Here's an easy main dish that's cute enough to double as a Halloween table centerpiece! The hearty meatless chili is spiced up with onion and colorful Serrano and red peppers. —Agnes Ward, Stratford, Ontario
Meet the Cook: This recipe was inspired by my husband's love of corn bread. It's so good, he and folks who dine with us (like our two grown children) eat it plain. We're retired but still "commute" - between our rural home and our fishing camp!
-Lois Triplet, Springhill, Louisiana
MY GRANDMOTHER would refer to this recipe as "comfort food", made from ingredients available on the farm or staples found in her pantry.
She always cooked the corn bread in her "seasoned" black skillet, and it turned out slick as butter every time.
-Elizabeth Cooper, Madison, Alabama
Moist and crusty, with tasty flecks of crawfish tail meat and zippy peppers, this is a tempting, distinctive corn bread. I like to serve it warm alongside soups and stews for a memorable lunch or supper.
-Eloise Waler, Rayville, Louisiana
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