Hi everyone, Today is Martin Luther King’s birthday and as such, I think it only fitting to supply you with a Southern recipe since his favorite foods were Southern, specifically Fried chicken and pecan pie according to certain sources. MLK was my first hero. I remember feeling impassioned to “do” by his bravery and dedication to help others. When I learned about him in the early seventies, it seemed that the blow of his death was still raw by the way people spoke of him. Today I feel that his life and death are as meaningful, if not more meaningful, than they were decades ago. I will remain active in my work toward helping others and not just acknowledge the feelings. “The real sin is inaction” is what I heard someone on the radio say and those words resonate. What will you do in 2017 and beyond to make our world a better place? Let me know in the comments and let’s all work together! For now, I will continue cooking and teaching and serving the community as some of my acts of building community. Let’s start with my re-post of one of my favorite recipes that I do believe MLK would have loved. Maple Jalapeno Cornbread: 1 cup stone ground cornmeal (NOT cornbread mix) 1 cup unbleached white flour 1/3 cup sugar 2 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1 cup buttermilk (or just whole milk) 6 TBS melted butter 1 egg, slightly beaten 1 cup of fresh or thawed frozen corn 1/3 cup maple syrup 1 jalapeno, chopped fine with or without seeds-seeds add more spice Steps: Combine all dry ingredients in a big bowl and add all wet ingredients until mixed well. Bake at 325 degrees in an 8X8 inch pan for approximately 25 minutes or until knife comes out clean. Use parchment if you want no stickage and Enjoy!