Here at Kards, we love good food. We are pretty proud of our interesting selection of cookbooks. I mean, if you don't know already, we are the #1 go to spot to get any books by Jamie Oliver or the Barefoot Contessa. We are the fans.

Recently, I thought it would be a fun idea to try to learn how to cook things. And of course, I turned to the cookbook section here at KU. I mean, where else can I find a whole book full of recipes that all use Heinz ketchup AND  50 Shades of Chicken. (or Kale! 50 shades of Kale. Who wrote these things???)

Now, the people who work here all have varied opinions about the 'best' cookbook, but in the interest of starting a really awesome conversation with you, our lovely readers. I've decided to try out some recipes and tell you how they went. And also hope that you all share your favorite recipes with us!! Spread the food love! Bring Samples! ... Okay, well you don't have to bring us samples, but we would totally eat the heck out of them...

This brings us to my first recipe review/ discussion!!! Are you ready for it? Truebloodcover
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True Blood; Eats, Drinks, and Bites from Bon Temps. 

If you are a fan of True Blood, you should probably check this thing out. It has recipes from like all the main characters, and they all have blurbs written in the character's voice. It's pretty dang cool.

Also, the food looks pretty NOM worthy. And the drinks are totally fun things to get you in the Vamp mood.  There is a basic recipe for a "Ruby mixer" which is supposed to be just like Trueblood. ...you know. Without the blood.

For my first Recipe I chose Letie Mae Davis' Holy Hoecakes. (It comes right before the recipe for Stake and Eggs. Get it?)

Holy Hoecakes are basically a corn meal pancake. The secret is that you cook them in bacon grease. YEAH BACON.

These things are ridiculously easy to make, and they have only like 4 ingredients. I used regular yellow cornmeal instead of the white cornmeal it asked for, mostly because I couldn't find white corn meal at the grocery store. And it took me like 10 minutes to make them. (not including bacon cooking time....)

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This was my final product! So good! So easy!

The end result was pretty delish. They're kind of like pancakes, but dense. But hot diggity dog, put some maple syrup on them and they were like way good to go. YUM!

So if any of you lovely people own the Trueblood cookbook, or any other cookbook, we would really like to hear all about your delish (or not so?) meals! Send pictures! We will make you famous.

Peace Out, Kard-lovers!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white (or yellow) cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons bacon fat (rendered from about 4 slices bacon), plus more as needed
  • Maple syrup or cane syrup, for serving

Instructions

  1. Combine the cornmeal and salt in medium bowl. While stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, pour in the boiling water in a steady stream. Beat until smooth. Let stand a few minutes.
  2. Heat the bacon fat in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. When very hot (but not smoking), reduce the heat to medium-low.
  3. For each hoecake, drop about 2 tablespoons of the cornmeal mixture into the skillet and pat gently into a flat circle, about 4 inches in diameter. Cook several hoecakes at a time until golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side, turning with a wide spatula. Transfer to a plate. If needed, add more bacon fat to the skillet to make the remaining hoecakes.
  4. Drizzle with maple syrup and serve.

So, what do you think?