Saturday, June 11, 2011


Photo: Daniel  "Danny" Canales from Ricardo, Texas is the owner of Cosineros Del Campo Chuck wagon. "Cosineros" also spelled cocineros is the true word of Americanism as the word was created as Texas began a Republic, meaning cuisine or cook from Spanish to English. "Cosineros Del Campo," in translation is "The Cook of the Camp.  Photo taken by Roger Edison at King Ranch, Texas.

Jalapeno Cornbread


  • 2 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup canned corn, drained
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh jalapeno pepper Mild heat, 1/2 cup unless you desire some extra heat, 


Mix dry ingredients together in lg bowl. 

In sm bowl, mix together eggs, milk,& butter; add to dry ingredients. 

Add remaining ingredients and combine thoroughly.

Fill lightly-greased 12 c muffin pans ½ full w/ batter (or cast iron Dutch Oven cooking outdors). 
Bake in preheated 400 degree oven for 20-25 mins (30 minutes in dutch oven) or til top springs back when lightly pressed; remove from oven.
Lightly grease 4 quart size dutch oven.
Using about 10 coals under bottom and 15-18 coals on lid.  IF using firewood, set on coals with one shovel poured across lid.

Many ranch cooks today often use Jiffy Cornmeal mix rather than making from scratch. If using Jiffy, follow this recipe:

  • 1 pkg. "JIFFY" Corn Muffin Mix
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 jalapeno peppers-cored, seeded and diced
  • 1 small red pepper, diced
  • 4 Tbsp. margarine or butter, diced

Preheat oven to 400°.  Grease 10" cast iron skillet or Dutch oven and preheat in oven.
Combine egg yolks, buttermilk and sour cream; mix well. Add muffin mix and diced peppers; mix until moist. Whip egg whites to stiff peak and fold them and butter pieces into batter. Pour mixture into heated skillet. Bake 25-30 minutes
Cast Iron cooking

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