My husband, Axtell, was a fan of the cornmeal muffins from a restaurant we visited. I found a similar recipe and cut it down to serve two. These muffins are his favorite.—Marie Kramer, Kirkwood, Missouri
These traditional corn muffins are perfect alongside the creamy casserole, but they really complement any meal. Topped with a little butter, fresh-from-the-oven treats like these never last too long around our house.—Barb Marshall, Pickerington, Ohio
With an impressive 71% less cholesterol and 80% less fat, Makeover Ultimate Corn Bread is a heart-smart success. The sugar was cut in half and 190 calories were eliminated from the original recipe. The makeover bread tastes very good. Thank you so much for making it lighter! —Nita Cameron, Tacoma, Washington
On this westernmost ridge of the Appalachians, we get abundant rain and sunshine, which allows our children to grow a super-sweet corn crop. With staggered plantings, there is enough to eat from mid-July through August, plus plenty to freeze for the long winter. This corn bread is just one way we use some of the bounty!
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.
My husband never liked corn bread until I started making this recipe - then he'd eat half of it. I like to serve it piping hot with lots of real butter on the side.
-Betty Kaytis, Elizabethton, Tennessee