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Bacon Onion Mushroom Quiche

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I haven’t had much success with making homemade pie crusts. I know I need more practice, and just don’t seem to have the time. Which is why this quiche appeals to me, because I can use frozen pie crusts in it. If you are a good pie crust-maker, then you could use your own homemade crusts.

I also like this quiche because it has bacon, green onions and mushrooms in it. I take the easy route and use a pouch of real bacon pieces, but you can always fry your own bacon and crumble it. Or, if you’re not a meat-eater, you can leave out the bacon and add in some chopped tomatoes. So you can make this quiche the real easy way or make it a little more homemade, depending on how much time you have. Another great thing about this recipe is that it makes two quiches (you can halve the recipe if you just want to make one). Perfect for breakfast or brunch!

BACON ONION MUSHROOM QUICHE by NancyC

Makes two 9″ quiches

  • 2 frozen 9″ deep dish pie shells
  • 1 (3-ounce) package real bacon pieces (about 3/4 cup)–or substitute 3/4 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 5 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 (4-ounce) can sliced mushrooms (or mushroom pieces and stems), well drained
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Fiesta (Mexican style) Blend cheese
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups Half & Half (light cream)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • a few dashes of salt
  • a dash of pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. flour

Position your oven rack in the center of the oven, and preheat oven to 375˚F. Remove the pie crusts from the freezer and let thaw for about 5 minutes. Prick the bottom and sides of the crusts with a fork to help prevent bubbles from forming in the crust as it bakes, and bake for 8 minutes. Remove pie crusts from oven–there may be some bubbles in the crusts, so just gently pat the bubbles down. After removing crusts from the oven, reduce heat to 350˚F.

In large bowl, combine the bacon, green onions, mushrooms, and cheeses; mix together and set aside. In medium bowl, whisk together eggs, Half & Half, sour cream, salt and pepper, and flour. Add this mixture to ingredients in large bowl, and mix well. Then distribute mixture evenly between the two pie crust shells, put in the 350-degree oven and bake for 45 minutes or until set (I like to put the pie crusts on a large rimmed 13×18 baking pan while the quiches are baking–it’s easier to put them in and take them out that way). Also, you can cover the quiches with foil the last 10 minutes of baking if your crusts are getting too browned.

Note: The egg filling will be a little puffed up when you take it out of the oven, but it settles down as it’s cooling.

I like making the full recipe so I have two quiches–one to eat now and one to freeze for later! Do you enjoy making quiche and do you make your own crust or use pre-made crusts?

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Chilled Cucumber Soup

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Chilled soups are perfect for summer! And if you like cucumbers, you’ll want to try this one! It has Greek yogurt, green onions, fresh dill, and parsley in it. Some lemon juice and salt give the flavor a little punch and I also added some garlic powder to the original recipe. The croutons on top are a nice touch, too! It’s a great summery soup to serve for a light lunch or dinner.

CHILLED CUCUMBER SOUP by NancyC, slightly adapted from Country Living

Makes 6 servings, 135 calories each

  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 English cucumbers, peeled, diced, and divided (divide amount in half to add in recipe at different times)
  • 4 green onions, sliced and divided (divide amount in half to add in recipe at different times)
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, or a little more, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • a bag of your favorite croutons
  • more chopped fresh dill for garnish

In a large bowl, combine yogurt and vegetable broth, blending well; set aside.

In a food processor, puree 1 peeled, diced English cucumber, 2 sliced green onions, chopped fresh dill, and chopped fresh parsley. Add this cucumber mixture, along with the lemon juice and salt, to the yogurt mixture in the large bowl; whisk to combine. (Note: if you do not have a food processor, you can put the above ingredients in a blender and puree them all together–your blender will be pretty full, so you may want to blend it in 2 batches; after blending, pour mixture back into your large bowl).

Stir in the other peeled, diced English cucumber and the other 2 diced sliced green onions, mixing well to evenly distribute ingredients. Refrigerate for 1 hour, then serve in bowls and garnish with chopped fresh dill and croutons.

Light summer meals like this are perfect for those really hot days. You can use regular cucumbers in this recipe, too, if you’re growing them in your garden–it would be a great way to use them! I would think maybe 4-6 small or 3-4 medium cukes would be equivalent to 2 English cucumbers–that’s just an estimate!

