Aug 9, 2008

Buttermilk Cornbread

YUM!! I doubled this recipe, cut into quarters, froze 3 quarters, and we had one for dinner that night. Ian made some honey butter(just mix some honey in with your butter - super easy!) and we devoured this!
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8 inch square pan.

2.Melt butter in large skillet*. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Quickly add eggs and beat until well blended. Combine buttermilk with baking soda and stir into mixture in pan. Stir in cornmeal, flour, and salt until well blended and few lumps remain. Pour batter into the prepared pan.

3.Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
*Melting the butter and mixing in the ingredients all in the same skillet/pot/pan cuts down on a bunch of messy dishes. Great idea!

Lime Chicken Soft Tacos

(the chicken looks a little pink from the red wine...I promise it's cooked all the way!)

1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast meat - cubed
1/8 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 lime, juiced (I used 1/4-1/2 cup)
1 teaspoon white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black
2 green onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
10 (6 inch) flour tortillas
1 tomato, diced
1/4 cup shredded lettuce
1/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup salsa

1. Saute chicken in a medium saucepan over medium high heat for about 20 minutes(took me more like 12). Add vinegar, lime juice, sugar, salt, pepper, green onion, garlic and oregano. Simmer for an extra 10 minutes.

2. Heat an iron skillet over medium heat. Place a tortilla in the pan, warm, and turn over to heat the other side. Repeat with remaining tortillas. Serve lime chicken mixture in warm tortillas topped with tomato, lettuce, cheese and salsa.
I changed a few things with this recipe. We didn't have red wine vinegar, but we had red wine from another recipe, and we had I did half wine, half vinegar and that worked fine. I didn't add the oregano - I thought that sounded like an odd thing to add. If I'd had cilantro, I would have added that instead. We were also out of tomatoes, so I used red, orange, and yellow bell peppers - pretty and yummy too!
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