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What I was looking for on Mrs. Paula's site was some kind of super special dessert for a friend - a friend who would, of course, share it with me so I wouldn't feel like some kind of sloth baking up desserts on a random Thursday while all my friends are posting on Facebook about their multi-mile uphill runs at 6 a.m.
Of course there are dessert recipes everywhere, but I have a special cooking issue. I hate to measure. When I start reading a recipe and it requires multiple little measuring spoons, some of them heaping and some of them leveled, I panic. It just seems like so much, um, exactness. If you know me, you know that exactness is not something I do well with. I'm a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of gal. Recipes that call for leveling, heaping or packing conjure up images of my 8th grade science teacher, Mr. Heiney (who, for the record, was super serious even for a science teacher) and his dire warnings about the danger of making mercury over a Bunsen burner. Mrs. Paula never seems serious. Read some Julia Child or Martha Stewart recipes. Their "exactness" feels kind of, I don't know, like they might show up at your house and yell at you if you don't do it exactly right. Maybe it's just me, but I feel like Mrs. Paula would be gentle and would laugh sweetly if you mixed up your leveling with your heaping and she'd have an answer to how to fix it and everything would just be okay.
So how did my search for a dessert end up as a Corn Bread Salad? Well, I found the dessert and I can't wait to make it. But this salad just spoke to me. I had to have it. So what if Mr. Dinner Bell has had enough of my salad experiments lately to last him a lifetime? One more won't kill him. And here it is.
Corn Bread Salad
Recipe from I-love-her-so Paula Deen