Thursday, March 6, 2014

Buttery Cornbread with Mango and Jalapeno @LucyBurdette and a #Chat

LUCY BURDETTE: First things first--congrats to Daryl Wood Gerber and Peg Cochran for their new books this week--can't wait to dig into those!

Readers of this blog may not realize what goes on behind the scenes in this blog--maybe it's like sausage-making, right? Better not to know too much:). But my pals at Mystery Lovers Kitchen had a funny chat online last week--we thought you'd like hearing a little of it...the wacky minds of mystery-writing foodies. We're always thinking of you!

SHEILA: I'm still taking pix for this Friday's post. Do we all just take pix at every meal? I took a picture of my drink at a restaurant last night. Weird.

MARY JANE aka VICTORIA: Pix all the time! Not even the vegetables have any privacy, Sheila.

LUCY: Definitely no privacy for YOUR vegetables MJ! My husband gets alarmed if I don't take pix--he thinks the meal will surely be sub-par:)

KRISTA: LOL. I take pics of other things, too. Snowy limbs, flowers, birds, funny stuff I see. You just never know what you’re going to need.

MARY JANE: Right now there are guys trimming branches around our Hydro lines (as electric lines are called up here in Ontario.) I'm taking pictures. They are waving--probably dangerous. Not sure how to make this into a blog unless it's I'm Sure Glad I Have My Job.

SHEILA: Did you take them snacks? How about a post on what linemen eat?

Okay, back to the business of recipes. I'm a few months late with this cornbread recipe--you could have used it last fall when you were making your stuffed pumpkins and cornbread-sausage Thanksgiving stuffing! But after the winter most of the country has had, I decided to jazz it up with a go-away winter zippiness that comes from mangos and jalapenos. We've had some fabulous mango bread from our local bakery, Cole's Peace in Key West, and I thought, why not cornbread?


3/4 cup cornmeal
3/4 cup flour
1 and 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
1 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

2 large eggs
1 and 1/2 cups milk, plus 1 Tbsp white vinegar
3-4 Tbsp butter
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
1/2 ripe mango, chopped 

Mix the dry ingredients. Add the vinegar to the milk and wait a bit for it to thicken. (I've given up buying buttermilk, as I wasted too much of it.) Beat the eggs into the milk, add this to the dry mixture and stir until combined. Then stir in the mango and pepper.

Meanwhile, heat the oven to 400 degrees. Drop the butter into the 8x8 inch pan you will use to bake, and melt it by popping the pan into the oven for a few minutes. Pour the cornbread batter into the prepared pan and bake 15 to 20 minutes until slightly brown. Serve hot, with more butter if desired. (We found we didn't need it.)

It was wonderful with chili, but I bet it would be delicious with eggs or all by itself as a mid-afternoon snack. Heated up with a little honey slathered on?

Lucy Burdette is the author of the Key West food critic mysteries. MURDER WITH GANACHE is in stores now!

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PS I should warn you all that I'm taking a two-day class in 
iPhonography--that is how to take better photos with my iphone. Snapseed, Hipstamatic, Dynamic Light, Image Blender...oh my poor brain is spinning...See what you think about this piece of mango cornbread, compared to the one above...I'm going to try some things out on you, and hopefully the photos will get better, not worse!


  1. I love cornbread, but I'm not a fan of mangoes. I wonder if pineapple would work? The iphone picture is more defined, but the pinkish hue is rather disturbing. The cornbread in the first picture looks more edible.

    I wish I could learn how to download photos from my cell phone (I am so tech-challenged!). Right now I can only look at them on my phone. At least I figured out how to delete the accidental images of my feet!

  2. Oh Cee, you're funny. I'm glad you got rid of the feet! If you have a photo on your screen, and you see a little box with an arrow in the bottom left, click on that. At least you'll be able to mail it to yourself.

  3. The cornbread sounds yummy. But I'm boggled by the course you're taking, since the only term I recognize there is iPhone. My main goal in taking pictures for MLK is to avoid showing the crumbs on my countertops (and taking the pictures by daylight helps to avoid annoying shadows).

  4. I know Sheila, it's really straining my brain. But I've already learned some things I can use!

  5. I am looking forward to making this. The mango is going to be such a treat for my taste buds. I also had given up using buttermilk until I learned that you can freeze it. Now when I want to make blue cheese dressing, I just have to thaw a bit up and I'm ready to go.

  6. that's a great tip about buttermilk Ellicia, thank you!

  7. iPhonography? LOL! Who'd have thought that would be a thing? Lucy, I'm so jealous of your mangoes. When I lived in Florida they were all over the place - on the roads, in parking lots. They just fell off the trees everywhere. Yum! Love the idea of them in cornbread!

    And let me just be clear that by "snowy limbs" I meant branches, not body parts! Only on a mystery blog would that need to be clarified. LOL!

    I think it's hysterical that your husband thinks dinner won't be great if no photos are taken. Our family members and friends are so tuned into the blog that they've begun to expect something special!


  8. Ah, mangoes. Wonderful things. Our trees are covered in blossoms right now. The fruit doesn't ripen until June or later. Sadly, this year we can't touch any of the mangoes or avocados. We had a terrible attack of spiraling whiteflies and the treatment means we can't eat the fruit this season. Talk about torture.

  9. Great post, Roberta/Lucy! That conversation made my day and then the mango cornbread topped it off, The tip about freezing buttermilk will save me a small fortune.



  10. Libby that's REALLY sad about the mangoes and avocados!

    1. And, of course, this year the trees are covered in blossoms.

  11. Lucy/Roberta - Loved this post and conversation. My typical photo shoot has me yelling at chocolate cake "work with me! work with me!"

    Ellicia - Chiming in with MJ on the "freezing buttermilk" idea. I'm so glad to know it works! (I've always wanted to try pouring it into my ice cube trays, freezing it in cubes and storing the blocks in a plastic bag. Again, it's great to know that this will work, thanks again!)

    1. Would love to see that Cleo! and I bet it does work with you:)