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Peg’s Jalapeno Cornbread

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This cornbread is the counterpart of yesterday’s veggie soup. Since The Chef and I have spent all day trying to decide which variety of soup/gumbo/stew we will be making for New Year’s Day, this was a no-brainer side dish.

Jalapeno cornbread is a great for soups because it will work for sopping but also has enough of a spicy kick to cut through the dense corn-bready-ness (word. total word.).
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Peg says the cornmeal in this recipe must be Aunt Jemima Buttermilk and not Martha Stewart. (Which is why I linked that Jemima example to Wal-Mart instead of K-Mart. Your lucrative deal with a giant discount store holds no water with us, Martha!)
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Claire also reminds us that you have to heat up the tins before adding the batter so the bottoms of the muffins are crunchified. Word to you. And your mother.
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2 cups cornmeal
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
3 tbsp veggie oil
2 eggs
3/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese
1 can creamed corn
chopped jalapenos (as many as you want)
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  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Mix together all ingredients. The batter should be easy to stir and smooth but not runny. If it’s too thick, add more buttermilk.
  3. Take muffin pan and put 1/2 cap of veggie oil in each tin. Put in the oven at 425 until smokey. (This is the non-negotiable step that makes the bread crunchy all the way around.)
  4. Take out, add mix and cook at 425 for approx. 45 min.
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Spicy Southwestern Slaw

We made this last week for The Chef’s birthday, and it was a great alternative to your grandma’s mayo-slathered slaw. Barrett likes to serve this with fish tacos, but it was just as good with the coffee-rubbed brisket version we devoured like wild animals.

Feel free to up the jalapeno quotient if you like, but if you’re making it to go on the with the coffee-rubbed brisket tacos, you might want to keep it tame because they’ve got a pretty good amount of heat on its own.

4 cups of finely shredded green cabbage
4 tsp lime juice
4 tsp honey
4 tsp finely minced jalapenos
4 tsp chopped cilantro
salt and pepper to taste

  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Allow to mixture to marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to 8 hours before serving

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