Ina Garten's Jalapeno Cornbread
Ina Garten's Jalapeno Cornbread Recipe intrigued me. I love cornbread, but I'm not very fond of jalapenos. But after tasting the finished cornbread, this may be the only one I make from now on! It wasn't too heavy on the jalapenos and I suppose you could use more or less depending on whether you like it HOT or not! It was sooo very easy to put together. It baked quick and even with a beautiful golden brown top. It had a nice tender crumb to it and was very moist. That surprised me considering it was cornbread, and I don't know about you, but most cornbreads that I've eaten were dry and crumbly.
Thanks to Sabrina & Alexander of Cooking With the Kids for choosing Ina's recipe for the Barefoot Bloggers bi-weekly challenge. You can find the Jalapeno Cornbread Recipe by Ina Garten here at The Food Network. You can even print it out on a recipe card! Or, if you have her book Barefoot Contessa at Home, you can turn to page 154 and follow along.
Better Late Than Never!
I'm a little late posting this. It was supposed to be done Thursday, July 10th and here I am almost 2 weeks late. I finally got my oven fixed, and this is the first thing I baked in it. First thing I think ANYBODY baked in it! When we fired it up, it had that new oven smell. I thought something else was amiss - you know how it's been lately - but John assured me it was nothing and new ovens smell like that. Even though the stove/oven is 23 years old, it was still new to me! But now, all is well and I'm BACK JACK! Better late than never!
Green Mountain Gringo Salsa & Jalapeno Cornbread
It was too hot to make chili, so I spiffed up some store bought salsa. My favorite brand of salsa is Green Mountain Gringo from Vermont...naturally! It's always got a good clean, fresh taste, like it was made yesterday! It's available almost everywhere salsa is sold. Gee, this sounds like a Green Mountain Gringo Salsa commercial doesn't it? It isn't, but if they do read this, they can contact me and I'll tell them where to send a free complimentary case!
I added a can of drained and rinsed black beans and a can of drained niblett corn. Chop up a few scallions and about a 1/2 cup freshly chopped cilantro and fold into the salsa (more or less according to taste). I arranged it nice and pretty on a platter with the salsa in the middle. I had to take pictures real quick this time because John was hungry and chomping at the bit to eat!
Cornbread Castles & Salsa Moats
We put a piece or two of cornbread in our bowls and spooned the salsa on the side making a picture-perfect red salsa moat around our cornbread castles! John had seconds or thirds and he brought some to work the next day. Yes, it really was that good! I'll definitely be making Ina Garten's Jalapeno Cornbread again!
Next recipe ~ Smoked Salmon Spread
The next challenge is Smoked Salmon Spread. I have some extended family coming over this week, and the Salmon Spread will be a perfect appetizer for an early evening sailboat-tied-to-the-dock party! Dad won't care for it too much, but his siblings sure will!