What types of lighter foods do you like to eat during the summer?

Peach Cucumber Salsa

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Are you growing cucumbers in your garden this year? Here’s a recipe you can use those cucumbers in! It’s perfect for summer because it’s a little fruity, lightly sweet, and a little spicy–good with tortilla chips or as a side dish with chicken or fish. And it’s very easy to make! I like that this salsa has peaches in it because that’s one of my favorite summer fruits. The lime juice and peach preserves add a nice light touch of tangy sweetness–and if you want a sweeter salsa, stir some honey into the salsa. You can also make it even fruitier by substituting small chunks of watermelon for the red bell pepper.

PEACH CUCUMBER SALSA by NancyC

Makes about 5 1/2 cups

  • 3 cups pitted and chopped peaches, peeled or unpeeled (about 1 1/2 lbs. or 3 to 4 peaches)
  • 1 large cucumber, seeded and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped (or for a fruitier salsa, substitute 2 cups of small watermelon chunks)
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced (both the white parts and stems)
  • 1/2 to 1 Tablespoon seeded and finely chopped jalapeno
  • 3 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 Tablespoons peach preserves (or substitute apricot preserves)
  • Optional: add a little honey to taste for a sweeter salsa

In medium bowl, toss together chopped peaches, cucumber, red bell pepper, green onions, and jalapeno.

In small bowl, mix the lime juice and peach (or apricot) preserves, blending well. Pour over the chopped peach-cucumber mixture and toss until everything is coated. For a sweeter salsa, you can mix in some honey if you want. You can serve this salsa with tortilla chips or as a side with chicken or fish.

To make ahead: You can prepare this salsa up to 2 hours before serving; cover and refrigerate until ready to serve and stir to blend ingredients before serving.

I don’t have a veggie garden this year, but I really appreciate my friends who share their veggies with me–like the cucumber I used in this salsa! What’s your favorite recipe that uses cucumbers?

Tomato Cucumber Salad with Feta

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If you like tart and tangy, savory and salty flavors, then this is a salad you may want to try! I decided to make this when my friend Greg gave me some cucumbers from his garden. You can’t go wrong combining cucumbers with tomatoes, but when you add in some feta cheese and Kalamata olives, that really gives this salad a special zing! The “dressing” in this salad is very simple…just some lemon juice and olive oil. So there are lots of healthy ingredients in this. If you don’t have cherry tomatoes, you can chop up larger tomatoes into chunks and that should work fine. If you have a garden, it’s a great way to use all those cucumbers and tomatoes you’re growing this summer!

TOMATO CUCUMBER SALAD WITH FETA by NancyC

Makes about 5 servings

  • 1 pint (2 cups) grape or cherry tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup coarsely crumbled feta cheese (about 1/4 lb.)
  • 2 small to medium cucumbers, diced into 1/2″ chunks (about 2 cups diced)
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced (slice both the white onion part and green stems)
  • 1 cup pitted and sliced or halved Kalamata olives
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil

In large bowl, toss the tomatoes with the thyme, salt, pepper, and feta cheese.

Add in the cucumber, green onions, and olives; toss with the tomato/feta cheese mixture, tossing everything together well (you can let this mixture sit at room temperature up to 1 hour before serving). Just before serving, add the lemon juice and olive oil and toss everything together well. Season with additional salt and pepper if desired.

I love using fresh veggies from the garden or farmer’s market in summer recipes! Are you growing any veggies this summer?

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Shoepeg Corn Salad with Honey Dressing

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I was looking through some old recipes I’d clipped from magazines awhile ago and came across one for Shoepeg Salad. It sounded like a great side dish for summer. I found some other variations on this salad at different recipe sites and ended up making my own version. This is a sweet, crisp salad; some sites describe it as a “relish.”  It’s great for potlucks, picnics, or any summer meal. And it’s so easy to make! All the recipes for this that I came across used granulated sugar as the sweetener, but I decided to use honey instead.

Shoepeg corn is one of the main ingredients in this salad, but it can be a little hard to find at the grocery store! I had to do some searching, but finally found it on the top shelf in the canned veggie section. Before I made this salad, I didn’t know exactly what shoepeg corn was. After looking on the web, I learned that, back before the Civil War, this certain type of corn was called “Shoepeg Corn” because of its peg-like shape. Shoepeg corn kernels are also smaller and sweeter than yellow corn.

