*First in Line* ~ Eats from the Kitchen

*First in Line*

An ode to cornbread

 You got cornbread ~ Your the best

*Cornbread ~ ^eats from our kitchen^ 🙂



Any cornbread fans?

With a fervent love of cornbread I had to write a poem illustrating this affection. I have always loved corn meal in all its variations. Something about the mealy earthy taste combined with a natural light sweetness.

Well, we are a day away from Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas everyone! With food often at the center of our holiday gathering and merriment, what better time to blog and write a food poem. Actually I wrote this towards the end of the Summer, however, it felt right to publish it now.

Wishing all a most joyous Christmas! May the Christ Light and Love be birthed in all our hearts and peace be upon the Earth.

As we close the final chapter on 2020 and ring in the new year 2021, I will leave you with some food for thought. Cornbread symbolism: “A staple for any Southerner’s meal, cornbread is especially important as a traditional Southern New Year’s Day food. The color is considered to represent gold, and eating it is thought to bring you spending money in the prosperous new year. For deeper pockets, toss in some corn kernels.” Wishing everyone a Golden 2021! 



Cornbread Cornstory:

“The Southern History Of Cornbread. Although the Aztecs and Mayans were making corn tortillas and tamales long before we heated up our skillets, the Southern version of cornbread actually originated with the Native Americans.”

The Southern History of Cornbread USA  


“Residents of the British colonies in America used the phrase Indian meal to refer to what is known today as cornmeal.  Since its introduction to Britain and Europe during the 17th century, cornmeal has been used as a substitute for traditionally used grains in breads and steamed or baked puddings.  (The meal was known to Europeans as maize. In the 17th century the word corn referred to grains in general.)  American colonial recipes using cornmeal, known to the settlers as Indian meal, commonly used Indian in the title, such as Indian BreadIndian Pudding or Indian Cake.

Corn grew easily in Indiana’s soil and quickly became the most commonly used grain in bread recipes originally calling for wheat or oats.  By the time of Indiana’s statehood corn and Indian meal were used interchangeably in recipes.  Sometimes both words were found in the same recipe. Cornbread or corn muffins became the common table bread. Interestingly, many cookbooks from the first half of the 19th century do not contain recipes for cornbread.  Each family had its own favorite recipe, most likely committed to memory by every young girl as she learned to cook at her mother’s side.

Many of the earliest settlers in the Nineteenth State were from the Upland South, that is, the western Carolinas, Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee.  The Kentucky Housewife (1839), compiled by Mrs. Lettice Bryan, contains 17 bread, cake and pudding recipes using Indian meal such as Bannock, Indian Muffins, Indian Dumplings, and Indian Flappers. The closest recipe to a classic cornbread is Indian Muffins.”

~ Cornbread History

www. indianahumanities.org

Cornbread: From Ancient History to Being the Gluten-Free Alternative (morningchores.com) 


While we are on a American Southern trajectory, if you don’t mind I would like to share a few favorite Christmas songs from Alabama’s first Christmas album. I hope you enjoy them. Oh, a downhome Christmas!

Tonight is Christmas

Alabama – Tonight Is Christmas (Christmas Songs – Yule Log) – YouTube

Tennessee Christmas

Alabama “Tennessee Christmas” – YouTube 

Christmas in Dixie

Alabama – Christmas In Dixie (Official Audio) – YouTube

Candle in the Window

Alabama -A Candle In The Window – YouTube



*First in Line*

An ode to cornbread


cornbread in the blender
my heart goes a tender
 got me a few ingredients
gonna add to the mix
oh darlin’ gotta get my fix
so baby get it goin’

get them oars a rowin’

till that golden light is a glowin’

get that cornbread a comin’

baby put that cornbread in the oven

You say cornbread
I say yes
You got cornbread
your the best
You say cornbread
I gotta a smile

on and on

mile after mile

kinda like spoonbread
kinda like pie
but on the side

the fiddle player knows

his feet are a tappin’
he’s a wonderin’ about cornbread for the askin’
 gotta have that taste
 don’t got no time to waste
You say cornbread
I say yes
You got cornbread
your the best
You say cornbread
I gotta a smile

on and on

mile after mile

when that cornbread is out of the oven
rest assured
I’ll be a comin’
I’ll be first in line
to get me mine
Oh that cornbread
gets me each time


Merry Christmas Y’all

May Joy and Peace fill your heart and home!

Blessings of the Season!

May the wonder of it all amaze us over and over in humble reverence

Happy Healthy new year 2021! 

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