More than likely, you already have all of the ingredients for this Easy Cornbread Recipe in your kitchen. It’s such a simple recipe, why bother buying a mix? I like to bake mine in a cast iron skillet, comes out perfect every time, with those delicious crispy edges. You know what I’m talking about. Yum. You can also cook your cornbread in a skillet like a pancake. Also delicious. However you decide to make it, this easy cornbread recipe will become your go-to bread for dinner anytime of the week.
What goes great with home-made cornbread? What doesn’t? Bean soup is the first thing that pops into my mind when I think of chowing down on some cornbread. I have just the recipe for white bean and ham soup. You’re going to love how easy it is to make. White Bean and Ham Soup Recipe
Easy Cornbread Recipe
Does Chicken Soup Really Help the Common Cold?
Does chicken soup really help the common cold? Some people swear by the belief that chicken soup can cure a cold. Others aren’t so sure so the jury is still out. Even if chicken soup doesn’t work, it’s still a nutritious and delicious way to help you feel better.
Chicken soup has been prescribed since the 12th century as a way to fight off illness. Jewish philosopher and doctor Maimonides used chicken soup to treat a variety of health issues besides the common cold, but he highly recommended it for colds and other respiratory illnesses. Chicken soup is also called “Jewish penicillin” because it has been used so often to treat colds.
Before this question can be answered, let’s look at what goes into a pot of homemade chicken soup. Soup recipes will vary but most chicken soup recipes will consist of diced chicken, chopped carrots, onions, garlic, egg noodles, bell pepper and seasoning.
If we look only at the items on this list, we see that chicken supplies the body with zinc, carrots provide beta-carotene, onions and garlic are considered to be strong antivirals, egg noodles provide selenium and peppers contain salicylates. Each of these ingredients has medicinal qualities which, when combined, may provide the body with nutrients it needs to fight off the common cold.
The medical community may not be able to agree on whether or not chicken soup can cure the common cold, but they do agree that there are positive results from eating it. Consider the following: Read more
Bread Machines for Health Conscious Cooks
Bread isn’t likely the first food item that comes to mind when thinking of ways to cook healthy. Besides, it takes a ton of time to mix, knead, let it rise and bake the bread. But with a bread machine, you can make a home-baked bread machine recipe quickly and easily and have the added advantage of making each loaf a healthy addition to your diet.
With a bread machine, you can skip the mixing, kneading and much of the waiting for the bread to rise before baking. New bread machines even have dough cycles which stop the dough from processing after the first cycle of rising. You can then form the dough into shapes such as rolls, pizza crust or baguette loaves. Other bread machine features will change your mind about baking healthy loaves of bread.
Want a gluten-free diet? Now, there are bread machines with gluten-free menu settings. You can use gluten free and organic baking ingredients that you couldn’t use with older models of bread machines.
There are also quick baking cycles which produce hot, ready-to-serve breads in a couple of hours. If you think you lack time to bake healthy loaves of bread, you may change your mind when checking out the new models of bread machines. Now, bread machines do everything for you except slicing and eating it and in such a limited amount of time that you’ll be amazed. Bread machines are versatile, too. They’re not just for bread anymore. Read more
Make This Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe!
If you ever need an easy chocolate cake recipe, this one is a great go-to dessert. It’s moist, quite delicious and doesn’t require any unusual ingredients. In fact, my grandson adores this simple dessert, especially with sprinkles on the frosting!
This recipe is written to make 2 – 9” cakes, but you can adjust the sizes and numbers as you wish. I’ve made this easy chocolate cake recipe for cupcakes too. Just fill your cupcake tin 2/3 full with cake batter and bake in a 350F oven for 20-30 minutes depending on your oven. Whip up a yummy homemade frosting (I use store bought frosting myself) or just keep the cupcakes in freezer bags and pop one in the microwave whenever you or your kids want a little chocolate cake. They freeze well, and a great tip is to put 2 cupcakes in smaller bags so your kids can grab them and go themselves.
Have a pot-luck or party and need to tote some cupcakes? Check out the cool collapsible carrier below. Fun and functional. Read more
Baking muffins just makes me happy. That sounds crazy, I know, but I’m serious. I love baking muffins. The results are easy and quick so it doesn’t take as long as baking a cake. Muffins are also kid-friendly because they come in their own little packages. This easy spiced apple muffin recipe is tasty and perfect for breakfast or a snack. Let the kids take a hand at baking this easy recipe. They can measure the ingredients, mix and fill the muffin cups. It’s a fun activity to do together.
Spiced Apple Muffin Recipe
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 eggs (beaten)
2/3 cup milk
1/4 cup butter (melted)
1 cup peeled and grated/shredded apple
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix in brown sugar. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, milk and butter. Mix well. Add egg mixture to flour mixture and mix (do not over mix). Fold in apples and walnuts (if using). Spoon batter into lightly greased muffin tin. Bake in preheated oven at 350F for approximately 20 minutes or until golden and baked through. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.