Monday, February 22, 2010

Johnny Cash's cornbread

I leave Jolene NeverLost inside the car in the parking lot at Raleigh-Durham Airport.  It's been fun, but sometimes a man's got to leave his GPS nav system behind.

Fly in to Memphis, then wait for the connecting flight to Mobile, Alabama.

While we're here, thought you might enjoy an authentic recipe from one of Memphis' greatest:

Johnny Cash's cornbread

1 1/2 cups cornmeal, self-rising
1 1/2 cups flour, self-rising
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups buttermilk
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup butter, melted
- Mix cornmeal, flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder while humming "Ballad of a Teenage Queen."
- Add eggs, buttermilk, and chopped onions, while doing a quick segue into "One Piece at a Time."

- Pour the mixture into a skillet; pour yourself a beer or two.  Bake the cornbread batter at 350-375 for around one hour.  Watch the bread rise while singing "Five Feet High and Rising."  When ready, sing "Ring of Fire" at full voice, complete with Mexican trumpets.  Have a few more beers.  Get baked.
- Without stumbling, take the skillet out of the oven.  Pour melted butter atop the cornbread (careful!), then launch into "Understand Your Man."  Try to untangle your mind, and wonder why your woman is walking out the door.    
- Let cornbread and yourself sit for ten long minutes before singing "I Still Miss Someone."