She, Crescent Dragonwagon, that is, came to understand, cornbread “not only is hot, just baked cornbread delicious, it evokes ~ powerfully ~ the heart, soul, and taste of home.”
Amen! CORNBREAD, I love cornbread!
After making this cornbread, I know why it was the single most requested recipe at the Dairy Hollow House in Eureka Springs, Arkansas!
I’ve tried what seems like a ton of cornbread recipes and I’ve made more than one from this great cookbook by Crescent Dragonwagon. I’m just trying to figure out what took me so darn long to make this one!
Crescent Dragonwagon is her real name ~ read here ~ or buy her great cookbook, if you want to know more about it.
Dragonwagon’s cookbook, The Cornbread Gospels, is a surprising eccentric read, filled with curious antidotes and tales along the cornbread trail from the Appalachians to the Rockies to the Green Mountains. I was hooked from the beginning to the end ~ this is just not a recipe book to take up space on your kitchen counter, it’s at home in any room.
Here’s a sample of what Crescent Dragonwagon has to say about this cornbread:
"This is the cornbread I served when I owned and ran Dairy Hollow House; it was its single most requested recipe. It is the first Southern food I ever learned to fix and the one that started me on my cornbread journey. I learned how to make it in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn, New York, in 1969, when I was very young and living in a brownstone with 7 other people. Viola, the soft-spoken lady friend of a kind neighbor, taught it to me. Viola was from Georgia, and it was she who initiated me into baking cornbread in an already-hot skillet.”
To me, the secret of this recipe may just be the already-hot skillet that’s filled with melting butter that’s brought to a sizzle. And stone-ground cornmeal only makes the bread even better. If you’ve been around my blog a while, you know it’s stone-ground cornmeal and grits in my kitchen.
Thank you, Crescent Dragonwagon for the great recipe, great cookbook!
This cornbread is the créme de la créme of cornbread!