The Jiffy Chronicles – Spicy Cheddar Cornbread


A couple of weeks ago I took stock of my pantry and pointed out several boxes of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix and their amazing versatility. Today I did my first quick recipe for Saturday morning brunch. The package directions for cornbread are fine, but it’s kind of boring. It’s so easy to doctor this mix up to something more interesting and even more delicious.


The main ingredients in the cornbread – mix, cheese, chilis in adobo, and corn


  • 1 package Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 cup frozen or canned Corn
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 Chipotle Pepper in Adobo Sauce*
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 10 inch cast iron skillet or 8×8 baking pan, set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, add muffin mix, cheese, corn, egg, and milk and mix thoroughly. Chop chipotle pepper and create a paste with a little bit of salt and pepper. Stir paste into batter. Pour batter into pan, bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick placed into center comes out clean. Allow to cool about an hour before serving.

*If you have never worked with Chipotle in Adobo- these are VERY spicy and a little goes a long way. Even if you’re into spice, I would not recommended more than one for this whole recipe – when you overdo it, the heat takes over and you lose flavor in the dish.


Finished Cornbread


Serving suggestion – great brunch accompaniment




Single Serve Crustless Quiche

Good for brunch or light dinner. A bit high in sodium. Consider low salt ham.

364 calories, 11 gr carbohydrates, 21 gr fat, 40 gr protein, 1572 mg sodium, 7 gr sugars

  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 4 ounces ham steak, diced
  • 1 slice swiss cheese, diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon fat free half and half
  • Salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, nutmeg, to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease a single serve baking dish with cooking spray, set aside
  3. Sautee ham and onions until onions are soft, mix in maple syrup. Allow mixture to cool slightly
  4. Mix together eggs, cheese, and fat-free half and half. Add ham mixture and seasonings. Pour mixture into baking dish
  5. Bake for about 25 minutes until eggs are firm and top is slightly browned

Brunch Ideas

I am often asked what my specialty in cooking is. Everyone who loves to cook, and even those who do not, or do not have a knack for it, seem to have a specialty. My thing is I feel I can cook just about anything, and I love trying out new recipes and methods.

With Mother’s Day upon us, it hit me that I do have a meal I enjoy preparing and hosting more than any other – BRUNCH! There is something so versatile about this meal, giving its preparer some wonderful creative freedom…yet there still seem to be rules. You want to include some breakfast foods, you want to include some lunch foods…and even better, find a marriage of both.

Tomorrow I will be hosting my family here in my home for Mother’s Day. My own mother has never been a fan of going out to restaurants on the day itself – restaurants are overcrowded, quality is poor, prices are jacked up, etc. She prefers intimate meals at home. I can deliver.

Be on the lookout for some of my brunch ideas as time goes on.