~Blog News & Comfort Food~

Just for fun, I added a Poll to the top of my sidebar. If you have a minute, I’d love to have your opinion. Thanks!
As the Back Porch approaches it’s 400th post, I’ve taken a glance back at previous posts, to see how this blog has evolved since March 2007. While browsing, I ran across a post featuring an old fashioned favorite comfort food.

My contribution, for Foodie Friday is from June 2007, titled Beans ’n Cornbread.

Stop by Michael’s Designs by Gollum, for delicious dishes, each Friday.



June 2007: Hey ya'll! Reading all the "Southern Thangs", the last day or two, caused me to crave comfort food. Whether you live in the south, north, east or west, Beans 'n Cornbread are comfort foods!

Today, I prepared Pinto Beans, in a heavy Dutch Oven. Equally delicious beans are, Great Northern, Butter Beans, Black Eyed Peas or many other types of beans. I like a little bit of green onion with my beans.

In the south cornbread is prepared unsweetened. In other areas, it's baked with a little bit of sugar.

The photo shows the cornbread I baked today. It's made from scratch, unsweetened and baked in an ancient and well seasoned iron skillet. This is the only pan I use for traditional cornbread. I would be heartbroken if anything happened to this old iron skillet. I also own a cast iron pan, that is made of 4 fish molds. It's fun to serve fish shaped cornbread now and then.

What are your favorite Comfort Foods?


This post marks my 390th or 393rd. My archive list shows 393. On my dashboard, it’s 390. For one reason or other, by accident or my design, posts have been removed along the way. I’m inclined to believe the number 390 is correct. The three deleted posts would not have been intended for publishing, then published by mistake, is my guess.

Over a 30 month period, the number 390 doesn’t sound like many, when compared to amazing bloggers, who have 400 posts in a much shorter time period. I am continually in awe of these talented and prolific bloggers.

On the occasion of my 400th post, here at the Back Porch, I will have a little celebration. The event should occur within the next few weeks.

The next several days, for our family, includes a birthday party, lunch with grandkiddo’s, and a day trip to Illinois.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Pat & J

A Post Script:

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Diane said...

Pat, I so enjoy your blog. You and J are such wonderful folks and every bit as sweet and genuine "regular folks" in person as you appear on the blog. It's been my pleasure to know you all these years, and to be able to meet up with you in person a couple of times. I will always treasure our trip to the Grand Opening of MG's as well as Dad enjoyed the fireside chat so much. He spoke of you two often and asked after you regularly, tagging you correctly as "fine folks". <3

I'm headed back to Mom's week after next and one of these days I hope that MY J and I can stop and see you and YOUR J on a driving trip home.

Congratulations on creating such a truly enjoyable blog!

Brenda said...

Ya simply can't beat good old beans and cornbread. When I think back on my childhood, that is the meal I most remember. Oh, and fried potatoes. What must our cholesterol have been? We didn't think about those things then. Congratulations on so many posts. Sounds like a HUGE amount to me. Love your blog, always have. Here's to 400 more! I lift my iced tea to ya!

Sharon said...

I truly enjoy coming to your blog.
I remember that recipe and I made it and we truly did enjoy it.
I have been looking for a good cornmeal recipe.
thanks for sharing.
Have a good day trip.

Carol said...

Love your blog. Your photography is outstanding. Congratulations.


Sheila said...

You about hit the nail on the head for my comfort food too! Love beans, cornbread & fried potatoes. I have to have some onion & "chow-chow" relish with them too. Mom used to make it and called it "green tomato ketchup".

However, this time of year I also really enjoy homemade vegetable beef soup!

I enjoy your blog as it is, a mixture of decorating, recipes, & day trips. Since I grew up in Missouri, & we often vacationed in Southern Missouri, I always enjoy your day trip posts. Please keep them coming!

Have a great weekend. It's pouring cats & dots out here in Hoosier land.

Deb said...

One of the reasons I love the Autumn is "comfort food cooking" :-) rice pudding, fresh baked bread, scones/jam, casseroles, soups ~ I could go on and on :-)
Have a wonderful weekend Pat ♥

Becca's Dirt said...

I like Lima's with rice and cornbread. Actually most any kind of beans is fine with me. Congrats on your approaching 400th post. That is a lot. I just reached my 100th and can't believe that I've written that many and that people actually read what I write. I have made so many friends on here.


Pat - Have a fun family weekend. We plan to go to the lake for a couple of parties. Hopefully the weather will look better than it does here today.

