Here are 2 Fiery Tales from Dinnertime for ya. These tales come from stories I had collected from Desperate Moms at dinner time back when I was writing a cookbook entitled, “Desperate for Dinner”. These were the days of the first housewives reality shows and the whole Desperate Housewives things was the craze. I’m re-posting them during these crazy quarantine times as I’m sure so many parents can relate to harried dinner time experiences.

Working mother in Lake Stevens, WA

I am NOT a cook. I will do it, because I have to, but I don’t enjoy it and want to get it done as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, that means I try to take shortcuts (which you can do, IF you know what you are doing, but I don’t). So, usually I figure if it says something should be cooked on medium for 10 minutes, it could get done in 5 minutes if I put it on high.

Consequently, my kids figure when they hear the smoke alarm, dinner is ready. -Lorri


I was getting myself all dolled up for my 8th anniversary date with my prince charming. I preheated the oven for the kids nuggets & fries. Then I attempted to iron, it had been so long since I had ironed it smelled like it was burning something, but it kept getting worse. By the time I ventured out the entire house was filled with smoke. One of my little angels had put a nerf/plastic soccerball in the oven and it was well done. At that moment I realized I was late to pick up my daughter from art class and ran out of the house with the kids leaving everything open to air out. When my mother-in-law arrived she saw everything open, a remnant of a ball in the oven & the kids and I gone. She thought I had blown my top and we would be the next media story, when I arrived back home. The kids went home with grandma and I went with my husband for a margarita!

We Love this Cornbread with my Creamy Chicken Chili topped with a whole lot of Honeybutter.

Corn Bread

Recipe by DonataCourse: Sides, DinnerDifficulty: Ridiculously Easy


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This is a sweet and buttery cornbread that only gets better when smothered with Honey and Butter after it comes out of the oven and at the table.


  • 2 cups Corn Meal

  • 1 1/2 cups Flour

  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar

  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda

  • 1 Tbsp. Baking Powder

  • 1 cup Milk

  • 1/2 cup melted Butter

  • 1 egg


  • Mix dry ingredients together.
  • Beat Egg and mix with Milk and Butter
  • Mix dry and wet ingredients together
  • Pour mixture into greased 8×8 or 9 inch pie pan
  • Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20-30 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a clean butterknife into the center, if the knife comes out clean, it’s done.


  • This is an extremely forgiving recipe. I often make it gluten free by omitting the flour altogether and using a fine ground cornmeal. When I’m mixing this with flour, I like to use a coarse ground meal to give it some texture. I often add things like Corn, Cheese, or Fire Roasted Chilis

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