Not having warm Southern roots, I rarely think of making cornbread. I actually really like cornbread, too, so it makes no sense. I wish I thought of it more often. When I came across a package of corn bread mix in my pantry, I couldn't remember even when I bought it - that should give you an idea of what a novelty it is in my house.
Thinking to use it up before the expiration date, I pulled it out, read the simple directions, and decided that it needed a little embellishment to make it perfect. The package suggested adding fresh corn kernels and that definitely appealed, but I thought also that some sliced green onion would give extra flavor and interest.
It was so pretty that I just had to take a picture of it. The little green flecks were still bright after baking, since corn bread doesn't take very long. And the corn kernels added a little moisture and texture.
Another thing the package suggested was to heat a well-buttered iron skillet in the oven and pour the batter into that, which I did. The result was a nice, crusty bottom to the bread. Next time, I'd add just a bit more butter to the bottom, too.
All in all, a nice success and so easy! I'm not above embellishing a packaged mix - are you?