Aunt Lucy’s Mexican Corn Pudding

Aunt Lucy, 1978

Aunt Lucy was Dad’s sister.  They were born on the same day, March 20th, 5 years apart; she in 1906 and Dad in 1911.  She had a daughter, Polly, who died from a disease when a toddler.  Incidentally, in 30 days, on March 20th, our younger son, Matt, will be getting married to Kathy!

Here's one of my many memories of her:  Without fail, at a young age, when I jumped into her car, she insisted that I scoot over to sit right beside her while she drove.  I was told in no uncertain terms, to not touch the car door, much less lean against it as we very slowly cruised the roads.  While driving, she would check the mirror countless times to make sure her lipstick was still bright red and not escaping the lines of her mouth and that every hair was in place.

That was just Aunt Lucy!  She was truly great!  We had many good times together!  She instilled her love of music (and Dad also with music!), genealogy and reading in me.  I loved her dearly and she doted on me. 

Darwin, her husband was the founder of the electric cooperative in their area of Ohio, bringing electricity into the areas homes in the late 1930's.  She had the great distinction of demonstrating to homemakers, in her kitchen, the art of cooking on an electric range.

This Mexican Corn Pudding is one of the very few recipes of hers that I have.  It is really very good and is a perfect comfort food.  Give it a try!

Aunt Lucy’s Mexican Corn Pudding

1 cup yellow corn meal
½ cup oil
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 small can green chilies
2 cans creamed corn
1 medium onion, sliced
1 green bell pepper, chopped
½ cup Parmesan cheese


Mix all ingredients together, except for the peppers and cheese.
Pour one-half of the mixture into a greased 2 quart baking dish.
Sprinkle half of cheese and peppers over top.
Add rest of corn mixture.
Spread remaining cheese and peppers over top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until knife a inserted in the center comes out clean.

¡Mexican corn pudding es delicioso! 

Here’s to you, Aunt Lucy!


  1. I remember Aunt Lucy as being a very "proper" lady. How interesting to learn that she had a daughter and about her cooking demonstration job.

  2. Vicki, perfect word: she was a "proper" lady. She only mentioned Polly to me once and said that it is something you never get over, no matter how long you live. She had many good qualities!

  3. Love your stories of your aunts! My Dad and a sister were born the same day 7 years apart. My mom and a brother were born same day, 2 years apart. My sister has 2 kids, born on the same day, 1 year apart! My son-in-law's birthday is one day after mine. My sister's daughter-in-law's birthday is one day after hers! Strange :)

  4. Karen, that is amazing but, it makes it great for remembering birthdays! Strange, but great!


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