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Cornbread and Milk


My cornbread and milk photo was recently featured on the “It’s a Southern Thing” website. You can jump over and read the accompanying article written by Haley Laurence. Then if you have time, come back here and let me know if you like cornbread and milk. I can take it or leave it, but Granny LOVES it.


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    Glenna Smith
    August 7, 2020 at 4:06 am

    I love cornbread and sweet milk . My mom made the best iron skillet cornbread with buttermilk and we all loved her cornbread hot out of the oven with butter and pinto beans mashed up in some of the bread. My dad and I loved to crumble the cornbread up in a glass of cold sweet milk. He used to tell me to be careful how much I ate because he used to use it to fatten the hogs. It is fattening but so worth it YUM. They are both gone now, but I am grateful for the wonderful memories as I’m almost 70 myself. I will still make and eat this great treat once in a while.

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    Ann Applegarth
    September 17, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Love it, but I butter it and drizzle honey over it before I add the milk.

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    Sue Simmons
    September 17, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    I love sweet milk and buttermilk any time of the day, my husband thinks I’m crazy when he sees me having it for breakfast, especially when he is having eggs and country ham and biscuits. I love milk and cornbread anytime Sue

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    Donna Wofford
    September 17, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    I have always loved cornbread and sweet milk I can make a meal out of it.While it is still hot put some butter in with just the cornbread and then pu put milk in.Yummy yummy in my tummy

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    September 17, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    In one of our ministry points the teenagers were always hungry. We taught them to cook several different dishes. One of their favorites was cornbread and milk. Almost always someone would say something about their grandma cooking it. Once we had them make jelly and biscuits. None of them knew you could make your own jelly. They thought it only came from a store.

    Once a cousin visited us with his Yankee girlfriend. She asked about the cornbread in the center of the table. Dad told her it was a cake. She must have eaten 1/4 of that ‘cake’ and kept commented about how good it was and had never heard of it. She wanted the recipe.

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    September 17, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    My late wife liked cornbread and milk too but she had to have a little bit of coffee to put in it. She just refused to drink milk but if she didn’t have just a little coffee to put in it. That made it OK I guess. I refused to drink coffee with milk and she refused to drink milk without coffee. I went all day without thinking about that.

    Florence blew all my okry over toward Hanks’s Mill but it had been three days since I picked it so I checked it out. I got enough to fix it like you said the other day. Starting it on the stovetop and finishing it in the oven. That’s gonna be my supper tonight. I hope it works right because I am pretty hungry.

    PS: I think the okry will be OK. The plants are a crooked but the okry is too so it won’t matter

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    Bill Burnett
    September 17, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    I was raised on Cornbread and Milk (sweet though my Mom loved it with buttermilk) and I still love it especially with a Vidalia or green onion diced up in it. I have a Cast Iron Cornbread pan which I place a tablespoon of Bacon Grease in and place in the oven and pre-heat to 405 degrees for a great crust.Mix your batter with a whip until smooth, pour in the hot pan then cook for 28 minutes at 405 degrees then crumble warm Cornbread and onions in a large mug then drown with 2% sweet milk and there’s nothing finer. Growing up we only had fresh whole milk but as I no longer have a milk cow I use the 2% as it’s supposedly healthier.

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    September 17, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Milk and Cornbread is so good. I’ ve had it ever since I was a kid. To this day, sometimes for supper, we still have milk and Cornbread. I like buttermilk to. It is good for a sore throat and an upset stomach. Love todays post Tipper.

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    Sharon Schuster
    September 17, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    When I was growing up, everyone – all my Dad’s sisters and their spouses and kids- gathered around a groaning table of whatever my Dad came back with from field or forest. So many cooks in the kitchen, plucking pheasant feathers, skinning a squirrel, breading chicken… Before the “kids’ table” was surrounded by hungry young’ns, it was covered with flour for rolling out dumplin’s, cutting out perfectly round biscuits with a snuff glass (gotta wait for that pouf sound of air – that’s the secret of fluffy), or mixing up batter for cornbread. You may have heard the song , “keep your skillet good and greasy all the time, time , time..” The cornbread batter went into that well-seasoned skillet and into the oven. I love biscuits. Biscuits and butter, biscuits and King syrup, tomato on a biscuit, biscuit and apple butter… When I married a fellow from the suburbs, the conversation at the table stopped and little snickers were muffled when he said, “please pass the rolls!” The cornbread my grandmother made was not sweet and had a brown crust. Not for me then or now! I like the sweet golden colored stuff, like Jiffy Corn Mix. When all the kin had dispersed after the dishes had been washed and leftovers put away, we were a small family of my grandparents, my Mom and Dad and me. At supper, out came the sweet milk or buttermilk and usually leftover green beans. That was it. I didn’t like any of it and usually just passed on that sparse meal. All the older folks loved that mushy mixture of cornbread and milk that they ate with a spoon out of the glass.