I love beans and cornbread. HD and I have been talking about it but I haven't gotten it done, yet. I have not done pintos for a long time but I have a great one that was from a long time friend. It is for the crock pot and has lots of ham in it. Now, I am hungry.

Take care and glad J is doing well.


Lynn said...

Since I am not much of a gourmet cooker person, I voted for decorating and re do'd.
That I love, and can't get enough of!

However, I can make a pan of southern cornbread from scratch, without a recipe in front of me, with my eyes closed and one arm tied behind me!

Beth said...

Beans and cornbread is one of my favorite meals! My mom gave me one of my Granny's (her mom) old iron skillets that I use for my cornbread. It just taste better when I use that skillet!

Michael Lee West said...

Congratulations on your 400th post. I love the warmth that shines through your beautiful and informative blog. It's like visiting with a friend. The pinto beans look delicious!

Blondie's Journal said...

This looks delicious, Pat!! You have to have green onion with cornbread. We love it with red hot chili poured over, along side a big old hotdog with everything on it!! My kids like when I fry slices of cornbread in butter for breakfast, yum!!

Congratualtions on all these posts!! I have enjoyed them so very much since I have been coming. I truly admire your writing, your photographs and your lovely personality, that comes through so clearly. I raise my Diet Pepsi to another 400!!


Lynn said...

I saw your comment on Cindy's blog today and came over to view your blog. Very nice. I live in Florida, hail from the beautiful NE originally and miss it so much in the Fall. My husband and I were in Hermann Mo a few years ago. Went to Hermann Hill B&B on our way to WI on vacation. I love the area you live in. I will be back again, your blog is wonderful. BTW I will be 63 on Sunday so was very interested in another lady who loves being 60 something and knows the best is yet to be.

Michelle said...

I'm from MI and we make Johnny Cake which has a little bit of sugar or honey added. Love it!

Never made cornbread in a skillet though and I have a cast iron skillet too. I think I might just give this a try!

Red said...

cornbread and beans! Soul food if there ever was. This sounds really good!

Robin said...

Now that's what I call comfort food! Yum
All Things Heart and Home

Lori E said...

I used a cast iron pan in my post too. I can barely lift it but I love to use it.
This meal is so comforting and satisfying.

Candy said...

"What are your favorite Comfort Foods?"

Why, I'd say cornbread and beans! Looks delish!

Elaine said...

Love my cast iron skillet too. We love beans and cornbread around here too....and surprise of 19 year old son is starting to like it too....he's been the one and only holdout all these years!

imjacobsmom said...

Hello Pat, I am so glad that I stumbled upon your blog one day, and I haven't missed an issue since. I enjoy seeing what you and J are up to, and what you made for lunch or supper, and I surely enjoy your wonderful photography and all of your helpful tips. I couldn't hep myself - I voted for each selection - I wouldn't change a thing! ~ Robyn

heartnsoulcooking said...

Here in New Mexico we make pinto beans all the time. Nothing is like beans and green chile. I love to go to the growers market and get fresh pinto beans and freshly roasted green chile. THANKS!!! Geri

Susan said...

Cornbread and pinto beans are right at the top of my list for comfort foods. I also love homemade biscuits, chili, migas, and baked potatoes.

Rose Mary said...

I love coming to your blog, Pat! Yum, those beans and cornbread look so good. I have them on my menu for next week.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Great looking comfort food and perfect for fall! Happy 400th post!


bj said...

This, of course, is one of our comfort foods, too. We both grew up with it and have it at least once a month now.
Congrats on your postings..
I need to ck mine..I know I have an anniv. coming up soon...giveaway time..woo hoo...:)

The Decorated House said...

Hi Pat~
Almost 400! Wow. I'm so happy you started your blog. It has been a treat.
I'm so happy to hear how well Mr. J is doing, too.
Hugs, Donna

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love a big pot of pinto beans and cornbread, that is just about the best food ever. I am with you, sweetened cornbread and yes I do like onions with my beans too. Yours makes me so hungry. Love them. Hugs, Marty

Kathleen said...

Wow, I can't imagine 400 posts..and I have enjoyed so many..yours is the first blog I ever visited!

Enjoy your family time..I posted a family celebration we had Sunday..such fun..

Rose - The Center of My Self said...

The pinto beans and cornbread look delicious! My mom always had a pot of pinto beans ready to be served; tortillas, too. Still my favorite meal!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Pat
I voted!
I consider you one of those talented and prolific bloggers! Always good to come by for a visit on your blog.
Cornbread and beans are comfort foods for sure!
Enjoy your weekend.
X0 Pat

Melanie said...

