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Blueberry muffins made with cornmeal for a different Southern flavor.


Make sure you check out the giveaway at the end of the post!

Life… It sometimes gets in the way. The end of July, I decided that August was going to be my month of organization and getting things done. I actually printed out a calendar and mapped out an entire month of posts. And along with that, I did a menu plan. I usually go one week at a time, but I have the entire month of August planned out. I was feeling really good about myself and about the plan.

Then Monday happened. Yep. August 1st. First of all, I wake up to rain and cloudy skies. I had planned on 3 recipes that I needed to get done, but it’s kind of hard when you have no sunlight for photos. I put things off, planning on doing things in the afternoon. And then I got a call from our real estate agent. There were some important people that wanted to go through the house again.  That night . At 7pm. So, not only did I have to spend the rest of the afternoon cleaning the house, but there was no time to make dinner – or any of the other recipes I had planned for the day.

So here it is, August 2nd, and I already feel like I’m off my game. This isn’t the post I had planned for today. That one hasn’t happened yet. But, on the good side, there is a cookbook giveaway at the end of this post!!

This cookbook – Bless Your Heart – is yet another Southern cookbook. (My shelves are becoming full of them – I love it!!) This cookbook is organized a little differently – it is organized into different categories depending on where you would take the dish. For instance, one chapter is full of great recipes to take to someone that is sick, and another chapter is full of recipes to take to a church potluck. I love that all of these recipes were created with “sharing” in mind – I think that’s part of the Southern charm!

Number of Photos: quite a few

There are quite a few photos in this book.  Definitely not one for every recipe, but there are a good amount.

Difficulty Level of Recipes: easy

I am starting to learn that Southern cooks like to keep things simple.  I think that this cookbook is one that even a beginner would enjoy.

Availability of Ingredients: easy

I didn’t see any ingredients that wouldn’t be easy to find at any grocery store.

Here’s what I made:

Corn Blueberry Muffins on Taste and Tell

Corn Blueberry Muffins

This one won out as my favorite from the bunch, simply because I loved the addition that cornmeal makes to this basic muffin. I love making muffins for breakfast on Sundays, and these muffins were enjoyed by the whole family. I used fresh blueberries since they are plentiful and cheap right now, but I know this would be great with frozen berries as well. (recipe follows below!)

Sausage and Egg Casserole

This recipe intrigued me from the moment I read through it. It is an egg casserole made with boiled eggs. I think this had a lot of potential, and I’d love to play around with it, but it fell a little bit short for me. I think my main complaint with it was that the cheese that is baked on top is mixed with breadcrumbs, and because of this, the cheese didn’t really melt and it ended up with a strange texture. But it tasted great, and like I said – I think it has great potential!

Corn Chowder

This was a great, basic corn chowder recipe. I used some fresh corn and it was a perfect summer dinner.

Broccoli Salad

I think that everyone has 1 or 2 broccoli salad recipes in their recipe book! I wasn’t actually planning on making this recipe for this review, but I needed a salad to take to a dinner, and I was craving this. The dressing was a little too sweet for me, but besides that, it was perfect!

Brown Sugar Brownies

This recipe almost won for my favorite, but the muffins barely beat them out!! If I were to name these bars, I would probably call them Butterscotch Blondies instead of Brown Sugar Brownies. Blondies, because there is no chocolate, and Butterscotch because they are full of butterscotch chips, and that was the predominate flavor for me. I was originally worried that I ruined these. I took them out when I thought they were done, but when I went to cut into them awhile later, they were still raw in the middle. So I stuck them back in the oven, even though they had already cooled down. And then I forgot about them. When I did take them out again, I was afraid they were over-baked, but they ended up pretty darn perfect. I didn’t have the right size of pan, so they are a bit thicker than the original recipe called for, but they were delicious and addictive!!

Corn Blueberry Muffins
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Blueberry muffins made with cornmeal for a different Southern flavor.
Serves: 12 servings
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten
  • 1½ cups blueberries
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Prepare 12 muffin cups by spraying with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add in the buttermilk, butter and egg. Mix just until combined. Fold in the blueberries.
  3. Divide the mixture evenly between the 12 muffin cups. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until cooked through.


And the giveaway!!GIVEAWAY CLOSED

The publisher of this cookbook, Thomas Nelson Publishing, had generously offered up 3 copies of this cookbook for me to giveaway! Want to win one?

Here’s how you can enter:

Mandatory: Comment below and tell me your favorite dish to take to a potluck.

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*This giveaway is open to US residents.
*This giveaway will be open from today until Sunday, August 7th at midnight MDT. The winners will be announced on August 8th.