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    Dee Parks
    September 17, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    I got a smile on my face when I saw the title of your blog this morning. I remember my father loved to have a big cup of cornbread with milk poured over it and I had a cup last night. I cook my cornbread just like my mother did in an old black cast iron skillet. I never thought of putting onion or anything else with the cornbread and milk but I sure do love to eat an onion with a slice of hot cornbread so I probably would enjoy that too.

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    Ken Roper
    September 17, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    I like Cornbread and Sweet milk crumbled as well as Cornbread and Buttermilk. …Ken

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    Paula Rhodarmer
    September 17, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Dear Tipper, I love, absolutely love, cornbread and milk. I love cornbread crumbled in plain milk or buttermilk. I love cornbread plain, too. I don’t like any other kind of cereal, but just cornbread and milk.

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    Sue Crane
    September 17, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Love cornbread and buttermilk! A nice, crisp, green onion goes with it nicely, too!

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    Janine Clagg
    September 17, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Grew up seeing my Daddy and my Grandmother eating it and they loved it – my husband and I both love it too! ~ As my Daddy used to say … “That’s some GOOD eating!”

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    Lisa Snuggs
    September 17, 2018 at 11:27 am

    Last year my mom spent six weeks in the hospital followed by another month in rehab. When she got home, our biggest challenge was getting her to gain some weight. Needless to say, we were thrilled when she decided cornbread and buttermilk was a good go-to food.

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    b. Ruth
    September 17, 2018 at 11:25 am

    I feel sometimes that I fall into another dimension…repeating over things I’ve told folks or talked to folks about before…too much blogging I suppose…
    My Mother loved cornbread and milk…especially cornbread and buttermilk…She also loved to put fresh Black Walnuts in her cornbread and milk. I don’t know why? Except after I tried it a time or two, I kinda liked it myownself…but can’nt stand eating cornbread and buttermilk…I have to have plain ole sweet milk…
    When I was a kid, there were days that leftover cornbread and milk was lunch or breakfast…Sure will stick to your ribs more ways than one…Only good homemade cornbread from scratch will do…none of the packaged stuff..
    By the way…When Mom was living by herself…very independent…she would make herself a big skillet of cornbread. I have found remnants in foil in the freezer before she passed, when helping clean out her freezer. “I’ll eat that!” she would say. So, I’d wrap it back up and put it back but date it….I knew she was saving it for a cornbread and milk lunch or nighttime snack…
    She lived a long life…to 93 years old…even after contracting cancer four different times beginning at seventy seven. Using her Appalachian strong will and make it do thru anything, she fought it off each time…When we thought she would be a goner…in days she was up and going strong, craving her cornbread n’ buttermilk…Amazing determination and strength…until her age and strength waned to the breaking point…
    Thanks for this post…think I’ll make a skillet of cornbread…

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    September 17, 2018 at 11:04 am

    Hooray, the sun came out here at 11:00 AM. First time since last Thursday.

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    Larry Ball
    September 17, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Nothing like a cake of freshly baked cornbread and fresh churned buttermilk. I like some mine with onions added, preferably Vidalias.

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    September 17, 2018 at 10:22 am

    I never was one to drink buttermilk, although I do like buttermilk cornbread or biscuits…. my sister really loved cornbread in buttermilk. I was a milk with ”lite” bread girl… first time I ever tasted buttermilk as a very young girl ,I though it was milk that was past it’s ok with me…. 🙂

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      b. Ruth
      September 17, 2018 at 11:39 pm

      I always wanted to mention milk and light bread…When I was little girl and starving for something..(I thought)…I would get one of those old timey deep saucers…(you know the ones…that you poured your coffee in and blowed it before drinking it out of the saucer)…Anyhow, I would get a piece of light bread and lay it in the saucer and pour fresh milk over it and eat it with a spoon…I loved it that way…Today the bread just don’t seem as light and fresh as it did back in the fifties…LOL
      Thanks for this memory Susie…
      PS….sometimes I would dip light bread in hot coffee that was loaded with cream…go figure that one out!

