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Savory Corn Muffins

My personal preference for breakfast is savory over sweet, so that is how I came up with this savory corn muffin recipe. This recipe is perfect for breakfast or to serve at dinner whenever you would normally use corn bread such as along side chili or your favorite meatloaf. To make this even better, the recipe couldn’t be easier, it’s just measure some ingredients, mix and bake!

From by the bay, wishing you savory food memories!


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Savory Corn Muffins

Makes 12 muffins


1 cup cornmeal

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup granulated white sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup melted unsalted butter

1 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup chopped scallions

1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease muffin pan or line with paper muffin liners. In a large bowl, mix together corn meal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add egg, butter,buttermilk scallions and 1/4 cup cheddar cheese. Stir gently to combine. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Top each muffin with remaining cheddar cheese. Bake at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a tester inserted into a muffin comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes and remove from pan. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Pimento Mac and Cheese

If you are planning a holiday menu this season, try this update to the classic mac and cheese. This recipe is inspired by the famous pimento cheese served in the South. In fact , some say pimento cheese is the caviar of the South.  The key ingredients include cheddar cheese, pimento, cream cheese and hot sauce.  Well that’s just a step away from making a delicious mac and cheese!  It’s an easy and delicious side to any holiday meal, but especially thinking about that holiday ham !

From by the bay, wishing you some cheesy holiday memories!


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Pimento Mac and Cheese

Serves 4 to 6


  • 8 ounces medium shells
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/4 cup grated or shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons scallions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons pepperdew, chopped


In a large pot of salted boiling water cook medium shells according to directions until al dente.  Strain and keep aside. In a medium sauce pan warm the milk.  In a large pot ( I use the same pot as I did for the pasta) melt butter . Whisk in  flour mixing into a paste, keep moving for about 5 minutes. Slowly whisk in the warm milk stirring to make sure there are no lumps. Whisk until the sauce starts to thicken. Remove from heat and add the cream cheese and whisk until melted, then add 1 cup cheddar and 1 cup parmesan cheese. Stir until melted than add the hot sauce, scallions, pepperdew and cooked shells. Mix well and pour into a buttered 2 quart baking dish. Top with remaining cheese and bake in a 350 degree F oven for 20 minutes, until the cheese is melted . Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.




jalapeno fun!

I love spicy food – therefore , I have a burning love for jalapeno peppers. I like to figure out new ways to use these peppers and I am sharing three today! First up, I mixed my Greek background along with my love for jalapeno peppers to create jalapeno hummus. It has subtle heat and is delicious. You can add dish to start any menu. I serve this hummus with either corn chips or pita chips. Next up are my southern biscuits kicked up with cheddar and jalapeno. This is a perfect basic biscuit recipe that is easy to make and very easy to get creative with. Last up or jalapeno rounds dredged in corn meal and fried. I always keep a jar of jalapeno rings in my pantry. These rings fried up make a perfect appetizer for any one with a burning love. They are also great used to kick up the taste of your favorite burger or sandwich. I suggest you work on trying all three of these recipes soon.

From by the bay wishing you the hottest food memories!
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Jalapeno Hummus
15.5 ounces Chick Peas / Garbanzos , drained and rinsed
6 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon chopped jalapeno
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Place all ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth. Serve cold or room temperature with corn chips or pita chips.
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Jalapeno Cheddar Cornmeal Biscuits
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour, sifted
1/2 cup cornmeal
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons chopped jalapeno pepper, seeded
1/4 cup shortening
1/3 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup whole milk
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. In a medium bowl, mix flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening with a fork until the mixture is crumbly. Next mix into the bowl the grated cheese and jalapeno. Slowly stir in the milk until you have a dough that can be kneaded in your hands. If you need more milk add a tablespoon at a time until the dough is formed. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured board and knead a few times. Roll dough out to a half-inch thickness and cut out biscuits with a biscuit cutter. I use a 2 inch round. Place biscuits on a ungreased baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Jalapeno Rounds
6 ounces jalapeno rings from a jar
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup canola oil
Heat oil in a medium size frying pan. Place cornmeal on a plate and dip each ring all over in the cornmeal. Place rings into the hot oil and fry quickly and turn while frying, no more than a minute is needed to brown the rings. Place onto paper towel to drain. Serve immediately.

Scallion Cheddar Corn Bread with Lime Butter

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Scallion Cheddar Corn Bread with Lime Butter

Serves 8

1 cup all purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup yellow cornmeal

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

3/4 cup milk

1 egg beaten

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

¼ cup scallions, chopped

¼ cup grated cheddar cheese

½ pound unsalted butter, softened

1 teaspoon coarse sea salt

1 teaspoon lime zest

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper


Preheat oven to 350F. Butter  2 – 5.75  by 3 inch mini loaf pans. In a large bowl combine well these dry ingredients: flour, salt, cornmeal, sugar and baking powder. In a separate medium bowl combine and beat milk, eggs and butter. Pour wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir well. Fold in the cheese and scallions using a spoon. Pour the batter into the mini loaf pan. Place pans onto baking sheet and bake for about 35 minutes until the tester comes out clean. Cool on metal rack for 10 minutes. When cool remove bread from pan. To make butter, place softened butter , salt , lime zest and cayenne pepper . Combine well. Serve with sliced cornbread.