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Get blueberry syrup as our gift to you; learn how to bake better cornbread

June 3rd, 2005


Welcome to the wonderful world of cornbread. Everyone loves cornbread. We'll help you make skillet cornbread, blueberry cornbread, and more- even yeasted cornbread. You'll love all our tips and info.

Plus we have wonderful specials this week--FREE Gourmet Blueberry Syrup with your $25 order, our Continental Cherry Jam for only $2.95, and more. Save money on great jams and breads and cookies.

Finally, we have a lineup of new products for you to check out-more gourmet jams, a new syrup, and an easy-to-make dessert your kids will love-all at money-saving prices.

Read on for great buys, tested recipes, and valuable baking information . . .

In this issue, you'll find:
  • This Week's Specials
  • About Cornmeal
  • Get Your FREE Blueberry Syrup
  • Save 25% on New Maple Nut Twists!
  • The World of Cornbread
  • Hints and Tips for Better Cornbread
  • Cheddar Pecan Corn Muffins
  • New England Maple and Blueberry Cornbread
  • Amish Cornbread
  • Texas Chili Corn Bread
  • Southern Cornbread (Yeast)
  • Last Chance to Get Breads at $1.59 per Loaf
  • Featured Jam: Gourmet Continental Cherry
  • Check out these new jams!
  • New! Continental Cherry Syrup--Save 10%
  • Make Your Own Corn Bread Mix

  • About Cornmeal

    Great cornbread starts with the cornmeal. Cornmeal is readily available in two colors, yellow and white and can sometimes be purchased in blue. Yellow cornmeal is a good source of vitamin A while white is not. Both can be purchased in either a coarse or fine grind.

    Degerminated cornmeal has the germ and usually the bran removed. Without the fatty germ, degerminated cornmeal keeps longer. But old-process cornmeal, cornmeal with the germ included, has a superior flavor and more food value. This whole cornmeal is hard to find in most grocery stores but is produced locally from old-style grist mills in some areas of the country. When you find it, pick it up-it will make superior cornbread. Keep it in the refrigerator until you use it.

    Get Your FREE Blueberry Syrup

    This is the real deal!

    These syrups are rich, fruity, and thick. We're giving the blueberry away but you can also get strawberry, boysenberry, cherry, peach, and red raspberry. We think you'll agree . . . they are the best.

    Can you imagine fruit syrup made without corn syrup? The first ingredient in this syrup is fruit juice . . . plus sugar and ascorbic acid or vitamin C. That's it. No preservatives or other sweeteners, colors, or flavors.

    But we want you to try it. So we're giving the first bottle of Pioneer Valley Gourmet Blueberry Syrup away for free with your $25 order. We think you'll come back over and over again for more.

    Buy more boysenberry syrup, strawberry syrup, blueberry syrup, cherry, peach, or red raspberry syrup all at the special introductory price of $4.69 per bottle.

    Check out the selection of gourmet pancake syrups!

    Save 25% on New Maple Nut Twists!

    These are scrumptious, easy to make, and because they are leavened with baking powder-not yeast- they are quick to make. Your kids or grandkids will absolutely clamor for them.

    These tender pastries are filled with a maple and cinnamon nut filling and drizzled with maple frosting. They look fancy but they are really easy to make. Roll out the dough, spread the nut filling on the dough, fold the dough over, and cut it into slices. Twist the slices and bake them for about ten minutes. When they come out of the oven, drizzle them with the frosting. Because they are quick, you're in and out of the kitchen and you don't spend a lot of time warming up the kitchen.

    The World of Cornbread

    We're partial to cornbread. We like its rustic texture and chewy goodness. We like its versatility-it works for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It complements eggs in the morning, a hearty soup for lunch, or a dinner meal such as pork chops or chicken.

    Hints and Tips for Better Cornbread

    Always check your cornmeal for rancidity before baking. Rancid cornmeal will smell stale and musty; good cornmeal will have a sweeter smell.