Disclosure: I received a free copy for this review. The publisher is also providing the copies that are being given away. No monetary compensation was offered or accepted. The opinions above are my own. Others experience may vary.

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97 Responses to Corn Blueberry Muffins | Bless Your Heart Review

  1. Potato salad–mine is killer!

  2. LPmobley says:

    A casserole… usually Italian or Mexican.

  3. I make a couscous salad that is good cold and also vegetarian-friendly. And I personally like it a lot so that helps too!

  4. Shandi says:

    Pasta Salad. Easy but scrumptious!

  5. And I follow you on twitter!

  6. Shandi says:

    I follow Taste and Tell on FB

  7. Kristina Johnston says:

    Pasta salad.I make so many different ones my friends can’t wait to see what I will bring next!

  8. Kristina Johnston says:

    I follow you on facebook.

  9. I tweeted as well, not sure if I post that here too:
    Southern hospitality-style cookbook giveaway from @tasteandtell bit.ly/oNHTCE. “Bless Your Heart” and bless Southern cooking!

  10. Kat says:

    Loaded Baked Potato Salad, or some great sandwich cookies.

  11. Tammy M. says:

    I like to bring brownies to a potluck .

  12. Amy says:

    I like to bring M’jedrah which is a middle eastern rice and lentil dish. Everyone seems to love it, and it’s gluten free and dairy free!

  13. Martha says:

    I am not following Taste and Tell on Facebook.

  14. Martha says:

    Oops … I hit enter too soon. I should have said that I am NOW following Taste and Tell on Facebook. 🙂

  15. Martha says:

    I just posted a link to this giveaway on my Facebook wall.

  16. Martha says:

    I’m following @tasteandtell on twitter.

  17. Martha says:

    Retweeted this giveaway!

  18. Martha says:

    I’m already receiving your blog posts via email, but am now subscribed to your RSS feed on google.

  19. Martha says:

    I’m known for my desserts, so that is usually my contribution to potluck.

    I love the fact that this cookbook is organized by the event that the dish is going to. That would give me a lot of good ideas that I might miss if I go straight to a category. I added Bless Your Heart to my Amazon wishlist and I have a feeling that it will end up in my library one way or another! 🙂

  20. Heather says:

    I love to bring cake pops, always a hit!

  21. Heather says:

    I follow Taste and Tell on Facebook!

  22. Deanna Moore says:

    I follow Taste and Tell on FB.

  23. Jamie says:

    I follow your RSS feed! Thanks for a great giveaway!!

  24. JEN B says:

    My go to since I was 12 would be Congo Bars but it depends on when or what the potluck is for….cookout it would be Macaroni Salad or Chili. Around the holidays, would be various Christmas cookies made with grandma’s cookie press. Dinner potluck, probably American Chop Suey or Lighthouse Lasagna. Potluck for where I work, Arroz con Gandules for the guys…

  25. Deanna Moore says:

    Probably a chocolate sheet cake.

  26. Jamie says:

    My favorite dish to take to a potluck would have to be crock pot cream corn!

  27. Tammy M. says:

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  31. Leana says:

    Potluck dish would be ranch potato salad ( love the bacon in it)

  32. Leana says:

    Follow on Facebook

  33. Whitneyisetta says:

    I like to bring chocolate dipped strawberries. People always seem to be so impressed… I don’t think they realize how easy they are to make.

  34. Shay says:

    I usually take deviled eggs, sometimes potato salad, and almost always somekind of dessert.

  35. Shay says:

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  36. Cheryl says:

    Peach Cobbler its so amazing!!

  37. Cheryl says:

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  38. M says:

    pasta salad!

  39. Magen says:

    I always take my mom’s ramen noodle salad. So easy!

  40. I love to bring dessert…but I switch up what kinds 🙂

  41. cristal says:

    I always bring my pastel de tres leches (Mexican pound cake soaked in three kinds of milk, thus the name, and covered in whipped cream frosting and strawberries. Yum!). It’s always a big hit!

  42. Keegan says:

    I almost always bring guacamole since friends and family pretty much demand it, but I have a killer chinese salad I like to make too with cabbage, romaine a sweet/sour dressing and crunchy nuts and ramen noodles. Yum!

  43. Emily says:

    I have an olive oil based potato salad that is great for potlucks.

  44. Emily says:

    I have an olive oil based potato salad that is great for potlucks.

  45. Chels R. says:

    This cookbook looks like the perfect cookbook for me because I love to bring meal to the members of my church who need a helping hand and I love that this cookbook keeps something like that in mind. How unique!

    My favorite recipe to bring to a potluck is my mom’s lasagna! Its a fun vegetarian twist that doesn’t taste vegetarian!

  46. Chels R. says:

    I follow Taste and Tell on FB!

