Richard Clayton from Odenton was looking for a recipe for making Spoon Bread from scratch. Rita Gifford from Timonium sent in a recipe that she said was given to her by a former professor many years. The recipe was written and fired on a decorative ceramic plague and she has had it hanging in her kitchen for 20-plus years. Although called "bread," the classic Southern-style spoon bread is closer in consistency and taste to a savory pudding or soufflé. It is meant to be served with a spoon hot out of the oven, hence the name. I found that it did reheat well in the microwave, although the consistency was slightly drier.

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Sharon Bowyer of Baltimore would love to find the recipe for the "divine" hot fudge sauce that was served at Marconi's, the now closed iconic downtown Baltimore restaurant.

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Spoon Bread

Makes: 4-6 servings

3/4 cups cornmeal

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons melted butter

1 cup boiling water

2 eggs

1 cup milk

2 teaspoons baking powder

Combine cornmeal and salt in a mixing bowl. Stirring constantly, gradually whisk in the boiling water, keeping it smooth; mix in the melted butter. In a separate bowl, beat eggs until thickened and pale in color. Add milk and baking powder and beat to combine. Add milk and egg mixture to cornmeal mixture. Beat with a whisk to blend. Turn into a generously greased 2 quart casserole or pan and bake in a moderate (350 degree F.) oven for 30 to 40 minutes until golden brown and set.

Best served hot.

Nutrition information

Per serving: 169 calories, 9 grams fat, 5 grams saturated fat, 5 grams protein, 18 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, 89 milligrams cholesterol, 551 milligrams sodium