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    September 17, 2018 at 10:18 am

    The article by Haley Laurence tells a lot about how things are changing. This is why I am ever so grateful for your daily blog to keep the old ways alive. I don’t know of any young person who would drink buttermilk or eat cornbread and sweet milk. Before fast food or ready made snacks this was our go to food for snacking. On an especially busy day for my mom we could come home to a meal of cornbread and milk.

    We have an area magazine called Prerogative. It is an extremely well written magazine with colorful pictures. Unfortunately, I cannot see any difference in this magazine and any other magazine, because it is chock full of styles, “fancy”recipes etc. They have missed an opportunity to feature articles about our beautiful area customs, food, canning, and much that our hometown folks could actually relate to. At a time when folks are not reading as many magazines, they need to appeal to a wider audience, or actually to their audience. Keep it up, Tipper.

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      October 8, 2018 at 10:15 pm

      Coffee-milk and bread. We had that for breakfast often. Cornbread and milk, also rice and milk. When young ones are squalling you gotta put something in their bowl.

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    Melissa P. (Misplaced Southerner)
    September 17, 2018 at 9:54 am

    LOVE cornbread and buttermilk! My husband (from Michigan, but had a Kentucky momma and gran) loves buttermilk IN stuff (like cornbread or pancakes) but shudders when he sees me drink it or crumble my cornbread in it. (An aside, his momma used to the the story of when he was little and couldn’t think of anything ‘bad’ enough to call her when he got really, really angry one time, so he just blurted out, “You, you, you BUTTERMILK!”) If there’s ever leftover bacon (I know… LEFT OVER BACON???), I like to crumble that up and put in right on in there, too. That’s a real treat.

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    Darrell Cook
    September 17, 2018 at 9:47 am

    I like a good crust. I put my batter in a greased frying pan and fry for a minute before placing the frying pan into the oven.

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    Frances Page
    September 17, 2018 at 9:18 am

    I’m almost 90 and find cornbread and milk one of my favorite foods thru the tears. As a child, during the Depression years, that was Supper many times. Our midday meal was more filling. I’ve always hated milk except on cornbread or sweetened bananas.

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    September 17, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Like Granny I don’t like it, I love it! It has a name other than just cornbread and milk. It’s called a Crumblin or Crumble-in. Back in the early 1900s Senator Sam Rayburn made it famous in the great state of Texas by proclaiming his propensity to the dish. Texans aren’t the only smart people in the country though. It was at one time a most popular dish all over the “country”. City folks thought of it as lower class eating so its popularity has waned recently but it is still as good as it ever was. Crumblin is better made with cold cornbread and cold sweet milk.
    I like cornbread and buttermilk too but not crumbled together. Cornbread served hot out of the oven in one hand and a frosty glass of buttermilk in the other. Of course you must set down one or the other to pick up your sweet onion but that is a necessary evil I guess.

    PS: I sometimes dice up a piece of sweet onion and mix it in my Crumblin.

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      September 21, 2018 at 7:37 pm

      My folks called it Crumblin’ as well, Papaw! Or sometimes “Crumbly.” If I make a pone of cornbread for dinner and there’s any left the next morning, I’ll often have it for breakfast.

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        Brenda Zuzolo
        February 7, 2020 at 2:24 am

        As a kid in southern Indiana, my mom introduced me to Soaky…day old cornbread in sweet milk. We’d crumble up the cornbread in a nice big cereal bowl and top it with ice cold milk. It was one of her fav evening snacks til the very end of her life. It’s my fav breakfast treat. No one else in my family will touch it! So all the leftover cornbread is MINE!!

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    September 17, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Mom would fix milk and bread for supper if she had an exceptionally busy day. I loved it then and still do. Another reason we loved it back then was that kind of supper meant less dishes to wash. I saw an article and recipe for Kentucky spoon bread a few weeks ago and thought I would give it a try. None of my family can ever remember eating it as a child and we don’t understand why it wasn’t served. The recipe calls for fresh ground corn meal. That is what everyone used back in the day, but cost almost $5 for a small bag now. It turned out to be more like a souffle. It would not crumble in a glass of milk, but I thought I would founder on it and my fresh green beans.

