One of the things you have to adjust to in marriage is the food you eat. My mother made cake-like cornbread, with yellow flour and sugar- MMMM. Put a little syrup over it and it’s like dessert! My mother-in-law has always made hers with white cornmeal and no sugar. It too is very good, and that’s what Mr. X likes, so that’s what I cook. I always make it to go with something else- my favorite is under beans -pinto beans or red beans, and soup of most any kind.
Plop a spoonful of bacon grease in a cold iron skillet. (as much as your think your arteries can stand) Put the skillet in the oven and preheat it to 375.
Mix 1 cup of white cornmeal, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp soda in a bowl.
Check your skillet- if the grease isn’t “shimmery” it’s not hot enough and your cornbread will stick. (If you’re not sure, you can drop a tiny drop of water in and it has to sizzle, but be careful that you don’t splash it on yourself.)
If you put in lots of grease, you can mix that in your batter too! Then pour the batter in. It will make a beautiful sizzling noise!
Bake about 15 minutes- more if you like it browner. Pop it out upside down on your plate, and if all goes well, it will come out beautiful and whole!