    When mixing batter for cornbread or muffins, put away your electric mixer. Mixing by hand helps eliminate over mixing. It is desirable to have a few lumps in the batter. They will hydrate during baking and the lumps will help give a craggy appearance to your breads.

    Once moistened, work quickly with the batter. The moisture will activate the leaveners in the batter.

    Cheddar Pecan Corn Muffins

    When we were putting this together, folks thought this was a really strange combination. When they tried them, they decided that "wonderful" was a more appropriate adjective than "strange". These were especially good warm with butter and a tart jam. (Cherry jam was our first choice although red currant was very good also.) There's something about the sweet fruity taste of jam that seems to bring out the best in cornbread crunchiness.

    New England Maple and Blueberry Cornbread

    This is Yankee cornbread. In the north, bakers tend to add more sweeteners to their cornbread than Southern cornbread which has little or no sugar. This recipe is not only sweetened but sweetened with pure maple syrup. The recipe calls for blueberries but raspberries or cranberries would be good also.

    Amish Cornbread

    This is one of many "standard" cornbread recipes where the amount of cornmeal is equal to the amount of flour. It is a little sweeter than standard but you can reduce the sugar if you like.

    Texas Chili Corn Bread

    This flourless cornbread is laden with chilies, red bell pepper, and garlic powder and baked in a skillet. It is one of our favorite cornbreads.

    Southern Cornbread (Yeast)

    Are you up for an adventure?

    A yeasted cornbread is different-almost like anadama bread. Because the kneading develops the gluten, this is chewier and more bread-like than other cornbreads. You'll enjoy making and serving this bread.

    Last Chance to Get Breads at $1.59 per Loaf

    Quality breads for a $1.59 per loaf? Yes, but this is the last week. Then the price goes up. We wanted to let you know.

    Featured Jam: Gourmet Continental Cherry

    Only $2.95 each!

    We love this jam and you will too. It's not too tart and it's not too sweet. And it's absolutely perfect on toast or a muffin.

    It's hard to find a cherry jam and almost impossible to find a really good cherry jam. And this is a perfect jam--maybe our favorite.

    We want you to try this jam. At only $2.95 per jar, don't pass it up.

    Check out these new jams!

    We found some more great jams to add to our selection. Take a look at these:

    Gourmet Strawberry Jam: What were we thinking? How can you have a selection of jams without this perennial favorite?

    Red Raspberry Jam: This is an exquisite raspberry jam made with fresh fruit and no masking corn syrup or fillers. This is the way raspberry jam is supposed to taste.

    Bodacious Berry: Both kids and adults love this mixture of strawberries, blueberries, marionberries, and loganberries. Give it a try.

    Peach Pineapple Paradise Jelly: Looking for an unusual but very good spread. This was so good, we had to add it. It's sort of like pina colada in a jar.

    And of course, you can still get Strawberry Rhubarb, Continental Cherry, Harvest Peach Cobler, Seedless Marionberry, and Apricot Honey Almond all at special introductory prices.

    New! Continental Cherry Syrup--Save 10%

    Try this new Continental Cherry Syrup. Like the jam, it has the perfect ratio of tart, red pie cherries to sweet table cherries. There's no other syrup like this. It's guaranteed to perk up your pancakes.

    Check out this collection of gourmet syrups all at special introductory prices: Blueberry, Boysenberry, Red Raspberry, Strawberry, Orchard Peach, and Continental Cherry.

    Make Your Own Corn Bread Mix

    Yes, you can make your own mix. It's a great idea for camping this summer with a Dutch oven or for use in the RV. But it's also useful on a busy day. Just one word of caution: Cornmeal does not keep as well as flour. Store your mix in a cool, dark place and use within three months.

    This Week's Specials

    Get a free jar of Pioneer Valley Gourmet Blueberry Syrup.

    Don't miss this LAST CHANCE to get breads at $1.59 per loaf.

    Plus, get our Continental Cherry Jam for only $2.95!

    Plus, save 25% off our new Maple Nut Twists.

    Plus, pick up our new gourmet cherry syrup and save and an additional 10%.

    Plus, save up to 22% at the Cookie Sale!

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