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    aw griff
    September 17, 2018 at 9:05 am

    I love milknbread (cornbread) with a side of onion and salt. I would eat it ever night but it makes me gain weight fast but I’ll tell you what, if you eat it shortly before going to bed it will really help you sleep. Dad ate it ever night but he was one of those lucky people that had a fast metabolism and stayed slim.
    my wife likes it with buttermilk and as much as I like buttermilk I don’t want my cornbread crumbled any anything but sweet milk.

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    Yancey Davis
    September 17, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Never heard of eating cornbread and SWEET milk, Granny and me always had it with buttermilk. Imagine trying to get my yankee girlfriend to even TRY it!!

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    Don Byers
    September 17, 2018 at 8:44 am

    Love it. That was my supper many times when I was a kid in Ivy Log.

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    Bob Creswell
    September 17, 2018 at 8:07 am

    Love cornbread and milk. Can eat it 7 days a week. Prefer to warm the cornbread in microwave then pour milk over it in a glass. BTW best cornbread is made with bacon grease.

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    Darlena Mixson
    September 17, 2018 at 8:02 am

    In first grade I attended a one-room school and we had to take our lunch. My favorite was a pint jar of cornbread and buttermilk (made at home). Buttermilk from the grocery store doesn’t have the same flavor so I now use 2% milk…..fill a glass with cornbread, add milk, and leave in the refrigerator overnight…..greatest breakfast ever!

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    Janet Smart
    September 17, 2018 at 7:59 am

    I didn’t know it was a southern thing, but I also love cornbread crumpled up in milk (also love saltine crackers crushed up on a bowl of milk). I sprinkle pepper on mine. My husband loves buttermilk and cornbread.

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    richard beauchamp
    September 17, 2018 at 7:42 am

    I was raised on Cornbread and milk and still love it at 77 years old. I prefer mine warm right out of the oven as soon as it is cool enough to crumble. I crumble a big bowl full aand add cold milk and I have a complete meal !

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    Jim Keller
    September 17, 2018 at 7:38 am

    Growing up, it was a summer meal ( probably for convenience ) after a day in the tobacco or hay fields. The buttermilk had to be ice cold.

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    Miss Cindy
    September 17, 2018 at 7:27 am

    Tip, I never cared for cornbread and milk but my mother and my sister both loved it. Sometimes they would also eat cornbread and Cream of Chicken Soup, the kind from a can. I didn’t like that either. Truth to tell I was a picky eater and considered a royal pain when it came to food. There was just a lot of things I wouldn’t eat, actually, there still is!
    Another thing my mother and sister liked came after Thanksgiving. Our dressing was always made from cornbread and the next day or two after thanksgiving they would mix together the left over dressing, gravy, and sometimes chopped turkey and eat it. Part of my problem was I just didn’t eat things that were mixed together,
    That’s a nice picture and very nice that it was posted on the Southern Thing!

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    Ron Banks
    September 17, 2018 at 7:02 am

    I have been eating cornbread and milk since I old enough to eat it. I absolutely love it! It is just one of those things that makes me feel good. I guess you could call it a comfort food. The cornbread has to come from an iron skillet and it has to have some of the crunchy sides in it as well. I like a little salt and pepper in mine. My dad also loved it. He often mixed his with half sweet milk and half buttermilk with salt and pepper. I have heard of some people putting chopped onion in it. My brother in law would put some fried taters in his which I never understood but hey, whatever works for you. Cornbread and milk is one of my favorite snacks or a meal in it self.

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    Marshall Reagan
    September 17, 2018 at 6:52 am

    I have eaten enough cornbread and milk to sink a ship . that is what we ate if we didn,t want was placed on the table.

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      September 17, 2018 at 9:17 am

      That’s odd, it sinks your ship but it floats my boat!

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    September 17, 2018 at 5:23 am

    I use to be, but lost the taste for it myself, but my Wife and Daughter take it up a notch and they love cornbread and buttermilk, I think it’s gross, I don’t mind cooking with buttermilk, but drinking it or mixing it with cornbread is an crime, I cannot stand the smell. One of our Daughter’s Doctors, calls her his Buttermilk Girl because he loves buttermilk also, and they love to tease me about it.

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