Monday, December 18, 2006

Answer: Corn Bread. What WAS the question?

The question was "What will WW3 be fought over?"

They say corn is a quintessential American concept, and of course, all Americans would agree. However, there are some who dare whisper that "corn" was invented prior to 1776. Should they survive Homeland Defense interrogations of their patriotism, via the Food Nazi's lurking in chow-fora all over this good land, they will testify as follows.

Corn originated in Meso-America, and the ARAWAK Indians were among the first users. Their cousins the CARIB Indians were more war-like hence the peaceful Arawaks did not get to write much history. Arawaks survived into this century in the Northern parts of South America. From these parts hailed one fine looking and cooking lady who once posted a James Beard Corn Bread recipe, which I have modified here with mindful abandon. I have broken some "rules" on basic ingredients, to bring it in line with health through taste principles. However, my cornbread, like ALL things invoking that B-word, has a substance known as FLOUR in it.


Oven 400 degrees F.

Dry Ingredients - larger mixing bowl:
1 1/4 C Cornmeal
1 C All Purpose Flour
1/3 C Light Brown Sugar
1 T Baking Powder
1 t Salt

Wet Ingredients - smaller mixing bowl:
1 1/2 Stick Butter, melted and cooled
2 Large Eggs plus 1 Yolk, beaten
1/2 C Whole Milk
1/2 C Evaporated Milk (e.g., Carnation)
1/2 C Coconut Cream/Milk

Surprise Ingredient:
1/3 C Grated Parmesan Cheese

Sieve and mix dry ingredients. Make a well in the center.
Mix wet ingredients. Pour into dry ingredients in the well.
Add grated cheese. Mix lightly. Mixture will be liquidy.

Pour into greased 8 by 8 baking pan.
Bake for 40- 45 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes a least.

Taste Values
Level 1: Salt Sweet
Level 2: Creamy, Nutty
Level 3:

[Interpretation of Taste Values from the XYZ Tastewheel (c) 2006 All rights reserved]

Health Values
Oh yes, all that ANIMAL FAT. Should I rate this 5 defibrillators or not? Is there a time in a body, mind and spirit that thrives on this animal fat feast? Of course! It's all about FOOD COMBINING using TASTE as your own built-in Food Cop. For goodness sakes, don't eat this unless you KNOW what to eat WITH IT. Can't count on your taste buds? Have the wee, little tykes been abused, overused? Have you run their programming amok?

Stay tuned.


I have some personal experience on the Internet with those who declare WW3 around whether corn bread has or doesn't have flour in it. You know who you are - mostly from Southern climes who have failed to notice the Civil War is over. Or perhaps, I have failed to notice it NEVER was over. Since 9/11 it appears the Civil War - which was anything but civil - is anything but over. Here's an old corn-dog recipe to those who would wage stupid wars in this Guns and Butter economy: a spoonful of valium, washed down with a hot cup of Get-a-Grip, tastefully served in my kitchen.


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