Rosemary and Corn Kernel Quick Bread

Rosemary Cornbread~ A stack of DishesI’ve been thinking about making some kind of Corn Quick bread for a couple of weeks now. I wanted something to eat for breakfast as I run out the door, but not anything sweet. I was thinking about something earthy and toothsome, and light on the tummy would be good too.

I am a so-so fan of cornbread really. Mostly I find it dry. Not a bad thing when pairing it with a soup or stew, but as a breakfast treat, eh… This recipe is quite the opposite. It’s moist and light, and the corn adds a some natural sweetness and chew. The rosemary is a bit of a surprise. To be honest, I started out thinking about cheese and jalapeños, or peppers and feta, something along those lines. The rosemary was  a last-minute inspiration, largely due to the fact that a bunch of it was sitting in my fruit bowl for no good reason. The combination is fantastic! A happy chance.

I also did something different with this batch. Like a good Southern wife, I pre-heated the pan in the hot oven before filling it. I think this really made a difference too as the cornbread gets good heat from all sides. No extra work either. I just placed the pan in the oven as it was heating and pulled it out when I needed it. I’m sold.

cornbread Slices~ A stack of Dishes

Rosemary and Corn Kernel Quickbread
A moist and tender bread that gets some natural sweetness and chew from corn kernels.
205 calories
31 g
50 g
6 g
7 g
1 g
128 g
301 g
5 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 205
Calories from Fat 57
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 50mg
Sodium 301mg
Total Carbohydrates 31g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 5g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 3/4 cup cornmeal
  2. 3/4 cup AP flour
  3. 4 teaspoons baking powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 2 large eggs, beaten
  7. 1 1/2 cup lowfat cultured buttermilk
  8. 2 tablespoons canola oil
  9. 2 cups corn
  10. 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
  1. Preheat oven to 425˚ and place an 8x8" pan (or 6x9" like the one I used) in the oven to preheat too.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add: cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir to combine.
  3. Add the eggs, buttermilk, oil, corn and rosemary and stir until just mixed. Do not over mix.
  4. Carefully remove the pan from the oven and coat with cooking spray. Pour in the batter and place into the oven until a toothpick comes out of the center cleanly. About 30 minutes.
  1. Try not to eat it all at once- and as good as this is as a breakfast treat- it would go equally as well with a bowl of chicken soup too.
A Stack of Dishes

Creamy Roasted Corn Soup Smacked with Chipotle

Smokey Corn Soup with Apple Bacon on the side

Though this has been quite a balmy Winter here in the Northeast, I still enjoy a hearty chowder like corn soup. I love a rich creamy-sinkmyteethinto-soup this time of year. It’s also a way to get some vegetables in when it’s hard to find decent green things. I would love to tell you that I roasted ears of corn on the grill. It’s easy to imagine charring the kernels while the silks and leaves hung off the side of the stove. Seriously I could of, but I didn’t. Nope. I used frozen corn. And no noses in the air please. It’s really the way to go here.

Frozen corn has great flavor and decent nutritional value. To give it some real depth and character I laced this soup with a hearty pinch of chipotle giving it a smokey kick. Cream and cilantro finish it off with a squeeze of lime, which balanced out the creaminess with some cool and a twinkle of brightness.

But I’ll let you in on another even BETTER secret. I didn’t use any cream here either. My big reveal: silken tofu.

I got into using this when my Dad was sick and I was struggling to get nutrition into him. He could only manage small (I really mean teeny) cups of soup at a time. I did my best to make them as digestible and as power packed as possible. Dairy bothered him due to his medications, but not the tofu. He loved it, and so does everyone I make it for.

I usually don’t say it’s tofu just because folks get all incense and crunchy looks in their eyes- so what they don’t know is actually good for them.

I did use some of the bacon fat as the grease to sautee my garlic and onions- so a little bit of evil there- but roughly a tablespoon in an entire pot is no great sin. And just to be fair, I serve the bacon on the side- which gives the option for those with concerns to partake or not.

Creamy Roasted Corn Soup
serves 4 as a meal or 6 as a starter
1# bag of roasted corn kernels, regular is fine
4 strips natural smoked bacon
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium yellow onion chopped
2 14oz cans of chicken broth
1 block of silken tofu
.5t chipotle powder
Fresh cilantro, lime wedges and lite sour cream to serve
In a large frying pan cook the bacon slowly to render as much fat as possible. Reserve the bacon.
Allow all the fat to drain off the pan, leaving behind a nice layer and some of the bacon bits
Sautee the garlic and onion over low/medium heat to release the flavors until the onion are translucent and soft.
Toss in corn and warm the melange through. Reserve a half cup of corn mixture. 
Add one can of broth, tofu roughly broken up, and chipotle powder. Allow to simmer for 10 mins.
In batches, puree the soup and pour into a saucepan. Once fully pureed add second can of broth, stir to combine and allow to simmer until heated through.
Taste and adjust salt and pepper.
Serve with fresh lime wedges, a dollop of light sour cream, and fresh cilantro. Spoon some of the reserved corn mixture on top that has been warmed.