Mmmm, I love beans & cornbread. Other favorite comfort foods are pot roast & mashed potatoes, homemade mac & cheese, any kind of homemade soup, roast chicken, homemade bread, beef stew, spaghetti & meatballs, enchiladas...

Where in IL are you headed to? I live in northern IL, not too far from the border of WI.


Tootsie said...

congrats on that many posts!!! I love visiting you!

Brenda Eason said...

Pat, that looked like my kind of eating =)Great post and so happy you stuck around so we could meet.
I think my comfort food depends on what is going on and what memories are going on.
Right now with Fall here and im missing my mom so much the comfort food would be her wonderful Dressing.
When im down and sick a potato does the job.(soup,mashed and baked)

Sue said...

Pat, I've so enjoyed reading about your trips and seeing what you've encountered in your beautiful photos. And of course, I like seeing your home and what you've done to enhance it. Congrats on your upcoming milestone! Thanks for stopping by and always having something nice to say.
hugs, Sue

Sharlotte said...

400 posts is quite remarkable! It's coming up soon, congratulations to you!

JyLnC said...

My mom used to make something similar with ham. Loved it.

Poppedijne said...

We don't know cornbread here in Belgium and even with a recepie I would not know what flour to use. But it looks like real good home cooking. Thanks for sharing.

Sarah { abeachcottage } said...

ooh 400 wow! it may not be alot compared to others but boy it's hard work and it coming over here, I always stay a while

;-) Sarah

SmilingSally said...

Congrats on your upcoming 400. That cornbread looks good, but I make mine the Yankee way--with a little sugar! Oooo, I heard that!

Dana and Daisy said...

Hi Pat,
I've heard of iron skillets that get passed down from one generation to the next in the south.

One of my favorite comfort food this time of year is beef stew. But my all time favorite from when I was a kid is a grilled cheese with tomato soup!

Mary said...

Congratulations on the fast approaching post 400. This was a lovely post in so many ways. Today's photograph is near perfect. Your photos always have such clarity that they amaze me. Then there's the recipe which takes the ordinary and makes it special. You've spoiled me, I've come to expect "special" when I visit your blog. Have a wonderful weekend.

honeysuckle said...

Your pictures are wonderful and I would love to learn more from you. Thanks

Cherrie said...

I love beans and cornbread! They look so good they are making me hunry!

Jane (Frugal Fine Living) said...

Great post with yummy recipes! Thanks for sharing them.


Anonymous said...

Hi Pat....

I just took your poll :)

Congrats to to come here for a visit...

Have a great week-end,
Kathy :)

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

I love the poll idea!

JKW said...

You have got to be kidding. . I love all those things that you do. I am enraptured of your talent and enjoy seeing what you are doing. Where in IL - I am from Normal, IL. Blessings, safe trip, Janet

Mrs. P. said...

My dad's favorite meal in the whole-wide-world! YUM!!


Anonymous said...

Hi Pat,
I just took your poll and ended up checking everything off. I enjoy all your posts so I would recommend that you don't change anything!!

Your Cornbread & Beans look so yummy & was wondering if your bean recipe might be a slow cooker version? I'm on the lookout for a tasty one.

Congrats on your 390th post. I probably found your blog about 8 months ago and I'm so happy I did. I look forward to every visit. I've missed a few lately but I generally try & visit every day.

Enjoy your family time especially with the grandkiddo's. We have 2 sweet grandsons & they are the icing on a life well lived. TFS! Sheila

Rosemary said...

Hi Pat,
You and your blog are the best!!
Beans and cornbread look really yummy!!
You have a wonderful weekend too!

The Fajdich Times said...

This looks good. We like beans and cornbread. Yum:)

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Barb~Bella Vista said...

Pat, oh, this looks so yummy!!!!!!

Barb ♥

Beverly said...

Pat, this meal would call my husband's name. He loves beans and cornbread.

I hope you're having a wonderful time with your family.

Anonymous said...

I'm with you on the UNsweetened cornbread. The beans and cornbread sound delish! I think those, plus some homefries will be "supper" here tonight!

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Hi Pat, yummo beans and cornbread, one of my faorites ! We never get tired of them .

Snappy Di said...

I enjoy a bowl of lima beans with butter. Hubby doesn't care for them so sometimes I make a bowl just for lil' ol' me!

The Blue Ridge Gal

Catherine Holman said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! This is one of my favorite meals. I make my cornbread in an old iron skillet too.

Anonymous said...

I’d passion to ascertain that too!

Anonymous said...

hmm. luv this ))