We all know the cornbread muffin recipe that comes in the classic blue and white box with what looks like a 1970’s photo of cornbread squares, right? And although I am a firm believer in if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it, that photo could use some updating 🙂
As I was making beef stew the other day I decided to pull out the o’ blue and white box of cornbread mix to make a side of cornbread. Except I decided to doctor the recipe, because if they aren’t going to update their photo then I’m going to update their recipe!
I poured the box of cornmeal into a bowl and added the single egg as the recipe requested. This was the first and last thing I did to follow instructions. I then switched the 1/3 cup of milk for a 1/3 cup of blonde ale. I recommend a light colored beer with low hops so that it does not bitter while baking.
I then grated up about a cup of cheddar cheese. I had mild cheddar on hand but I would recommend sharp cheddar as it has better flavor for baking. I then cut up four canned chipotle peppers, seeds ‘n all and placed them in the mixture along with the cheese.
I stirred until the ingredients were just mixed, still lumpy as the instructions on the box indicates. Yeah yeah you caught me… I went back to following the recipe. I’m not the rebel I claim to be.
I then greased a muffin tin and scooped the mixture into the muffin tins. I then placed the muffins in a 400 F degree preheated oven for about 18 minutes.
The cornbread muffins turned out delightfully smokey and spicy thanks to the chipotle peppers. The beer flavor was prevalent and added a nice addition to the muffins.
Have you ever doctored up the classic cornbread muffin recipe? Share your experience in the comments.
Cranberry sauce sometimes gets a bad wrap. Perhaps it’s because some people… OK a lot of people go the simple route and use canned cranberry sauce. The sound that the jiggling tube of goo makes as it slowly seeps out of the can and splats into the dish is enough to justify it’s bad wrap.
OK I finally got over my burn out on wings that I had earlier this year. I am ready for some new wing recipes. How about you? I found this recipe from our good friend Betty Crocker. Well she would be our good friend if she wasn’t made up. I won’t go on about how I feel deceived by the General Mills Company about this Betty Crocker business, but I’m sure I’m not the only one that feels duped. What’s next? The Pioneer Woman – is she made up too? My world just turned upside down.
We at a lot of tacos when I was a kid. I still eat them as an adult but maybe not as much as I did as a child. While making some tacos I thought I would spice things up and add beer to the tacos. This was certainly not something added to my childhood tacos. Mostly because my parents did not drink beer, nor cooked with beer. I’m not sure how we are related.
Boomer and I have many things in common, like we both enjoy adventures, traveling by car and we both think Boomer is great. And we also share a love for peanut butter! I am so much a creature of habit that I have had a peanut butter and jam sandwich for lunch every work day for the past 10 years. Yeah I know I need to get out more often.
Remember when you were a kid and it was Sloppy Joes day for school lunch? Maybe you were excited to eat this mess of a burger, with the sauce dripping down your arms (or if you’re me, on to your shirt). It was the quintessential sloppy of food. Or maybe you didn’t like eating them… too much slop? Who knows?
My 2013 New Year’s Resolution was to learn how to cook. I had some basic cooking skills but it wasn’t like I could give Rachael Ray a run for her money. I also remember the “wise” words of my Mother “You’d better marry someone who can cook, otherwise you’ll starve”. Not the most encouraging words, but I have proved her wrong as I have yet to starve. Which I guess is lucky as there are no wedding plans in my near future.
I will admit however, cooking with beer is what kick started my culinary adventures. And like an old friend, beer has only encouraged me to continue cooking and baking. Speaking of friends, we had a small gathering the other day and my friends listed off all the tasty foods I had made and shared with them over the past few months. I was delighted as it appeared that not only have I learned how to cook, but I can also cook good food! Phew!
Deschutes Brewing is one of my most favorite American breweries. Hands down I will always pick one of their beers over another brewery. I have also converted many novice beer drinkers I know into Deschutes drinkers. Deschutes, you’re welcome.
Although they are not the only brewery who’s pub menu is filled with tasty beer inspired foods, Deschutes is generous enough to post their recipes online and for that I thank them. This recipe was slightly adapted from Deschutes Jubelale Chili recipe.
Beer and meat seem to me like they would get along well in the cooking world. I decided one day to add some beer to my hamburger meat as I fried up some burgers for dinner. I was ready to sink my teeth into what I believe would be the perfect pairing. I love burgers and I love beer how could the two not go together.