Last week I volunteered to make dinner for our church’s Wednesday Family Night. I love being able to cook for other people. Considering the amount of food I needed to make, I really wanted to keep it simple. So I decided upon Ham and Beans, Cornbread and Salad.
Before I left to take my 4 year old to school I realized that it would probably be easier if I went ahead and made a few batches of cornbread. I had no idea how many pans the church kitchen would have, and I was unsure how much cornbread I would actually need. I sent a distress call to my Twitter friends and asked how many pieces of cornbread I could get out of 9×13 pan. It was pretty unanimous that it would yield no more than 15 pieces. Until I mentioned how many people I needed it to feed–about 150!
We came to the consensus, that I would have to squeak at least 24 pieces out of a pan in order to keep my sanity. However, while speaking to a church friend, she assured me that I would need 10 pans. I seen Jiffy Mix in my near future at this point. That is, until I investigated the matter further. It is nothing more than the dry ingredients (guess that should be obvious. ), and makes probably half of my recipe. In the end, it would end up costing me more, taking more time, and the flavor would have been nothing like my homemade goodness.
I pressed on, making a total of (5) 9×13 pans of cornbread, of which only 2 ½ were eaten. So very glad I didn’t go with 10!