  47. Chels R. says:

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  48. Chels R. says:

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  50. Chels R. says:

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  51. Monica says:

    I always take pierogie casserole to picnics with me. It’s super easy (and super unhealthy) but everyone loves the cheesiness and it always gets compliments on how much it tastes like pierogies. It’s basically just lasagna noodles layered with cheesey mashed potatoes. Yummy!

  52. Sara M says:

    Guacamole or my pasta salad!

  53. Sara M says:

    I like taste and tell on Facebook.

  54. susan marie says:

    I usually bring these bacon-wrapped lil smokies with a maple-brown sugar glaze, because they’re the preacher’s favorite, and all the guys just inhale the things. I also like to bring creamed corn, and sometimes buttermilk pie – they’re both so easy!

  55. susan marie says:

    I follow you on Facebook

  56. Melissa G says:

    Favorite dish would be scotcheroos – they can’t be beat!

  57. Melissa G says:

    I follow T&T on Facebook.

  58. aimee says:

    I love taking different salads to pot lucks, pasta salad, fruit salad.

    also, desserts! cookies!

  59. jill says:

    I love a good Southern cookbook! I always bring cold corn dip…sour cream, mayo, corn, Rotel, and cheddar cheese.

  60. Elaine says:

    Chicken spaghetti, unless lots of little ones and then I just heat up Lil’ Smokies with grape jelly/chili sauce! Yum, now I am hungry!

  61. Kristi H says:

    My favorite dish is homemade mac and cheese!

  62. Laura C. says:

    My favorite dish… I make a killer Deviled Egg. I mean “Deviled”!

  63. Laura C. says:

    Following via RSS

  64. My favorite dish to take to a potluck is corn casserole.

  65. I follow you on Twitter too, but you know that. 🙂

  66. I subscribe via RSS feed too.

  67. Heather Spooner says:

    I usually bring a dessert. Cobbler, brownies, or a layer cake. Thanks for the giveaway.

  68. Heather says:

    I follow you on FB

  69. Heather K. says:

    I follow you on Twitter

  70. Heather K. says:

    I don’t feel like I have a fav. thing to bring to potluck. It’s just whatever I feel like. Sometimes I feel like I should bring fresh fruit cut up, or sometimes I feel like being bad and bring desserts. Today I made your banana break but made them in little muffin tins so people could pop them in their mouths and they were a hit.

  71. Megan says:

    If I have the time, I love to bring what I grew up calling “cherry braid”, a sweet bread with cherry pie filling. It just looks fancy! 🙂 Thanks!

  72. Joanne says:

    I ALWAYS find myself behind, no matter how much I plan! Good call on having the giveaway up your sleeve…this book sounds awesome!

    My favorite thing to bring to a potluck is lasagna. Always a crowd-pleaser!

  73. Jeanne in Toledo says:

    I follow you on FB!!

  74. Jeanne in Toledo says:

    …and I either take my famous baked bean casserole, or cupcakes to a potluck. Or both!!

  75. Jennifer says:

    I love to take a pasta salad that includes peas, celery, cucumber, and green onion w/ italian dressing…not sure the name of it, but it is delisious!

    I also follow this blog via RSS

  76. Jennifer says:

    I follow taste and tell by “Liking” your facebook page…love it!

  77. DeLana says:

    Fruit Salad is my favorite thin to take to a potluck. I love it because it is never the same salad twice.

  78. Katrina says:

    I love to bring a layered taco dip to a party!

  79. Katrina says:

    I like you on facebook – Katrina Dingle

  80. Katrina says:

    I follow you on twitter.

  81. Sarah S says:

    French Potato Salad, light and delicious.

  82. Lindsay J says:

    My favorite to take to potluck is a yummy pasta salad with bacon, swiss cheese. The dressing is made of mayo, sugar and red wine vinegar. A family favorite!

    And I would LOVE to add a southern style cooking cookbook to my kitchen!! 🙂

  83. Caitlin says:

    I love taking pasta salad to a potluck – it’s light and fresh, and easy!

  84. I love bringing brownies or a tasty trifle for dessert!

  85. Tracy says:

    I always gravitate towards a dessert – if there are going to be children, chocolate fudge; if for adults, something less sweet like a plate of russian teacakes or cinnamon pastry spirals.

  86. Kara M. says:

    I love to take italian-style pasta salad to potlucks!

  87. Kara M. says:

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  88. Kara M. says:

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  89. Kara M. says:

    I tweeted about the giveaway

  90. Kara M. says:

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  91. Sammi says:

    I am not much of a cook so chips and dip! but I would enjoy this for at home

  92. Natalie G. says:

    OMG how embarassing, this is old, haha! Well, I love your blog anyway!

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