Shannon here: Candace West shares a recipe for cornbread, the love language in her family. Comment or answer the question in any post dated April 7 – 10. Deadline: April 18th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Candace:
Cornbread is my family’s love language. Honey, if you’re sick, a little cornbread with that soup will cure what ails you. If you’re tired, hurt, or heartbroken, a slice of cornbread with a cold glass of milk is a balm for the soul.
In my latest release, Valley of Shadows, you’ll find my characters eating cornbread a few times. You see, I couldn’t even leave it out of a romance! Besides, what is romance without cornbread?
Southerners love their cornbread, and they’re always trading recipes (not Granny’s top-secret one) for new ways of making it. I hope you’ll try the one I’m sharing today. I clipped it from Life in the Delta magazine.
Roy Lee’s Tomato Cornbread
1 pan of cornbread, crumbled
1 can (plus some if needed) chicken broth
1 cup chopped green onions with tops
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tbsp. sugar
3 heaping tbsp. butter (We gotta have butter)
2 ½ to 3 cups very ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped. (Or like me, just get the canned ones. I know, I know…someone’s mammaw just turned over in their grave. I plead forgiveness. No one else has to know.)
Put crumbled cornbread in a large bowl. Add chicken broth. It should be moist but not soupy. Add onions, pepper, sugar, butter, and tomatoes. Mix together and put into a greased pan. Cook at 350 degrees until brown. When it’s done, the consistency will be more like dressing than cornbread. Yum!
About Candace: Candace West was born in the Mississippi delta to a young minister and his wife. She grew up in small-town Arkansas and is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello. When she was twelve years old, she wrote her first story, “Following Prairie River.” In 2018, she published her debut novel Lane Steen. By weaving entertaining, hope-filled stories, Candaces shares the Gospel and encourages her readers. She currently lives in her beloved Arkansas with her husband and their son along with two dogs and three bossy cats. Learn more & connect:
About the book – Valley of Shadows:
Forgiving is far from forgetting.
Lorena Steen gave up on love years ago. After arriving at Valley Creek to visit her daughters, she stumbles first thing into Earl, the husband who abandoned her.
As for Earl, facing Lorena while fighting his own demons tempts him to flee town. How can he rebuild a relationship with his daughters and cynical neighbors when guilt shadows every step?
While the storm brews between them, another storm descends on Valley Creek. Will a ghost town stand in its wake?
But then the townsfolk devise a plan. All they need is a former concert pianist and violinist. A wife and husband estranged.
Can Lorena and Earl set aside their feelings to rescue a community? Even though it sweeps them back through valleys best forgotten? Especially when a forbidden love claims his right to win Lorena’s heart?
Can’t wait for the drawing or worried you won’t win? Want the whole series?
Question for Readers: What is your family’s love language food?
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