Classic Cornbread.

Growing up one of my favorite smells was fresh cornbread. It reminds of being in the kitchen with my grandmother and gathering around the table during the holidays. Over time I have experimented with different recipes, but I always come back to this classic recipe that has been passed down to me.

To me, classic cornbread must always have real kernels of corn mixed in. Even if you are using a boxed mix, you can easily add in some freshly steamed kernels of corn and instantly it makes the recipe seem even more homemade and delicious.

vintage corn bread pan / heirloomed

Recently I came across this perfect little cast iron cornbread pan from Lodge. I see them all the time when I’m out vintage shopping and always pick them up when I see a good one. I knew it would be great for the holidays to add a fun element to our classic cornbread over a simple muffin. But when I do make muffins, I love to make the tiny ones - I think they are just more fun and bite-sized.

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CLASSIC CORNBREAD:

  • 1 1/2 cups cornmeal

  • 1 cup corn kernels - can be frozen, fresh, or from can

  • 1 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1¼ teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk

  • 1 egg

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the corn kernels, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large measuring cup, whisk together the buttermilk and egg. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients and stir the batter together until completely combined.

Using a stick of butter, grease the grooves of the pan to avoid the cornbread sticking after it is baked. Once buttered, place the cast iron skillet in pre-heated oven for 3 to 5 minutes to melt butter. Remove the skillet from the oven and pour the batter into the pan. Smooth the top and bake about 20 to 25 minutes.

Using a vintage cornbread pan will give your cornbread such a unique look and taste. Serve warm.

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fresh cornbread / heirloomed

Let me know how you + your family like this recipe, and let me know your favorite way to cook cornbread in the comments.


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New Year's Day Menu.

Wishing a very happy New Year to you! 2018 was one of the best years yet and gave me so many memories to cherish. It will be hard for 2019 to top it, but I do have lots of big + exciting things planned (can’t wait to share!).

As you know, I love a good tradition so here on January 1st I'm celebrating the Southern tradition of serving dishes that are said to bring us good luck + good fortune in the New Year.

If you’re looking for a traditional New Years Day menu here in the South it includes collard greens, black-eyed peas , cornbread, Hoppin’ John’s and some pork

Here’s a round up of some of my favorite recipes for New Year’s Day :

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1. CLASSIC CORNBREAD

A true Southern classic, Cornbread is meant to symbolize “gold” in the New Year. Signifying wealth and good fortune in the new year, they say cornbread made with actual corn kernels (my preference) symbolizes “gold nuggets” - even better. Click for the recipe or try a spin on the classic with this special cornbread recipe that I just love.

2. COLLARD GREENS

Collards go on our table to symbolize “greens,” cash or money - good financial fortune in the New Year. Find our recipe here.

3. BLACK EYED PEAS

Black eyed peas symbolize “coins” and it’s said you should eat 365, one for each day of the year, bringing us prosperity in the New Year. Find our recipe here.

Let me know in the comments your favorite ways to cook these New Year’s Day staples and what else you like to have on your plate.


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Black Eyed Peas.

Every year growing up we always ate black eyed peas on New Years Day to signify luck for the new year. They say the legumes symbolize “coins” and that you’re suppose to eat a boat-load of them, 365 to be exact, to ensure good luck each and every day of the new year.

Black eyed peas were never my favorite as a child, but I have always loved this family tradition. Today I’m sharing a classic and simple recipe for black eyed peas so you can ring in the year on a good note.

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BLACK EYED PEAS:

  • 2 cups dry black eyed peas

  • 4 cups chicken stock

  • kosher salt

First you will need to soak the dried beans overnight. Place beans in a large bowl with water, covering the beans by a few inches. Once they soak overnight, give them a quick rinse in cold water.

Add peas and chicken stock to a large pot and bring to a simmer. Cook for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Test beans for desired tenderness. Drain any remaining chicken stock and add salt. Serve warm.

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Let me know in the comments if your family followed this tradition and what else you like to add to your NEW Years Day menu.

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Collard Greens with Applewood Bacon.

On the way to the farm today I saw a hand-painted with an arrow pointing down a little dirt road with one simple word upon it. “GREENS.” Collard Greens are a classic staple to any Southern table, but most especially as we ring in the new year. Growing up they were always on our New Years Day menu to symbolize financial growth + stability for the new year.

And in true New Year’s fashion, they’re best cooked loaded down with thick-cut bacon. As rumor has it, hogs root forward which symbolizes positive, forward motion and good luck in the New Year. I’ll take it.

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To give our collards a bit more taste we love to add in applewood bacon. It really fills out the greens and adds an extra layer of flavor. And it’s a one-pan wonder, so they’re really easy to cook up, full of flavor. The juices from the bacon + onion cooking together adds an amazing flavor that you can’t get any other way.

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COLLARD GREENS WITH APPLEWOOD BACON:

  • 6 strips thick-sliced applewood bacon - sliced into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1/4 cup apple-cider vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 pounds fresh collard greens - stems removed & sliced into 3-inch-wide strips

  • 1 cup chicken broth

Using a large skillet heat bacon over medium heat. Chop onion and garlic and mix in as bacon cooks. Cook for a few minutes and as the onion begins to softened mix in the salt and pepper. Next add in the vinegar and allow mixture to cook until liquid is down to about half.

Add the collard greens and chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Reduce the temp to medium-low. Stir the mixture occasionally, until the collard greens have wilted and lost their brightness.

Serve warm and with juices from the pan.

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I hope you’ll try this recipe on New Years Day. Let me know what other traditions your family liked to do for the new year in the comments below.

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DIY Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments.

We had all kinds of holiday traditions growing up and the nostalgia surrounding this time of year always brings me back to my childhood.

The smells of Christmas are one of those things that helps ring in the season, from fresh evergreen to cinnamon spices. We used to love making these classic Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments when we were little and we’d use them to adorn our tree or to add atop a gift package for a little extra decoration.

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One thing I never realized about these ornaments was just how much cinnamon you use for the recipe! It’s kind of a substitute for flour in this sense so I went with the jumbo tub of it this year so we’d have plenty on hand.

Now remember, these are not edible - just for decoration but they are a fun alternative to make with the kids as a holiday craft when you don’t have to have 8 million more Christmas cookies on-hand to snack on.

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DIY CINNAMON APPLESAUCE ORNAMENTS :

  • 1 cup applesauce

  • 1 - 1 1/4 cup ground cinnamon

  • 1 tbs ground cloves (if desired)

Start by lining a sheet pan with parchment paper and heating your over to 200 degrees. Using a mixer with a paddle attachment, or by hand, combine all ingredients. The dough should be able to form into a ball without being overly sticky. If needed add more cinnamon or applesauce for desired texture.

Sprinkle a clean surface with cinnamon and place dough on top, followed by more cinnamon. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Continue sprinkling cinnamon so that dough doesn’t stick.

Cut dough into desired shapes and place on baking sheet. Be sure to space each shape out far enough so that they do not bake together. Use a skewer end to poke a clean hole in each cookie (to attach string for ornaments) and bake in preheated over for about 1.5 - 2 hours.

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cinnamon cookies / heirloomed

I’d love to know if you made these when you were a child? And, if you’re making them now with your family still and keeping the tradition alive! Give us a tag at #HEIRLOOMEDHOLIDAY - love to see how yours came out.


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