Made 85% on a Civics test today. Beans and cornbread for supper. Played pinochle. Daddy won. Mrs. Raifert and Hattie came over.
Heat oven to 425 degrees. Place a well greased 10-inch iron skillet into which a little corn meal has been sprinkled into the warming oven while you mix up the cornbread.
Sift together 1 1/2 cups corn meal, 1 heaping Tablespoon flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and 1 teaspoon salt. Add 1 cup buttermilk and 1 egg to dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly and stir in 2 Tablespoons melted shortening (note: I use bacon drippings).
Pour mixture into hot skillet and bake about 25 minutes or until well-browned. Run a knife around the sides and turn out onto a plate.