Easy Cook: Cornmeal Marmalade Muffins with Glaze

Here’s another old-fashioned Southern recipe, “Cornmeal Marmalade Muffins.” Sometimes “easy is better” and this recipe fits into that category. A friend gave me a jar of homemade satsuma (orange) marmalade for Christmas and this is the perfect recipe for using some of the marmalade. The muffins are a quick “one bowl” recipe — it takes less than 5 minutes to mix and pop the muffins into the oven. The flavor “punch” comes from both orange marmalade and cornmeal which are mixed into the batter. These muffins don’t have added sugar (other than the marmalade); they are not too sweet — that’s a good thing! If you pefer, add a powdered sugar icing for a sweet twist when serving. These very tasty cornmeal muffins are great for breakfast, brunch or just a snack.

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Blueberry Cornbread

It is a pleasant problem to have too many blueberries. My backyard blueberry bushes are producing about 2 cups of ripe blueberries a day. In addition to sharing with neighbors, I’m scrambling to find ways to use all the blueberries. I love homemade cornbread and recently ran across a recipe for “Blueberry Cornbread.” I guess this shows that you can add just about anything to cornbread. I love “Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins” with pickled jalapeno bits and my “Hushpuppies” with green onions and Cajun spices. Why not make a sweet cornbread recipe with fresh blueberries? Yum!

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Marie’s Southern-Style Cornbread & Sausage Dressing

Thanksgiving will be here soon; roasted turkey and dressing are always on the menu. I especially love cornbread dressing; but never have been very successful at making it myself. Folks rave about Marie’s Cornbread & Sausage Dressing and she shared the recipe with me. Her recipe has a Cajun flare, it is uniquely Southern with a different twist from most recipe books and magazines. Marie also shared some of her secrets to making the dressing taste special. I’m sure you will enjoy it, too.

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Mustard Greens: Will It Grow in Louisiana?

Yes, mustard greens grow in Louisiana:  they are a cool weather plant and grow well in the fall here. I’ve been growing them for 3  years now.

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The first year I got a late start and didn’t get the transplants going until the middle of October. Even so, they were quite large by Thanksgiving. Last year I planted mustard seeds – several varieties – in September and had more mustard greens than I knew what to do with. This year I planted 8 plants and harvested 2 pounds today. I cut the plants off close to the ground, and I’m sure they will come back. We still haven’t had a frost – it is in the 80’s – more like summer.

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In true southern fashion, I cooked mustard greens and cornbread. The mustard greens were braised in a small amount of cooking liquid, thus keeping in the nutrients. I made the cornbread from scratch, using plain yogurt. Both were very tasty.

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Braised Mustard Greens

  • Servings: yields six 1/2 cup servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 pound fresh mustard greens
1 Tbsp canola-corn oil blend (any cooking oil will do)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
1/2 cup water
1 Tbsp cider vinegar

Method and Steps:

  1. Wash the mustard greens well, remove thick stems, chop and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in large, heavy pot, add the onion and garlic and stir. Turn heat down to medium-low and continue to stir and cook until the onion is translucent, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the red pepper flakes and stir.
  4. Add the water, then add the mustard greens to the pot in several batches, stirring to coat. Turn up the heat until the water boils, then cover and return the heat down to medium. Cook 5 minutes.
  5. Remove lid, add the cider vinegar and cook until most of the liquid evaporates.


Home-style Cornbread

Home-Style Cornbread

  • Difficulty: easy
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1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1-1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup margarine, melted

Method and Steps:

  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Oil a square 8″ baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In another bowl, mix together the yogurt, eggs and margarine.
  4. Fold the yogurt mixture into the flour, blending only enough to coat the flour. The batter will be lumpy. Do not over-stir.
  5. Pour into prepared baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes, or until cornbread is golden on top, pulls away from edges, and a toothpick comes out mostly clean. (My oven is hot, you may need 25 minutes baking time.)


Growing Notes:

  • Mustard greens — being a dark green leafy vegetable — are high in nutrients, Vitamin A and Vitamin C come to mind.
  • Be prepared to cook or preserve the mustard greens as soon as they get large. If you leave them go too long, the caterpillars and other garden residents discover them and begin to eat them.