of compliments and requests for the recipe.
"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."
We Southerners love our corn bread, and this recipe's my favorite of all time! Thanks to my prolific garden, I always have more zucchini than I know what to do with. —Joyce Hawkins, Snellville, Georgia
I named this recipe after the wooded hill that we can see from our house. It is said that the pilgrims discovered a cache of Indian corn here in Truro, near the tip of Cape Cod, that enabled them to survive their first harsh winter in the New World.