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Buttermilk Cornbread

Cornbread is always a good compliment to a nice warm bowl of homemade chili.  But boxed varieties sometimes just don’t cut it.  They tend to be dry and too crumbly.  So I decided to search for a good, easy recipe for the homemade variety.

This cornbread recipe was very simple to make.  The cornbread itself turned out nice and dense.  It had plenty of moisture, wasn’t too crumbly and was plenty sweet.  A slice of this heavy cornbread goes a long way.

buttermilk cornbread

Buttermilk Cornbread

Ingredients:

1 stick of butter
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch round cake pan.

2.  Melt butter in large skillet. Remove from heat and stir in sugar.

3.  Quickly add eggs and beat until well blended. Combine buttermilk with baking soda and stir into mixture in pan.

4.  Stir in cornmeal, flour, and salt until well blended and few lumps remain. Pour batter into the prepared pan.

5.  Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Chipotle Chili

My husband loves anything meaty, especially chili.  I’m not a fan of red meat so I usually use ground turkey instead.  For chili lovers, you’re probably thinking “bleh, that’s not real chili“!  So this time around I decided to make this new chili recipe with real ground beef.

I found this new chili recipe to try at the recipe blog, ButterYum.  Before making this particular recipe, be sure to gather a large group of hungry people.  The recipe makes a ginormous batch!  I ended up freezing about half of it for a quick meal another day.

chipotle chili

Chipotle Chili

from ButterYum

Ingredients:

1 pound ground lean beef
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 chipotle pepper (canned), finely minced
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons dried parsley
14 ounces chicken broth
(2) 16 ounce cans black beans, one drained, one with the juice
16 ounce can kidney beans, drained
(2) 14.5 ounce cans diced or crushed tomatoes
16 ounces frozen corn
several dashes of Tabasco

Directions:

1.  Saute onions until translucent; add garlic and saute for a few minutes until fragrant.

2.  Add ground beef, brown until completely cooked through.

3.  Stir in the chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper; saute for a few minutes.

4.  Add chicken stock, parsley, beans, tomatoes, corn, and Tabasco. Simmer until heated through.

chipotle chili

Pepperoni Bread

Pepperoni bread has always been one of my absolute favorites.  However, around here it’s not that easy to find already made up.  So it’s always been a rare treat for us whenever we come across it.

Since I’m still on my cooking high, I decided it was time to just make pepperoni bread on my own.  Wow, it turned out absolutely yummy!  I think it may have even been better than any store bought version I’ve ever had, not to toot my own horn of course! :)  I used sandwich pepperoni from the deli counter because I like the larger slices better but any pepperoni will work well.

Now that we’re only eating homemade pizza and none of the processed, preserved frozen kind, I’ve been making a few batches of pizza dough at a time.  That way, there’s always fresh homemade pizza dough ready in the freezer.  Just pull dough out of the freezer, let it thaw for a few hours and soon you’ll be enjoying fresh baked pepperoni bread!

pepperoni bread recipe

Pepperoni Bread

Ingredients:

your favorite pizza dough
1/4 lb sandwich pepperoni, from the deli counter
1 cup mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 400°.  Roll out the fresh dough into more of a rectangle shape.

2.  Arrange pepperoni on top and sprinkle with cheese.

pepperoni bread

3.  Carefully roll up the dough and place seam side down on baking sheet.  Fold each of the ends under.

4.  Brush the entire bread loaf with the melted butter.  Slice a few vent holes into the top.

pepperoni bread

5.  Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.  Let rest 10 -15 minutes before slicing.  Enjoy!!

pepperoni bread recipe

Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole

cheese broccoli rice casseroleCasseroles always seem to be a good choice when I’m planning my weekly meals.  For one, they are usually easy to assemble.  And for two, you can usually eat them for several days afterward.

When looking for a good casserole choice, I always like to choose something that goes well with anything.  This week, along with our buffalo cheeseburgers, I decided to attempt a recipe found at Chaos In The Kitchen.

It’s got just the right combination of veggies and carbs.  And who can argue with anything so cheesy!

Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole

Ingredients:

1 pound of fresh or frozen broccoli florets
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
4 cups cooked white rice
3 cups colby shredded cheese
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 3 quart casserole dish with a lid.

2. Saute onion, celery and fresh broccoli if using (you don’t have to saute frozen broccoli since it is usually parboiled) until soft.

3. In the casserole dish, stir together veggies, rice, 1 to 2 cups of cheese and soup.

4. Cover with remaining cheese and bake, covered, for about 45 minutes or until hot.

5. Remove the cover to brown cheese.

cheese broccoli rice casserole

Featured Recipe Blog: Buns In My Oven

Every week I’ll be featuring a new recipe blog for my readers to explore. Why? This is just one more way in which I want to help fellow foodies find each other and connect. Plus extra traffic to your recipe blog never hurts either!

This Week’s Featured Recipe Blog –  Buns In My Oven

Recipe Blog URL: http://bunsinmyoven.com/

Follow Karly on Twitter: @Buns_In_My_Oven

A Little About Karly:

I’m a homeschooling mama of two kids and married to my high school sweetheart. My husband and kids demand that I feed them every day, and for some reason they don’t consider cold cereal a proper dinner. As you can see, life is hard. I decided that if I’m going to be forced to cook for my family, I may as well have fun with it and share my favorite recipes with you.

Buns in My Oven

A Sampling of Karly’s Unique Recipes:

Éclair Cake

Bacon and Cheddar Scones

Magic Peanut Butter Middles

Sugar and Spice Candied Nuts

Next Week’s Featured Recipe Blog: Edible Moments