If you’re having trouble finding shoepeg corn, just substitute white or yellow corn in this salad recipe–it will still taste great!

SHOEPEG CORN SALAD with HONEY DRESSING by NancyC

Makes about 8 servings

  • 3 (11-ounce) cans white shoepeg corn (or substitute 2 [15-ounce] cans of white or yellow sweet corn), drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can sweet green peas, drained
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 green onions, finely chopped (chop both the white onion part and the stems)
  • 3 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 (4-ounce) jar chopped pimiento, drained

For the Honey Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup honey (or substitute granulated sugar)
  • 1/2 cup light olive oil
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed

In large bowl, add first six ingredients (corn, peas, bell pepper, green onions, celery, pimientos); set aside.

In clean glass jar with lid, combine all the ingredients for the dressing and, with lid tightly on, shake mixture until all ingredients are blendeds together well. Pour dressing over vegetable mixture in large bowl and mix well, until all vegetables are coated with dressing.

Cover and chill in refrigerator overnight. Serve cold.

I’m glad I discovered Shoepeg Corn Salad–cool, crispy salads like this are perfect for summer! Have you made Shoepeg Salad before?

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Scrambled Egg Biscuit Bowls

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If you’re looking for a hearty breakfast idea, maybe even for Father’s Day, here’s a recipe I made with the Perfect Bacon Bowl. I received two complimentary bowls to try out and I read about them beforehand in this Good BaconBowlHousekeeping review.

It sounded like these bowls had worked well with bacon, so I thought I’d try doing something different with them: making biscuit bowls and filling them with a scrambled egg filling. It’s really easy because you use those large refrigerated buttermilk biscuits that come in a can. There are 8 biscuits to a can–and since I just had two bacon bowls I used a large muffin tin (with 6 muffin cups) to make the rest of the bowls. You just have to separate the biscuit dough and roll each one out until they’re about 1/4″ thick, then form them around the bacon bowls or muffin tins. The photos below show how the biscuits look before and after baking…

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While the muffin tins works fine for this, the bacon bowls did make a nicer-looking biscuit bowl. Plus you can also use them to make those yummy bacon bowls. They have a rim where the grease from the bacon can drain, which is nice too.

While the bowls are baking, you can mix your scrambled egg filling–then just scoop the filling into the slightly-cooled bowls and serve. It’s a fun way to have biscuits and eggs! You can also use bread dough to make mini bread bowls in a similar way–and fill them with soup or salad. Have fun experimenting!

SCRAMBLED EGG BISCUIT BOWLS by NancyC

Serves 8 (you’ll need 8 bacon bowls or two 6-cup jumbo muffin pans–or some of both!)

Biscuit Bowls:

  • 1 (16.3 oz.) can refrigerated biscuits (the big biscuits that come 8 to a can)

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Spray Perfect Bacon Bowls (or bottoms of jumbo muffin cups) with cooking spray. Separate the refrigerated biscuit dough into 8 biscuits.

Using a rolling pin, roll the biscuit dough out until it is about 1/4″ thick (the biscuits are easier to roll out if you lightly sprinkle them with a little flour). Place dough by hand over the Perfect Bacon Bowl and spread dough down so that the edges cover the rim (or place dough by hand over and around the bottoms and sides of the jumbo muffin cups).

Bake for 11 to 14 minutes; halfway through baking time (around 6 or 7 minutes), remove Bacon Bowl or jumbo muffin tins from oven and lightly pat dough down to eliminate any bubbles that may have formed; return to oven and finish baking for another 5 to 7 minutes. Let cool for about 5 minutes, then remove biscuits from cups. Fill with scrambled egg filling.

Scrambled Egg Filling: (or use your favorite scrambled egg recipe, using 12 eggs)

  • 12 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons milk (or if you want them a little creamier, use sour cream)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (2.5 oz.) package real bacon pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon butter for frying
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 1 1/2  to 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • additional shredded cheddar cheese or bacon pieces for garnish, if desired

In large mixing bowl, whisk eggs with milk and salt. Beat vigorously for 2 minutes. Stir in bacon pieces, stirring until evenly distributed in mixture.

Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Melt butter in pan. After butter is melted, add chopped onion and green pepper, cooking several minutes until slightly tender. Add egg mixture. Let egg mixture set for a few minutes, then start scrambling, tilting skillet so runny parts will cook. When eggs are cooked and scrambled, stir in cheddar cheese, stirring until cheese is melted; add salt and pepper to taste if desired.

Spoon scrambled eggs into baked biscuit cups and garnish with additional shredded cheese or bacon pieces on top, if desired (you can pop into microwave for 10-20 seconds to reheat biscuit cups if they have cooled off too much). Serve immediately.

These Scrambled Egg Biscuit Bowls make a great dish for breakfast or brunch! Are you making a special breakfast for Father’s Day?

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Fiesta Chili Mac

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One of the things I enjoy most about cooking and baking is taking a recipe and “making it my own.” And that’s exactly what I was asked to do with a few recipes from Ragù! It was fun creating this tradish_logo_300x300“New Tra-Dish” Fiesta Chili Mac using Ragù® Old World Style® Traditional Pasta Sauce. Each jar of this pasta sauce is made with 11 juicy tomatoes, making it Ragù’s richest, thickest recipe.

I decided to put my own spin on Ragù’s Family Favorite Chili Mac–which you’ll find it on their site, along with other great tasting, quick and easy recipes. I decided to do a Fiesta-flavored version of it, adding in some onion and green bell pepper to the ground beef when it was almost done cooking. Then I mixed some cheddar cheese in with the meat mixture, pasta sauce, and macaroni to make it nice and cheesy. And of course you need Fiesta toppings, so I used a little more cheese, sour cream, green onion, and tomato to top this dish. I also used chopped fresh cilantro as a garnish, which is optional. Chopped or sliced black olives would be another great topping, also optional.

This turned out to be a very yummy and filling dish! It’s very cheesy, with lots of rich tomato taste from the Ragù pasta sauce. I really liked the addition of the extra veggies and toppings, too. If you like these Fiesta flavors, then I’m sure you and your family will really enjoy this!

FIESTA CHILI MAC by NancyCreative, adapted from Ragù’s Family Favorite Chili Mac

Makes 6 to 8 servings in a 9″ deep dish microwave-safe pie plate (or you can use an 8×8″ or 9×9″ square microwave-safe baking dish)

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 jar (1 lb. 8 oz.) Ragù® Old World Style® Traditional Pasta Sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/3 cup sour cream, plus a dollop for the top
  • 2 green onion stems, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped tomato
  • Optional: 2 to 3 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro, 2 Tablespoons chopped or sliced black olives

Grease or spray a 9″ deep dish microwave-safe pie plate (or similar-sized microwave-safe baking dish, like a square 8×8″ or 9×9″ dish); set aside. Note: It helps if you have all your veggies chopped before you begin cooking! You can cook your macaroni beforehand too, or  cook it while your ground beef is cooking.

Cook ground beef in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until almost done. Add chopped onion and green bell pepper and cook a few minutes longer until they are slightly tender and ground beef is done.

Stir in pasta sauce and chili powder. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover skillet, and simmer 10 minutes.

Stir in cooked macaroni , blending ingredients well, then add in 1 cup of the shredded cheddar cheese, blending cheese evenly into the mixture.

Spoon this mixture into your greased 9″ deep dish pie plate (or similar-size baking dish), mounding up mixture toward the center (if you use an 8×8″ or 9×9″ baking dish, the mixture will be more level). Sprinkle another 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese evenly over the mixture (leave the other 1/2 cup cheese for the garnish). It will look like this in a pie plate–quite a hefty mound!

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Microwave on HIGH for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, until the cheese on top is thoroughly melted.

Remove from microwave and top center area of pie with the remaining 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, 1/3 cup sour cream, chopped green onion, chopped cilantro (optional), chopped tomato, and chopped or sliced olives (optional). Add an extra dollop of sour cream in the center, then serve. Note: You’ll want to add your toppings quickly so you can serve this dish while it’s nice and hot!

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When serving, if you’ve used a pie plate, you can cut “slices” as if you were cutting a pie, but as you can see, the “slices” probably won’t hold their shape on your plates–since it tastes so good though, I don’t think anyone will mind! 🙂 If you make this in a square baking dish, you can cut into squares and serve or just spoon out with a large serving spoon.

