Saturday, April 9, 2011

Rainy Day Comfort Food

I myself, love rainy and overcast days, it just cools everything off and its a good day to fix comfort foods, so its raining today and I'm fixing a big pot of pinto beans and ham and corn bread, Yummy.
Ham and Beans
  1. 3 cups of dry pinto beans ( you can either soak them overnight in water, or I use the pressure cooker which is alot faster)
  2. 2 or 3 ham hocks, depending how many you are serving
  3. salt and pepper
If using the pressure cooker, make sure the round grate is in the bottom of the cooker, so they wont stick to the bottom, add beans and ham hocks and water, leaving about 3 inches from the top. Place lid on tightly, place jigglier on top and put on medium heat until the jiggler starts jiggling, then turn down the heat a little, the jiggler still needs to jiggle softly for 1 hour. After the hour is up, have a sink cleaned out and the cold water on all the way put the pressure cooker under the water until the pan cools off, slowly turn lid and it should release easily, then place pan back on stove over medium heat and add salt and pepper to taste.

Corn Bread
  1. 1 cup yellow corn meal
  2. 1 cup flour
  3. 1/4 cup sugar
  4. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/3 cup oil
  7. 1 egg
  8. 1 cup milk
Mix all dry ingredients in bowl, mixing well. Mix oil, egg, and milk together, stir into dry ingredients until just blended. Pour into greased 8 inch square pan. Bake at 400 for 25 minutes.
This is one of my favorite meals I remember from my childhood and I still love it, Enjoy.

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