If I ever become a hobo, I'll carry the following items in my knapsack:
- a tattered copy of Huck Finn.
- a small journal
- a few Uni-Ball Gel Grip (blue ink) retractable pens. I'm always losing the caps of pens, so retractable pens are essential.
- a pocket-sized atlas of the U.S.
- smalls vials of various spices. If I encounter fellow hobos preparing a meal around a campfire, I'll have something to contribute.
- On the first leg of my vagabond journey, I'd carry a few foil wrapped wedges of this cornbread:
- 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 cup medium-grind cornmeal
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup corn kernels
- 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 3 to 4 fresh or pickled jalapenos, minced
- 2 tablespoons minced onion
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- Grease a trusty 10-inch cast-iron skillet with 1 tablespoon of oil, and place the skillet in a cool oven. Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
- In a bowl, stir together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Pour in the buttermilk, and add the corn, cheese, eggs, jalapenos, onion, and sour cream. Mix gently until the mixture is thoroughly blended.
- Stir in the melted butter and the remaining oil.
- Remove the hot skillet from the oven. Pour the batter into the skillet (You'll be greeted with a joyful sizzle) and return it to the oven.
- Bake the cornbread for 30 minutes, or until it begins to brown on top.
- Serve warm.