You can find more quick and easy recipe ideas from Ragù at Facebook.com/RaguSauce.

This post was sponsored by Ragù and Yummly, but the opinions expressed are mine.

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Easy Cheesy Salsa Potatoes

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I had some extra salsa after making Salsa Roll-Ups, so I decided to look for another recipe using salsa, and found these Easy Cheesy Salsa Potatoes from the Pillsbury website. I made a few simple changes, using green onion instead of regular onion, shredded Fiesta/Mexican blend cheese instead of cheddar, and a little more bread crumbs in my topping to make it more crumbly. If you don’t have bread crumbs, you could substitute crushed corn flakes or crushed French Fried Onions.

If you like potato casseroles, I’m sure you’ll like this. The potatoes are cheesy and creamy, with a little salsa spiciness that’s hard to resist! It’s comfort food, Fiesta-style! 🙂

EASY CHEESY SALSA POTATOES by NancyC, adapted from Pillsbury.com

Makes a 9 x 13″ pan

  • 8 ounces (2 cups) shredded Fiesta/Mexican Blend (or use sharp cheddar cheese)
  • 1 cup of your favorite salsa
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped green onion (or use regular onion)
  • 1/2 cup light or regular sour cream
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed Fiesta Nacho Cheese soup (or Cheddar Cheese soup)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (24 to 26-ounce) package (about 8 cups) frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 3/4 cup plain bread crumbs (or substitute crushed cornflakes or French Fried onions)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease a 13×9″ (or 3-quart) baking dish or pan; set aside.

In large bowl, combine cheese, salsa, green onion, sour cream, condensed soup, and pepper; mix well. Add thawed hash browns and mix well. Spread evenly in greased baking dish or pan.

In small bowl, combine bread crumbs and butter; mix well and sprinkle over potatoes.

Bake at 350˚F for 45 to 55 minutes or until cheese is melted and potatoes are tender. Cut into squares and serve.

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I  love cheesy potato side dishes like this, especially in the winter months! What’s your favorite potato side dish?

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Cheddar and Green Onion Cornbread

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This may be hard to believe, but I didn’t have my first piece of cornbread until I was in my twenties! I’m originally from the north, and my mother never made cornbread (actually, I don’t think there were any moms in our entire neighborhood who made cornbread :)). After college, I moved south and was introduced to southern classics like biscuits and gravy, grits, chicken fried steak, and, of course, cornbread. There was a soup and salad place I would often eat lunch at that had really good cornbread. So cornbread was a happy discovery for me as I became acquainted with Southern food. I’ve tried several basic cornbread recipes here and there, and they’ve turned out okay. But I was thinking it would be nice to make a savory cornbread with cheese and green onions. I am a cheese and green onion fan, and those two ingredients sounded like they would be a great addition to cornbread. So I tried it out and here’s what I ended up with…

CHEDDAR AND GREEN ONION CORNBREAD by NancyCreative, adapted from Epicurious

Makes a 9″ round pan of cornbread

  • 1 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups sharp or extra-sharp shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced (you can slice both the onion head and the stems)
  • 2/3 cup half and half
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk (or you can omit the half and half and use 1 1/3 cup buttermilk)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • NOTE: If you want to give your cornbread a little more “kick,” add 2 Tablespoons finely chopped jalapenos, seeds removed, when you are adding the green onions into the mixture.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease a round 9″ cake pan; set aside. In a large bowl, blend the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Gently fold in the shredded Cheddar cheese and green onions (and the jalapenos, if desired), mixing until everything is combined. In a medium bowl, whisk the half and half, buttermilk, eggs, and melted butter until well-blended. Then add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Bake at 425 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center of cornbread comes out clean. Let cool for a few minutes, then cut into wedges and serve warm.

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This tastes great with or without butter, but it definitely needs to be warm! If you’re making it much earlier before serving time, just reheat the wedges in the microwave before serving. This is great for breakfast, served with eggs and bacon or sausage, and it’s also great for lunch or dinner with chili or soup…try serving it with The Pioneer Woman’s Chili or super-easy Three-Bean Veggie Chili! Linked to Foodie Friday, I’m Lovin’ It!.