Bring Your Autumn Garden Indoors (October 11 – October 17)

We all need to find the “kid” in us to enjoy life. Try my “Garden Cornbread” for a fun and to create an entertaining presentation of cornbread. Since your focus is on the “garden” décor for the cornbread, cornbread kits work well. Just flavor-up the cornbread packs with a little less milk and add ¾ cup of canned creamed corn and ¾ cup of shredded Cheddar cheese. Of course, you will need a heavy coating of non-stick spray before pouring the batter into your favorite cornbread dish. Personally, I prefer my quiche dish because I like the fluted edge. It takes two cornbread kits to fill the quiche dish. Ready all of your “garden” décor by creating julienned slices of red, green, and orange bell peppers. Open a can of chopped black olives, trim French chives, and wash basil leaves, rosemary and thyme. Let the fun begin! The uncooked cornbread batter begins your artist’s canvas to create garden starburst flowers with petals of julienned bell peppers. The flower centers are made with the pinches of chopped black olives. The French chives make up the flower stems and the flower leaves are designed from the basil leaves, rosemary and thyme. If you have children or grandchildren, share the fun. Once the flower design is set on top of the batter, bake the cornbread according to directions. The finished presentation is delightful and most special. Cornbread pairs well with a good pot of beans or homemade soup. So, share the nurturing – we all need to feel the love right now. © Kelly McBride Loft

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