Side Orders: Time for cornbread cooks to ready their recipes

Anne Braly

The contest is still a few months off, but it's time to hone your favorite cornbread recipes, turn them into an entree and enter the National Cornbread Cook-Off. It's a great event with the promise of being the grand-prize winner and taking home $5,000 and a new stove from Brown Stove Works valued at $3,250 at the National Cornbread Festival.

photo Anne Braly

There are just a few stipulations to consider, however. The recipes must be an entree and must be original. Also, the recipe needs to include at least one cup of Martha White cornmeal as an ingredient and be cooked in a piece of Lodge cast-iron cookware. Entries will be accepted through the end of January, and competitors cannot be professional cooks or be enrolled in a culinary school.